Food Lovers Retreat

NOVEMBER 15-17, 2019

A weekend of joy through vegan food, cooking and feasting

Why you will love this retreat


You’re a total foodie. Like really really obsessed. You adore vegan food. You’re keen to add vegan recipes to your repertoire.


You love connecting with others and sharing ideas & experiences. You're positive-minded and caring.


You feel that it’s high time you took a weekend away on the Mornington Peninsula. You deserve this. Because life should include more joy.


You get excited about cooking. There’s something special when you get into the kitchen and create something from scratch.


You want to become a pasta making master. You think making your own vegan cheese is exciting too. Not to mention delicious.


You like having hands-on fun. You also like to balance upbeat times with quieter, slower moments. To breathe, relax and reflect.

The retreat includes

  • 2-Nights twin-share in beautiful accommodation.

  • Hands-on cooking workshops, including homemade pasta and sauces, cheeze and sweets.

  • All delicious vegan meals and drinks (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, supper).

    We will be cooking up a storm every day and enjoying the fruits of our labour for many of our meals. So you must enjoy cooking (or have a desire to learn how to cook vegan food).

  • Tea ceremony meditation.

  • Food writing workshop.

  • Chocolate mindfulness session, featuring Local Craft chocolate spreads.

  • Spa pamper night, including making DIY beauty products.

  • Fun ‘Masterchef’ games (non-competitive).

  • Connecting with new people.

  • Small group.

  • Relaxation, inspiration, indulgence, fun.

  • Discussions, insights and socialising over a cuppas or perhaps a glass a vino!

  • Getting into nature.

  • Take home goody-bag. Recipes from the weekend included.

  • Mountains of food and laughter.

  • Cooking tips and consultation.

    Bring your cooking questions and Nadia will answer them (and provide you the information after the class). We may even get to have some impromptu cooking sessions.

  • Time for you to relax and flow.

    This retreat is about connecting to our joy, our shared love of food, simple pleasures, creativity, filling our heart and soul and enjoying wonderful company.

Reconnect with what you love and cherish. Leave with your heart filled to the brim!


(per person, including 2 nights accommodation, all meals and activities/workshops). 

Shared room $520-$530 


Single room $600 NOW SOLD OUT! 

The rooms are a combination of twin-share and single rooms and bed sizes. We do have rooms suitable for couples or friends. Please just let us know at the time of booking in your notes that you are retreating together. If you are coming with a friend, ensure you’re all booking together or at the same time so one of you don’t miss out!

Require your own room? Choose the single room option. We have 2 rooms available for retreaters who would prefer their own room. At the time of booking, please choose the single room option. (EDIT: SINGLE ROOMS NOW SOLD OUT).


Please note that by booking you knowledge that this is non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, you may transfer the ticket onto someone else.
In the unlikely event we cancel the retreat you will be refunded fully. 

Limited places available. However the retreat must reach a minimum number of participants in order to go ahead.




Vital Info

NOVEMBER Friday 15th- Sunday 17th, 2019

5pm Friday 

Check out

12pm Sunday

~ If you will be arriving later, please let us know ~

Tootgarook, VIC (Mornington Peninsula) 

Actual address will be emailed


Further details will be emailed to you on booking, what to bring, all contact details, and details of the program.

Become a pasta maestra


Is this a retreat for me?

It’s a retreat of pleasure.

It is not a ‘health’ retreat – there will be some wine, caffeine, refined sugars and flour, oils, chocolate and lots of pasta. But nor is it filled with junk food. There will be lots of homemade meals, including raw cheese. All food, drink and meals will be 100% vegan.

If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us. Please note that the pasta masterclass isn't gluten free (but we can provide gluten-free packaged pasta which you can enjoy with our delicious home-made sauce). Also nuts used for the cheese masterclass.

It’s a retreat to have fun and connect with others.

It’s not a retreat to work through mental health issues or do deep inner work (please contact us for recommendations for therapy if this is what your soul is craving). However, there is meditation, mindfulness and an openness to follow our heart’s and soul’s desire. We’re mostly doing it through the beautiful prism of food and hospitality.

It’s a retreat for women, where we can support and lift each other up.

There will be no gents at this retreat, so we’ll be celebrating femininity in the forms of food, cooking, pampering, discussion and various activities, such as a spa pajama party. That’s right, a PJ party. This is about soaking up all the joy and good food you can handle. Let this retreat stimulate your own life, how you cook, approach food and create connection through the warmth of hospitality.

There’s a program of activities we’ll be following.

