Our friend Mo will be in our house to help self-catering guests, while we will be at the exciting, inaugural Natural Medicine Gathering, Tena, Napo, Ecuador, April 11-15, 2017 where we will be giving presentations on the protection of traditional knowledge, the microbiome and that sort of thing, while learning more about traditional healing practices and ayahuasca in Ecuador with an association of approx. 80 Ecuadorian shamans:
Experience ayahuasca in Ecuador: An all-star event, not a five star event, organised by CYRAE (Consejo de Yachak Runas Amazonicos del Ecuador / an association of more than 80 traditional Ecuadorian healers) to support and profile their work and to bring shamans, real food activists, nature lovers, magicians, alchemists, psychonauts and other researchers together in a shared space of collective visions for a future of the planet. The event will be embedded in local (Napo Runa) Kichwa culture, who will benefit from your participation, and any profits will support CYRAE and help organise next year’s event.
This what they write about the food:
Most food will be locally sourced from indigenous people’s forest gardens – no pesticides nor other nasty chemicals – some wild foods will be gathered in the forest, natural salt from the Andes will be used sparingly and a bit of coconut oil from the coast will be imported across the mountains. Simple breakfast means boiled eggs, yuca, chicha and guayusa with seasonal surprises. Lunch will be wrapped in Bijao (Calathea lutea) leaves and cooked over charcoal in the traditional Kichwa style (maito). All gluten free, no dairy, no added sugar. There will be a vegetarian/vegan option. Lots of guayusa. Join the gathering, in the home of ayahuasca, and help spread the word.
If you would like to join us in the Ecuadorian Amazon, get in touch! We will happily guide you through the experience and provide translation, if your Spanish is not too good. There will be shamanic shenanigans of various kinds, including ayahuasca ceremonies in sacred places:
UPDATE: Our calendar is almost full for 2016. Currently we can only offer real food holiday: you cook yourself!
In addition to having a baby, rethinking and reconceptualising our guest house (after three full seasons with great experiences, much success and an increasing demand) we will in 2016 also be focused on research – some of which we will collect on the embryonic | Real Food Nexus | website – and, therefore:
We are currently only able to accept bookings for “self-catering” (real food holiday) and only in the months of May, June, July and August (more details below). Self-catering can, however, be facilitated (at cost price plus a modest fee, depending on your specific needs): we can provide organic vegetables and pastured meat from local, small-scale producers, as well as any other desired products, such as coconut oil, sea weed, spices and (wildcrafted) herbs. You will have to cook yourself, but we’re happy to make suggestions and discuss options when time permits.
The Blue House will be available from May to August for (facilitated) self-catering on a weekly basis, from Saturday to Saturday, for up to 5 people. One week costs €500. Click to book (or request further info): firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Rode Andersen, (Instagram) – November 2015 (posted here, here and here):
“De kan noget med mad og nærhed. Perfekte rammer hvis familien skal finde fokus omkring #rigtigmad” … en utrolig sød familie med hjertet og hjerne på rette sted og med hænderne skruet rigtigt på. Stedet hedder http://lagorcerocks.com og kan varmt anbefales, hvis man som familie gerne vil introduceres til en Palæo relateret livsstil !
Stayed a weekend, in November, 2015.
It’s winter, it seems… Our lovely guests this weekend, just took this lovely shot of the Pont d’Arc:
Late November, 2015
Not really the time to make ice cream, but nice to think of summer.
Again this year we made a lot of probiotic ice cream. All kinds of flavours, some too much to deal with. Anything goes for a try, though, I’d say, just mix up the environment you live in, make fermentation bins of local berries, fruits, nuts, greens, and have a bacterial party:
Probiotic ice cream recipe: Fermented in water kefir. Blended.
Sarra Dally, (London) – October 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for a lovely visit. Last year I won this trip when attending the Health Unplugged conference. We spent four wonderfully restful days in a beautiful ‘Blue’ house being cooked for by the lovely Martin and Nina. The food was amazing, local, fresh, creative and tasty. They catered to all of our needs and we plan to go back in the spring. Thank you.” (this second part posted with photo here
Stayed for four days, in September, 2015.
What’s the food like, you might ask, well, it’s real and always colourfully composed.
