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Proud to announce – The ELC

Starting June 2016 our Retreat Center guests will get to enjoy are truly one of a kind building in our Hill Country area. Early August we started construction on The Experimental Learning Center – The ELC. Construction should be done around May 2016.

Meeting spaces:

  • 2780 SF main meeting space equipped with a coffee/drink station, AV equipment and a stage
  • 1110 SF lounge/meeting room with a after hours vending machines and a canteen
  • 2 700 SF breakout rooms

Key architectural aspect are:

  • Hill Country inspired design
  • Energy efficient materials
  • Reversed V roof with Water harvesting systems
  • Main meeting space retractable wall to an outside seating area
  • Learning opportunities for guests will be available via displays and see through walls

Spicy Kale Salad

We have been doing this recipe for the last couple of year for some of our groups. It’s amazing how much our guest now recognize kale and we don’t get as “what kind of weird lettuce is this” comments anymore. This is a simple and ridiculously tasty recipe. Warning: it’s quite spicy as written. Please adjust the spices to your own liking.


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 cup oil (hemp oil, flax oil, or another healthy oil option)
  • 2 tbsp miso (any flavour you like)
  • 2 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or tamari)
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • 2 tsp fresh (or minced) ginger


1) Wash the kale thoroughly. Remove the thick stems. Chop very finely.
2) Put all of the other ingredients in a blender and blend.
3) Pour over the kale and toss. You can also sprinkle hemp seeds on top

Hill Country Gardening

Here at Camp Young Judaea Retreat Center, we are committed to using the freshest ingredients available and there is no better way than having our very own garden on site. Throughout the year students and campers travel to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to practice home gardening while learning about the benefits of growing your own food. We grow a variety of herbs that can cope with our Austin/Hill Country dry climate, including rosemary, mint, and basil alongside many different fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, zucchini, okra, tomatoes and watermelon. Growing your own produce in your backyard is fun for the whole family!

Interested in growing your own fresh produce? Check out this link to learn how to plant your first vegetable garden!