Cotna Eco Retreat


Make the most of your stay with our range of Courses and Therapies. Cotna is set in a great  part of Cornwall for excellent walks and activities in the local area, and there are plenty of learning opportunities at Cotna too with Sara and Dave.

Roundhouse meditation and treatment room Roundhouse meditation and treatment room
Reflexology in the Roundhouse Reflexology in the Roundhouse
Gorran Haven Gorran Haven
Pizza Family Dinner Pizza Family Dinner
Walk on the Wild Side Walk on the Wild Side
The Lost Gardens of Heligan The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Eden Project Eden Project
Vault Beach Vault Beach
Mevagissey Harbour Mevagissey Harbour

Cotna Experiences

Pick, cook & eat: share our food & growing experience from our 11 years at Cotna Eco Retreat with these courses, both on set dates (see below) or flexible dates to suit you when we can fit in with all your other holiday activities. All sessions are experiential & practical, though we do also provide  recipe or information sheets. VOUCHERS available.

For more information on courses or vouchers, just give Sara a call 01726 844867 (do leave us a message) or email

2019 Dates

Sourdough Bread made Easy: Wednesdays 10am-2pm

Walk on the Wild Side: Sundays 3pm-9pm

Cotna Meets Kerala: First Wednesday of the month 10am-2pm

Walk on the Wild Side:

Spring – Autumn

Walk the Cotna circuit around the 12 acre valley with Sara & Dave, foraging wild seasonal food as we go. Learn to identify foods in our hedgerows, woodland & fields. After foraging, spend a couple of hours cooking up a creative meal in the kitchen with Sara, then sit down to a delicious feast together with us in the farmhouse – and with Dave’s cider of course! You will take home ideas and recipes for dishes like pennywort canapés, fresh nettle tortellini with wild garlic butter, alexander risotto, flower & micro leaf salad, comfrey shoot curry, sloe chocolate or cleavers ice-cream. (£50, £90 for two)


No Dig Gardening:  

Spring – Autumn

We started by growing & selling our organic wild watercress & rocket, then moved on to other salad leaves – mainly all kinds of lettuce but also purslane, mustard, chicory, raddiccio, red orache & Japanese chrysanthiums. We follow the inspiration of the no-dig gardening guru Charles Dowding, and like him we deliver to restaurants, cafes & farmshops locally. Spend an afternoon with us in the garden, learning how we move from creating compost to sowing seeds and potting on, then to planting out & harvesting. Feel inspired to go home and use the no-dig approach to sowing, growing, mulching & composting! (£30)


Cotna meets Kerala: 

all seasons

Cornwall has traded tin around the world for centuries, in return for goods & spices like saffron.  Even the local village of Tregony had a row of spice and silk shops backalong before the River Fal silted up. Sara has visited Kerala many times and finds it fascinating that Cochin, at the centre of the spice trade, would have shipped spices to Cornwall. So it seems appropriate that South Indian cooking has had such an influence on Cotna cuisine. Keralan recipes are simple to cook and delicious once you know how to combine Indian spices or coconut with seasonal vegetables we grow here – and chillies do grow well in the poly tunnels.  With some basic ideas and practice together, you will be able to go home with the confidence to cook healthy and exotic tasting vegetarian meals like brussel sprout thoran, tomato & ginger fry or butternut squash dahl. (£50, £90 for two)

Sourdough Bread made Easy: 

all seasons

Sourdough bread baking, organic food, workshop, coursesSara learned sourdough bread making with Vicky from Vicky’s Bread, who supply bread from Helston to all over Cornwall. Since then Sara has baked nearly every day & has developed a simple, reliable approach to making all kinds of delicious loaves. Learn the different stages of sourdough baking throughout the day, then eat your own loaf, warm out of the oven, for breakfast the next morning. Back home you will be ready to get going the very next day with your starter levain mix, a Banneton basket & a recipe to follow – you’ll never look back! (£50, £90 for two)


Family Forage & Pizza-making:

Spring & Summer

family forage pizzaCome on a children friendly foraging walk around Cotna fields & woodland. Gather pennywort, watercress, nettles and the eggs from the chickens & ducks. Make your own wild pizzas in the pizza oven – even green dodgers may enjoy nettle pizza. And when the weather looks fair we sometimes have more traditional Italian pizza nights – check once you’re here! (Forage & Pizza: £30 adults, £15 kids. Pizza only £15 / £10 Minimum 4 people)


Preserving Nature’s Bounty:

all seasons

berriesBack before freezers we had to be much more creative to preserve the bounties of summer & autumn. The traditional ways would have used salt, sugar, vinegar or smoke. Using some of these methods with our seasonal ingredients, we will cook up a whole range of  jams, chutneys, pickles vinegars & cordials. Fermentation has become increasingly popular and Sara is starting to experiment with that too! So go home with ideas and jarfuls for yourselves, friends & family to enjoy. This course can combine well with the sourdough bread making session, while waiting for the bread to rise. (£50, £90 for two)



Reflexology in the Roundhouse

Our two therapists, Lisa Allen and Rachel Wheatley offer a range of treatments to help you relax, unwind and make the most of your break here at Cotna. These are carried out in Jasmine, the lovely Roundhouse. Therapies can be added pre-arrival with your booking or directly through Sara once you arrive. VOUCHERS available by phone or email.

Reiki (£40 for one hour)

Reflexology (£40 for one hour)

Full Body Massage (£45 for 75 min)

Hot Stone Massage (£50 for 90 min)

More details of our full range of treatments & vouchers can be sent on request.

Volunteer Days

Help is always welcomed at Cotna Eco Retreat in return for practical experience of our organic no-dig approach – lovely lunches and organic food to take away! Just give Sara a call 01726 844867 or email

‘We spent the afternoon on a wonderful foraging walk with Sara and Dave learning about the riches of the hedgerow and land. And we have just enjoyed cooking and sharing the most delicious meal with them and their family in their welcoming home! Perfect! I can’t recommend this strongly enough if you are here – it is a great way to learn about Cotna, your hosts and this heavenly spot – as well as taking home some new ideas, recipes and possibly a pot or two from Sara’s store!’ Julie & Steve