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4 Days Nutrition and Wine Retreat in Le Marche, Italy

Contrada santa Maria Maddalena, 12 62020

Nutrition Retreat in Italy

The aim of this retreat is to teach you about health and nutrition and to give you an insight into one important part of the Italian culture - wine.

The teacher on this retreat is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Anastasija obtained her qualification from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, Canada. She spent her apprenticeship on a farm in Vancouver Island, where she studied herbal medicine and medicine making. She also has experience as a recipe tester and developer and was working in health food cafes.

Anastasija uses her knowledge of health to design and plan recipes as well as menus that will be used for the nutrition and wine retreat and she promises that the 3 days will be full of delicious and healthy meals. There will also be workshops on nutrition and on healthy cooking, covering the main pillars of nutrition - fats, protein, and carbohydrates.

During this retreat, you will not only get profound knowledge about macronutrients but also get some ideas and inspiration on plant-based food choices. There will be demonstrations, how you can easily add some healthy food choices in your daily diet from plant-based sources. Each day will be emphasized on one topic and will include some food demonstration.

Do you want to learn how to make your own seed butter, or are you interested in making your own plant-based milk? Or you have always been curious about fermentation, and would like to get some impulses about how to start? Come and join us on this retreat and you will be enriched with health and nutrition knowledge, in a beautiful surrounding, far away from rush and distractions of our daily lives.

In the late afternoon, you will get the opportunity to taste the best wines of the region. Riccardo, who is not only passionate about his garden but also about wine, will share all his knowledge and provide you a real and authentic Italian dolce vita experience.

We will make sure that you will return back home and have learned the best secrets of healthy food choices and got to know the real Italian charm and spirit.

Meet the instructors

Anastasija & Riccardo
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Highlights

  • 3 nutrition workshops and food preparation demos
  • Time to breathe and relax at the beautiful and peaceful property of Il Picchio Verde
  • Nutrition workshops and food making demonstrations with a holistic nutritionist
  • Visit the local winery and wine tasting in a breathtaking destination
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Outdoor shower

The Jasmine and The Biancospino apartments:

  • Sleeps a maximum of 2 each: 1 couple or 2 singles
  • One double bed
  • One sofa in the living space
  • Private bath
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Patio

Main House

  • 2 single bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 singles or 2 couples
  • 2 double beds
  • Both with private bath

Program

This retreat is for you if you are:

  • Interested in learning more about personal health
  • You just want to do something good for your health
  • You are interested in Italy and its wine culture
  • Want a unique and fun experience
  • You want some fresh air, sunshine, time to read a book at the pool or just time for yourself
  • You want to meet new like-minded people

Typical schedule

Day 1, Thursday 12th September

  • Check-in from 2:00 p.m.
  • Welcome aperitif
  • 16:00 visit of one of the vineyards and wine tasting, including aperitif
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 2 and 3, Friday and Saturday 13th - 14th September

  • 08:30 - 9:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Nutrition workshop and food preparation demonstration
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:00 Free time to rest, swim, or explore
  • 16:00 visit of one of the vineyards and wine tasting, including aperitif
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 4, Sunday 15th September

  • Check-out until 12:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Nutrition workshop and food preparation demo
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Brunch

This retreat does not provide personal health consultations but provide an overall overview of health and its connection to nutrition.

If you would like to come one day earlier or stay an extra night please contact us for complimentary accommodation.

Included excursions

During this retreat, there will be plenty of free time to relax, enjoy the views, swim in our salty swimming pool, read, sleep, visit the local villages such as Sant'Angelo or Sarnano, and explore the countryside.

Excursions to 3 different vineyards with a wine tasting of at least three different wines are included in the program.

Instructors

Anastasija Budisevskaja

Riccardo Palombi

Retreat location

This retreat located in the rolling hills of Le Marche, between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic coast. Il Picchio Verde is completely surrounded by nature, the building is located on the top of the hill that overlooks the medieval village of San Ginesio. The splendid view from the house stretch down to the Adriatic Sea coast and Mount Conero.

Il Picchio Verde B & B consists of two double rooms with private bathroom located on the first and second floor of the main building. As well as 2 apartments for a maximum of 8 guests, a number of people that ensures an intimate and familiar retreat.

The location of the farmhouse provides a peaceful place to enjoy the large garden enriched of a walk among more than a thousand shrubs and flowers surrounding the entire house, to complete this image of harmony a large rooftop salty swimming pool where you can relax after your yoga session.

The Mediterranean garden has more than a thousand shrubs and fruit trees to welcome and accompany you every day with its scents and essences, every season has its own charms and reasons for coming to visit. You can enjoy the sunset from the swimming pool, meditate in one of the patios, or explore the nature around. This is the perfect place for self-reflection and discovery.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
  • Wireless internet

Food

Reconnect to your health through food and learn to embrace your own inner healer.

Anastasija is a holistic nutritionist and passionate about connecting with people and providing them with healthy and delicious plant-based food. She believes that the relationship with food and how we nourish ourselves can positively transform our spiritual, physical, and emotional body. She will create all meals with seasonal and locally grown products from our vegetable garden or local farmers.

Riccardo, the owner of Il Picchio Verde, is responsible for the veggie garden and all the herbs and flowers on our property, he is passionate about yoga, permaculture, and sustainability. He is growing organic vegetables according to the synergistic gardening method of Emilia Hazelip, it is an easy and organic way on how to grow food collaborating with nature.

The emphasis will be on locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables as well as wholemeal foods. We use fresh eggs from free-range chicken, fresh cheese from a local farmer, honey from a local beekeeper, vegetables, and fruits from fresh markets.

Anastasija will prepare healthy herbal infusions from herbs of the garden.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

A professional therapist is available on request for different kinds of massages.

What's included

  • 3 nutrition workshops and food preparation demos
  • 4 nights accommodation (bed linen and towels included)
  • All vegetarian meals prepared by a holistic nutritionist
  • Visit of local wineries and wine tasting with an aperitif
  • Private swimming pool for retreat guests
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions
  • Additional food and beverages, alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Personal insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI), it is only 1-hour away. However, the international connections are limited. Bologna Airport can also be an option, it is about 3-hours away by public transportation.

Airports from Rome: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) has more connections, and it is a 3 hours drive away (or longer, depending on traffic).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Thursday September 12, 2019
Departure: Sunday September 15, 2019

Availability

This retreat has full availability from September 12 to 15. This retreat requires a number of 4 participants to start. If it doesn't reach the minimum number of participants by August 29, this retreat will not take a place. If you've booked the retreat, Il Picchio Verde will refund your deposit.

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