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A Foxglove Farm Retreat in British Columbia

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Our contributor takes a farm tour on Salt Spring Island

Foxglove is home to a variety of produce, as well as several pastured hens.

On a recent afternoon, farmer and food advocate Michael Ableman showed a group of us around Foxglove Farm on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island. Set on 120 acres of protected forest and agricultural fields, the organic working farm produces a variety of orchard fruits, Mediterranean vegetables, grains, legumes, and handles a flock of pastured laying hens.

The farm also offers one- to five-day agricultural and culinary retreats and workshops (cheesemaking, fungi foraging, kids' camp, etc.) run by notable writers, farmers, and ecologists throughout the summer and fall months.

During our walking tour, Ableman pointed out trellised vines and covered tomatoes, and we sampled sweet crisp asparagus and plump juicy strawberries plucked right from the soil. We strolled by the greenhouses, outdoor pizza oven, and fruit orchard before we stepped inside a farm-style cottage where guests can stay and cook fresh seasonal meals from produce baskets delivered right to their door.

For more information about the farm, check out their website.

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Just in time for the start of summer, we’ve put together a guide to meals worth flying for—whether your flight is a puddle-jumper to a rugged farm in British Columbia, or a journey halfway around the world to explore Southeast Asia’s many markets, each of these foodie-centric trips is worth logging miles for. Thankfully, the next generation of cooking schools expertly blends, say, the opportunity to learn cheesemaking from a monger who has been tending to a goat herd in the Alps, or canvass the farmers’ markets of Burgundy with a mother-daughter duo, while surrounded by jaw-dropping views and charming accommodations. Here, our list of culinarily focused destinations to whet your appetite.

For the last thirty years, Anna Tasca Lanza has attracted the likes of Alice Waters and the late Julia Child–so we know it’s the real deal. What began as a project on her family’s 19th-century Sicilian villa became a true farm-to-table way of learning and cooking, where every student learns as much about the garden and sources of the ingredients as they do about cooking them. After her passing in 2006, Anna Tasca’s daughter, Fabrizia, took over the school, making sure to honor her mother’s practices. Courses include everything from a one-day class to a five-day workshop, and range from lessons in horticulture and cheese making to wine production to coffee roasting. There’s also a ten-week program available if you’re looking for something more intensive.


For the better part of a decade owners Koos Bekker and Karen Roos lovingly worked on restoring a 300-year-old farm at the base of the Simonsberg mountains into a wine destination in its own right. There are only thirteen rooms (formerly farm-workers’ cottages) and each one is whitewashed and pristine with an open floor plan and modern furnishings from the likes of Kartell and Bourellec Bros. For those in need of something more generously sized, whether it’s for themselves or for a couples getaway, the five-bedroom Owner’s House is pretty special, and features checkerboard floors in the bathrooms, a soaking tub, and the farm kitchen with its own wood-burning stove. On property, an eight-acre walled garden informs much of the menu at its restaurant, Babel, which churns out deliciously fresh meals. (In the summer months, it’s yellow tomatoes, apricots, and gooseberries, while a winter menu may feature, say, a slow-cooked lamb leg in a red wine sauce.) For a bit of pampering, spa treatments can be had in the bamboo pavilion, which also includes a Hammam. Guests can participate in the harvest, pruning, and picking (they provide trowels and gloves), and they also offer wine tastings, though Babylonstoren is also within easy striking distance of South Africa’s other celebrated vineyards. If you’re in need of an expert to help you plan a longer Africa trip, consider Deborah Calmeyer, a trip-planning ace at ROAR AFRICA, who can set you up at Babylonstoren and beyond.


This stunning old-world spot in Oxfordshire is home to Raymond Blanc’s two Michelen-starred restaurant—and an attached Cookery School. There, you can master macaroons and pistachio soufflés, or a fail-safe menu for a spring dinner party. They also have tons of cooking classes for kids. Speaking of children: There are only thirty-two tastefully appointed guest rooms, and while this Belmond has the feel of a quiet English countryside manor, they go above and beyond to ensure that little ones are entertained too. There are bikes, bocce, buckets of toys, and video games on-site.


