5 Days Vegan Cooking Workshop and Yoga Retreat in Maine, USA

Vegan Cooking & Yoga Retreat USA

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Join Chef Elena Beresneva, whose vegan blinis and molecular caviar was called "most memoribale dish" on NYC Vegetarian Food Festival according Village Voice, for a 5 day culinary experience at Sewall House. You will learn how to cook famous Russian dishes, NewYork style cheesecake, vegan sauces, master your plating game and more! Clear your soul at the historic Sewall House, built in 1865, where yoga instructor Donna Davidge's great grandfather, William Sewall, taught Theodore Roosevelt the wonders, beauty, and healing attributes of nature. Since 1997, guests have come for small personalized retreats with great vegan/vegetarian meals, guides for healthy living, and excursions to nearby lakes, hikes, and mountains.

Meet the instructors

Donna & Elena
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  • 4 vegan cooking lessons
  • Yoga and meditation classes twice daily
  • Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa yoga
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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We have discovered since we opened in 1997 that Sewall House Yoga Retreat especially seems to be a good choice for people going through some sort of change in their life, whether it be work-related, relationship or health-related. People also choose us because we are in Maine in a uniquely inviting historic home. Our guests have also shared that the smaller number of attendees feels less like a "university" compared to some of the larger yoga retreats.

Each room is uniquely furnished with antiques and comfortable mattresses on full sized beds. Singles have a private room and couples/friends can share a room with one bed. 6 Private Bedrooms: 5 rooms with antique full size beds and 1 room with a Queen size bed. 4 full bathrooms, 3 shared. 1 room with a private bathroom. Sauna & One person jacuzzi bath. You can use the computer for free at the local library which is nearby. If you have your own computer, we provide wireless internet service for a one time fee.


  • 08:00 Meditation/Restorative-Hatha yoga or more active Vinyasa-Ashtanga yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast: homemade granola, fruit, toast, yogi tea/coffee, Sunday pancakes
  • 10:30 Cooking lesson or free time - Reading, journaling, biking, walking, hiking, massage, lake activities.
  • 14:00 Mid-day meal. Additional charge if you want lunch prepared for an outing
  • 14:30 Cooking lesson or extra time for self study, booking a massage or getting into the great outdoors
  • 17:30 Kundalini yoga and meditation. Live guitar music & chanting in afternoon class
  • 19:00 Vegetarian dinner & dessert.
  • 20:00 Sauna and Jacuzzi or just relax! Optional evening meditation.
  • Cooking lesson is once daily. You can choose either taking the two hours morning or afternoon session.


Donna Davidge
Donna Amrita Davidge has been teaching yoga in New York City since 1985, integrating Kundalini, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Dharma yoga. She also teaches Restorative, Nidra, and meditation. She has also produced products for home use and has taught at premiere yoga studios such as PURE, Golden Bridge, and the Open Center as long as at her retreat, which has operated since 1997 in Maine. Donna is a highly experienced 500 E-RYT yoga teacher.
Elena Beresneva
After relocating from Russia to the USA, Elena discovered the plant-based lifestyle and began exploring different culinary techniques, leading her to enroll to culinary school. After graduated she worked a numerous NYC restaurants and after few years she started to cook for private clients, organized pop-up dinners and cooking classes. She has since been working to transform Russian cuisine, traditionally very meat and dairy-focused into vegetable-forward delicates.


Sewall House is in the northern part of the state, the southern part of Aroostook County, known for Baxter State Park, Mount Katahdin and surrounding lakes. We are only 30 miles from the Canada United States border. The bordering town in United states is Houlton, Maine (passport required). In Canada the bordering town is Woodstock, New Brunswick which is 92 km west of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. You can drive easily from New York City and Boston or Canada.

Northern Maine is not highly populated. Sewall House yoga meditation retreat is located in a town of 700 people with two nearby lakes and Baxter State Park with its mighty Mt Katahdin. There are gift shops nearby, a #1 rated 18 hole golf course, one restaurant named River Cafe which sits on the river, and a few diners but no commercial chain stores or coffee houses. Island Falls is pure small-town New England.


  • Bangor airport, 1.25 hours
  • Boston, 5 hours
  • Portland airport, 3.5 hours


Sewall House serves a vegetarian menu in keeping with yoga practice. Our food is ample, tasty, mostly organic and prepared on the premises. Things like their own granola, home-made yogurt, breads and desserts and main dishes with vegetables and various legumes are served. Sewall House gets much of their fresh produce from a local Amish community and local farms. They do not serve alcohol or meat. They do serve coffee.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)




Hiking in Baxter Park


Lake tours

Life coaching

Nature outings to Baxter State Park, nearby lakes and hikes


What's included

  • 4 daily vegan cooking classes
  • 2 yoga and meditation classes daily
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa yoga practices
  • Daily full board vegetarian meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

What's not included

  • *Airport drop-off
  • *Plane ticket
  • *Travel insurance
  • *Special tours

How to get there

Driving directions from Portland

  • Drive north on I-295 which becomes I-95 North near Augusta.
  • Continue on I-95 to Island Falls and take exit 276, take a right off the ramp.
  • Veer right at Bishop's store where you see the electronic clock on route 159.
  • Sewall House Yoga Retreat is the first house on the left after you veer right (2/10 mile off I-95 North).
  • You will see a white house with a Sewall House sign in the front yard.
  • And simply; Sewall House is next to the Post Office and if you pass it, you have passed Sewall House Yoga Retreat.

Arrival by airplane

You can fly into Bangor (which is closer) or Portland.

From the airports you can catch a bus or rent a car.

Arrival by bus

From Portland or Boston you can take a bus with Concord Trailways and change to CYR Bus which leaves Bangor daily at 6.00 p.m

Purchase ticket to Sherman where Sewall House Yoga Retreat will pick you up.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Tuesday July 16, 2019
Departure: Saturday July 20, 2019

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