Tuscany, Italy | Cooking Local -  a healthy cooking, photography & styling retreat | July 19th-24th 2017 | SOLD OUT
RETREAT €3,060.00

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Space limited to 6 people. ALL levels are welcome!


Sif Orellana will conduct this workshop, of course, with AJ style team support in leading the workshop experience. Sif is a publisher, photographer, award-winning cookbook author, and co-founder of Denmark-based boutique take-away cafe, Greenilicious.  She is a new addition to the AJ style team this year, and she will be teaching healthy recipes. All attendees will take part in cooking classes along with recipe writing and photo styling lessons. This workshop will focus on local food product and healthy cooking. It’s the perfect fit for food bloggers, people with food allergies, and bloggers wanting to amp up their content and produce pretty photographs as well. You will be using your camera, so bring it along. This workshop is for all levels. Sif is an experienced photographer, so she will be available to answer all technical questions you might have about photography and your camera.

There will be excursions to the farmers markets, along with a free day which includes the choice of excursions. We will also offer a trip to a local antiques market where you will prop shop with Annette. All lessons will be conducted on the grounds and in the gorgeous photo studio situated in the stone barn.  

The Setting –  The Fortress
The Fortress, the Joseph's Tuscan summer home and workshop location, is nestled in the heart of Northern Tuscany a region known as the Lunigiana. The medieval stone compound sits on 27 acres, on the grounds are Roman ruins, a river and the vineyard. The Fortress has a breathtaking view of the Apennine mountains & the marble-topped Apuane Alps and the valley below. The property is surrounded by olive groves, chestnut trees, and fruit orchards. The Fortress was a medieval defensive tower in a region that had over 120 castles and kingdoms to protect in the 15th century. On the property there are 3 outbuildings, a massive terrace, and a private living quarters. You can wander the grounds with camera in hand and capture the Italian country life during your stay.

You will be staying at a nearby monastery that's been converted into a B&B. More information to follow.


Wednesday, July 19th
10:00 - 12:00 - Pisa Airport
1:30 pm - Arrive at The Fortress - Light lunch
2:30- 6:30 pm - Relax, Nap, Unpack
6:30 pm - Meet and Greet Aperitivo on the terrace - cocktails and nibbles
7:30 pm - Welcome dinner on the terrace to follow

Thursday, July 20th
9:00- 10:00 am - Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 am - Local Market Day & group discussion about local ingredients. You will be buying what you will be eating for lunch.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Cooking with Sif
1:00 pm - Lunch on the grounds
2:00 - 4:00 pm - Hands-on demo styling for food with Sif. You will be participating in styling set-ups and photography all afternoon
4:00 - 6:30 - Free time
6:30 - Aperitivo on the terrace
7:30 - Dinner on your own

Friday, July 21st
9:00 - 10:00 am – Breakfast
10:00 - noon - Cooking with Sif. You will be cooking lunch. Discussion about healthy choices, substitutions, and gluten free suggestions (yes, even in Italy). Olive oil tasting 
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Picnic on the grounds
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Recipe writing lecture
2:45 - 5:00 pm - Photographing in process and finished products. You will be photographing all afternoon
5:00 - 6:00 - Free time
6:30 - Aperitivo on the terrace
7:30 - Group Dinner on the terrace

Saturday, July 22nd 
9:00 - 10:00 am – Breakfast
10:00- 4:30pm - Group trip to Parma, food purveyors tour, & lunch in Parma
5:30 - 6:30 - Free time
6:30 - Dinner on your own

Sunday, July 23rd
Free Day - To book an activity please contact Forrest Spears our AJ style team travel concerige directly (email: advice@youritalianconcierge.com). Note* if you're planning coming before or on staying on in Italy after the workshop Forrest can help make those arrangements.

Annette and Forrest are happy to offer suggestions and ideas on your free day for other excursions and activities. Here are some great options below.

Transportation will be provided to the train station in Aulla.

  • Day trip to Lucca, there's a cute little train that takes you there
  • Beach Day trains run to all beach towns, including Forte di Marmi
  • Market Day in Forte di Marni
  • Day trip to Florence - train
  • Day trip to Pisa- train
  • Pietrasanta- train
  • Cinque Terra- train and boat option

Be back by 6:30 pm for our farewell festivities at the Fortress. 

Monday, July 24th
Breakfast and Departures
9:30 am- Board the bus for the Pisa Airport
Hugs  & Goodbyes


Book and secure your seat here: Annettejosephstyleworkshop.