Cooking Organic Mediterranean food Retreat - Ibiza

Event Highlights

  • Some of the activities programmed:
  • Local market and farm visits, winery tours, beach walks, tour with archaeologist about the history of the island, optional yoga, hikes in nature, talks on sustainability and reduction of non-biodegradable waste. Yoga is available and optional.
  • Entertainment:
  • Live music, dancing, movie nights, games, village and hippie market trips.


Day 1:
Course description, notebooks and recipe packs. Talk on the rich agricultural and culinary history of the island and focus on the importance of consuming local produce instead of shipped/imported goods.
A gourmet 4-course meal cooked for you by the chef Alex

Day 2:
Cooking lesson: Basic cooking and knife skills. Preparation of Ibicencan classics such as fish cooked in salt and pollo payes.
Light lunch: you will eat the dishes prepared in the first cooking lesson
Free time to enjoy the surroundings or therapies.
Workshop on planning dinners for large numbers to make entertaining easy
Dinner will be prepared by chef Alex

Day 3:
Guided walk in the mountains showing the various edible plants and herbs that grow in Ibiza. You will pick homegrown herbs to make a refreshing tea when you return for lunch.
Light lunch prepared by chef Alex.
Cooking lesson: You will be preparing your dinner with the locally grown organic chicken learning prepare and cook the whole bird along with vegetable side dishes to complement.
Dinner will be food prepared by the group.

Day 4:
Talk on the benefits of using fresh produce and the provenance of product that leads to sustainability; also the use seasonal produce instead of imported goods, as to reduce carbon emissions.
Light lunch: Traditional gazpacho with salpicon de mariscos (seafood).
Free time or a chance to take any of the therapies offered.
Dinner at Es Ventall. Traditional Ibecencan food with a modern twist.

Day 5:
Tour of a local organic farm. Chat with the grower as to the farming tradition and how to grow food using methods that are sustainable & ecologically responsible.
Cooking lesson: Creating 4 vegetarian salads for a light lunch from vegetables picked from the organic farm that day and how to use food economically (reducing waste).
Lunch with the dishes prepared.
Tour with an archaeologist to learn the rich history of Ibiza from the first Phoenician settlers up 'til the present day.
Dinner prepared by chef Alex.

Day 6:
After breakfast planning our final dinner and shopping for the goods.
Free time.
Light lunch.
Workshop on the use of herbs and spices in cooking and their health benefits. Layering flavours and the importance of seasoning.
Cooking lesson: chef Alex will teach you tricks for preparation and presentation so you can wow guests at your dinner parties.
Dinner: We will serve & eat together to discuss the past week and a chance to ask any final questions you might have.

Day 7:
Free time to explore the island.
Transfers to the airport

About This Event

Whether you are looking to just learn to cook healthier and delicious meals, feel replenished or just unwind in nature while enjoying the comforts of an elegant home, we offer all kinds of retreats tailored to fulfil all your needs.

A genius blend retreat incorporating cooking Mediterranean cuisine and tasting wine at the local wineries, cooking lessons by renowned chef Alex Marks, visits to local farmers and markets, talks about Ibiza heritage and anthropology, beach walks and all of this combined with the mystique of the island, you will never want to leave. 

Learn fabulous recipes that will surely delight family and friends at home!

Looking great and feeling even better at the end of the week is just a by-product of the fun times we will have together.

RORY MACPARLAND My week at Villa Maecenas was uplifting and glorious, for mind, body and soul. From sunrise to magical sunset we were treated to delicious nourishing food, yoga which challenged both physically and mentally, and spiritual moments of mindfulness and discussion. Like-minded people in a wonderful place doing amazing things, thats Villa Maecenas, looking forward to the next experience. Villa Maecenas guest 2017 SOPHIE BARRETT I booked in wanting rest, relaxation and inspiration and that's exactly what I got. The perfect balance of structure and spontaneity - I came away well nourished, calmer and with friends for life. Our meditation teacher stood out for me although our yoga teachers were also brilliant and the setting exquisite. An Ibizan getaway that your body and mind will thank you for for years to come. I can't wait to return Xxxx Villa Maecanas surpassed all expectations. There is a schedule of activities, delicious menu, and a beautiful setting, but there is no conformity and must-do's. You are utterly at your own discretion to make it what you like and need. Our wonderful host had thought about all the little details that make a difference and nothing was too much trouble. If you are up for being open-minded about what a retreat can offer you, I cannot recommend a stay here highly enough. It will re-energise you, teach you new things and give you a glow for months to come. I feel super lucky to have discovered Villa Maecenas. Naz Sadri

Venue Highlights

Located in amidst the forests and fields of wild flowers of northern Ibiza, but only a few minutes away from quaint white washed villages and farm houses scattered around the island.
Guests are invited to enjoy our charming 400 years old finca, nested on a large lavender field, designed by Rolf Blaskstad, which sits amongst 4 hectares of wild flowers, forests and mountains. A truly authentic Ibizan experience.


We have available 3 types of accommodation - Twin beds and sharing bathroom.
double king size bed with sharing a bathroom and double kingsize bed with ensuite. ( The king size bed can be shared with a friend or partner and that makes a very economical way to participate.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Guests will taste fresh Mediterranean food and experiment the Farm to Table concept of eating very fresh food that retains all nutritional value and no carbon waste - we can offer a vegan menu and vegetarian if needed but this Workshop will have fish and some meat as part of the classes. Let us know your dietary requirements.


The best way to get to us from IBIZA AIRPORT is to take a taxi to Villa Maecenas or if you like, we can organise an airport transfer for you. The finca is located 20km from the airport in the north of the island, 5 minutes from San Miguel or San Joan.

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  • Eda Gungor   February 12, 2020

      Weeklong with amazing art and experiences!

    400 year old House with acres of lush green land, sage and lavender, citrus trees, a pond, a pool, and a real tree house are the surrounding. The house itself is saturated in paintings and art pieces and living books of all sorts in each corner. Cleyenne is a great full of life and vividness, friendly, welcoming, and inviting host with great vision, dreams and ambitions. She holds the spirit of this place and enriches the retreat experience beautifully while taking care of things in a subtle way that makes you feel you are at home while respecting the various dynamics without the need to draw firm boundaries. Met incredible people, be it Cley's friends from the island or attendees of the writers retreat themselves. The food was prepared by a great chef with great background and expansive knowledge, delish, fresh and multicolored. All in all, and the house and Cley the host are of the finest quality in their elements, and not to forget charming Marvin the dog. Anthony, the writing professor is a very sensitive and focused published author and academic who is very skilled in driving a group of people from difference backgrounds and of different interests making sure no one gets bored of off track, and I must say the approach, the content and exercises be them hands on or even through various chats and conversations, have far exceeded my expectations. I did not come to the retreat with an intention to write anything specific, it was rather a gift, yet I truly enjoyed each day spent and the practice made me understand my mind and how I see things in a very interesting way. Highly highly recommended no matter what your interest is and whether you have plans to write a book or a poem or not.

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