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Do you need a chef for your retreat?

Ceri Jones Chef | Retreat Chef

The dining table is where guests have the opportunity to come together, socialise and unite over food, 3 times a day, so it’s no surprise that food plays a very important role in each and every retreat. However feeding a large group of people, sourcing food, and managing a budget can be a headache for a retreat owner, so why don’t you recruit a specialist retreat chef to handle all of this for you?

Retreats are my thing. I have been specialising in catering retreats for over 5 years, now and have catered over 60 retreats in that time. Retreats have ranged from short weekend getaways at a manor house in Somerset, to 5 nights in a private villa on the Amalfi Coast. They might have a yoga or fitness focus, nutrition or self-development, but good food is a common denominator.

Work as a retreat chef is varied from driving a left-hand drive car, negotiating European supermarkets, to managing serious allergies and of course plating up delicious food. Over 60 retreats I have gained a huge amount of experience to deliver you the best experience for your guests. I have also attended many yoga retreats as a guest myself, which is what initially drew me to the role, this enables me to fully understand the needs of a retreat guest.

Over 60 retreats I have worked with a wide range of individual wellbeing practitioners and retreat companies such as Yoga on a Shoestring.

My Food

My food is always vibrant, veg-centric and seasonally led, and I take inspiration from local foods wherever I travel; for example making the most of a sweet tray of apricots in South West France in June or the bounty of fresh fish from the fish markets of The Algarve.

I usually suggest a buffet breakfast and lunch, so guests can choose to fill their plates to suit their appetites, and then a plated sit down dinner for the evening meal so guests can enjoy the experience to the fullest. Long dinners with friends are always my favourite parts of a holiday, and provide an  extended time to sit and chat, review the day and put the world to right! I often join the guests for dinner and am always happy to chat about my recipes and share cooking tips.

I have a non-diet approach to healthy cooking, and simply like to celebrate beautifully vibrant food that tastes as good as it looks.

I usually provide a vegetarian menu with the option of a pescatarian meal a number of times throughout the retreat pending budget.

I can provide vegan options if requested, and am always happy to tailor my meals to cater for allergies.

Sample Menu

For a UK weekend retreat, an early summer vegetarian weekend in Kent.

Breakfast Buffet

Scrambled eggs and smoky sautéed mushrooms, with local sourdough toast

Homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and roasted rhubarb, fresh strawberries

Selection of nut butters


Light lunch buffet

New potato, buckwheat, asparagus and edamame salad with harissa dressing

Grilled halloumi with mint & homemade hummus

Green salad


Two course evening dinner

Miso roasted aubergine with white bean mash, radish, onion and pomegranate salad, steamed green beans with toasted almonds.

Lemon posset with strawberry coulis, strawberries and amaretti biscuits


Retreats are quoted on an individual basis, on a sliding scale based on numbers of guests, also taking into account how many meals, schedule, whether vegan, vegetarian or +meat and fish. For a larger group or one with complex needs I will bring a kitchen assistant. I am also able to add on extras for a small fee such as cooking demos.

As such I can’t give an accurate quote without this information. As an indicative guide a 2 night weekend Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime (covering 2 x breakfast/brunch, 2 x lunch and 2 x 2 course dinner) for a party of 14 (inclusive of all guests + any teaching staff) you can expect to pay £99 per head for the weekend.

Hire me

Please note I am taking a break from retreats for the first half of 2023, and due to the unpredictable rising cost of living I am currently unable to give any costings for the later part of 2023.

For any specific questions email [email protected]

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Client Testimonials

Ceri was an integral part of our retreat and her food absolutely wowed our guests. We all know what you eat can make or break a trip away and it was critical to get it right. Knowing Ceri was in the kitchen preparing incredible seasonal, locally sourced meals made our lives easier while running a busy retreat.
Vicky Shilling and Lauren Healy

The Reset, Portugal, March 2019

Hosting retreats with Ceri is an absolute treat that I always look forward to. Her food is nourishing, colourful and delicious without feeling too pretentious. The well thought out meals and combination of local and seasonal ingredients mean that myself and the guests are always satisfied, and often trying something new! I have discovered so many new ways to jazz up my vegetables and get creative in the kitchen thanks to Ceri’s classes and easy recipes.
Tally Rye

6 retreats with Replenish You in Somerset, Amalfi Coast, Portugal and the Peak District, 2018 & 2019

Ceri created beautiful looking and the most fresh and delicious dishes on the retreat. She pays such attention to detail with everything she does, and has a genuine passion for her work and willingly shares her knowledge and enthusiasm with her guests.
Susan Li

Wellness Live, Portugal 2019