Spread across 400, bright green, undulating acres, this country house in Cork looks straight out of central casting. People come for the on-site restaurant—which features a menu derived from Ballymaloe’s gardens and greenhouses—and also for its proximity to the Ballymaloe Cookery School & Gardens. You can sign-up for an afternoon of making canapes and finger foods, or multi-day course on baking or mastering fancy versions of pub food.

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Buttermilk biscuits with a view. Equal parts luxury hotel, world-class kitchen, and working farm, this 4,200 acre foodie resort in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is a slice of heaven for those hungry for rest, relaxation, good music, and, of course, incredible Southern cooking. Check their calendar before booking for events that may be of interest like truffle hunts, photography workshops, wellness weekends, and visits from celeb chefs like Joanne Weir and Daniel Boulud.


Though it offers incredible views of the Tuscan countryside and an excellent spa, the 12th-century castle-turned-hotel is really about the food. The owner, Aurora Baccheschi Berti, is a world-class chef who specializes in Northern Italian cuisine (check out her cookbook here). In addition to whipping up an Instagrammable daily breakfast spread she holds cooking classes (fresh pasta making, for example) using organic ingredients grown right on property. There’s also a working vineyard and an olive grove where you can witness the pressing process firsthand.


With an emphasis on holistic wellness, this stunning retreat calls upon certified specialists in yoga, Pilates and qigong, to personalized mountain biking, hiking and circuit training guides. In the Estate’s main kitchen, you can design your own three-course menu (go for an authentically Indonesian dish) to cook with chef. During your stay, you’ll likely live at Glow, an all-day restaurant/café serving pressed juice, organic salads, and fresh Mediterranean fish.


Experience firsthand what it’s like to live on a farm with the comfort of knowing you’re going home at the end of the weekend. Located in Gloucestershire, Daylesford is a real-deal working farm that focuses on organic, sustainable practices and passing on knowledge to anyone who’s interested. You get to stay at one of the adorably rustic cottages which are just steps from the Daylesford Farmshop (which you’ve probably seen scattered all over London) and ideally situated for classes at The Cookery School. You can also stay at their sister hotel, The Wild Rabbit—a modern inn, filled with country charm—located in the heart of the Cotswolds. Artisan bread making and quick and simple suppers are just a sampling of the inventive courses offered throughout the year. While there, stop by the on-site creamery, bakery, or market garden and load up on seasonal snacks for the trip back.

A stone’s throw from Vancouver, Salt Spring Island is something of a creative enclave for the culinarily inclined. Think impossibly picturesque, rugged setting where you’ll find vintners, cheese makers, and other creative types in residence year-around. It’s just that spirit that inspired Michael Ableman and Jeanne-Marie Herman to open Foxglove Farm, a 121-acre organic farm which holds cooking and gardening classes, plus mushroom-foraging and cheese-making courses. Its location, 1,200 feet above sea level, means they regularly grow everything from peaches, plus, quince, figs, cherries, plus a nourishing mix of veggies and legumes. (As a result their veggies have graced the table at the likes of Chez Panisse and Zuni Cafe, too.)


If you’re into more of a vacation enclave with a farm-to-table bent then head to Baja California to check into one of the ten charming Culinary Cottages at Flora Farms: a twenty-five-acre organic working farm in the foothills of Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo. Renters and owners can submerge themselves in harvesting the heirloom vegetables–and cooking meals in the fully equipped cottages. Although access to the private beach club, family pond, pool, and spas is exclusive to owners and renters, The Field Kitchen (where the ingredients are often picked minutes before they are served), Farm Bar, and Flora Grocery (which sells sustainably raised meats, handmade breads, and organic vegetables), are open to all, expanding the community’s culinary experience beyond the cottage doors.


