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Testimonials


"Amy was a joy to work with. Her food was absolutely amazing! She has a knack for combining unlikely flavors and ingredients into divine taste sensations. She kept our workshop participants well nourished and consistently raving about her culinary feats."

-- Karen, Women's Leadership Retreat Facilitator


"Amy is a Kitchen Angel! She combines her creativity, passion, knowledge, skill, gifts and sense of humor and serves scrumptious meals with love and care. And she is delightful to work with. The focus is getting the food prepared and served - clearly serious business - and we laugh a lot! 
Amy is organized and totally dependable, so I never have to worry about the food aspect of the retreat. This allows me to focus on supporting the teachers and guests and helping to hold the retreat container. My only wish - that we could work together more often!"

-- Katya, Retreat Manager


"After attending twenty-one retreats so far in my life, Amy is my favorite chef, providing the tastiest meals, hands down.   I've attended three separate silent meditation retreats where Amy has been the chef and recently signed up for the one she was specifically cooking for, as she's next level compared to most other retreats.  Her menus are 5 star. Catering to my dietary restrictions in the most creative ways, she's honestly the best holistic chef I know.  She uses organic, local produce, is very clear which ingredients each dish contains, and has the yummiest recipes and variety of ethnic dishes as well.   In addition, she's a very sweet and lovely being so I'm sure that has something to do with the blessings and creativity put into her meals."

-- Wendy, Retreat Participant


“Amy is an absolute joy to work with! Working with Amy as retreat manager during retreats, I get to see just how much love and effort she puts into creating beautiful, nourishing and healthy food that tastes amazing. Amy’s menu plan for retreat involves a trip around the world while tracking and accommodating the many food restrictions and requirements the yogi’s have. I am one of many yogi’s that feels so cared for and nurtured by Amy and her meals during retreat and have been inspired to make better meals for myself and husband outside of retreat. Amy is an absolute treasure!” 

--Carol, Retreat Manager & Participant


"Each meal had a wonderful array of textures and colors, a beautiful table for us to enjoy.  Amy’s dishes were creative and deliciously flavored, balanced and satisfying.  Amy was very accommodating to the special needs of our group.  We heard only high praises from our participants.  We look forward to next year."

-- Dean & Rebecca, Yoga Retreat Leaders


"The food all through the retreat was more than phenomenal - enough to turn a person vegetarian." 

--Cyndi, Retreat Participant


"Most scrumptious breakfasts and lunches I've ever had in 25 years of retreat practice." 

-- Mikaela, Retreat Participant


"Amy Gates has been the cook for all of our Mountain Hermitage retreats since 2016. She is an exceptional cook, is very well organized, responsible, totally reliable and is a joy to have as part of our Mountain Hermitage retreat team. Amy’s knowledge about food, its nourishing, healing and compatibility properties, is a tremendous boon for everyone who attends Mountain Hermitage retreats. 

Another unique and deeply appreciated aspect of Amy’s cooking work for The Mountain Hermitage is her knowledge of and her ability to cook food from many different parts of the world.  Meals at TMH retreats very often take us on a delicious food journey around the world. 

As the Founding and Guiding Teacher of The Mountain Hermitage, I feel very fortunate and deeply grateful to have Amy as the cook for our Hermitage retreats. "

--Marcia, Gudiing Teacher