Sept 8 – 10, 2017

Imagine spending a warm September weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains at a gorgeous retreat center, and at the same time having a blast learning to eat and cook more healthy and easefully.



Join award-winning vegan chef, radio host, cookbook author, actor, and recording artist on a fun and informative journey of health and wellness.  You will meet Laura in person, have a chance to ask questions, and attend her demo classes.




You can look forward to demo cooking classes, yoga classes, workshops, and delicious food all weekend long.  Saturday night features the Jazzy Supper Club with mocktails, jazzylicious appetizers and a special Jazz performance from Laura Theodore.  All this plus accommodation is included in the tuition price.


DATE – SEPT 8 – 10, 2017

(Shared Accommodation) – $450

(Private Accommodation) – $550





Laura Theodore is a recognized public television personality, vegan chef, radio host, cookbook author, and award-winning actor and recording artist. Laura is the on-camera host of the highly successful, award-winning Jazzy Vegetarian plant-based cooking series on public television (entering into its sixth season), as well as, host of the popular podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, (now in its eighth year).

Ms. Theodore is author of Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet and two previous cookbooks: Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. She is a major contributor to The China Study All-Star Collection; and Laura’s recipes can also be found in the Amazon number one bestseller, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, by Gene Baur.

In 2015, Laura was recipient of the Taste Award for Best Health and Fitness Program (Food and Diet), and she was inducted into the Taste Hall of Fame. In addition, Laura was honored with a “Special Achievement Taste-Award” along with the likes of Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse; she has also been recognized by VegNews magazine with a “Totally Tubular Veggie Award.”

Laura is featured in the new, groundbreaking documentary film, Food Choices, released in September, 2016. Laura has made guest appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, and was featured on The Talk on CBS, Insider/Entertainment Tonight (HBO Red Carpet), News 4-NBC, Fox News 8, The Better Show (BVN) and the WCBS Health & Wellbeing Report. Laura writes for Mother Earth Living online, and she has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, VegNews, Family Circle, Readers Digest, PBS Food, Naked Food and Healthy Aging, among other highly respected news, food and lifestyle-related journals.

A critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, Laura has recorded six solo CDs, including Tonight’s the Night, which received a “Musician Magazine Award.” Her 2009 CD release with the late, great Joe Beck entitled Golden Earrings, was selected to appear on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards list in the category of “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” On the acting side of things, Laura has appeared in over sixty plays and musicals, including two years in the Off Broadway hit show Beehive, earning her a coveted “Backstage Bistro Award.” She was honored with the Denver Critics Drama Circle Award as “Best Actress in a Musical” for her starring role as Janis Joplin in the world premiere production of Love, Janis.

With her love for good food, compassion for animals and enthusiasm for great music, multi-talented author Laura Theodore truly is the Jazzy Vegetarian.

Cancellation Policy

Prama Wellness Center reserves the right to cancel a ‘Prama Wellness Center Organized’ program at any time.  If the Prama Wellness Center cancels a program, you will be given a  minimum of 1 weeks notice and receive a full refund.  Cancellations by Prama Wellness Center can be transferred to other Prama organized programs.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to fourteen days before the start date of the program.  If a cancellation occurs between fourteen and two days before the start date of the program, your fee can be transferred to any other Prama organized program (less a $50 cancellation fee) within one year.  No credits or refunds are available for cancellations two days or less before the start date of a program, or for no-shows, or for leaving an event early.  People cancelling 14 days or less before the start of a program can also transfer their space and fee to an unregistered participant.  Please allow seven days for processing of fees.   Refunds will be issued by check.

Event Tickets are non-refundable.

For any questions regarding this Cancellation Policy, please contact or (828) 649-9408.

Sample Schedule


3:00-5:00     Arrival, Registration, Settling In

5:00-6:30     Yoga class

6:30-7:30     Dinner    

7:30-8:45     Orientation/Introduction to Plant Based Diet with Ramesh Bjonnes

8:45-10:00    Free Time

10:00pm       Sleep


7:00 am Wake up/shower

7:30-8:00 Meditation

8:00-9:15 Yoga Class

9:30-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:00 Cooking Class with Laura Theodore (Demo) / Q & A / Book Signing

12:00-1:00 Free Time/Walking

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Free Time/Walking

3:30-4:45 Cooking Class with Laura Theodore (Demo) / Q & A / Book Signing

4:45-5:30 Free Time/Walking

5:30-7:00 Jazzy Supper Club / Mocktails & Jazzylicious Appetizers (5:30-6:15) / Jazz Concert with Laura (6:15-7:00)

7:00-8:00       Dinner

8:00-10:00 Free Time


7:00 am Wake up, shower

7:30-8:00      Meditation

8:00-9:15 Yoga Class

9:30-10:30    Breakfast

10:30-11:30 Smoothies and Juice with Ramesh

11:30-1:00 Free Time

1:00-2:00     Lunch

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