Once in a lifetime culinary & wellness retreats in Italy.

 

Our mission is simple. To inspire, to change the way we look at life, to open our minds and hearts.  Our retreats are rooted in soulful exploration, and led by our favorite experts. It is our passion is to share experiences that bring us pure joy.

At the center of our retreats is the sharing of food as it should be.  Locally grown, in season, healthful, nourishing, communal and delicious.  We share the bounty of our farm and the surrounding lands, and together with the passion of our guest teachers, create authentic and uniquely immersive experiences that lead our guests to explore new landscapes, awake their senses and uncover meaningful connections with themselves and one another.

We work hard to create experiences that are full of magic, offering a lifetime of memories to take back home with you, along with knowledge and experiences worth sharing.

 

A Farm.  A Vision.  A Way of Life.

 

Our Tuscany retreats are held exclusively at Villa Montecastello, an 11th century castle and former monastery restored to perfection, and offering guests an intimate, understated luxury home base.   The villa is a working organic farm that makes all of the produce they grow and raise with obsessive details to quality. These beautiful ingredients come from the local breed of Cinta Senesi pig, chickens, capons, vegetables, fruit and herbs from the extensive organic garden, olive oil grown and pressed on premise.  At Villa Montecastello, classes take place in the professional chef's kitchen, and guests cook from the 1000 year old restored outdoor oven.  Most meals are enjoyed alfresco under the Tuscan sky, where 360 degree views of the countryside are a dream come true.  A stay a Villa Montecastello, immersed in nature, history and beauty, will shape the way you live your life.

 

Sicily, off the Beaten Path.

Western Sicily is the perfect place to experience true Sicilian life as a local and to immerse yourself in its rich culture.  This less developed side of Sicily has a long history of agriculture and a diversity of cultures from Greeks to Arabs that influences its cuisine and way of life.  Our impeccably curated hands-on retreats explore all the best things about Sicilian life, culture and cuisine.  In Sicily, we partner with local organic wine estate, Di Giovanna, to give guests insider access to the best food and wine, makers and shakers in Sicily, sharing our absolute best discoveries to lead you on the journey of a lifetime.  Andiamo!