A New Healthy Living Resource for the Georgetown Community

by Sheila Julson

For the past four years, Robin Cervantes of Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen has been selling artisan whole food products, kombucha, and apothecary and body care items at the Wolf Ranch Farmers Market. As an herbalist, holistic nutritionist and lifestyle counselor, Cervantes knew she could offer more to enrich community health through hands-on learning. Enter Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen Education Center, scheduled to open in March, just north of Georgetown’s downtown square area.

“When I first started practicing in health counseling, I found that just talking with people about ways to improve their health wasn’t always enough for them to follow through. They needed more hands-on assistance,” Cervantes reflects. “I found that people applied and learned more when they were able to put those skills to practical use.”

Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen Education Center will have 600 square feet of space to offer holistic educational programming for adults and children. Classes, events and demonstrations are designed to be approachable for all budgets and skill levels. The classes will feature cooking intensives and topics such as knife skills and fermentation. Cervantes has partnered with area food experts such as Michael Valencia, of Mikey V’s Hot Sauce Shop, who will lead a master class. Nelson and Kristen Adams, of Gluten Community Bakery, based out of Walburg, Texas, will teach baking therapy and sourdough classes.

Experts in healthy living will lead the weekly Coffee Chat informational sessions, with tea and refreshments served. Abby Cone, of Organizational Logistics, will host a Coffee Chat on de-cluttering and leading a minimalist lifestyle to improve well-being. Other scheduled programming includes drop-in classes where participants receive a recipe card and access to bulk herb ingredients to make plant crafts and natural remedy products, while learning about the healing properties of herbs and plants. Cervantes, along with Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen’s Corey Gusnowski, also an herbalist and holistic nutritionist, will lead herbology, medicine making and healthy cooking classes.

The new center will feature commercial kitchen space available for rent to food artisans and entrepreneurs. Cervantes plans to offer outdoor gardening and enrichment activities, and she’s in the process of speaking with city and county representatives to sponsor a community garden this summer. The new space will include a small retail component for Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen and participating artisans to sell their natural products.

Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen’s commercial kitchen and teaching space is located at 1911 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 102, in Georgetown. For more information, visit SanctuaryHolisticKitchen.com.