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Organic Lifestyle Retreat in The Green Room

Come to the the sanctuary. Immersed in nature, come learn Leslie’s technique for creating “the lusciousness in your life”. Leslie will teach you how to incorporate a nourishing home environment with the art of self care, gourmet vegetarian, organic farm to table meals, and “loving kindness” hands on cooking classes. Come for a weekend, a few days or a whole week. The beauty, nourishment and peace will follow you home.

6 miles from the center of Amherst, MA, home of the 5 colleges, Leslie has created an oasis. Literally, I contracted and did some work to build my home with my then husband with all natural building materials. And that’s a good story that I would love to share with you.

First choose a package or let me help you customize your optimal wellness stay

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Summer Gourmet Getaway

Dreamy south facing deck of my home, early morning in July. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Well, I am biased, it is my birthday month. I love the summer heat. Abundant, Organic flowers, some for vases, some for eating, plenty to see in the lush gardens; seasonal veggies, loads of blueberries and raspberries to pick for snacking, adding beauty and nourishment. And by the way, these lilies are edible and gorgeous as a garnish for summer fresh salads.

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Forest Bathing in my Forest Garden

Foxglove in bloom on south side of house

Forest bathing in my forest garden. The foxglove are abundant and beautiful amidst rock sculptures naturally balanced. View off the south side of my home. Come visit for a delicious gourmet getaway.

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Treating Noodles like a Slab of Bread

Treating noodles like a slab of bread, topped with pesto and served with a garden fresh salad for a delicious lunch. Some pesto’s are thin; some are oily and others like a sauce. My pesto is thick, more like a spread, a dip and of course yummy on pasta. Today, I made a Vegan Pesto from organic garden fresh kale and wild fresh nettles that was plentiful in my garden. I also added some fresh organic basil, hemp seeds, walnuts, garlic scapes, virgin olive oil and ume vinegar. I love nuts and seeds, and have made pesto with almonds, sunflower seeds and even hazelnuts. Hemp seeds and walnuts pack a wallop of omega 3’s healthy fats. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, a super food. The garden fresh salad with nasturtiums and some local goat feta creates a delicious gluten free, vegetarian rainbow lunch.

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How to Make Vegan and Gluten Free Spring Rolls: Cooking Demonstration

Organic Ingredients Spring Rolls for Slow Living

Spring rolls make a beautiful appetizer with colorful seasonal vegetables and garden fresh herbs. As the seasons change you can substitute ingredients and create colorful mosaic patterns with numerous combinations of salad greens, grated, marinated, pickled, seasonal vegetables, edible flowers, herbs and more. Plus, with climate change, this “yoga in the kitchen” flexible approach to mixing and matching local ingredients may be the key to lessening our carbon footprint and eating well throughout the year. Below are some photos from my presentation/cooking demonstration on How to Make Delicious Spring Rolls Fristat the Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, Vermont June 6, 2019

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