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Plant-Based Culinary Course in Barcelona, Spain

Interested in exploring a new career in the plant-based culinary arts, helping the environment, practicing yoga, and striving for optimal wellness—all at the same time? With the Gaia Gourmet Culinary Training immersion, you’ll travel to a beautiful destination and spend twenty days learning gourmet cooking through hands-on experience. Enjoy delicious, colorful, and decadent vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Expand your kitchen skills to deeply nourish yourself and others... while sipping a fabulous glass of Rioja in Barcelona, Spain!

Meet the instructors

Liz & Chef Naga
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  • Gaia Gourmet culinary training manual and apron
  • Around 40 hours each week in and around the kitchen
  • Gaia Gourmet Certification upon successful completion of the course
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian or vegan meals and unlimited coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 3 weeks of making friends for life with beautiful souls from around the world
  • Option to take yoga classes free of charge
  • Full access to magical private properties
  • 20 nights in luxury accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 3 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

This culinary training is set in Villa Blanca. The villa’s common areas are full of charm, coziness, and mesmerizing views. The manor is styled with belle époque modernist furniture and architecture with enchanting ceiling-high libraries, chill-out areas with comfortable seating, and even a 1909 Steinway Piano that has been refurbished to mint condition!

For the daily gourmet meals, you will be dining al fresco as well as in the indoor dining hall, large enough for 32 people, while you enjoy your Gaia gourmet cuisine. There’s even a conference room with 65 inches smart TV for the yoga lectures.

During your breaks, you will fall in love with the breathtaking gardens. This beautiful villa is surrounded by 5 hectares of romantic gardens designed by the famous architect Jean-Baptiste N. Forestier. Enjoy a relaxing walk through these magnificent, well-kept gardens with beautiful views of the Mediterranean which are full of hundred-year-old pine trees, oaks, palm trees, and small ponds. And if this is not enough, there’s a large swimming pool of 17x7 meters is perfect for a midday dip!


In this unique certification program by Gaia Gourmet, you will participate in all aspects of catering to a yoga teacher training. The course is based on tried and tested Gaia Gourmet methods and recipes under the guidance of Chef Naga and his team. You’ll gain tools and insight to embark upon a new career in the plant-based culinary arts, such as catering yoga retreats and wellness events or working as a private chef. This program is also a great option if you’d like to join a friend or partner during their yoga course!

Exclusive surroundings, experiential eating

In this unique certification program, students participate in all aspects of catering a yoga teacher training. The course is based on tried and tested Gaia Gourmet methods and recipes under the guidance of Chef Naga and his team. You’ll gain tools and insight to embark upon a new career in the plant-based culinary arts, such as catering yoga retreats and wellness events or working as a private chef. This program is also a great option if you’d like to join a friend or partner during their yoga course!

With love, for health

Your daily schedule will vary but expect to spend about 40 hours each week in and around the kitchen. You’ll be cooking from day one - working with the finest natural ingredients to create nutrient-dense gourmet cuisine in a precise, professional environment.

Other highlights may include shopping for goods and produce at the best local markets and farms, optional group wellness excursions, and exclusive enjoyment of an exquisite private château in southwest France.


The Gaia Gourmet method centers focus and awareness, bringing mindfulness to the kitchen as they lovingly transform raw materials into a multisensory, communal dining experience. Space is limited to three participants per culinary training. This program is appropriate for all levels of skill and experience.

What you may learn

  • How to set up a plant-based kitchen
  • Produce 101
  • How to choose produce at the market or farm (depending on market availability)
  • Optimization of produce lifespan
  • The versatility of nuts and seeds: nut butter, vegan cheeses, and garnishes
  • The ultimate veg stock
  • Spice combining
  • Lunch and dinner entrees
  • Soups, dals, curries, and kicharis
  • Salads and dressings
  • Vegan, gluten-free desserts
  • Gluten-free biscuit baking
  • How to handle dietary restrictions, special needs, allergies, and sensitivities
  • Problem-solving on the fly in a live kitchen environment
  • Menu planning, including describing and announcing dishes
  • Scheduling and time management
  • Meal service (front and back of house, including table setting and clearing)
  • Strategic kitchen cleaning


Liz Lindh

Chef Naga


Villa Blanca is a grand manor with views over the Mediterranean Sea, ideally located near Barcelona and Costa Brava. Built in 1909, it is a luxury family-owned property with lots of old-world charm and history. The villa is conveniently located in a prestigious and isolated residential area and is perfect for this Gaia gourmet culinary training.

The wonderful beach of Sant Vicenç de Montalt is only 5 minutes walking distance and has been awarded the Blue Flag for its high-quality standards and cleanliness. This 2 kilometers long beach is full of “tapas chiringuitos”.


  • Sant Vicenç de Montalt - 5 minutes' walking


A mouthwatering experience: Gourmet vegetarian and vegan cuisine

Nutrition is more than just feeding the physical body. Food is essential on so many levels and that’s why Lakshmi Rising has chosen Gaia Gourmet Cuisine to cater to all of the international retreats and yoga teacher training. This incredible cuisine nourishes every aspect of your being - supporting, nourishing, and cleansing your body, mind, and spirit along your journey.

The talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable Gaia gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the world’s greatest cuisines. Healthy organic food is artistically crafted to please all of the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs, and spices.

They procure and serve all organic produce from local family farms. The meals are well balanced and prepared with love. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.

Balanced nutrition for the body and mind

It’s important that you are well-fed and completely nourished from the inside out when you join this training. With a vegetarian-based menu (and vegan and gluten-free options available), you will be provided plenty of protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens.

They only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever-expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, the freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to your dining experience. Overall, this will produce a more lively healthy body and mind and is the most environmentally friendly diet.

They always do their best to accommodate food allergies. They can omit certain items from dishes, such as cheese, dairy, and nuts. They cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free or nut-free environment. Persons with serious food allergies such as Celiac's disease or those on a 100% raw food diet should not attend a retreat.

The organizer must know of all serious food issues at least three weeks prior to arrival. Bring an open mind and allow your taste buds to savor this unique culinary adventure!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • 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)

Your culinary course will be intense, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to walk on the beach and enjoy the sun or go to a winery for wine tasting and lunch.

What's included

  • Gaia Gourmet certification upon successful completion of the course
  • Gaia Gourmet culinary training manual
  • Gaia Gourmet apron
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (excluding arrival, departure and excursion days)
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacking
  • 20 nights lodging in a double occupancy luxury room
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Self-serve laundry and weekly linen changes
  • Full access to a 5-hectare estate including gardens, fruit trees, trails, and swimming pool
  • 13% tax
  • Option to take yoga classes free of charge (schedule permitting)

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Spain nor the villa
  • Group excursions
  • Access to exceptional wine tastings, pairings, and producers
  • Transfer from and to Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by taxi

Your host will help coordinate to and from transfers based on the entire group's arrival and departure information, at an additional cost based on how many are in a taxi.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Arrival: Sunday October 23, 2022
Departure: Saturday November 12, 2022

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