The retreat has been very carefully curated to ensure all activities can be enjoyed at just the right pace. So you will be encouraged to follow the program and kindly asked to keep to schedule (so when you’re deep in conversation hanging out on the couch but it’s time to cook up a storm, you’ll be asked to join on in). However, if there’s a moment when you’re needing some time out (introverts, I get it!) – then feel free to have some time away from the group and revive and join us for the next activity. But the activities are relaxed and wonderful, so having said that, you probably won’t want to miss a thing!

You’ll be lead and hosted by me, Nadia.

While I will be facilitating the activities and hosting you, every woman is a leader, a teacher and nurturer. The weekend will be shared with all our stories, our knowledge, our qualities, our gifts. With gorgeous stronger personalities, you will be encouraged to listen, to take turns, sometimes step back, to create a beautiful balanced environment, where all voices can be heard. That includes me!

You will be asked to lend a helping hand.

This isn’t a hotel with a bed making service and room service. I think you’ve figured that out by now! We’re the onsite chefs (because we love to cook and think we serve up food that’s even better than a chef’s!). So you will be part of the prep, the cooking and sometimes, even clearing dishes. So things like washing out your cup, popping things away. But don’t worry, you won’t be asked to clean the house when you leave! Nor will you spend the time glued to the kitchen. It’s not a focus but it’s important you know this isn’t one of those places with servants. More like a getaway with your girlfriends.

You may like to capture the moments.

We love food. And taking photos of good food. We’re going to be making some deeelicious photo-worthy food. So feel free to bring out your phone, snap away. Or bring along your camera. But if you’re not into having your photo taken in the likelihood it’ll end up on social media, then we totally respect that too. So make this known. And we’ll make sure you’re not in the shot. Also, this isn’t necessarily a ‘no-phone’ retreat. However, to get the most out of your time and connection to the food, each other and your experience, you’re encouraged to pop it aside during the activities (except for photos) and especially during experiences for mindfulness and meditation. And placing your phone on silent allows for the symphony of our own wonderful voices and cooking sounds.

Still have questions?

Meet your host

Nadia Fragnito

Nadia has been cooking vegan food for 18 years and loves to share her passion for recreating Italian classics through The Vegan Italian Kitchen. In early 2019, she published her cookbook Discovering Vegan Italian. She has also just returned from 3 months in Italy, learning about regional vegan Italian cuisine. Nadia’s greatest inspiration in the kitchen (apart from her big appetite) is her Italian heritage; her father was born in the small southern Italian village of Molinara in the Campania region. She runs cooking classes, is a presenter, food consultant and has been featured on ABC and 3AW radio stations. Nadia has written articles on Italian food and vegan travel for Nourish, The Australian Vegan Magazine, Vegan Lifestyle Magazine and Segmento magazines and Vegan Travel. In 2018, Nadia competed in Season 2 of the SBS reality TV program The Chefs’ Line where she cooked up a storm with her vegan Eggplant Parmigiana for Italian Week. Alongside The Vegan Italian Kitchen, Nadia is also a school teacher, published playwright, poet and actress.

Nadia has created this retreat to bring like-minded women together, to share in the love of food and cooking, in an inspiring and creative space. What she is most passionate about is designing food experiences that create connection, warmth, discussion, joy and hospitality.

Laura / Vegan Italian Cooking Class

I loved every minute of the day. Nadia is very welcoming and warm. She made the day very authentic and I felt like I was in Italy. It was so enjoyable and I learned a lot about vegan cooking. She gave very practical recipes and easy to make delicious food.

Constance / Vegan Italian Cooking Class

The day was such a “jewel” ( women, food, ambience, values). Tonight I made more pizza & pasta, last night I duplicated the frittata with silver beet. The tiramisu was delicious! Mille Grazie

Joanne / Discovering Vegan Italian cookbook


Lucy Stegley / Raw Events Australia

Having presented with and collaborated alongside Nadia at various public cooking demos, festivals and hospitality ventures, her genuine passion for showcasing the virtues of vegan cuisine is always nothing short of contagious. Nadia's knack for recipe development and food styling combines naturally with her Italian heritage and the knowledge gained from her extensive research and travels throughout some of the best vegan haunts of Italy. This background is a perfect fit for Nadia to teach others how to recreate the flavours of her beloved bella Italia with 100% plant-powered ingredients.

Kristy / Discovering Vegan Italian cookbook

The Vegan Italian Kitchen has made a masterpiece. It's so beautiful and looks seriously tasty. I've only been eating vegetarian for 6 months, but I'm so looking forward to trying some of the recipes in this book, especially the ossobuco, and learning how to make seitan. Now my mouth is watering. Well done Nadia. Thank you for being part of the inspiration to finally go meat free. 

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