Exploring - Being - Eating

An inner journey of self-exploration,                    a culinary adventure for your partner

In this transformative workshop ‘Be your true self!’ we invite you on a (inner) journey of exploration to unplug from the complexity of daily life, and connect to your voice inside. 


You will be exploring your own life story, finding out about your potential, connecting with your dreams and understanding how to be your true authentic self by letting go of who you think you should be.


Your partner will team up with the other partners in a cooking workshop. Our wonderful cook, will take you on a culinary adventure, going to markets, exploring new recipes and cooking most delicious slow food. All will be served for lunch where we all meet again.


Our base camp will be a wonderful Bed & Breakfast in the Italian country side. You will also be served with local food and wine, sharing in family traditions. Enjoying the slowness and passion of Italian life and culture. In the afternoon there will be sufficient free time for walks, cycling, going to the beach, sightseeing.


Key words

slow – slowness – slow food – enjoying life family tradition – culture – passion –  cooking  creativity – inspiration – exploring –  Italy - unplug – resting – nature– reflection.

Workshop program

Day 1 - Your path - the power of awareness

To understand where you are in life, you have to look back at the path you have walked. All your experiences on your life journey have brought you where you are at this moment. By self observation in a non-judgmental way (awareness) you will be able to get insight in your values, beliefs and habits.


Day 2 - Your potential - the power of divine 

Potential is something we are all born with, it is the divine part of life. Living your life is also about finding out what this is. Finding your way, your direction, your purpose for being here.


Day 3 - Your dreams and your direction - the power of purpose 

The road you walk is depending on the destination you choose. Without destination or direction you don’t know which road you are on. How does life unfold and who is the director? Choosing a destination helps you realize your dreams. We need a destination in life to give meaning to today. 


Day 4 - Ownership - the power of choice 

The quality of life is about the choices you make, not about the conditions of your life or expectations of others. 


Day 5 - Stepping into the arena – the power of being

Bringing the 4 pillars into practice. What are you going to give your focus and energy to?

Day program

07:00 – 08:00 yoga and meditation

08:00 – 09:30 breakfast and shower

09:30 – 13:30  workshop Be your true self                                                 partner cooking workshop

13:30 – 15:00 lunch (eating the food of the                                              cooking workshop)

15:00 – 18:00 free time (walking, beach, cycling,                                  sight seeing)

18:00 – 19:00 yoga and meditation

19:30                 dinner


We will be working with storytelling, creative exercises, meditation, yoga and reflection.

About the facilitators

Gianna Crisanti has been in hospitality for over 20 years and is also a safety instructor in civil aviation since 2013. Her unique talent is making people feel completely at ease and being an almost perfect host. She is proud to present Abruzzo, the heart of Italy, as the place to visit. To explore and experience the authentic Italian life, tasting home cooked meals and slowing down with the pace of local people.  Gianna lives in Pescara.


Her true passion is taking cooking classes all around the world and exploring different cultures.

Gert-Jan de Hoon (1966) is a Dutch based accomplished transformational coach, speaker and guide, author of A pilgrimage to Santiago, co-author of Walking in the Rain,  founder of Voyage Beyond and co-founder of Foundation Anders Bekeken.


He has extensive experience in the corporate world, the health sector, international diplomacy, and the travel industry. He worked within the medical field (Jeroen Bosch Hospital), with underprivileged youths, detainees, graduates, top management, youth, and starting entrepreneurs. He walks with his clients and persons with a visual impairment on the Camino in Spain and leads workshops at unique locations worldwide.


Gert-Jan made a choice for long and winding paths to unknown destinations, instead of a fixed career path, after his study Communication Science. It brought him to China in the pre internet era (1991), he lived and worked in Uganda (Africa) and Spain, where he discovered the Camino. He traveled with groups in China, Nepal, India and Pakistan and fell in love with the Canadian wilderness during a wilderness guide course. His life journey learned him to listen to his intuition, being flexible, making contact on deeper levels, dealing with setbacks, keeping things simple, not giving up and living with passion.

Workshop information

Date: Monday 21st of May- Friday 25th of May 2018


Costs: € 1,150.- per person

Location: Abruzzo, Italy


Working language English


Partner program, so bring your partner/friend (4 to 6 couples)


Including: workshops, accommodation, meals

Excluding: travel to Abruzzo, travel insurrance


Register at vb@voyagebeyond.org


Call Gert-Jan for more information: +31 646 26 66 22