Retreat Cook for Aura Soma Academy

Stroud Community Agriculture is looking for an enthusiastic, community-oriented Grower to join the team
21st December 2021
Market Garden Traineeship, Glos: Starting Feb / March 2022
5th January 2022

The Retreat Cook is in charge of the all-important food program at Dev Aura. Dev Aura is a beautifully restored country rectory, the residential training centre for ‘Aura-Soma Academy’. As our course schedule permits, we also offer Dev Aura as a conference and course venue to other organisations. We can accommodate approximately 25 persons. We offer seasonal vegetarian meals made with our own biodynamically grown vegetables and herbs from Dev Aura’s gardens as well as our 500-acre Shire Farm or neighbouring organic farms. Healthy delicious food is at the very heart of people’s experience of Dev Aura, so this position is very creative, important and deeply appreciated.

Most retreats are 2-8 days long and are typically around 20-30 people. On rare occasions we cook for more than 30 people.


Job responsibilities include:

  • planning creative, vegetarian menus that highlight seasonal produce in our local area 
  • sourcing food from local farms, farmer’s markets and food stores with the goal of having the majority of our food be locally grown
  • preparing and presenting delicious meals and being willing to share how it is sourced and cooked with guests
  • catering to special diets, including gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and others 
  • keeping meals on time according to the schedule, and planning portions to be sure there is enough food for each group
  • keeping detailed budgets and managing spending wisely

    The work schedule is arranged around the retreat calendar, which means that intense work periods are followed by blocks of days off. It’s necessary to be flexible in this role.  Housing can be included and consists of a private bedroom in a cottage in the village, with
    shared bath.

    Please be sure to include a cover letter and resume to lilleth@aura-soma.com

    Aura-Soma Education Systems Limited
    The Academy, Dev Aura, Little London, Tetford, Lincolnshire, LN9 6QL
    T: +44(0)1507 533218  www.aura-soma.com

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