Improve your art skills, learn to cook Italian dishes, get better in taking pictures – all of this is possible to do and be on holiday at the same time. Educational traveling or learning vacations are getting more and more popular among young and old as well.
PROFESSIONAL Edu-, Edu-, Educational travEling improve your art skills, learn to cook italian dishes, get bet- ter in taking pictures – all of this is possible to do and be on holiday at the same time. Edu- cational traveling or learning vacations are getting more and more popular among young and old as well. PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng WhAt is A leArning vAcAtion? No, it's not summer school! A learning vaca- tion is an opportunity to learn something new (something fun!), broaden your horizons, and do something really different! They are unusual vacations, out-of-the-ordinary experi- ences – experiences that last a lifetime. Push yourself beyond your self-imposed limi- tations – learn to surf! Paint a landscape! join an archaeological dig! Try something you've always been just a little bit scared of... AmAze yourself! An educational vacation doesn't have to be difficult, and it's certainly not boring. There are educational travel tours that cover a number of interests – want to join an archae- ological dig? Or study art in Europe? You can do it! Have you always wanted to learn to speak Spanish? Why not do it in Spain? You can immerse yourself in the culture while learning the language, and learn faster than simply tak- ing a course at your local community college. And you can visit Barcelona or Madrid while you do it! Attend an art workshop and unleash your inner georgia O'keefe. Or attend a writer's workshop and get going on that great Ameri- can Novel. A learning vacation could also be called a special interest vacation. What are your spe- cial interests? A hobby you'd like to practice? June, 2011 — 15 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng indulge your pAssion At A crAft bluff above the waters of green Bay, a set- retreAt! ting often compared to New England in its rural charm. Spending a weekend at a craft retreat is a great way to indulge in a favorite hobby, and if you love Paris, and love silk painting, Silk just relax! Painting France Adventure is exactly what you're looking for. You'll get an in-depth experi- Do you have a favorite hobby – but no time ence in silk painting, and a great Paris vacation, to actually enjoy it? too! You'll start with a Champagne cruise on You can sharpen your skills enjoy the cama- the Seine, do a little sightseeing, eat at fabu- raderie of others with similar interests at one lous cafes–and spend at least part of each day of many craft workshops. Whether you choose learning new silk painting techniques! a weekend retreat or a full week of instruction Carol Lane-Saber Designs – Carol Lane-Saber A culture you'd like to visit? An activity you'd and creative activity, this is the ultimate "me offers a yearly 2-week trip to japan to study the like to learn? time". history, architecture, and gardens of japan, as There are hundreds of ways you can enrich The Clearing – The Clearing in Door Pennin- well as the textiles and clothing. This is a shop- your vacation experience with educational sula, Wisconsin is a "Folk School", offering ping tour, focusing on textiles to bring home travel. summer classes in quilting, carving, writing, for your next project. knitting, music, and much more. They offer a - You can learn to paint or to write in an art- women's writing retreat in the fall and yoga ist's workshop. classes, too! The Clearing is located on a http://www.great-womens-vacations.com - You can immerse yourself in another culture while you learn the language. - You can learn to surf in California, Costa Rica, or Hawaii. - You can indulge your favorite hobby in a scrapbooking, sewing, or beading retreat – or take a tour to buy japanese textiles! - You can join an Archaeological Dig and learn more about ancient cultures! Educational travel is not boring – and any vacation can be an opportunity to learn some- thing new! Check out food and wine vacations for cooking classes and tours, or river cruises for history and culture of Europe, China, or Egypt. June, 2011 — 16 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng cooKing tours: home cooKed meAl And delicious Wine Bravo for today’s traveler! No longer are peo- ple willing to be anonymous voyagers, going from one city to another, checking into hotels where they are unknown, sometimes not even very welcomed. Today there are choices of much more meaningful ways to travel, and one of the most popular has become cooking vaca- tions. These are not trips where you spend all day in the kitchen, but, rather, an opportunity to spend time with the local people sharing in the most important activity of their day; breaking bread, eating a home cooked meal made with the best local ingredients, accompanied by a wonderful regional wine. What could be bet- ter? in a week-long trip there would be four hands on classes of 2-3 hours each, followed by eat- ing the meal, of