See for yourself: Real food on the rocks:
Kimi Sands, (UK) – September 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed in the Blue House for 4 nights and it was absolutely beautiful. The house is amazingly decorated and very pretty. The food was fantastic, we didn’t have one meal that we didn’t love and we had a fridge so we could store leftovers to have later too. They cater to food preferences, so anything you really don’t like won’t be included if you ask for it not to be. Even foods me and my partner aren’t usually fond of were amazing and we learned new ways to cook things so we could enjoy them. The scenery is fantastic, it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun rise and set. We were also taken on a trip to Pont D’Arc and it was gorgeous there. Absolutely so many reasons to enjoy this, even if you just want to relax inside it’s well worth it. We’re hoping to get back as soon as we possibly can 🙂 Thank you to all of you for the wonderful stay.”
Stayed for four days, in September, 2015.
Sarah Hanratty, (England) – August 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed in the Blue House for a week in July. There were five of us and the house was perfect for us. The views are incredible. But credit should go to the hosts – Martin and Nina (and Leon!) because they make this place super special. They are warm, welcoming and accommodating. Needless to say the food they provide is tasty and healthy and was just what was needed when travelling with children with very specific dietary needs. Can’t wait to visit again! x”
Stayed for a week in July, 2015.
Thomas Asemota, (Switzerland) – July 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“Great hospitality, very sympathetic hosts & delicious paleo food.”
Stayed for eleven days in June, 2015.
The tag line on the rocks is unschool, ferment, regroup.
So what is unschooling, then? That’s a question we’re exploring and something we are commited to and plan to write more about at a later stage. For now we’re gathering inspiration and experiences, but this short introduction taken from “Free to Learn: Five Ideas for a Joyful Unschooling Life”, by Pam Laricchia (2012: 10-11) will give you a good idea:
The winter in Ardeche – December, January and February – can be harsh, wet and unforgiving. It can also be bright blue skies and lunch in a t-shirt kind of weather and you can almost always find flowers and buzzing bees. For winter bathers it can be heaven. Sometimes the mistral winds blow relentlessly from the north, cleaning, cooling and drying the air and the ground; sometimes the Mediterranean winds from the south bring warm-ish wetness. Always impressive and cuddling up by a wood fire sheltered from the storm by thick stone walls when the winds and rains torment the region is always nice. See for yourself!
| on the rocks | paleo retreat | with Open Yoga.
Paleo / Yoga retreat hosts: Amy, Martin and Nina.
7 days 1-on-1 yoga spiced with full paleo catering (more than organic), herbal support and more.
Very limited spaces: from €450 per person.
Please book as soon as possible! / Further details: email@example.com
Fancy an intimate, exclusive and delicious paleo yoga retreat? Come to the south of France for a new gut feeling in the new year. Our January Paleo / Yoga Retreat is perfect for a group of up to seven, a family or open-minded individuals who like to share ideas, sleeping spaces, beautiful views and old stone houses. Travel info here.
The retreat accommodation is in the Blue House and the Guest Room. Find information about the food here and see the blog in general for photos of the surroundings. Find also a series of photos and commentary on the winter in Ardeche.
Bruno (France) – November 2014 (originally posted on Booking.com):
“Les avantages: la situation dans le village, la vue, le calme, le feu de cheminée, les petits déj (+++) et la gentillesse des propriétaires.
Les désavantages: rien”
Stayed for three days, in November, 2014.
Photos from a Facebook album:
Catherine Kidd (Luxembourg) – November 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed here in October 2014 and it was everything we’d hoped for and more. Gorgeous location, delicious food and very generous and warm-hearted hosts.”
Stayed for six days, in October, 2014.
Click on a photo below to see part 2 of a Facebook album showing life on the rocks….
Click on a photo below to see a Facebook album showing life on the rocks….
Marcelle Phené (USA) – October 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
“I stayed in the Guest Room for 4 nights and the experience was everything I could have wanted and so much more! The hosts are the most warm-hearted and generous people; I enjoyed many great conversations with them in the kitchen and around the table. The food was spectacular, which is really quite an understatement. I tried so many new “paleo” recipes and am so excited to spend more time experimenting in my own kitchen now. The accommodations were quite spacious and comfortable. The area is absolutely breathtaking with lots of great options for hiking and walking about. I cannot wait to return in the future!”
