What if on vacation we could dedicate ourselves -finally- to our great passion? Whether photographing, painting, DIY or working on a lathe, the important thing is that it is that fun, relaxing and meaningful experience that we have long felt the need for. many many me experiential stays or excuses to go out with the express purpose of learning something, and return with the intimate satisfaction of having acquired skills, knowledge and sharing them with others. So let’s start looking for course straight.
Writing, yoga and tarot: discover yourself in Florence
A weekend in the center of Florence to express yourself through writing workshop, poetry, drawing, yoga, with Bach flowers and even tarot cards. With Benedetta Rossi, a journalist who moves between music, fashion, costumes and interiors, and Betty Soldi, graphic designer, calligrapher and creative, we dedicate ourselves to experimenting with writing by instinct or will. With Elena Corsaro Monteleone, an expert teacher in yoga and floorwork – a training practice based on contemporary dance – you can learn movement and breathing techniques. Bach flowers are dedicated to the holistic doctor Ilaria Di Donato, while the tarot, from a psychological point of view, is introduced by Paolo Ferraguti. Three days rounded off with lunches, dinners, shopping and conviviality in selected places. From May 6 to 8.
Info: bettysoldi.com/take a bow
In the beautiful 17th century Venetian villa Tiepolo Passi, in Carbonara (Treviso) it is possible to stay and take part in a painting course organized by the Accademia dei Campi, to combine with a weaving workshop or a cooking class. You can also learn to paint at the Ancora del Chianti which offers various themed weeks from spring to autumn (watercolor and drawing, still life and landscapes, drawing and painting techniques), with a stay in a B&B in Greve in Chianti and the possibility of excursions to Florence, Lucca and Siena. painting courses also in Val di Non at the Blumenhotel in Borgo d’Anaunia (Trento) which offers its guests numerous art courses (activated with a minimum number of participants) with classes with teachers in the morning and self-managed activities in the afternoon.
The passion of ceramics
In the 45 ceramic cities scattered throughout Italy, on the weekend of May 21 and 22, it is possible to participate in collective workshops or have individual work sessions on the wheel, in addition to confronting master potters and designers and learning about their work. . and his works. It is one of the activities proposed as part of Buongiorno Ceramica! organized by the Association of the Italian City of Ceramics to promote the value of this form of artistic craftsmanship that is part of our tradition.
Cooking and Herb Courses
For those who relax while cooking, there is no shortage of kitchens where you can try new ingredients and recipes. In Chianti, the Badia a Coltibuono winery has been offering, for almost 40 years, cooking coursesin tuscany from an idea by Lorenza de’ Medici, world-renowned Italian cookbook writer (coltibuono.com). At Villa Gasparini, on the Riviera del Brenta, a stone’s throw from Venice, you can follow a cooking classin venice what to do during a weekend that culminates with a convivial dinner, in a cozy and homely atmosphere (villagasparini.com). If it is herbs that intrigue you, try to recognize the medicinal and wild ones proposed by the Hanswirt hotel, near Merano, to discover their virtues, effects and how to use them to enrich dishes and drinks (hanswirt.com).
travel to photograph
Finally, here is the journey where you will always have time to take pictures in the right place, in the right light, in the right frame. You have to look for a group of professional photographers who organize weekends or real vacations where exposure, framing, and filming are prioritized. They take you to very photogenic places, from the Val d’Orcia to Venice, from the Dolomites to Provence, from Vietnam to the Great Parks of the United States… They will advise you on techniques and equipment, it will be a real joy. (Information: Viaggiofotografici.biz and foto-corsi.it).
meditation and trekking
Intriguing is the stay that intertwines meditation and walks in Abruzzo, in what we know as Italy’s Little Tibet, proposed by I Viaggi dell’Elefante. Two days with an anthropologist specialized in oriental psychology who guides you through meditation practices in the wonderful natural setting of the Gran Sasso National Park, with a stay in the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio (L’Aquila).
Artisanal restoration workshops
True to the mantra of “recovery”, Borgo San Gaetano, a charming residence in Bernalda, in Basilicata, offers its guests craft workshops made to measure by an expert restorer of archaeological material, who helps to give new life to domestic objects, perhaps a little outdated, but with unexpressed potential, to create original and unique pieces. Give way to creativity and imagination, with a fair dose of skill, to resurrect that somewhat sad lamp or to give the right color to grandma’s nightstand.
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