spring flavors culinary retreat

Spring Flavors

April 23 – 25, 2021

This Earth Day weekend Shou Sugi Ban House hosts the fourth culinary immersion in collaboration with Mads Refslund. We will be serving meals from Refslund’s Nordic-inspired menu with Asian influences, and hosting engaging workshops that celebrate the best of the season. 

Honoring sustainability and seasonality is an integral aspect of the Shou Sugi Ban House philosophy. With this, our culinary team chose Earth Day to mark the transition into spring. As we begin to shed our heavy layers and transition out of shorter days, our bodies crave to acquire a diet rich in seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs and lighter fare. 

Join us for a Shou Sugi Ban House celebration of the Earth’s bounty. All programs are available à la carte to both overnight and day guests.

What’s Included:
  • Accommodations in one of our Guest Studios with fireplace, soaking tub and garden patio
  • Organic Japanese in-room amenities and nightly seasonal soak
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily morning movement class
Sample Schedule & Rates:

All programs are available à la carte to both overnight and day guests.


6:00 – 7:00PM
Spring Cleaning for the Liver
$50 per person

7:30 – 9:30PM
Four-course Dinner by Mads Refslund
$175 per person


10:00 – 11:00AM
Spring Flavors with Mads Refslund
*Complimentary to Retreat Guests

11:30AM – 12:30PM
Waste Less, Eat More: Whole Plants & Animals
$50 per person

1:30 – 2:30PM
Seasonal Lunch by Mads Refslund
$75 per person

3:00 – 5:00PM
Afternoon Tea Tasting
*Complimentary to Retreat Guests

6:00 – 7:00PM
Shamanic Release
$75 per person

7:30 – 9:30PM
Five-course Dinner by Mads Refslund
$200 per person


1:30 – 2:00PM
Seasonal Lunch by Mads Refslund
$75 per person

5:00 – 6:00PM
Herb Garden Mocktails Workshop
$100 per person

6:30 – 8:30PM
Four-course Dinner by Mads Refslund $175 per person

Workshop Descriptions:

Spring Cleaning for the Liver

Learn through food and diet how you can cleanse your liver, the only organ in your body which can regenerate itself. Our resident nutritionist will lead you through an exploration of this incredible organ and its function in your daily life.

Spring Flavors with Mads Refslund

Join acclaimed chef Mads Refslund for an informal Q&A session to learn more about his food philosophy and his contributions to the modern culinary landscape.

Waste Less, Eat More: Whole Plants & Animals

Explore the concept of “Nose-to-Tail Eating” and why it’s not just good for the planet but also good for your body. Understand where important nutrients from both plants and animals come from and how you can improve your own diversity in eating.

Shamanic Release

An energetic grounding practice with journeying, the Shaman’s way of meditation, will open your mind to your multi-dimensional Being. This practice is integrated into a guided imagery journey to ignite your subconscious for seeing, learning and accepting changes and to create the foundation for full embodiment.

Herb Garden Mocktails

Take commonly found garden herbs and turn them into refreshing mocktails. Learn about their benefits and gather recipes to bring home and enjoy at any time.

Adding Wellness Offerings:

Rooted in the connection to the natural world around us, our spa, healing arts and guided wellness offerings draw from the inherent wisdom and curative properties of the ocean, local pine forests, wild flora and indigenous herbs.


The Shou Sugi Ban Spa is guided by our belief that every person walks a unique path to wellness. Each therapy is designed with intention and purpose and is accompanied by a tonic that enhances the lasting benefits of your chosen treatment. Enjoy pre- or post-treatment access to indoor/outdoor relaxation lounges and solarium deck as well as our Watsu pool, which can be enjoyed subject to availability.

Healing Arts

Nourish transformation through multisensory experiences that welcome balance and tranquility. Our therapies blend ancient and innovative practices to create a sacred space for physical, mental and spiritual healing.

Guided Offerings

We believe in an integrated and balanced approach to wellness and offer classes that strengthen your physical body as well as educational workshops that empower your mind.

Explore our comprehensive Wellness Menu to add additional experiences during your stay.

Wellness Menu

Press Coverage:

Elite Traveler
March 2021

“Shou Sugi Ban House Announces Mads Refslund Culinary Retreat: The weekend-long itinerary will celebrate Earth’s bounty through hyper-seasonal menus and culinary workshops.”

Travel + Leisure
March 2021

“The Pleasure Principle –
A chef-led Hamptons retreat centers on a novel idea: that the foundation of healthy eating is fantastic food, savored to the fullest”

Forbes Online
February 2021

“A Hamptons Culinary Retreat Just in Time for Spring”

Vogue Online
February 2021

“Shou Sugi Ban House’s Consulting Chef Mads Refslund talks to Vogue about his plant-based, Nordic-inspired menu with Asian influences”