Stayed for four days, in October, 2014.
Mike Hannis (England) – August 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed here in the new “guest room” for four days in July: a lovely cool cave-like space, refuge from the summer heat, but well-appointed and still with gorgeous views from the window. Wonderful food, healthy, creative and delicious! A great welcome too. Highly recommended….
Stayed for four days, in August, 2014.
Friday night we served (a paleo introduction) dinner for two, in the sunset, with a view. The guests were welcomed on the terrace with a glass of local, natural red, a bottle of fizzy volcanic water, and a bowl of roasted almonds with shiso-leaf decorated tapenade to dip – – – while we finished their feast in the kitchen.
Coconut grilled fish, Casablanca carrots, Merrynated pumpkin, Kefir fermented cucumber salad, Sauerkrauted beetroot, Wild wok & Summer salad.
An introductory dinner for two like this cost €40 EURO.
Eat as much as you need or want. This is not a restaurant! It’s a retreat of fulfillment.
Fermented smoothie: It is summer and fruit and berries are everywhere, currently the brambles (Rubus fruticosa) are offering many blackberries along paths, tracks and fields, and the local markets are coloured in the region’s sweetness.
We had friends visiting recently, so we had bought some lovely local peaches for sugar fixing possible carb withdrawal symptoms. It wasn’t necessary in the end, the probiotic ceviche, cashew yogurt, sauerkrauts, water kefir and chocolate truffles satisfied them. Fully. A few days ago, after they’d left, I found a bag with three relatively rotten peaches in the fridge. They did not look like you wanted to eat them any longer, but they were not all bad. The day before we had been at a natural wine festival and I came to think of something I was told there: a tasty wine comes from very ripe, slightly decomposing grapes that have been bitten and chewed by insects and birds. I had, in other words, the perfect material for a peach fermentation with taste.
Click on a photo below to see a Facebook album.
Things are going well on the rocks and on popular demand we’ve expanded our accommodation options. Below the Blue House, in a converted cellar with vaulted ceiling, you find “The Guest Room”, a double bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet, which used to serve as an office and studio. Because it’s a “cellar” it is nice and cool in the summer and because it’s on the rocks it has its own ground-level entrance, just above the garden, and a window with view. You can have your food served in the room at a small table, on one of the shared terraces or on our dinner table. The choice is yours.
- The Guest Room Door
- Bed and door
- View from window
- Tea making spot
- Edible Chrysanthemum
- Inside the room
- View through door
- Herb bed
- Coffee cups
- Bed and window
- Looking into bathroom
- Sink and toilet
- Bathroom wall
Prices for the Guest Room with full catering(!) are as follows:
€75 per night for one person. €115 for two.
Children under 2 are free. Children between 2 and 5 are €10 each per night. Children between 5 and 12 are €20 each per night. Over 12 count as adults.
The room is suitable for a couple with a small child, possibly two small children.
If you are interested in less-than-full catering, or if your situation is in any way particular, please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss a special option and price: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding food sources and nutritional science facts and fiction, anecdotes and experimenting with what we eat continue to occupy our time and mind space in our quest for activating the second brain (more on that in future posts). In this post I will explore our meat sources a little bit.
From a farm 25 minutes south of here – called La Ferme de Gaston – we get a selection of pork (including lard, sausages, feet, tails, heads and throats) from two different kinds of pig: Gascon and Basque pigs, which are rare breeds that grow slowly and get rather fat and are therefore not suitable for industrial production. Happy pigs they are, and delicious for the palate – not like any pork you’ve ever had, unless, of course, you’ve tasted them already 🙂
This is not Marta
In order to animate our son and the process as such, and of course to keep an overview of things, we created a “mandala” to guide us through the GAPS Intro Diet. We had developed a grain-free, organic, all natural, seasonal, full GAPS and paleo inspired way of eating for three years already, when we decided to do a GAPS Intro Diet in January this year. Just after the boy turned three. At this stage he had very few digestive problems, none that were frequently recurring, and neither did we. That’s why it only took us five weeks to “complete the mandala”, but the effect was clearly felt. Perhaps a bit too techy for some sensitivities, but a fitting metaphor in current culture: it felt like our gut flora was rebooted to a fresh start.
GAPS Mandala: Click for full size.