The coolest husband and wife team–she’s a former Paris lawyer–turned–designer/hotelier, he’s an ethnobotanist–created this drop dead gorgeous estate that offers an intimate, wellness-focused escape ten minutes outside Marrakech. Nearly every inch exudes a sense of style and health: An organic garden produces vegetables for the ever-changing menu, the villas feature pan-African design with Moroccan rugs and Senegalese art, and the architecture lends itself to the most relaxed setting to sit back and sip tea. If you want to learn about Moroccan food culture head chef Bahija, who has a sort of cult-following amongst foodies, teaches classes focused on utilizing locally-grown produce, most of which is from the estate’s garden. If you’re feeling adventurous you can head to the medina to shop for traditional Moroccan spices. To top it all off, the couple is opening a Pilates studio this winter to round out their wellness offerings.


This week-long Yucatean cooking workshop is a great alternative to the boozy ragers normally associated with Mexican getaways. The school is located in beautiful Mérida, inside the home of expat chef, David Sterling. Sadly, David passed away last year, but the workshop lives on under the direction of his right hand-man, Chef Mario Canu. This is a fully immersive, hands-on experience so expect to accompany the chef to the market for ingredients, which you will then prepare in his private (and perfect) kitchen. In addition to time spent cooking, you’ll be taken on tours of Mérida, the surrounding Mayan archeological treasures, and colonial Izamál. Additional trips to local farms and rum distilleries (in case you’re looking to booze it up a bit) can be arranged as well. We recommend shacking up at Rosas & Xocolate.


Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val D’Orcia, this centuries-old estate south of Siena is truly incredible: Beyond the fact that you walk amidst remnants of walls from the 1100s, it’s surrounded by Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, there’s a world-class golf course, on-site truffle hunting, and the food is unbelievable. There’s a fancy restaurant, but there’s also a casual pizzeria—and kitchens in the villas where you can feast on bread and incomparably sweet tomatoes. While it’s plenty romantic, they have a lot of activities (including cooking classes) for kids.

After working in some of the world’s most popular restaurants and assisting a well-known chef in NYC, Annemarie Ahearn decided to pack-up, move to the New England countryside, and lend her skills as a culinary teacher. What she ended up creating is a cooking empire of sorts, with a school, café, and a new cookbook, Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm: Recipes from Land and Sea. At her farm on the Maine coast, she takes a hands-on approach to instill resourcefulness in the kitchen, teaching you techniques to cook instinctually with what’s seasonally available. From pasta-making to pickling to bread backing, she teaches one-off courses or week-long workshops, all of which take place in an idyllic barn. A note: While there are no on-site accommodations, the surrounding towns offer an ample selection of B&Bs and hotels.


Hovering somewhere between a bed and breakfast and organic co-op farm, LA-transplant Calvin Zara’s refurbished four-bedroom Thacher house and its four private cabins is where you want to be for a fully-immersive, get away from it all experience (it accommodates no more than twenty guests at a time). If you stay here, be prepared to share the lush grounds with chickens and a family of goats, in addition to citrus and pomegranate trees and a garden. Needless to say, all the food served at the beautifully appointed dining room is sourced locally or from the Thacher House farm itself. Also on offer: classes in cooking, baking, olive-oil pressing, wine-making, and so much more.

We love the entire concept behind this cooking workshop in Burgundy: American mother-daughter duo Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini had a love for French cuisine and communal gatherings, so they decided to combine the two and create an educational hub in the French countryside. The pair began by offering market tours, visits to wineries, and cooking classes–all in English–for curious tourists or locals. The idea took off and since its creation in 2008, the pair has opened a storefront, which houses The French Larder, where they sell their favorite wines and provisions. (You can also rent their quaint pied-a-terre, a two-bedroom flat close to the village’s markets and restaurants.) After dining with family, meeting local purveyors, and building confidence in cooking French cuisine, the experience will leave you feeling truly part of something.


