Cooking Workshop: Create A Vegetarian Thanksgiving!

Aryaloka’s Vegetarian Cooking Series returns this fall! Celebrate the local harvest of vegetables, fruits and herbs that grow in abundance in New England!

Join us for the creation and sharing of a three-course vegetarian Thanksgiving packed with all the protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrition you need. Always vegan (free of any animal products) with gluten free options available. 

Our Menu: Kale/sweet potato soup; Roasted winter squash with quinoa and pomegranate; cranberry sauce;  tofu pot-pie, Baked pears with vegan aqua-fab whipped cream.

Led by: Dh. Singhaśūrī (Lona Kovacs) began her studies in nutrition with a ten-year apprenticeship with a Kushi Institute Macrobiotic Teacher and graduated as a Macrobiotic Counselor. During this time  she explored growing food in the mountains of New Hampshire, foraging in the wild, and cooking for hundreds of people seeking healing. Lona studied Ayurveda while attending her first of many residencies at the Kripalu Institute in the Berkshires. She continued her academic and lifestyle interest in Ayurveda and Indian cooking while studying yoga asana and philosophy in India. As a yoga practitioner and a yoga teacher, maintaining an understanding of this science has been paramount to sustaining her yoga, meditation and pranayama practices with steadiness and ease for over 30 years.
Lona’s love of the natural world sparked interest in Environmental Science while attending Naropa University for her undergraduate studies. This time learning about deep ecology, eco-psychology, sustainable living, organic gardening and wildcrafting led her to apprentice as an herbalist with Rosemary Gladstar in the mountains of Vermont. Lona’s approach to health and healing, plant-based medicine and vegetarian/whole food cooking is an expression of living in harmony on this incredible planet. She strives to maintain equanimity and to stay open to the wisdom of ancient traditions and all growing things.

Safety: (For Events Three Hours or Longer)
How are we coming together safely?

  • Please take a Covid-19 rapid test on the day of the event (Aryaloka does not provide this test). A negative rapid test is required for entry; please take a photo of your test results and present at the door. 
  • If you know you have been exposed to Covid-19 within a five day period of the event’s start-time, we ask that you not attend in-person.*  Stay up-to-date with exposure guidelines here.
  • Masks are optional unless otherwise stated. Masks are required indoors for anyone testing negative of Covid-19 within days 6-10 of post-covid exposure without infection.
  • If you have recently recovered from Covid-19, stay up-to-date with CDC guidance here as to when you’re clear to be back in public.*
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you do not attend in-person.*
  • All participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability in relation to Covid-19.
  • We have installed new air purifiers with virus-destroying technology!
  • There are new cleaning and sanitation protocols.

*Zoom options are available for many events. Transfer of fees or refunds are also available for illness or illness-preventative related absence. 

Please email if you have any questions about our safety protocols. Aryaloka may adjust these policies in relation to current, local infection rates, and will keep retreatants posted on such changes.

As we celebrate a season of harvest and gratitude it is important to learn the true history of the Thanksgiving holiday. You can begin to learn more here and here

Aryaloka is located on the lands of the Peskategwa watershed in N'dakinna, the traditional lands and waterways of the Abenaki, Pennacook and other related Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations for thousands of years from the beginning of time.

The alnobak (people) were harmed greatly by infectious diseases, wars, displacement and cultural erosion brought by European colonizers.

Yet the alnobak are still here –

“We were not all killed off by disease or warfare and did not disappear with the colonization of this country. Many of us became the individual fibers of the weave that made the cloth of the United States and Canada. We are among you, working beside you in all walks of life. Unless we told you who we were, you would probably never know us.” – From the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People website

We invite you to know of their pain and endurance, to learn more of their spirituality, traditions, history and current lives. We invite you to express gratitude for this land, and to care for it with wide-open hearts and eyes. Visit these websites to learn more and to donate: and

November 12th, 2022 2:00 PM through  6:00 PM
14 Heartwood Circle
Newmarket, NH 03857
United States
Phone: 603-659-5456
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee $100.00

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