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Retreat Center Meals

Well Being Retreat Center has been serving delicious, nutritious meals for events since 2013 in support of spiritual, meditation, nature and yoga retreats that we host. We believe that healthier food supports healthier bodies and clearer minds. Retreat Leaders may choose the type of meals (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) to be served on their retreats.

Meals are freshly prepared, mostly gluten-free and mostly organic, with an emphasis on gluten-free whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and humanely raised organic eggs, chicken and grass-finished beef for whole body, healthier, low glycemic meals. (A detailed list of ingredients that we do and don’t use is below.).

Fruits and vegetables from Well Being’s organically tended orchard & garden are used in season as well as Well Beings own organic chicken & free range eggs. It is our mission to provide delicious food prepared in a conscientious way in support of mindfulness of the body and our connection with nature."
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Photo of Snack Table at Retreat Center

Meal Service on Retreats

A photo of a freshly prepared meal of salmon, Caprese salad and greens
Dining Room at Well Being Retreat Center

Meal Service is available for the spiritual, meditation, nature and yoga retreats that we host. For guests renting the cabins for self-retreats or weekend getaways, please plan to provide your own meals. All cabins, but not Cabinettes, have  kitchenettes. 

Retreat Meals will be served in in the Main Conference Building from our licensed Commercial Kitchen. Both inside and outside dining (on the deck) are available.

Snacks, assorted teas and coffee are served throughout the day.

Retreat Leaders decide whether to offer vegetarian or non-vegetarian meals for their retreat. For non-vegetarian retreats, a vegetarian option will be served at each meal. Participants indicate meal preferences on retreat registration. 

Our kitchens are inspected by the State of Tennessee Health Department twice a year.

Retreat Meal Preparation Policies

Meal Service at Well Being Retreat Center

Meal served at Well Being Retreat Center are tasty, mostly freshly prepared, and healthy.

All food served will be labelled to show ingredients. Since "vegetarian" can mean different things to different people, we find it useful to define Vegetarian as including eggs, dairy, and honey, but not including fish or meat.


Since "vegetarian" can mean different things to different people, we find it useful to define Vegetarian as including eggs and dairy,  but not fish or meat.

See our Detailed Food Guidelines HERE

Typical Meals on Retreats at Well Being

Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon Salad
Coco Cream 3.HEIC
Fresh Fruit for Snacks

Meal Service means three meals a day served promptly at the scheduled times plus all day availability of drinks and snacks.


Breakfasts (served at 8:30 AM) usually consists of organic scrambled, eggs organic gluten-free ancient whole-grain cereal with a choice of nut & fruit toppings, yogurt, juice, coffee and teas. Occasionally, we will serve organic chicken or vegan sausages.


Lunches (served at 12:30 PM) will vary with season and availability of vegetables from our one-acre, organically-tended garden. Generally, there will be a fresh hearty, mostly organic salad. (We won't bore you with a bowl of wimpy iceberg lettuce and call it a salad.) The salads may be mixed green salads, rustic coleslaw, or a grain salad such as a tangy quinoa or rice salad. And then usually a hearty home-made soup or other hot dish such as chili with home-made corn bread, or (wild-caught Alaskan) salmon salad.


Suppers (served at 6:00 pm) will have a vegetable (almost never white potatoes and often from the garden in season), a meat dish, a vegetarian grain or bean dish, freshly prepared complex salad, and dessert. Most of our meals are low glycemic, tending towards Paleo in character, but we will often make a sweet dessert for supper as well as offering fresh fruit for snacks and desserts.

All Day Choices for Drinks

Drinks will be available all day:

  • Chilled, tested, non-chlorinated well water that is delicious & mineral rich

  • Starbucks coffee - regular or decaffeinated, half & half an almond creamer

  • Unsweetened black tea with ice (sweeteners available)

  • An unsweetened herbal tea (usually lemon balm) with ice available

  • A variety of herbal and black teas


Snacks will be available all day and will include one or more of the following:

  • Fresh Fruit

  • Mixed Nuts (does not include peanuts)

  • Paleo sweet loaf such as banana-apple-carrot cake, zucchini-almond loaf. These are moist and yummy, low-guilt delights that Patty serves up.

On-Time Retreat Meal Service & Labels

We endeavor, and almost invariably succeed, in serving meals precisely at the scheduled times. We feel that this is important so that Retreat Leaders can plan their daily schedules and so that people aren't waiting unnecessarily. It's sort of a Zen thing.

Each dish being served will be label. Labels will list ingredients and whether it is Gluten-Free (GF), vegetarian (VEG), vegan (VEGAN) and/or dairy free (DF).

Photo of Well Being's laying chickens

Food Waste Recycling

We have a very efficient food waste recycling system. We call it "Having Chickens."

The chickens are located within a large hawk-resistant, protective pen in the garden. They are particularly happy during retreats because of the food scaps and vegetable waste they receive. In this way, food waste is cycled back into the topsoil.

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