Italian Sustainability Tour
for Dietitians at
June 8-17, 2020
Join Philip Ackerman-Leist, the Dean of Professional Studies at Sterling College, and Sharon Palmer, Nutrition Editor of Today’s Dietitian for an international study tour designed for a select group of dietitians to learn about the sustainable food systems in South Tirol region of the Italian Alps. Participants will be based at Brunnenburg Castle & Agricultural Museum in the village of Dorf Tirol, featuring an organically-managed working farm that illustrates innovative, sustainable methods of agriculture that align with the preservation of the cultural foodways of the unique South Tirol region of the Italian Alps. The castle is an international study center featuring a renowned agricultural museum of Alpine farming methods and foodways and a working farm with vineyards, orchards, and livestock.
Learn firsthand about the region’s food culture, ancient and modern farming practices, and acclaimed cuisine at this 13th century castle and farm. Participants will work on the farm, prepare foods in the rustic teaching kitchen, sample local fare, and meet with local farmers, entrepreneurs, and artisans in the region. The region’s unique climate and geography bestow it with a rich food culture dating back through antiquity. It is here that the famous “Ötzi the Iceman” was discovered resting in a glacier, providing clues to the historic diet of the region in the Copper Age. The trip also includes a majestic hiking tour of the Dolomites and visits to cultural treasures hidden from most tourists in the region.
This study tour provides three Sterling College credits, which translates to forty-five (45) CPE units for registered dietitians.
The Program Includes:
Lodging & Transport
- All transportation during the tour, including group travel to and from the Munich airport, is included.
- Tour guides for all aspects of the tour.
- Educational materials delivered prior to the tour.
- 9 night stay at the Brunnenburg Castle farmhouse lodge. Please note that the 17th century farmhouse lodge is rustic, with shared bedrooms, bathrooms and showers.
Food & Dining
- All meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are included, with the exception of two lunches that will be on your own, as you tour local villages. Many meals will be hosted in a community setting, with all attendees cooking together in the charming Brunnenburg farm kitchen.
- 1 Farm to Table Dinner at Brunnenburg Castle, featuring ingredients from the organic farm.
- 1 “Ötzi the Iceman” Dinner at Brunnenburg Castle, featuring historic, traditional, local foods and ingredients from the Copper Age.
- 1-day tour and guided hike of the Dolomites, visiting high-elevation mountain guesthouses and local artisans
- Village farmers market tours
- Local farm tours, including herb, grain, and seed saving farms
- Tour of third-generation bakery
- Tours and dinners in historic South Tyrolean villages
- Tastings of Brunnenburg wines
- Local foods cooking class
- Educational class on the botany and herbs of South Tyrol
- 1 half-day working on the farm, learning about sustainable, agricultural methods
- Tuition for this course is $3100.00. This includes classroom lectures, hands-on workshops, lodging during the course and all meals.
- Class size is limited to 14.
- A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the tuition may be made in order to reserve your seat in a course at any time until the full tuition due date, at which time full tuition will be due to reserve a seat in the course.
- Tuition is due to be paid in full 60 days before the course start date.
- A late fee of $50 will be applied in the case of payments made past the full tuition due date.
- In the case of course cancellation by the institution, deposits will be returned. Course fees beyond the non-refundable minimum deposit are refundable for cancellations up to 60 days before the course start date. Please contact your course coordinator for cancellations after that date.
The tour is open to registered dietitians and dietetic technicians only. However, if space is available, the tour may be opened up to a limited number of participant guests, but this is not guaranteed. Registered participants will be notified of any additional available spaces for non-dietitians.
Soon after registration, you will be furnished with a reading and study guide in order to delve into the food history and culture for this trip, as well as a preparation and packing guide.
Important Note: Participants must document personal international health coverage in order to participate in the program. Participants must be in moderate physical condition in order to participate in group activities that will involve some moderate hiking and elevation changes, as well as light work on the castle farm.
Participants must book flights that arrive at the Munich airport no later than 1 pm on June 8, 2020. Your tour leaders will meet you at the airport and transport you to Brunnenburg Castle.
Group transportation from Brunnenburg to the Munich airport on June 17 will depart at 8:00am, with an estimated arrival at Munich airport 5 hours later (ETA: 1:00pm), depending upon traffic. Return flights should be scheduled for no earlier than 3pm on June 17, 2020 or preferably for the following day. Participants can also opt to be dropped off in Innsbruck.
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