• Commuter – $370.00
  • Private Room: Single – $590.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $1,070.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $730.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $1,260.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, March 8 (check in 3 PM; program starts 4 PM) until Sunday, March 10 (checkout 1 PM)

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor Road; Cragsmoor, New York 12566

Contact: [email protected]

Check-in Time : 3:00 PM

Per Person Price: Prices include 3 meals per day and use of all campus facilities.

  • Commuter – $370
  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $590
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $535
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $730
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $630

To extend your stay on Personal Retreat: Simply add days before or after the program during step 2 when making your reservation.

Cancellation Policy : Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

Cooking with Chef Josh

With Joshua Gefroh

March 8 - 10, 2024


Add the Center’s signature dishes to your recipe collection when you spend the weekend perfecting your sautéing and roasting skills, understanding the secrets of our sauces, and learning how to alter recipes to accommodate food restrictions. You will be in the kitchen, both cooking and watching Chef Josh. Then you’ll go home with the knowledge, the recipes, and some mouthwatering samples. This program is for everyone who wishes they could prepare meals that are as healthy and delicious as the meals they enjoy at the Center. Class size is strictly limited to 10 people.

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“I loved the creative vegetarian cuisine. It was colorful, nutritious, amazing.”

“The food was fresh, delicious, and felt made with intention and love. It will inspire a new relationship with my meals at home.” 


You love vegetarian food—or maybe you just know it can protect against lifestyle-related disease—but you want to up your game. Now you can learn how to prepare many of the dishes our retreatants regularly enjoy. Instruction will include both demonstration and interactive (hands-on) components as you learn to prepare four of our signature menus. In addition, we will:

  • Discuss concepts of macrobiotics and ayurvedic cooking.
  • Learn how to prepare some classic items with alternative ingredients to account for food restrictions.
  • Practice using various tools and techniques that make cooking more enjoyable or efficient.

Course materials will include recipes for all of the weekend meals.



You will be learning to prepare the following menu items:

Session 1

Demonstration & Interactive Preparation:

  • Spring Rolls
  • Peanut Sauce
  • Mandarin Cashew Dressing
  • Bliss Bites


  • Focaccia
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Steamed Roasted Vegetables

Session 2

Demonstration & Interactive Preparation

  • Seasoned Feta
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Croutons
  • Brownies


  • Fava Puree
  • Mediterranean Pasta
  • Multi-Grain Pilaf
  • Roasted Potato & Brussel Sprouts
  • Garlic Bread

Session 3

Demonstration & Interactive Preparation

  • Sushi (maki, temaki, uramaki)
  • Miso “Wasabi” Sauce
  • Creamy Chilli Sauce
  • Matcha Mint Cookies


  • Miso Soup
  • Polenta
  • Red Beans
  • Tofu Scramble

Session 4

Demonstration & Interactive Preparation

  • Suncheese
  • Pico de Gallo Salsa
  • Tempeh Fajitas
  • Guacamole


  • Mexican Beans
  • Leafy Greens


  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Shamatha meditations
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients
  • Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat
  • Extensive library of dharma books
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful paths, flora and fauna



There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for all.


(subject to change)

Friday, March 8

3:00 PM Check in
4:00-6:00 PM Welcome and Introduction
Dinner Preparation
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:30-8:30 PM Menu Recap and Open Discussion

Saturday, March 9

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Lunch Preparation
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:30-2:00 PM Menu Recap and Open Discussion
4:00-6:00 PM Dinner Preparation
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:30-8:30 PM Menu Recap and Discussion

Sunday, March 10

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-11:30 AM Program
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Menu Recap and Discussion
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Checkout and Departure



Joshua Gefroh
Joshua Gefroh is the Head Chef at the Dharmaka Center, which he joined following many years of developing his culinary skills and creativity in European retreat centers. He has created delicious meals for retreatants in Italy, Greece, Spain, and Australia, as well as across the US, and has authored two cookbooks. Josh loves cooking, eating, and exploring the world of food. Many of his favorite foods come from diverse cultural traditions rooted in vegetarian cuisine. Trained in macrobiotic cooking, he believes that good food begins with good ingredients. Yet, it is from his family’s strong tradition in home cooking that…
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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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