Cooking vacations

Cooking vacations

An extraordinary week for all food lovers that set to improve cooking skills and creativity. During this week we will prepare delicious meals in the Garden kitchen of the Villa Isabel. The course is held in english.

Our working area has a natural light and spills out into the garden, where we enjoy cooking and eating in the shade of olive trees. Spain is rich with materia prima so we use some of the best quality products available in the world. It is important to mention that we make our daily menu with a nutritional balance in mind, and it has to be noted, that we do not exclude any healthy ingredients for any reason other than allergies. That means that we will include all kinds of vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, poultry, fish and seafood.

Chef Gregory Rzyhkov  will guide 2 to max. 5 participants through the program with carefully designed cooking classes, giving insights on how to prepare amazing food without recipies. We will use local, organic ingredients as far as possible.

This week you learn:

– Stocks (vegetable, mushroom, chicken, fish)
– Sauces and dressings (herbal, mayonnaise based, and oil based)
– Condiments (spices, vinegars, wines, beers, herbal flavorings and infusions)

Special skills:
Learn how to be guided by intuitiveness, experimentation and simplicity. By understanding how to put flavors together, you will be able to cook without sticking strictly to the recipes, be more flexible with the ingredients that are available where you live and be able to distinguish which ones suit your intentions.

In everyday life you will probably not spend as much time in the kitchen as when you prepare for a special occasion. Get to understand the difference between everyday food and festive meals.

And more:
– How to plan for meals
– How to shop for ingredients
– How to make order in a working space


Arrival, day 1:
From 15.00 onwards: Check-In
19.00: Dinner
21.00: Introduction

Monday, day 2 to Saturday, day 7  (with the exception of Wednesday):

9.00: Breakfast
11.30: Cooking lesson/Preparing Lunch
13.30: Lunch

Afternoons and Evenings:
17.00: Cooking lesson/Preparing Dinner
19.00: Dinner

Departure, day 8:
9.00: Breakfast
11.00: Check-Out

Special program on Wednesday:
After breakfast we will take a train to the nearby city of Tarragona, that counts with lots of historical roman sites. We will shop for food in the market of Tarragona and explore the city with its culinary offers.

Other activities and wellness:
The beautiful sandy beach of Altafulla is 10 minute walking distance away, where you can swim, do water sports or hike along the coast through natural pine forests.
Yoga classes and massage are available on request.


You will stay in the guest rooms of Villa Isabel that sits in a big, park-like garden with swimming pool. You may choose between single and double rooms as well as shared or private bathroom. In Villa Isabel we also have a big, fully equipped yoga room.

Cooking vacation dates 2021:

April 11th-18th
May 9th-16th
Sep 12th-19th
Oct 10th-17th
Nov 21st-28th


– 5 days cooking in theory and practice
– 1 excursion
Meals at Villa Isabel:
– 7x Breakfast
– 6x Lunch
– 6x Dinner
– 7 nights in Villa Isabel

Prices per week per person:
Villa Isabel:
Double room : 1241,- € (2 single beds; shared bathroom with another room)
Single room: 1353,- € (single bed; shared bathroom with another room)
Double room: 1353,- € (double bed, AC and bathroom en suite)
Single room : 1549,- € (double bed, AC and bathroom en suite)

Note: The tourist tax: 0,99 €/night is not included in the price.

Address and how to get there:
Villa Isabel: Camí Hort del Senyor 6
43893 Altafulla, Spain

Check out the details on how to arrive

What to bring with you:
One week before the retreat starts we will send you a list of things to bring with you.
Info for yoga practicioners: We have enough yoga props in the house, including high quality yoga mats. If you tend to sweat during yoga, please bring your own yoga towel with you.


  1. Fill out the registration form and let us know which retreat you want to attend
  2. Wait till you receive the confirmation from our side that the event takes place and that there is a place for you available
  3. Transfer the money to the account that you find in the confirmation
  4. Organize your travel/Book your flight