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We have always loved vegetarian food here at Rise Up and with the start of 2017 we have decided to embark on a path to create a vegan focused menu that is unlike any other surf and yoga retreat. I know this might sound a little weird and crazy for a surf and yoga retreat as why would we want to pursue such an idea.

Here are a few reasons why to go vegan according to the global perspective:

  • Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world’s biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • One of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products.
  • The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.
  • A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land and water needed to support a meat and dairy diet.
  • If all the world lived on a western diet we would need 3 planets

Personally we love food and simply want to live more connected to the earth and to ourselves and share a peaceful way of living with the world. Eating vegan is one way we can do this and with a slow and steady transition we will source the best possible ingredients, grow our own produce onsite and put together a menu that is second to none.

We are lucky to have the talented Juan Gomez on our team as head chef. Juan shares a passion to create food that is hearty, delicious but also that has a positive impact on our health and the state of the environment. Juan has over 20 years of culinary experience and him along with his team in the kitchen have started to create magic. Our goal is that at the end 3 months our kitchen team of local ladies will be able to create a two week complete vegan menu, to add to their already amazing menu.

We truly believe that with the right combination of ingredients and flavours vegan food can be as delicious as any other food minus the animal products.

Don’t get us wrong we are not making this jump overnight but more we are making a shift to consciously choose ingredients that are more sustainable, plant based, organic and locally sourced. We will still be keeping fish on the menu and the occasional BBQ night when we can get locally sourced meat. However these will become less and less and we refine our menu. We love fish but we have also noticed as the pressure on the local fish resources has grown that many locals are adopting unsustainable fishing methods such as fishing with bombs, thus we want to support local fisherman but we have had to start demanding the fish we buy is not caught in fine nets or with the use of bombs. We will of course cooking up any fish that our guests catch on fishing trips.

Here are a few highlights from the last week of vegan food with many more on tap for the coming months:


Here are a few websites for those interested in recipes and learning a little more about veganism

Keep it kind –

Oh She Glows –

The vegan society –


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