Tucked in the heart of Chilean wine country, Viña Vik is a hideaway just two hours south of Santiago. The ultra-modern design, which offers wholly uninterrupted views of your surroundings—amidst some 11,000 acres of unspoiled land—is reminiscent of Frank Gehry. Winemaking is the primary focus here, and the Vik family (which also has Estancia Vik and Playa Vik in Uruguay), but the organic garden, which cultivates more than 250 different varieties of fruits and vegetables (kale, mint, lavender, peaches, and avocados, among them) is equally notable. There’s a dedicated culinary education program for guests around harvesting and cooking the produce. Come December, well-known Argentinean pastry chef Osvaldo Gross will host a series of classes for guests, too.


While the idea of traversing and eating your way through three countries in southeast Asia sounds exciting, the legwork required is kind of daunting. New York City-based outfitter Artisans of Leisure has a firm handle on the bespoke space, particularly when it comes to culinary trips. Considered more of a foodie journey than a cooking destination, the Flavors of Southeast Asia tour takes you to the best markets and cuisines in Singapore, northern Thailand, and Vietnam so you can get a literal taste of what each region has to offer. Spanning two weeks and covering more than six major southeast Asian cities, it combines the best of street food (our favorite), cooking classes (both private and group), and meet-and-greets with local, well-known chefs.


Due to current travel restrictions and the inability to concretely predict when they will lift, we have decided to keep the British Columbia lodge closed for the 2021 season. This difficult decision does not come lightly, as we know that a week dedicated to your physical and mental health is needed—and deserved—more than ever right now.

We are excited to announce that we have secured two locations in the U.S. where we can offer our program almost identically to what we provide in British Columbia. While we will never be able to replicate the magic that happens in our B.C. lodge perfectly, our primary goal to offer you a life-changing transformative health reset remains unchanged.

Please review our new Lake Tahoe and Appalachians Health Retreats for a 2021 transformative health reset. If you are unable to join us, we look forward to seeing you in British Columbia in 2022—prebooking is available now!

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Plan on Planning

Good planning helps you use time efficiently during the season and anticipate needs well in advance in order to prepare for them good planning prioritizes proactive management over reactive manage ment.

For example, reactive management could be planting a crop and realizing too late that it needs to be trellised but you don’t have the stakes or the string, and that your time is already committed to some other crop.

With proactive management, you have thought through all of the needs and cycles of each crop and have recognized how those needs combine with all the other crops. While there will always be a certain amount of stress associated with commercial farming, good planning can reduce that stress to a manageable level. Your farm plan will likely end up being a series of sub-plans: documents and spreadsheets that, used in tandem, help you track your crops from seed to sale.

  • What you are going to plant
  • How much of it to plant
  • Where you will plant it
  • How you will plant it
  • When and how you will harvest it
  • How much it’s going to cost to grow it
  • How much the crop is going to yield
  • To whom and how you will sell it
  • How much it’s going to gross financially

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“This captivating story of a year on the farm with recipes is very seductive. Communal life has never seemed so attractive. The recipes, which evoke the seven seasons on the farm, are easily accomplished and full of fresh tastes and textures. A beautiful book.”
―Lucy Waverman, Globe and Mail food columnist and author of The Flavour Principle

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May Boeve

Executive Director |

May Boeve is the San Francisco Bay Area-based Executive Director of, the renowned, highly effective and influential international climate change campaign whose creative communications, organizing, and mass mobilizations strive to generate the sense of urgency required to tackle the climate crisis. Previously, May co-founded and helped lead the Step It Up 2007 campaign, and prior to that was active in the campus climate movement while a student at Middlebury College. May is the co-author of Fight Global Warming Now.

Tim Merry

Spoken Word Improviser/Poet

Tim Merry works with major international businesses, government agencies, local communities and regional collaboratives to lead breakthrough change through coaching, training, keynote speaking, engagement facilitation and systems change designed to energize and shake up the status quo. As an engagement specialist and systems change strategist, Tim organizes for forward movement. He is also a widely renowned spoken word improviser/poet.

Amy Lenzo

| World Cafes

Amy Lenzo, who pioneered the World Cafe online process and has hosted hundreds of online World Cafes with people from all over the world since then, has been hosting conscious online engagement for over a decade and has been a cutting-edge leader in creating distinctly human interactive online spaces that help us connect with ourselves, each other and the natural world.

