In this section, you will find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about staying at the Castle, complete with essential terms and conditions.
Terms of Participation:
- For Diploma Students: A contribution of £200 towards food, activities, and photography is required.
- For Bursary Students: A contribution of £500 towards the same is required.
- Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer graduation for scholarship students. It is, however, open for students who are on a 50% Bursary.
We are currently offering a place for the 2022/23 Class at these additional costs for the week, including the extra small group Graduation module. These charges cover the special experiences arranged that includes wine tasting, cheese-making, and pasta-making, as well as food and photography. However, please note that the tutoring and time spent with me, Vanessa, are not charged.
The graduation week will be filled with enriching experiences, such as wine tasting featuring 12 biodynamic wines produced by the castle vineyard. All activities are available for students’ partners and family members. If they wish to participate, they will need to book with the castle directly, but these experiences are covered by the student’s participation fee.
The graduation ceremony itself will take place in a breathtaking Tuscan Castle, accessible from major cities in Italy. Students must be enrolled in this year’s diploma, arrange transportation, and book accommodation directly with the castle. The Sourdough School is excited to offer this unique opportunity to celebrate this achievement in an unparalleled setting.
Castello di Potentino Background
Graduation week at Castello di Potentino is exciting, and in this video, Charlotte Horton gives us some of the the context of connecting to baking as lifestyle medicine at the Castle:
- Historical Connection: The ancient castle is built on an Etruscan site, providing a rich historical background. This connection to the past can foster a deeper understanding of traditional practices, including those related to food and medicine. Baking as a form of lifestyle medicine can be explored through the lens of history and cultural heritage.
- Connection to the Earth: The description emphasizes the castle's location in unspoiled countryside, surrounded by vines and ancient olive trees. These elements provide a tangible connection to the land and agriculture, reinforcing the idea of food as a source of nourishment and healing. The growth of quality ingredients like wine and olive oil links directly to a philosophy of well-being and sustainable living.
- Dynamic Cultural Center: As a place that operates as a cultural centre, Castello di Potentino is an intersection of art, history, and community. This creates an enriched environment for exploring baking in a broader cultural and social context, enabling your students to see how it intertwines with various aspects of life.
- Sustainability and Ethos: The emphasis on sustainability and the specific ethos of the castle about how we inhabit a place can translate into a more mindful approach to baking. Understanding the source of ingredients and how they are produced can promote a deeper appreciation for the food we consume. It's a hands-on approach to lifestyle medicine that embraces the entire process, from farm to table.
- Ideal Venue: The mention of it being an off-season travel venue that hosts events and weddings suggests that it is equipped to accommodate guests in a comfortable and engaging setting. The quality of the surroundings and the services available would surely make the graduation week a memorable and enriching experience.
- Combining Pleasure and Health: The castle's production of high-quality wine, grappa, and oil resonates with the concept of enjoying life while being mindful of health and well-being. Baking, especially when done with quality ingredients and mindful practices, can be an act of pleasure and nourishment for both the body and soul.
- Inspiring Environment: Finally, the sheer beauty and unique character of the location would undoubtedly inspire creativity and reflection. The connection between mind and body is central to the idea of lifestyle medicine, and a beautiful, peaceful setting like this can foster that connection in profound ways.
In summary, Castello di Potentino's historical significance, connection to nature, focus on sustainability, and beautiful setting creates a perfect backdrop for exploring baking as a form of lifestyle medicine. It’s a multi-faceted experience that transcends mere culinary practice, reaching into history, culture, and personal well-being. No wonder we are excited about the Graduation week there.
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