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food GLorious food Cookery Retreat with Sam and Mike Thomsett. Bookings are not taken through this website. Please call 07747 441453 or email giving your phone number and a good time to call.

This three-day residential retreat in Fforest Barn Mountain Retreat, near Abergavenny, South Wales (2.5hrs from London by train or car) 14th September (starting at 5pm*) to 17th September (ending at noon). *Official start time - you are welcome to arrive from 2pm.

Price per person £600 for 3 nights’ accommodation, cookery tuition and all food & snacks.

If you would love to learn how to cook healthy low GL recipes that are delicious, nutritionally balanced, yet simple to create, this cookery retreat is for you. Maybe you are new to low GL nutrition, or maybe you already follow the principles but are not sure how to prepare delicious recipes using key ingredients. Perhaps you are looking to lose weight or simply adopt a healthy eating pattern. Whatever your reasons, you will realise that cooking can be easy, and you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen or buy tons of new equipment to make fantastically tempting food.

Under our instruction you will be cooking low GL meals that taste delicious, look amazing and are full of vibrant, healthy ingredients. Most importantly, this retreat is about abundance, not restriction! You’ll be cooking, tasting and eating different dishes and snacks. Our objective is to open your horizons to the vast array of low GL options and combinations available. This will give you the inspiration to create your own recipes at home, according to your own personal health goals.

You will learn/get:

  • How to cook low GL recipes for yourself (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks)
  • The number of GLs you can have for weight loss/weight maintenance
  • How to optimise seasonal ingredients from ‘garden to table’ using our veg patch
  • Different options for varied flavour combos and food substitutions
  • How to switch-on flavour and using herbs, spices and key ingredients
  • How to create easy, low GL menus that are affordable and accessible
  • Tips and tricks to save time, money and energy in the kitchen
  • How to take the stress out of cooking and make it fun
  • Cook, share and enjoy! – we all eat everything we make
  • Leave with the recipes from the retreat and access to many more
  • An introduction from Patrick Holford on the principles of the low GL diet
  • Access to Patrick Holford supplements (including trying some on the retreat)
  • A guided walk in the raw nature of the Black Mountains.
  • An evening meditation with Patrick Holford

Places are strictly limited to 9 for this exclusive residential retreat. See below for how to book.


We are both foodies, love everything culinary and enjoy experiencing world cuisines. However, in our travels - both locally and afar - despite experiencing some truly excellent restaurant meals we have often struggled to find a good combination of quality, taste, dietary options, and value for money.

So, we set ourselves a task: to create the type and quality of food that we like to eat and see if others would like it too. With increasing emphasis on wellness and healthy eating, we decided to set up our own business, cooking for people requiring nutritionally balanced food.

Sam and Mike

Sam and Mike Thomsett

We trained at the Gastronomicom Culinary Academy in France and gained experience working together cooking in ski-chalets, gites and B&Bs around the world. We are both certified in Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering and each have a diploma in Vegan Nutrition and Vegan cookery.

As well as mainstream menus, we specialise in cooking for dietary intolerances/allergies and specific eating plans. Whether that is vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, low GL (glycaemic load), low sugar, low salt, or specific requirements, we continuously research new ingredients in our quest for perfectly balanced, tasty, interesting and visually appetising food. We are passionate about Patrick’s optimum nutrition principles and low GL style of eating, rich in antioxidants, essential fats, vitamins and minerals.

So…we have found what makes us happy! Creating wonderful plates of food that look amazing and taste delicious and adhere to the various nutritional requirements of our clients. Good food does not need to be complicated. Good food should never be boring. Good food should be colourful and ultimately a feast for the senses. We think creating fantastic food is a joy to both prepare and eat.

We now want to share our love of food with you and teach you how to apply these nutrition and culinary principles to make your own perfectly balanced meals.



From Friday 14th June to Monday 17th September. The Retreat Fforest is held at Fforest Barn Mountain Retreat, near Abergavenny, a beautiful area with lots to see and do in the region The retreat starts at 5pm on Friday evening (arrivals from 2pm welcome) and ends at noon on Monday. It includes full-board accommodation and all food. There is also a hot tub to enjoy so bring your swimwear! (see Holford Natural Holidays for more details on the venue and surrounding area)


For more information about the venue and accommodation visit Holford Natural Holidays.

Accommodation is a mixture of one to three single bedrooms or double bedrooms in the Old Barn, Dutch Barn, and in an Eco-Pod, Romany Gypsy Caravans, Treehouse and Luxury Safari Tent, all with heating and comfortable beds, plus easy access to toilets and bathrooms - and breath-taking views. The best option for you will be decided when you contact us - email your name and telephone number to and we will call you back. Alternatively, please call us on 07747 441453.

There are rooms for couples and sharing options if you come alone or bring a friend. Single accommodation is available. Accommodation choice is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Getting there is easy from London – allow 2.5 hours from the West and 3 hours from the East. Or take a train from Paddington to Abergavenny (2.5 hours). Taxis from Abergavenny to Fforest barn cost circa £10. We’ll help you with your travel plans and any other needs.


Places are strictly limited to 9 people and filling fast so we recommend you secure your place now with a £250 deposit. Price is £600 per person. If you are restricted from coming due to covid rules your booking will either by moved to the next retreat or refunded.

For more details on the venue, Fforest Barn Mountain Retreat, visit


Call 07747 441453 or email giving your phone number and a good time to call to discuss your accommodation options.


Our other retreat is Perfectly Balanced - plant based cookery retreat, and will be held on 23-26 Sept.