David Shaw

Founder | Santa Cruz Permaculture

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Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

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Jeannette Armstrong

Associate Professor | UBC Okanagan

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Gigi Coyle

Co-Founder | Beyond Boudaries

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Brendan Clarke

Co-Director | The Ojai Foundation

Brendan Clarke, a father, educator, writer and guide whose work focuses on healthy human relationships with self, community and the cosmos, especially at the intersection of social and ecological justice, resilience and response, currently serves as Co-Director of The Ojai Foundation with his wife, Shay.

Justine Epstein

Justine Epstein is a community organizer, rites of passage guide and council carrier in the lineage of Beyond Boundaries. Her work focuses on healing from inherited systems of colonization, white supremacy, cis-hetero patriarchy and global capitalism through community, practices, prayer, storytelling and relationship with the more than human world, with a particular focus on anti-racism and wealth redistribution.

Paloma Flores

| San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program

Paloma Flores, of California Indian Pit River Nation and P'urhépecha de Mexico ancestry, an activist and voice for her people, coordinates the San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program, co-directs the Bioneers Native Youth Leadership Program, and is a board member for the American Indian Cultural District San Francisco. She is also an artist, a Peace and Dignity Journeys intercontinental prayer runner, and a dancer.

Samara Gaev

Founder and Artistic Director | Truthworker Theatre Company

Samara Gaev, founder and Artistic Director of Truthworker Theatre Company, is a Brooklyn-based activist, educator, facilitator, theater director, and performer with 20 years' experience using performance as a tool for cross-cultural healing and social change. Her work, which has taken her to Zimbabwe, Senegal, Hawaii, Brazil, Peru, Cuba, Germany, Scotland, and throughout the U.S., examines and challenges constructions of power, privilege, the prison industrial complex, and other systems of oppression.

Dave Hage

Co-Founder | Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education

Dave Hage, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education and a member of the teaching team for the Weaving Earth Immersion program (and a white, cis-man of northern European descent from Southern Pomo territory, also known as Sonoma County) is a wilderness guide and nature connection mentor.

Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes

Activist, Singer/Songwriter

Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win/Woman Stands Shining), of Diné (Navajo) ancestry but also adopted into Lakota spiritual traditions, is a rural New Mexico-based mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. A voice for global peace, her multi-faceted work includes exploring issues of sustainability and balance and the reconciliation between the masculine and feminine.

Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff

Founder and President | Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways

Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff , raised in a traditional Unangan (Aleut) way, recognized as a carrier of ancient knowledge into modern times, has co-founded, chaired or directed a number of leading Alaska Indigenous and environmental groups, including the Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals the Alaska chapter of the Nature Conservancy the International Bering Sea Forum the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He has presented at numerous scientific conferences and chaired the Indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change. He is the author of: Wisdom Keeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, and co-authored Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning, and Perspectives on Indigenous Issues: Essays on Science, Spirituality, Partnerships, and the Power of Words. He co-founded a council of Elders called 'the Wisdom Weavers of the world', and he currently leads GCILL - the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways.

Ladybird Morgan

Co-Founder and Executive Director | The Humane Prison Hospice Project

Ladybird Morgan, who has worked as a registered nurse, clinical social worker, healer and educator for 20+ years, is co-founder and Executive Director of The Humane Prison Hospice Project whose mission is to implement end-of-life care in prisons by training prisoners to be caregivers. Ladybird has worked with many organizations including The Zen Hospice Project and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and co-facilitates circles at Commonweal and UCSF/MERI Center's Last Acts of Kindness Program. Aside from her work for Humane (speaking on panels, presenting at various end of life events, general advocacy), Ladybird has also been going into San Quentin prison working with the prisoner-formed Brothers Keepers group on their crisis intervention and peer support programs.

Shlomo Pesach

Shlomo Pesach is a community organizer, queer mentor and Jewish ritualist devoted to cultivating flourishing fugitive queer futures.

