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4 Day Plant-Based Organic Farm-to-Table Culinary and Yoga Holiday in Sedona, Arizona

Light House Retreat House, Sedona, Arizona, USA

Plant-Based Cooking Vacation USA

In this memorable life-changing retreat, the intention is for you to enjoy the cooking and self-care experiences and then most importantly take home the experiences and plant-based cooking learning from the retreat to make positive lifestyle changes in your lives. You’ll experience several days of hands-on, simple plant-based cooking with organic food, mindfulness in the kitchen and eating in Sedona. You'll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local organic plant-based cafe in Sedona, hiking and yoga, and experience Sedona magic with ceremonial blessings, Feng Shui readings, and a memorable Kiva ceremony.

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  • Mindful cooking and eating
  • Tasty organic dinner at a plant-based local Sedona restaurant
  • Hands-on interactive cooking with award-winning cookbook author, Melanie Albert
  • Hiking, yoga, and meditation in the Red Rocks and Vortex Energy of Sedona
  • 3-nights accommodation in the beauty of Sedona, Arizona
  • One therapeutic massage during the retreat

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


4 days with instruction
Group size: 4-12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (US$110 per person)
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About the Light House Retreat House


Experience Nutrition is thrilled to hold their retreat at the Light House in Sedona, a truly eco-home with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces created with a complimentary merging of Indonesian, Japanese, Moroccan and East Indian cultures.

The Light House offers a full natural sensory environment with comforting courtyards, peaceful meditation gardens, hanging lounges, tranquil pools, and restful waterfalls.

Feng Shui

The Light House incorporates the principles of Feng Shui to create an environment that is energetically aligned promoting harmony, serenity, creativity, and vitality.

An impressive cleansing crystal is strategically placed in the center of the house to ensure a healthy environment and numerous Feng Shui essentials are found throughout this landmark home. The Light House is the perfect environment to relax, reduce stress, and rejuvenate.

Salt-water pool

Light House features a beautiful salt-water pool and Jacuzzi to unwind.

The retreat bedrooms

The Light House Retreat features six unique bedrooms, with a variety of beds and accommodates couples or singles. They welcome a group of friends or couples to attend the retreat.

The house is located 125 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona; 7 miles from Whole Foods Market in Sedona, 8 miles from Sedona Airport; 8 miles from Sedona Chamber of Commerce / Visitors Center.


The retreat days focus on hands-on plant-based farm-to-table cooking, along with self-care, hiking, yoga, massage, and special Sedona experiences. Experience Nutrition invites you to enjoy your time during the retreat. Itinerary many change slightly.


  • 13:00 Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Arrive at Sedona Retreat House
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner at a plant-based Sedona restaurant, ChocolaTree
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Welcome ceremony with June Rettinger de Arballo


  • 08:00 - 08:30 Good morning reflections
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast plant-based cooking experience
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Massage, Feng Shui reading with Gary Hendrickson of Feng Shui Design International, Spiritual Reading with June Rettinger de Arballo, or relax at retreat house
  • 12:00 - 14:30 Lunch plant-based raw culinary experience with food art
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Hike and yoga: Sedona Vortex adventure with Daniel Posney of Shamystic
  • 17:30 - 20:30 Dinner plant-based cooking experience
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Massage, Feng Shui reading, or relax at retreat house
  • 21:30 - 10:00 Good night reflections


  • 20:00 - 20:30 Good morning ceremony with June Rettinger de Arballo
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Breakfast plant-based cooking experience with Melanie Albert
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Massage, Feng Shui reading with Gary Hendrickson, spiritual reading with June Rettinger de Arballo, or relax at retreat house
  • 12:00 - 14:30 Lunch plant-based raw culinary experience
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Hike and yoga at Cathedral Rock Vortex with Patricia Fonseca of Back to Earth Sedona Tours
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Dinner plant-based cooking experience
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Kiva ceremony with Daniel Posey of Shamystic
  • 21:00 - 22:00 Enjoy dinner


  • 08:00 - 08:30 Good morning reflections
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast plant-based cooking experience
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Sedona Vortex meditation hike at Kachina Woman with Gary Hendrickson
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Shuttle or drive from Sedona to Phoenix

Included excursions

Welcome dinner at Sedona Plant-Based Restaurant ChocolaTree

Sedona hikes and yoga: Cathedral Rock Vortex, Kachina Woman at Boyton Canyon and other special Sedona Vortex adventures

Spiritual Kiva ceremony at the retreat house


Melanie Albert

June Rettinger de Arballo

Gary Hendrickson

Daniel Posney


About Sedona

Beautiful, magical Sedona is a true oasis, a paradise in the middle of the northern Arizona desert of the USA. In Sedona, enjoy canyons, green forest, azure skies, and the dramatic red rock formations that glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun.