Before commencing the intro, we made sure that our son understood what we were going to do. We explained that it was about “making the tummy happy”, “kicking out troublemakers”, “growing strong and healthy” and so on….
Linn Tenman (Sweden) – July 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
Tjena! Tillbaka från Frankrike och Paleo/GAPS-boendet On the rocks i Lagorce. Kan absolut rekommendera det till alla Gapsare som vill komma iväg till en lugn och rogivande plats där buljongen flödar utan egen ansträngning. Värdfamiljen var supergullig och så flexibla. Rejält med mat som anpassas efter behov. Jag bad tex om mjölkprodukter och fick tre getostar som var de godaste jag ätit, särskilt den med kummin!! Och så yoghurt på opastöriserad mjölk från gräsbetande get. De äter själva inte mjölk men verkar kunna fixa från producenter i området om man önskar det. Vi fick även ett gott spontanjäst vin utan sulfat och en paté på hjärna/lever/mage etc… spännande och faktiskt gott. Dagen vi åkte fick vi med oss en låda fylld med bra resmat.
De har bra koll på GAPS men verkar själva äta mer åt Paleohållet, dvs utan målet att äta tex säd så småningom.
Stället ligger lite off, på gott och ont. Vi hade ju bil och aktiverade oss genom att ta den till en fin plats där man kan bada. Säkert går det bra att hitta på sånt även om man inte har bil, värdarna verkar ha förslag anpassade efter behov även vad gäller aktiviteter. Annars är det som sagt passande för att bara sitta på terassen, läsa en bok och njuta av utsikten. Internet finns också, i sladd.
På bilden ser man kvällsmaten vi fick när vi kom: rostbiff, syrad rödkål, syrade valnötter, oliver, olivolja, yoghurt och ostar. Iste och buljong, fast den syns inte här.
Stayed for three days, in June, 2014.
Dear Guests – past, potential and future!
The first heat wave came early this year, we’ve just had two weeks pushing 40 during the day, blazing sun, blue sky, and 25 at night – that’s more than 100F and late 70s at night. Normally only July challenges the faint-hearted to such degree. Not a wind. The hardened, sun-loving local vegetation (thyme, sage, rosemary and so on) has responded vigorously, while much else has given up the ghost. Summer has come, which means feral mulberries everywhere and we’ve been munching away for weeks; especially the on-tree sundried ones are a concentrated treat for the palate. Once upon a time a major industry, silk production has withered, but the mulberry trees on which the silk worm caterpillar feeds exclusively remain scattered along roads, fields and paths, as well as in a little patch grown by the council to feed the caterpillars of the Lagorce silk museum. Continue reading
Katharina Manderscheid (Switzerland) – October 2013:
Wir waren im Juni in Lagorce/on the rocks. Das Haus ist liebevoll gestaltet, Lagorce ein kleines, ruhiges, freundliches Dorf ausserhalb des touristisch überlaufenen Vallon Pont d’Arc. Nina und Martin, die GastgeberInnen, sind unglaublich freundlich, haben zahllose Tipps für Freizeitgestaltungen in der Umgebung und bereiten sehr leckeres Essen zu, angepasst an diverse Ernährungsformen. Dabei kennen sie sich bestens mit Paleo-Ernährung, Wildkräutern und -früchten, biologisch/ökologisch verantwortlicher Lebensmittelerzeugung und diversen Gesundheitsthemen aus. on the rocks ist damit ein idealer Ort für einen erholsamen Urlaub und eine gesundheitsbewusste Auszeit mit netten Menschen!
Stayed for a week, in June 2013.
Amy Hughes (England) – October 2013:
“This was our second visit on the rocks, which is situated in the beautiful Ardeche region and we really enjoyed our walks out through local woodland and to waterfalls. The village of Lagorce feels as if it is straight from another time in history with its unspoiled limestone buildings with vaulted ceilings. The retreat is possibly the most stunning example of this architecture and the views from the dining table can only be matched by the wonderful food upon it. We ate like kings and the food was local, fresh and organic.
We also learnt new recipes and gained valuable advice about the local area from our warm and welcoming hosts. I would really recommend this place to anyone seeking a quiet, healthy retreat that takes you far from the trappings of modern life.
We will back – again – next year!”
Stayed for two weeks, in September 2013.