Libby Roderick

Director | Difficult Dialogues Initiative

Libby Roderick, Director of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative and co-founder of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center, is the co-author/editor of many books and articles and works with universities across the U.S. and in South Africa to increase their capacity to effectively conduct difficult dialogues and apply Indigenous ways of teaching and learning. Libby is also an internationally recognized singer/songwriter whose six recordings have received extensive airplay on Earth and, in 2003, NASA played her song "Dig Down Deep" on the planet Mars as encouragement to the robot "Spirit."

Luis Rodriguez


Luis J. Rodriguez has spent 40 years doing poetry readings, talks, and leading healing circles as well as creative writing classes in prisons, juvenile lockups, and jails. He has written 16 books in all genres, including the bestselling memoir: Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. His latest book is: From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys and Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer. From 2014-2016 Luis served as Los Angeles’ Poet Laureate.

Kristin Rothballer

Senior Fellow | Center for Whole Communities

Kristin Rothballer, a social change leader focused on the intersection of personal, social and ecological healing and transformation, consults on strategy, programs, equity and organizational development for nonprofits, foundations, social and land-based enterprises. Her current projects include serving as a Senior Fellow for Center for Whole Communities and pursuing a Masters in Social Transformation at Pacific School of Religion (at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA). Kristin's previous roles and projects included: co-founding and directing Green for All, working to build an inclusive green economy helping design FIREROCK, a musical to engage people around climate change guiding wilderness-based retreats for Ecology of Awakening helping manage the Bell Valley Retreat and Tunitas Creek Ranch retreat centers and working as Director of Programs at Bioneers. Kristin has also stewarded the Tyler Rigg Foundation for 20+ years.

Marlowe Sam

Marlowe Sam, Ph.D., a Wenatchi/Lakes descendant from the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington State, is a longtime Indigenous Rights activist and a scholar/researcher in Indigenous Studies with a special focus on Indigenous Water Rights in Canada.

Anita Sanchez


Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., of Aztec and Latina ancestry, has drawn from Indigenous wisdom and modern science to guide thousands of leaders in corporations and nonprofits in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities. She is the author of six books, including the international bestselling: Success University for Women in Business, and the International Latino Book Award winner: The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times.

Will Scott

Co-Founder and Facilitator | Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education

Will Scott is a co-founder and facilitator at the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, which works to create systems change through education at the confluences of social and environmental justice.

Sharon Shay Sloan

Co-Director | Ojai Foundation

Sharon Shay Sloan, Co-Director of the Ojai Foundation, is a rites-of-passage guide and council trainer who has worked with a number of organizations over the years, including: Beyond Boundaries, Wilderness Reflections, School of Lost Borders, Global Passageways, and Youth Passageways. She also worked in international conservation for a decade, including as founding Director for the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation and with the World Wilderness Congress.

China Soriano

Jerry Tello

Director of Training and Technical Assistance | National Compadres Network

Jerry Tello of Mexican, Texan and Coahuiltecan ancestry, raised in South Central Los Angeles, has worked for 40+ years as a leading expert in transformational healing for men and boys of color racial justice peaceful community mobilization and providing domestic violence awareness, healing, and support services to war veterans and their spouses. Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the National Compadres Network and an award-winning author of many publications (including, most recently: Recovering Your Sacredness), he also leads a weekly podcast, Healing Generations.

2:00 pm: Introduction to Indigenous Allyship 101

With some of our leading elected officials endorsing white supremacy, the immense awakening surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer, and the intense public controversy over the removal of the Washington football team’s racist name and other racist mascots throughout the world of sports, more people than ever are asking: “How can I be an ally?” In this introductory session, the directors of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program, Cara Romero and Alexis Bunten, will join Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons to discuss such questions as: “What is an ally?” and “How do we create brave spaces where genuine collaboration is possible?” They will also provide step-by-step practical guidelines for building authentically respectful and meaningful allyship relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Nina Simons

Co-Founder | Bioneers

Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and most recently wrote Nature, Culture & The Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership. An award-winning social entrepreneur, Nina teaches and speaks internationally, and previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla.

