6 Day Vegetarian And Vegan Cooking & Yoga Retreat

If you love cooking and want fresh ideas for vegetarian options, or if you want to learn to cook, or maybe you are a foodie, or a health enthusiast, then you will love this culinary adventure! Held at the stunning Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center, this retreat will give you the chance to get a real taste of vegetarian cooking with this perfectly blended 6-day retreat.

Johanne is thrilled to share her passion and knowledge of plant based food preparation, yoga and holistic health. During this retreat, you will prepare and eat delightful plant-based food, learn, explore, rest, practice gentle yoga and meditation, improve your health, and so much more. Come discover new recipes, your talent as a cook, a special place and new people, as well as information that can inspire you to live a healthier and richer life. 

If you already follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, you might become savvier and will come away with tasty recipes, as the possibilities of vegetarian dishes are endless. There's so much you can do with fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils and peas), whole grains, sea vegetables (seaweeds) nuts, and seeds, which are all part of a balanced vegetarian diet. Come learn to transform these ingredients in delightful dining experiences that are sure to excite your palate and engage your senses.

You have the option to accompany Johanne to a local market in the early morning once. The market experience is one that should not be missed while traveling. You will visit a food market so you can be part of the local scene and get a feel of the local culture. You shall get to explore regional cuisine and witness the variety of produce offered. You'll see the locals, including what they eat, how they dress, how they relate to each other, etc. This little adventure will enrich your travel experience as you practice your language skills, take a few pictures, and maybe buy a few souvenirs.

Johanne has created a cookbook from her recipes that are most popular among her guests. You will receive this cookbook by partaking in this fun cooking vacation. It will be a souvenir to cherish and relish! The retreat also includes your accommodation, 4 yoga classes with meditation practice in a beautiful space, yoga props and accessories, 5 daily four-hour hands-on culinary workshops with recipes & nutritional information and cooking tips, a guided nature walk on Tambo Ilusión's protected forest trail, a visit to a local market, 3 delicious & nutritious meals a day, free time for swimming in the lagoon or to relax in your hammock, body-mind nutrition coaching session, and transfer to and from the local airport by mototaxi.

*If these dates do not work for you, contact us about booking other dates. An additional 200 USD per person would apply in this case. Our retreats are guaranteed to take place even if only one person signs up.

What is included

  • Yoga Props
  • Mats
  • All Meals
  • Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • Vegan
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Excursion
  • Meditation


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Hands-On Cooking Workshop
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Nutritious Breakfast
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Cooking Workshop
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Nutritious Lunch
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Time
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Yoga Class with Meditation Practice
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Time
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Supper & Free Time
TIME OFF Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center is surrounded by nature’s gifts. A stroll around the property or a dip in the refreshing lagoon will be a perfect way to spend your free time. You can also get a massage and receive a healing session from a local traditional healer. If you want to explore the town, don’t forget to visit a chocolate factory, go for an outing in Tarapoto to look for souvenirs, savor a cup of local coffee, visit a orchid garden of 3000 species, and an animal rescue center.

Meet The Facilitators

Venue   Tambo Ilusion

Tambo Ilusion is situated in the high jungle mountain region (400 meters or 1300 feet above sea level). It is a beautiful property of 14 hectares (34.6 acres) legally recognized by the Ministry of Environment of Peru as a private conservation area. The objects of conservation are its natural spring and the forest. Tambo Ilusión is also a guest house and retreat center which offers alternative lodging and retreat programs. Located in the rural area of Tarapoto in the San Martin region of Peru, Tambo Ilusión will transport you miles away from the city life.

Due to its geographical conditions, Tambo Ilusión is a natural haven for flora and fauna. It is ideal for people who want to get away from the busy life and come to a place full of nature and biodiversity. There are over 500 species of trees on the property and over 90 species of birds can be seen over the course of a year. In the forest of Tambo Ilusión, a trail of 1.4 km was opened where it is pleasurable to walk and observe nature's wonders.

In addition to forest restoration and protecting the water source, the place practices other activities such as the creation of a medicinal plant garden and work in the nursery. It is also starting the production of vegetables using permaculture techniques.

Tarapoto is connected by air to Lima. The flight takes one hour and fifteen minutes. The distance separating both cities is 618km (384 miles). There are four airline companies that fly daily to Tarapoto: Star Peru, LATAM, Peruvian Airlines and Viva Air.


Indulge in exquisite and delicious culturally diverse vegetarian cuisine in this 5 Day Jungle Yoga Retreat. With nutrition and culinary experts preparing the indulgent meals during this retreat, your palate will surely experience the colorful flavors of Peruvian cuisine during your whole stay. Prepared with love, the wholesome food recipes to be prepared during this retreat will give you all of the nutrition you need to get you going! Johanne holds a vegetarian nutrition certificate and she has worked in the food industry for years so you can expect top notch plant-based food!




If you’re an aspiring vegetarian/vegan chef or an enthusiast, this retreat is the perfect program! An intimate lesson with maximum of two people, you’ll learn the art of preparing vegetarian, vegan, and raw food from the best! You’ll discover not only the techniques and ingredients in this hands-on training, but also the art that comes with preparing these cuisines. Appreciate the diverse cultures that combine to create these exquisite cuisine with a vegetarian nutrition certified coach - Johanne. Prepare healthy breakfasts, learn about super foods, sprouting, juicing, fermenting, dehydrating, making smoothies, nut and seed milk, raw desserts, and much more. Cook food that’s delicious, eye pleasing, and fulfilling - book now.

Melanie H

Yovada Wellness Advocate

  San Martin, Peru

Known as the City of Palms, Tarapoto is in the district of San Martin, located on the high jungle plateau in the northern part of Peru. Tarapoto features some of the most spectacular natural beauty. There are various scenic outlooks, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, fauna and flora of all sorts, and some of the most interesting people in the world live in this area.

Tarapoto is often used as a "jump off" point for excursions into the vast Amazon rainforest where diversity in species reaches its maximum expression such as in Tingana and Pacaya Samiria national reserve and for tours of the North East of Peru including the Chachapoyas culture in Amazonas with its fascinating but not well known archaeology and history, the Gran Vilaya ruins and the Kuelap fortress (Machu Picchu of the North).

Tarapoto has a myriad of restaurants, hotels, local markets, and other natural attractions that would interest tourists from all walks of life. Tarapoto has a rich cultural heritage and many historic landmarks nearby. Indeed, it is a perfect place to discover and learn more about this exotic country.

Furthermore, beautiful landscapes, amazing waterfalls, lagoons, orchids, adventure tourism such as river rafting and hiking in the tropical Andes and bird watching attract numerous visitors to this area. LATAM, Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines and Viva Air fly between Lima and Tarapoto.

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