Sedona offers adventures including red rock jeep tours, hiking, Slide Rock, and Oak Creek Canyon, as well spiritual healing, psychic readings, and energy vortexes.

Sedona will have your senses buzzing for days! Sedona offers a unique, one-of-a- kind culture and is an experience of a lifetime.


Key plant-based foods

During the retreat, you’ll learn simple plant-based culinary methods to cook key healthy plant-based foods. The organic retreat meals feature as much local Arizona farmers' food, as possible.

  • Roots and greens
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fruit and berries
  • Superfoods
  • Herbs
  • Edible flowers

Plant-based culinary techniques

During all of the meals, you’ll learn a variety of cooking techniques to use when you return home. The culinary techniques during the retreat:

  • Steps to create home-made flavorful nut milk
  • Steps to roast veggies for crispiness on the outside and a soft inside
  • Proper steps to saute veggies with flavor layering
  • The process to cook flavorful veggie soups
  • Simple steps to prepare whole grains perfectly every time
  • Steps to create a 3-ingredient salad dressing
  • Ways to create beautiful raw salads with what your local farmers are growing in season
  • Steps to make raw dehydrated crackers
  • Techniques to create simple raw sauces
  • Plant-based dessert techniques with nuts, fruit, raw cacao, and superfoods
  • Food art: Beautiful plating guidelines

Winter retreat menu

During the retreat, together you'll prepare 20-25 different recipes, with both raw and cooked meals, desserts and snacks. The menu may change slightly based on the availability of produce from our local Arizona farmers.


  • Quick, easy, tasty nut and seed milk
  • Superfood smoothies
  • Green drinks
  • Whole grain steel cut oats
  • Dehydrated fruit


  • Raw soup
  • Avocado tartare
  • Raw dehydrated crackers
  • Raw deconstructed lasagna
  • Raw sauces: cashew cream, red tomato, green pesto


  • Massaged kale salad
  • 3-ingredient salad dressing
  • Roasted veggies
  • Sprouted spelt flatbread
  • Olive tapenade
  • Hempseed tabouli
  • Sauted veggies
  • Classic and beet hummus


  • Raw carrot cake
  • Apple berry crisp
  • Raw berry pie


  • Chia seed pudding
  • Date balls
  • Dehydrated kale chips
  • Dehydrated raw crackers

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

World famous photography tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon, famous for its wave-like structure and light beams that shine down into the openings of the canyon, creating a stunning natural appearance. Schedule prior to your retreat, with add-on extra cost.

Enjoy shopping with your retreat friends in the beauty of Sedona: Explore the quaint shops, art galleries, and crystal shops in Sedona.

Spa treatments

One therapeutic massage during the retreat in the beauty of the Sedona retreat house is included.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation at eco-retreat house in the beauty of Sedona, Arizona
  • Hands-on cooking experiences with Cookbook Author Melanie Albert: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Local Sedona plant-based restaurant: Enjoy delicious welcome dinner at a quaint organic restaurant
  • Mindful cooking and eating: Practice Mise en Place, beautiful plating principles and techniques
  • Self-care: Relaxation at the Retreat House
  • Hiking in the Red Rocks and Vortex Energy of Sedona: Cathedral Rock. Kachina Woman
  • Yoga: Hatha yoga with hiking
  • Massage: One therapeutic massage during the retreat
  • Sedona experiences: Spiritual readings, Feng Shui readings, Kiva ceremony

What's not included

  • Airfare from your city to Phoenix, Arizona
  • Round trip ground transportation from Phoenix to Sedona

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Transportation to and from the Phoenix Airport is not included in the retreat. If you need round trip transportation from Phoenix to Sedona, Experience Nutrition can recommend a shuttle service.

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Airport transfer available: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (US$110 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants


Arrival: Friday November 13, 2020
Departure: Monday November 16, 2020

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