I'm still in a hibernation mode yet I get ridiculously excited and happy at the thought of warm spring sun in Tuscany. I can't wait to be sitting under olive trees in the garden of Juls' Kitchen, soaking up as much of the healing sun's rays as possible, eating simple yet incredibly delicious and nourishing Tuscan food, talking inspiration, photography and life in general, as you do when you meet up with friends and likeminded people, before taking a walk along the medieval houses of Siena to taste even more food.
Join Giulia, Regula and me for a Three Acres Creative Gathering in Tuscany.
This time we will celebrate spring and everything it has to offer. You will stay at a lovely but basic agriturismo in the Sienese countryside on the outskirts of a tiny village with only a few houses. We will be cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from a local market, we will learn how to arrange flowers and decorate table. And since we are in Italy, we will of course bake sourdough pizza and bread in a wood fired oven. We always make sure our tummies are full and happy, but we also like to nourish or body and skin so will we will be making homemade natural body products and much more.
Three Acres – Creative Gathering | Spring 2017
April 20 – 23 2017
Siena countryside, Tuscany
Nearest airport: Florence or Pisa
You can also arrive in Rome and take a train to Florence.
Max 6 participants
Book your flights as soon as possible as the 25th of April is a national holiday in Italy, so many people will be traveling during the long weekend.
1.350€ per person, shared room, your own bed, one roommate
1.500€ per person, single room
3 nights accommodation at Tenuta Mensanello, a beautiful Agriturismo just 2 km from the Studio
1 dinner on Thursday at Juls’ Kitchen
1 dinner on Friday in a restaurant in Siena
1 dinner on Saturday in an osteria in San Gimignano
3 lunches cooked at Juls’ Kitchen
3 Italian breakfasts at your agriturismo
1 cooking class
Drinks and refreshments during the weekend at Juls’ Kitchen
Transport during the weekend
All teachings and excursions
Transport to and from Italy and to the agriturismo
Anything extra you would like to purchase personally
Day 1 – Thursday the 20th of April3pm Check-in at Tenuta Mensanello Agriturismo
5pm Introductions & Aperitifs at Juls’ Kitchen Studio
Welcome Dinner at Juls’ Kitchen with home made pizza baked in the Tuscan wood fired oven
Day 2 – Friday the 21st of AprilBreakfast at Tenuta Mensanello
A trip to Colle Val d’Elsa weekly market for second breakfast, Italian coffee ritual & ingredient shopping. Visit to an artisanal butcher shop.
Cooking class and lunch at Juls’ Kitchen studio.
Session I – Food Photography
Food tour in Siena with some free time to explore the town on your own and perhaps buy some treats to take home
Dinner at a traditional restaurant in Siena
Day 3 – Saturday the 22nd of AprilBreakfast at Tenuta Mensanello
Tour of Tenuta Mensanello to discover where they produce their olive oil, wine, beer and charcuterie.
Session II – Sourdough bread making introduction with Manuela ContiTuscan Lunch with local produce under the olive trees at Juls’ Kitchen
Session III – Lightroom introduction
Walk in San Gimignano by night and dinner in a local Osteria
Gelato at Dondoli in San Gimignano, an artisanal and world renowned gelateria.
Day 4 – Sunday the 23rd of AprilBreakfast at Tenuta Mensanello
Session IV – DIY Natural Cosmetic workshop with Claudia Scarpaleggia
Session V – Table setting and flower details with Irene from Valdirose Lunch in the garden (weather permitting) at Juls’ Kitchen
Session VI – A talk on food writing
Goodbye at Juls’ Kitchen at 5pm
**Option to book an extra night at the agriturismo if you want to travel back on Monday. You are welcome to join us for dinner at a restaurant but each will pay for their own.
You have also the option to stay until Tuesday to take part in the Juls’ Kitchen Fettunta Party in the garden surrounded by olive trees. It is an annual event, a great way to meet fellow food enthusiasts and feast together. Fettunta is another name Tuscans give to bruschetta, a toasted slice of bread doused in good olive oil.
*Note the schedule is subject to change*
This gathering is open to everyone, not just photographers and bloggers, but all creative people who want to explore different styles and deepen their visual voice.
Who are we?
Giulia is the author of 5 cookery books, she has been running Tuscan cooking classes, food excursions and workshops for 5 years from her Tuscan family home and studio Juls’ Kitchen.
She also writes an awardwinning blog Juls’ Kitchen:
Twitter & Instagram: @Julskitchen
Regula is the author of 2 books on food and drink culture. She photographs and writes for a living. She is also a graphic designer. Her focus lies with reality, this can mean natural light or going on a fishing boat at 4 in the morning to capture the essence of a situation.
Regula also writes a blog which was shortlisted for a Saveur Blog Award:
Twitter & Instagram: @MissFoodwise
Sarka has been a professional photographer for 6 years working with editorial clients in the UK and her homeland Czech Republic. She has been tutoring photography workshops for years and she is your go to girl for the technical part.
Twitter & Instagram: @Sarkababicka