course, drinking a good wine. in temperate weather, meals are always out- doors, so imagine sitting at a table with your fellow classmates, now good friends, eating, drinking, talking, laughing, all the while sur- rounded by vistas of vineyards or olive groves or views of the sea. This is what dreams are made of and you are experiencing the dream. The experiences are almost always set in the country, away from the crowds and the hub- bub of the cities. Life is a different pace and you are the beneficiary of this leisurely, appre- June, 2011 — 17 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng ciative way of life. But, you might have to do a little work as well. There are markets to shop WELCOME TO SMEDEREVO for ingredients for the classes, food artisans to meet and sample perhaps some homemade THE MEDIEVAL CAPITAL OF SERBIA cheeses, vineyards and wineries to visit, for, of course, you must taste the varieties of local wines. And let us not forgot some cultural site visits in the area as well. And, in the country accommodations are also different. They are always in ancient struc- tures, valued for their intrinsic history as well as a wonderful positioning, perhaps perched high on a hill with vistas of sunflowers, or in verdant gardens or vineyards, or nestled along the sea with water views everywhere. Does this make your mouth water yet? Well, This is an education and a cultural experi- think about cooking with the best and freshest ence. The “frosting on the cake” are the cook- local ingredients, sometimes just steps away at ing classes and the recipes that you will take the garden of the property. And these are not home with you to reproduce and impress classes that teach you to cook. Of course, every your friends and family. But the real treasure chef or cook has their own personal tricks or of these trips is the authentic, personal and Hotel Car methods and they pass those along, but, really delightful experience of spending a week with Smederevo,Đure Daničića 66 +381 (0)26 642-042,(0)26 229-760 you are learning the cuisine of the region and the local people and for a short time being a email@example.com what makes a particular region unique from part of the life. the one next door. You also drink the local wine, made from grapes that can be very dif- By Karen Herbst ferent from those a few kilometers away. http://www.theinternationalkitchen.com June, 2011 — 18 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng educAtionAl trips: Women trAvelers unleAsh their creAtivity Many of us harbor dreams of being the next who wish to recharge their creativity, regain georgia O'keefe or joyce Carol Oates. Why not perspective on their lives and businesses, live your dream at an art workshop or writer's build alliances with other creative women retreat? and experience an immersion in the culture Some retreats are for amateurs just testing and beauty of Central italy", the week-long their skills; others are for those more serious retreats are held periodically throughout the about their craft, who need a nurturing envi- year. ronment to work and learn. Whatever your level of commitment, there is a workshop or retreat for you. neW yorK city And europe Creativity Workshop – Creative writing, memoir, art, and storytelling – holds full-week cArmel, cAliforniA workshops in New York, Crete, Barcelona, Artista Creative Safaris – Their motto is "We Florence, and Carmel, California. The goal make girls out of women" – the goal of Artista of the workshop is to explore and "exercise" Creative Safaris is to learn and practice your your creativity, whether it be in life, writing, craft in a casual, creative environment (you can art, business, education, performing, or the even bring your dog!) visual arts. Working with students of all expe- rience levels, the workshops are intended to You can take a week-long art workshop in get the creative juices flowing, and to nurture Abstract Painting, Encaustic (hot wax) paint- and focus your creative energy. People from ing, and Fashion Design. Yoga is also a part of all over the world and from all disciplines the program; massage and spa treatments are attend. available separately. There is plenty of time to get to know the inspiring locations of the workshop settings umBriA, itAly and to make new traveling friends. You will come out of the workshop relaxed, rejuve- Dreams Academy for Women offers retreats nated, and with techniques to make you more for "creative entrepreneurs" in beautiful cen- productive and confident about your creative tral italy. Designed for "Women entrepreneurs abilities. June, 2011 — 19 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng lAc du flAmBeAu, Wisconsin of all levels of experience. This is a women's retreat, focusing on letting go of the "rules" Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops – you learned as a child, and getting to the truth Located in the serene north woods of Wiscon- within. Writer's workshops are held at several sin, Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops offers locations in the Southeast u.S. week-long summer art workshops in a variety