Art & Culture

Yoga, art, and cooking: the best summer’s events

A series of workshops and laboratories teach about local culinary and cultural traditions. A different way to explore and learn about the area.

By Editors, cover photo courtesy of Gatronomic Trekking 

Explore the landscape, learn about its excellence, touch its land and reap its fruits. Immerse yourself in local artistic uniqueness and incorporate the beauty that the Amalfi Coast naturally has to offer. These are the proposals for some of the workshops developed during the summer. The promise? Total immersion in well-being and complete involvement in artistic and culinary traditions.

Raku ceramics

Last May 18, CostieraArte, a cultural association in Maiori, inaugurated Giardini’s creative review in Arte at Palazzo Mezzacapo. A series of exhibitions, dance and theater performances, and readings will develop throughout the summer, both in the outdoor gardens and in the halls of the building. Opening the event is the installation “Pigments,” which combines ceramic works by local and national artists. The project is co-created by a scientific committee chaired by Prof. Luca Filipponi, president of Menotti ArtFestival Spoleto, with the collaboration of Rita Cafaro, artist-architect, Milena Gallo painter, Lucio De Simone, master turner, and Annarita Manzo art historian. On Saturday, May 28, there will be the first Raku pottery workshop open to everyone, both young and old. The participants will learn to work on the potter’s wheel and shape their imagination. The workshop will be repeated until October 21, the closing date of the festival, where The CostieraArte Prize will be presented to those artists who have distinguished themselves in their work. 

Photo by Eternal Happiness, courtesy of Pexels.com

Yoga at 360°

A plunge into wellness with a series of workshops and events dedicated to yoga. Lovers of this discipline will be able to train the body and mind by participating in workshops organized by the Positano-based La Selva Association. An intense program features Italian and international teachers. Vinyasa and restorative yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama will be offered outdoors, lulled by the enchantment of the coastal landscape. The seminars will run through September, and in addition to the yoga practice, hiking walks to explore the area will also be organized. From June 10 to 12, Praiano will host the second edition of Namaste Praiano: Oasi Olistica, the widespread yoga and meditation festival involving different locations in the town. A varied program including Iyengar, Yin, Vinyasa Yoga classes taught by certified teachers, Feldenkrais classes, and Meridian Stretching, from morning to evening. The event initiated and curated by Vivi Zingone, in collaboration with the Amalfi Coast Tourist District and the Meraki Association, is sponsored by the municipality of Praiano. 

From the land to the plate

After two years of silence, workshops by Gastronomic Trekking, a startup founded by Giacomo Miola, return to the Amalfi Coast. “This year’s program includes small variations from past editions,” Miola says, “I will personally lead each appointment. The groups will be small to allow participants to delve more deeply into the experience. The formula will remain the same and will see guests take part in a series of walking tours where they will collect herbs and smells that grow wild on the trails, learn to recognize them, and learn about their applications in the kitchen. The five-hour tours, in fact, also include cooking classes where the main ingredients will be the same herbs gathered on the walk. “The menu changes according to the season and what we find,” Miola explains, “We will prepare appetizers, first courses, such as nettle ravioli, and desserts, including apple and nettle tart and cannoli with local ricotta. The event will conclude with a tasting of the dishes cooked together.  The Campus Principe di Napoli Campus, the gastronomic university and center for higher education, offers a series of cooking classes open to all during the summer months. Under the guidance of pastry-chef Carmine de Stefano, people will learn the sweet secrets of Neapolitan pastry in three categories: recipes for breakfast, those related to small pastries, and, finally, tea pastry. However, for savory tastes, chef Giovanni Sapore will impart his knowledge in three different cooking classes, including making fresh pasta: from gnocchi to ravioli to handmade cavatelli; creative finger foods; and bluefish: the importance and benefits in our diet. Classes are for both individuals and groups of people. In addition to classes, it is also possible to stay overnight on campus. 

Info:

CostieraArte Association: tel. +39. 328.363.6413 | Facebook CostierArte

La Selva Association: tel. +39.347.166.9308, +39. 348.723.9692, associazionelaselva.it

Namaste Praiano: tel. +39.081.19.57.84.56, namastepraiano.it

Gastronomic Trekking: tel. +39. 333.342.0263 (whatsapp), gastronomictrekking.com

Campus Principe di Napoli: tel. +39.081.18.65.87.00, campusprincipedinapoli.it

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