Hands-On Healthy Cooking


February 10-17th, 2019

Cooking at home is good for you – so where do you start, and how do you keep things interesting? Join us for our Culinary Specialty Week. Learn new techniques and seasonal recipes; leave with enhanced confidence and competence in the kitchen.

Like our other specialty weeks, this weeklong retreat starts with our core program of fitness, education, and recreation. It ends with three full days of culinary immersion and celebration. 

All levels of cooking experience are welcome, but spaces are limited. Reserve your spot today!

Shepherd's Pie

Cold Weather Comfort Food

Seasonal eating is good for you, good for the environment, and encourages endless creative possibilities. Explore favorites like soups, stews, casseroles, winter vegetables, warm beverages, and seasonal spices.

Cooking Skills - Grilled Chicken

Hands-On Experience

Hone your skills in meal prep and planning. Learn ways to make your kitchen experiments more successful and to adapt recipes to your resources and needs. Start thinking about spring gardening, composting, recycling, and repurposing.

Culinary Treats & Retreats

Delight Your Palate

Nourishment and flavor can coexist! Learn to transform wholesome ingredients into memorable meals, including treats like breads, hike bites, desserts, and snacks.

Culinary Retreat Rates

$3,150 (all-inclusive seasonal weekly rate) + $350 (specialty week programming) = $3,500
Includes Lodging, Meals, Skyterra Core Program, and the Culinary Specialty Week Experience

About Our Culinary Retreat Leaders

Michael Vess, Culinary Director and Executive Chef

Executive Chef Michael Vess

Michael Vess has been a leader in some of the Southeast’s most well-regarded kitchens, including the Southern favorite Tupelo Honey. His cuisine has deep roots in traditional comfort cooking, but it is constantly informed and inspired by both world and local themes. Visit Skyterra during mealtimes, and you'll see that each Skyterra visitor enjoys a nourishing, memorable dining experience at every single meal. Read more about Michael.

Lindsay Ford, Registered Dietitian

Lindsay Ford

Lindsay Ford, RD helps guests honor their bodies by guiding them toward nutrient-dense food choices and sustainable behavior changes. Working to create an environment where food nourishes both the mind and body, she addresses every individual’s unique nutritional needs and works with Chef Michael to plan meals that are both healthy and satisfying. Read more about Lindsay.

Nicole Blastow, Chef

Nicole Blastow

Nicole Blastow is a creative and detail-oriented chef. She is also a talented teacher, leading eye-opening (and mouthwatering) culinary demos for our guests.