Exciting NEW OFFERING! Sourdough Simplified Workshop & Retreat at Madawaska Kanu Centre. See below for details 🙂

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Please see below for all the workshop details and how to sign up!


Sourdough Simplified Baking Workshop & Retreat @ Madawaska Kanu Centre (Barry’s Bay, ON)

Saturday & Sunday Ocotober 22nd/23rd

$530 + HST

Saturday Morning arrival, leave Sunday after lunch

6-8 Participants




Come and get the full experience of how to bake sourdough bread in real time in a small group. This course allows you to mix your own dough from start to finish, as well as learn how to troubleshoot and take care of your starter. We cover a lot in this time-it will will set you up to bake a loaf at home with success.

There will lots of time to explore ideas and discuss questions and misunderstandings as they come up, as well as extra shaping practice & touching on adding more wholegrain flour to your bread.

Bread baking is a journey and hiccups are normal, however with a strong foundation you will know how to assess what went wrong and move forward! Beginners are welcome and amateur bakers will also find this course helpful to improve understanding and hands on skills.

We will be spending the duration of the workshop at the beautiful Madawaska Kanu Centre (Address: 247 River Road Barry’s Bay, Ontario).

A whitewater kayak and canoe school in the summer it is nestled into the woods beside the Madawaska River. With a large chalet for eating and hanging out in plus a large functional kitchen, it is the perfect place to come learn to bake sourdough bread while treating yourself to a little getaway!

The course fee includes one night in the lodge and all your meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch). Meals will be prepared by Heather and MKC- Heather attended a culinary school in Vancouver a decade ago and started her culinary career AT MKC. MKC has been making amazing handmade meals for decades now for their students. In between workshop times you will be able to enjoy the space and surroundings.

Check out the accommodations at MKC HERE (scroll down to see the picture of the shared lodge plan where you will be housed in either a queen or twin bed).


10:30-11am: Arrive, get settled and Welcome to the course

12pm: Lunch

1pm-4:30(ish): Workshop

6pm: Dinner

7pm onwards- relax and enjoy the beautiful chalet at MKC


8am: Breakfast

9am-12pm Workshop

12pm: Lunch

1pm: Time to go!

What you will learn:

  • the workings of sourdough bread baking, from mixing, shaping to baking
  • How to bake your bread at HOME
  • How to take care of your starter
  • about different flours & grains
  • baking various sourdough breads including classic sourdough, how to add in extra ingredients (seeds, roasted garlic, cheese etc), and how to gradually add in whole wheat flour.
  • Discard recipes- we will be making crackers & cinnamon buns!

Go home with:

  • 2 baked loaves to take home
  • A healthy bubbly white sourdough starter
  • Your very own Sourdough bread baking Booklet (28+ pages) full of sourdough info, sourdough starter maintenance, the full method, resources & recipes
  • New knowledge and excitement about baking bread!

Two lunches, one supper and one breakfast and refreshments provided.

Contact me if you have any questions 🙂

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Do I have to know how to bake bread before I take a course?

No! You can be a complete and utter beginner! I teach you everything you need to know and you will go home knowing how to bake sourdough bread no matter your experience.

I have tried baking sourdough bread before with no luck…will this course help?

Yes! I have had multiple students take my course who have tried to bake sourdough bread before-either on their own with a cookbook or from the internet. They have gone on after taking my course to bake sourdough bread with much more success!

I haven’t been able to keep a sourdough starter alive or thriving before. Will this course help me do so?

Yes. I can give you a lot of information and knowledge to help you troubleshoot taking care of your sourdough starter. We spend a fair amount of time on this in both courses because it is the foundation of sourdough baking!

I want to learn how to bake sourdough bread with wholegrain flours? Do you cover this?

Although it isn’t the focus of these workshops, I do talk more about it in Sourdough Simplified and will be doing a demo on it this time.