Retreat Catering: Food is Love

Retreat Catering: Food is Love

For resident in-house chef Jaynee, “Food is Love”. Jaynee’s life-long experience in creating delicious captivating delights has brought her to Kawai Purapura to further her knowledge and share her experiences.

She daily sources homegrown or locally grown Organic ingredients first. Each meal is lovingly prepared and presented to excite your experience at Kawai Purapura as being unforgettable. Her passion to please is infectious and you will be encouraged to try and experience new delights.

By nuturing the body, mind and soul with fresh, delicious, organic whole foods, health and vibrancy is promoted and thus a more enlightened experience. Every cell of your body will be awakened and will sparkle with new delights.

Jayne (right) will assist retreat holders to design a special menu if required. Please contact for requests and to arrange a meeting if that is more appropriate.

Sample Living Food Menu

Re-educate your tastebuds


Housemade Famous KP Buckwheat Granola

Grilled asparagus, feta and beetroot salad

Grilled asparagus, feta and beetroot salad

Freshly made coconut yoghurt splashed with Blueberry Jewels

Freshly squeezed Carott, Ginger and Apple Juice

Fruit, Nuts and Seeds

Living Organic Plant Based Salads
Rainbow Salad – packed full of goodness and energy
Flaked Almond “Tuna” Salad – plumped soaked almonds
Seasonal Fruit Platter


Buffet display

Buffet display

Green Goddess Smoothie – power packed with Maca powder
and all the goodness from the land.

Cashew Alfredo – Creamy and delicious.  Made with
Vegetable spiral noodles
Kale and Orange Salad – massaged kale with a
popping poppy seed dressing

Berry Blast Cheesecake

Cost $65.00 per day

Low, moderate and high-end dining per requests usually range from $42 to $65.

Dessert delight

Dessert delight

Detailed Catering Costs

Minimum 10 people unless by special arrangement.

  • Breakfast: $10 continental; $15 full
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea $6
  • Lunch $16
  • Dinner $16
  • Dessert $3.50
  • Gluten-free catering surcharge: $3.50 per person per meal.

Kawai Purapura Sample Menus


Dahl served with Bread

Spinach and Pumpkin Curry

Spicy Vegetables with chickpeas

Chef’s Seasonal Salad

DESSERT – Fresh fruit Salad with Yoghurt


Tomato and Borlotti Bean

Soup served with Irish Soda Bread

Pasta Tossed with Tofu and Pesto

Chargrilled Vegetable Salad with lemons,

Spiced Currant Couscous.

DESSERT – Chocolate Fudge Cake


can consist of some of the following dishes.

Lenntil Bake, Vegetable Pilaf, Vegetable Moussaka

Eggplant and Mushroom Pastitsio

Thyme and Tofu Stirfry, Barley and Vegetable Hotpot

Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Chickpeas

Assorted Quiches, Calzone

Hot Spinach Cheesecake, Ratatouille, Spciy Bean Casserole

Accompanied with an array of Interesting fresh salads.

Spinach and Feta, Chargrilled Vegetables, Lentil Balls and

Mixed greens, Herbed baby potatoes, stirfried greens,

Couscous tabbouleh, Israeli Couscous.

Fresh fruit is always available at lunchtime.

Assorted Soups are often offered if budget allows.


Self-catering option

$5 per person per day kitchen charge (not if only tea facilities) for Lotus kitchenette and Prema side kitchen. Applies to any number up to 20 and then capped at $100.


Dear Jaynee and Terry, Thanks so much for the delicious vegetarian food you prepared for the recent writing retreat at Kawai Purapura. Although not all the retreat participants were actually vegetarians, the food was so fresh, tasty and varied that it kept us happy. We loved all the fresh vegetables, raw and cooked, the baked chocolate pudding was a star treat, and we relished the daily homemade bread!

Kind regards, Barbara

Barbara Grant | Associate Professor, Higher Education | School of Critical Studies in Education | Faculty of Education | The University of Auckland / Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau |

“Transformations International runs NLP and other training in various places round the world, and we prefer to arrange catering privately. We have special requirements (our meals are vegetarian). Daniel and Audrey came into our training after we had a rather bad experience of catering, and we were nervous about taking the risk of a new catering service. But they were amazing. They sat down and checked what would make the meals work for us, and they delivered on their promises. They checked repeatedly with us and with the course participants and evolved a menu to work for us. Daniel and Audrey are artists with food, and they elevate meal times from mere physical recharging to a celebration of food and life. They also created a kind of synergic system in which our plans participated, with their own philosophy of food, in creating something unique and uplifting. Each dish was exquisitely done, and elegantly presented. With Daniel and Audrey you will discover how to enjoy food as an art, as a meditation, as a celebration, and as a collective learning experience.”

Richard Bolstad

“This is to thank you for your fantastic efforts in providing divine food for the recently held Silent Meditation retreat at Kawai Purapura. All the participants were thoroughly impressed by the quality of food which was very high in energy (prana). This kind of food is very congenial for the practices that we do in the course. Also it was so nice of you to provide the Ginger Tea as discussed and it became the favourite of our Teacher too…JJ

The teacher invited the chefs to the class and introduced them to the whole group. This has never happened in the past. Also we appreciate your efforts to adhere to our request of not using onion, garlic and a big list of other ingredients in spite of which the food was gracefully tasty. The whole Art of Living team was inspired and loved their stay and cherished the moments. I thank you both for your tremendous efforts and would love to be in touch soon for another conference at Kawai Purapura. Thanks & best wishes.”

Sharad Lathker, Facilitator & Events Coordinator, Art Of Living, Auckland, NZ

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