Cara Romero

Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program | Bioneers

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi Education Board and Chemeuevi Headstart Policy Council. Cara is also a highly accomplished photographer/artist.

Alexis Bunten

Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program | Bioneers

Alexis Bunten, Ph.D., (Aleut/Yup’ik), Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, has been a researcher, media-maker, manager, consultant, and curriculum developer for organizations including the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the FrameWorks Institute. She has published widely about Indigenous and environmental issues, and is the author of So, how long have you been Native?: Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide.

2:00 pm: Our Liberation Is Linked: Practices for Embodied Racial Justice Learning

In this 90-minute experiential session, Ginny McGinn, Executive Director of the Center for Whole Communities, and Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder of the Our Bodhi Project, will lead us on an exploration of a variety of restorative and critical thinking tools we can use to help cultivate our capacity for embodied racial justice learning. Drawing from an array of art-, awareness-, and inquiry-based practices, Sonali and Ginny will invite us to go beyond more traditional forms of racial justice learning to work with practices designed to help us plant the seeds within ourselves for genuine liberation, wholeness and connection to the Earth. NOTE: This session is intended for change-makers with some working knowledge of anti-racist frameworks and there will be space for Black, Indigenous and other Peoples of Color and white folks to participate.

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Ginny McGinn

Executive Director, Organizational Development and Strategy | Center for Whole Communities

Ginny McGinn, Executive Director, Organizational Development and Strategy, at the Center for Whole Communities, has long been deeply involved in social and organizational change work and in building partnerships across lines of power and privilege. Previously President of Bioneers, Ginny facilitates and consults on organizational change around the country, using the Whole Thinking Practices and the tools she and her colleagues have helped evolve at Center for Whole Communities.

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Founder | The Bodhi Project

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee is the founder of Our Bodhi Project, which promotes practices at the intersection of Belonging, Organizing, Decolonizing, Health, and Interconnectedness. Sonali previously spent 13 years in government in Portland, OR, leading equity-based projects, has been an activist in HIV/AIDS work, environmental justice, and racial equity for 30 years, has 20 years’ experience in dance and music performance and 35 years’ practicing yoga and mindfulness.

2:00 pm: Three Pillars for 21st Century Food Security: Regenerative Agriculture, Local Food and New Farmers

Conventional industrial agriculture is systemically flawed, generating enormous collateral environmental, human and economic damage. To face the challenges of erratic climate, natural resource destruction, increased population, and the hardship economics of farming, we need skilled regenerative farmers and a more localized food system. This session will feature three leading figures working on different aspects of the movement to radically transform agriculture. We will begin with an introductory discussion with the whole group, followed by three separate, simultaneous breakouts:

1. Regenerative Agriculture: Bringing life back to soils depleted by agrochemicals and destructive practices is the key to ensuring the land’s capacity to produce sufficient amounts of healthy food. With: regenerative agriculture consultant Jonathan Lundgren, owner of Blue Dasher Farm, where he combines cutting-edge science with hands-on experience to remove the barriers to adopting regenerative agriculture.

2. New Farmers: The average age of American farmers is close to 60 years old. Activist-farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming is the founder and Director of Greenhorns, a national organization promoting, recruiting and supporting new farmers. She will explore the challenges and triumphs of becoming a farmer, what you need to know if you are contemplating becoming a farmer, and what agricultural reforms are needed to increase new farmers’ chances for success.

3. Local Food: Michael Ableman, based at Foxglove Farm in British Columbia and co-founder/Director of Sole Food Street Farms, is one of the early visionaries of the urban agriculture movement who has developed urban farms in California and British Columbia and has worked on and advised dozens of projects throughout North America and the Caribbean. Founder of the nonprofit Center for Urban Agriculture, he is the subject of the award-winning PBS film Beyond Organic narrated by Meryl Streep. His books include: From the Good Earth On Good Land Fields of Plentyand Street Farm Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier.