of disciplines. instructors specialize in acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastels, and photography. virgin islAnds, The resort boasts a marina with water activi- spAin, indiA ties to relax after your working session, and there are workshops and activities for kids as The Painting gypsies – The Paint- well as adults. ing gypsies offer week-long oil work- shops in the virgin islands, Spain or india (one workshop a year). Artists of all levels Asheville, nc And other are welcome. You'll paint daily in stunning locAtions outdoor locations! Clarity Works – Clarity Works offers classes and week-long writing retreats for scribes http://www.great-womens-vacations.com June, 2011 — 20 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng prepAre your tAste Buds for AndAlucíA culinAry tours Chef Mike Powell and his wife Hilary are pas- sionate about Andalucía Spain, its culture, his- tory, art and cuisine, and they love to share it with guests by hosting art and culinary vaca- tions, aptly named ‘A Flavour of Spain’. guests are welcomed to savour and explore southern Spain through these vacations, with very per- sonal and up close experiences provided by hosts Mike and Hilary. Andalucía is known for its sun-drenched whitewashed villages, olive groves, Moorish architecture, flamenco music and Mediter- ranean cuisine. guests have the opportunity to explore Spanish culture, while enhancing and nurturing either their artistic or culinary talents at a leisurely pace in small group set- tings. All Flavour of Spain holidays take place at El Molino, The Old Mill, which is a beauti- fully renovated three house estate nestled in a rural valley surrounded by a trout stream, olive groves and white villages. it is hour equal dis- tance from Malaga and granada. The days are set up to provide plenty of time for art and cooking classes, personal time, fully escorted excursions and relaxation. There is always time to linger over lunch, tapas, and dinners; to swing by the stream or rest in the hammock under the pomegranate tree; to swim in the pool and watch the sheep being Painting at El Molino herded on the hillside; to walk to the nearby June, 2011 — 21 — PROFESSIONAL edu- , edu- , educ a t i ona l tr a v e l i ng to air their problems and frustrations, joys and pleasures, releasing the safety valve that has been forgotten in modern life. Cookery vacations include a mix of hands-on cooking sessions and demos; wine tastings; visits to local food and fish markets, wineries, Rute Museo de jamon (ham museum), and to the Baena organic olive oil mill; and excur- sions with sight-seeing, shopping, dining out and even a flamenco show. During the cookery vacations, guests discover the joys of Mediter- ranean food using the finest local ingredients and learning the secrets of local dishes and wine pairings. Also, Mike and Hilary put together custom Home of Flavour of Spain Art and Culinary Vacations, private cooking holidays, so if a wine club, El Molino, the Old Mill culinary group, group of friends or business associates wants to create their own cooking villages or hike in the hills; and to finish your vacation in Spain, Mike and Hilary will custom- days with an evening stroll on a quiet country ize every detail to suit the group, including road that winds through the olive groves. add-ons such as Spanish language lessons, spa Food is central to the Spanish way of life. The experiences, and additional excursions. Foundation is olive oil, the Heart is the legacy For the art vacations, even though Mike him- Lunch on the Patio of the Moorish culture, and the Magic is the self is an artist, he is too busy preparing his Tapas ritual. Spain’s gastronomy is a wealth of exceptional meals for guests, so highly suc- place, instructors and opportunities for you colors, flavours and textures. There are only cessful artists lead the workshops. to experience the cuisine and culture of Anda- a few countries that have such a diversity of if you want to spend a couple of weeks on lucía and to inspire your culinary and artistic landscapes, wine types and cuisine as Spain. an art or culinary vacation in the countryside abilities. Through Spanish country cooking and Mike is passionate about Spanish food, its in the south of Spain at a lovingly restored Old Spanish-inspired recipes, excellent art teach- freshness, the simplicity of preparation, and Mill, spend your days painting or learning to ers at a tranquil country setting, they will stim- the quintessential flavours of Southern Spain… cook beautiful Spanish cuisine, explore Spain ulate your artistic talents and encourage them the Mediterranean diet at its best. The Tapas in small escorted groups, discover the joy and to flourish. ritual is a digestive aid in itself. The sherry and health of delicious Spanish cooking, join hosts tapas work their magic and take away hunger Mike and Hilary in Spain on A Flavour of Spain By Tina Baird pangs, as well as creating the time for people vacation. They have brought together the http://www.flavourofspain.net June, 2011 — 22 —
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