Organic. Original. Orgasmic.

Artistic-gourmet vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free cuisine comprises one of the pillars which supports, nourishes, detoxes, and cleanses you on a Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program or Yoga Retreat Vacation in Costa Rica.

Our talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the world’s greatest cuisines. Our healthy organic food is artistically crafted to please all of the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs and spices. We procure and serve all organic produce from local Costa Rican family farms. Our meals are well balanced and prepared with love. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.

We provide plenty of protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. We only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever-expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, our freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to your dining experience. Overall, this will produce a more lively healthy body and mind and is the most environmentally friendly diet.

We always do our best to accommodate food allergies. We can omit certain items from dishes, such as cheese, dairy, and nuts. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free or nut-free environment. Persons with serious food allergies such as Celiac's Disease or those on a 100% raw food diet should not attend a retreat. We must know of all serious food issues at least three weeks prior to arrival. Bring an open mind and allow your taste buds to savor this unique culinary adventure! To purchase the Gaia Gourmet Cookbook click here!

Hear what graduating students have to say about their Gaia Gourmet vegetarian and vegan cuisine they receive while on Lakshmi Rising's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.

Sample Menu

Gaia Gourmet is how we term our healthy delicious vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free culinary creations. We take our Costa Rica Yoga Retreat & Yoga Teacher Training guests on a fine-dining journey through various world cuisines with our own unique decadent yet nourishing twist.


The Tower of Power
A carrot-quinoa latke stacked with garlicky bitter greens,

oven-roasted eggplant and tomatoes, basil leaf, poached organic egg

topped with a sage & sun-dried tomato tapenade



Javanese Almond Satay
over spiralized beet pasta and avocado wings

Mizuna Greens
with Panamenian chile, avocado & cucumber dressing

julienned radish and native apple

Molten Lava Volcano Cake
with a vegan butterscotch drizzle and coconut creme


Wild Spinach Coconut Soup
around an avocado bisque

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