Panama: Stop Smoking at Serenity Vista

May 2, 2021 to June 6, 2021 to July 11, 2021

Serenity Vista is an affordable rehab center for varying types of substance abuse, including nicotine addiction. Operated by a North-American team with more than 30 years combined experience in drug, alcohol, nicotine, recovery and treatment counseling, Serenity Vista offers a holistic luxury rehab experience including counselling and comprehensive holistic therapies music, artistic expression, integrative coaching, drama therapy, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, massage and spa, and delicious meals. Boquete, in the Chiriqui Highlands of Panama, is renowned for its natural beauty, with plentiful rainbows, mountain hikes, birds and flowers. It has been called the home of the greatest coffee in the world, and&hellip Full View

Incredible Epicurean Vacations

May 31, 2012— -- intro: Culinary travel is getting more delicious--and ambitious--every time we turn around. A slew of new, creative and highly specialized culinary travel experiences take the entire niche to the next level.

Click through the next few pages for amazing epicurean adventures.

quicklist: 2category: title: Michelin Helicopter Lunches at Hotel Arts, Barcelonaurl: text: This offering is all about convenience, for those whose every hour is worth thousands of dollars. Catalonia, the region where Barcelona is situated, contains multiple famous Michelin-starred restaurants that are too far for a day's drive, but are easily accessible by helicopter. For guests staying in the hotel's lavish Arts Suite, helicopter service is provided to any of three Michelin restaurants in the region: Les Cols in Olot, El Cellar Can Roca in Girona, or Miramar in Llança. media: 16466381

quicklist: 3category: title: Sickles Market – Buyer's Trip to Sicilyurl: text: People who prefer a more involved, slow-paced experience should look into a "buyer trip" such as the Sickles Market " On the Road" tour of Sicily. Organized by a family-owned New Jersey gourmet grocer that has been open for more than a century, the tours are led by current owner Bob Sickles. media: 16466520

quicklist: 4category: title: Sickles Market: Behind the Scenes in Sicilyurl: text: Amateur foodies can travel on his coat tails, visiting artisan producers, having lunch at family farms, tasting wines not distributed in the U.S., and basically discovering all the delicious secrets that F+B industry people usually keep to themselves. Tour dates: Oct. 1-10, 16466531

quicklist: 5category: title: Culinary Cruising with Lindblad Expeditionsurl: text: Though all cruise lines claim to have a culinary focus, too many of them confuse quantity with quality. Lindblad is another story. The expedition cruise operator is tapping into its knowledge base gained over 20 years of Pacific Northwest river cruising to launch a new cultural/natural/culinary itinerary this September. It will follow the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition route, on a 7 day/6 night small-ship journey with shore excursions to farms, wineries, and Pacific Northwest parks and 16466371

quicklist: 6category: title: A Luxury Farm Stay at Foxglove Farmurl: text: lands, temperate climate and natural abundance make British Columbia a great place to experiment in living off the land. At Foxglove Farm, a working organic farm on Salt Spring Island, "farm- and field-to-table" retreats introduce guests to every aspect of the small-farmer lifestyle. Guests get lessons in beekeeping, making preserves, basic butchery, cheese-making and "soups, sauces and stocks."media: 16466349

quicklist: 7category: title: Plate & Pitchfork in Portlandurl: text: Sure, Portland's earnest farm-to-table focus has become something of an IFC punchline, but that doesn't make the food any less sensational. Fresh from the field and ready for its close-up, Portland farm-fresh fare gets the spotlight during the Plate & Pitchfork series, now in its 10th year. As the tag line promises, "farms transform into dining rooms"…and the foodies 16466473

quicklist: 8category: title: Go Garagiste in Paso Roblesurl: text: The sassiest wine region in California gives you yet another reason to love it: Appropriating a term that the French once used to mock low-budget, independent, "garage" winemakers, the micro-production wineries of Paso Robles band together to hold a series of Garagiste mini-events throughout the county. Taking place in wine shops, galleries and restaurants, these artisan showcases will lead up to the second annual Garagiste Festival on Nov. 16466360

Watch the video: How to Spend the Day in Hope, BC One of my favorite small towns in British Columbia (October 2022).