Fermentation Weekends – Learn Raw Food & Fermentation

Due to global events no current retreats are planned. 

This is for you if you are curious about fermented foods and working with food cultures to help support long term health and master playtime in the kitchen! If you are ready to unplug in to nature and spend a long weekend feasting on organic produce made by you & me then you need to book this… 

Daily raw food and fermentation classes will be the main feature of this weekend, and each evening we will feast on the foods of our labour.

There will be a chance to learn and explore organic food production, go free range on location, get hands-on if you wish, and nourish your body at this restful retreat with like-minded health-seekers who enjoy exploring life that is a little more ‘off-the-grid’.

We will get the chance to know each other around the dinner table each day.

Your hosts

I am Stephanie Jeffs, a raw food chef & teacher – read more about me here and explore this website to find out more about what I do with raw food and a raw living-foods lifestyle.


We will feast daily on organic produce, mostly produced and prepared on location. The food will be organic, mostly vegan and mostly raw although not exclusively. The focus of our dining will be fermented organic plant-based produce. The retreat is also alcohol and coffee free. Want to master making sourdough? Buckwheat breads? Want to make kombucha? Want to play with cultures and make your own vegan (and some dairy) milks and cheeses? Want to make your own fermented pickles, yogurts, cheese and more? You can!


Location to be announced with dates: UK & Portugal.

Teaching schedule

Each day will be different – we will work with the flow of the group and the availability of our produce. However this is an idea of what our teaching schedule will cover

  • Sourdough
  • Fermented buckwheat bread
  • Fermented carrots & vegetables
  • Dosa bread
  • Sprouted nuts & seeds
  • Nut & seed mylks
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Fermented Nut & Seed Cheese
  • Fermented Nut & Seed Cheesecakes
  • Raw Chocolate & Desserts
  • A range of dairy cultures including kefir, langfil and more

We will also enjoy entertainment of our own making so if you play an instrument feel free to bring it along!


Our 3 day retreat:

  • Thursday: Arrivals from 18:00 onwards
  • Thursday pm: Welcome dinner, bread preparation and an evening of rest
  • Friday: Teaching, rest, dining
  • Saturday: Market visit, teaching, rest, dining, entertainment
  • Sunday: Explore the area, teaching, lunch, depart 14:00

Retreat prices in pounds

Prices to be confirmed on date release.

Your price includes

3 nights accommodation
All meals
Fermentation & Raw Food Classes
Opportunity to get hands-on at the farm
Time to retreat with like-minded health seekers
Kitchen Masterclasses
Guided trip to local food market
Airport transfers
Local well water
Chance to take some live heritage cultures home
Copy of Stephanie’s plant-based book Spiralize
Explore Raw Cookery School Apron
Copy of Stephanie’s Fermentation eGuide

Does not include

Flights if overseas, or travelling to the UK


Flights are not included.


A transfer to and from the airport is included in your price and is at fixed times: leaving the airport at 20:00 on arrivals day and departing for the airport at 14:00. Cash alternatives are not available if you arrange your own transport.


“A heavenly landscape, with conscious and committed people …… I am a travel writer who specialises in retreats and this one is as magical and memorable as any I have come across.”

“I’d like to express my warmest gratitude to Stephanie and Stefano for organising and setting up such a nurturing (and nutritious!) environment in Shangri-La. The farm sits in a gorgeous valley surrounded by soft hills. It is clean, comfortable, peaceful and very aligned to nature’s rhythms. This was the perfect environment to explore whole foods in their natural state and the nutritional potential they hold through a wide range of techniques culminating in unique earthy and delicious breads, fermented vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains and scrumptious raw chocolate.  Stefano’s life long fermentation expertise and passion complemented beautifully Stephanie’s refined understanding of raw foods. Stephanie and Stefano’s integrity and experience are evident through their teaching style: it is hands on, relaxed, vivid and infused with sparks of creativity and playfulness. I would recommend the Fermentation Retreat to food lovers who wish to explore Fermentation and Raw Food in a peaceful environment.”
Amina Pfeufer, DipNT (BANT), B.C.S.T

Read more testimonials by clicking HERE.

Refund Policy

Please note that bookings are not refundable once made but can be transferred to a third party on request. NB: Sorry, I cannot transfer you to another retreat if you are unable to make the one.

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Booking online is easy. Just click HERE to reserve your space now! Payment is by PayPal or direct bank transfer only. Our preference is that you pay by bank transfer to avoid hefty fees. Other payment options may be available. Please email with any queries. Spaces are limited to a maximum of 7 guests.

Free One Day Detox

I appreciate you stopping by and taking a look at my organic retreat: as a thank you I would love to gift you my FREE One Day Raw ebook Raw24: Recipes to get you started on a one day detox. You’ll also be added to my newsletter list for special offers, last minute retreat deals, recipes and more. Just CLICK HERE to get it.

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