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 Italian chef 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.


Staying in a wonderful villa
Staying in a wonderful villa

We will stay in a wonderful villa in the country side of Abruzzo, in the heart of Italy. You will be sharing in family traditions and 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 above 4 pillars into practice. What are you going to give your focus and energy to?

Day program

07:00 – 08:00    morning practice: yoga and meditation

08:00 – 09:30    breakfast and shower

09:30 – 13:30    workshop Be your true self / La Callarella cooking workshop

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

15:00 – 19:30    free time (walking, beach, cycling, sight seeing)

19:30                   dinner


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

Why combine this with yoga?

yoga practice (Nathalie Sissa)
yoga practice (Nathalie Sissa)

Everybody can practice yoga and meditation. Regardless age or fitness level, we all benefit from it. You get to know your body and mind and simply feel better and healthier. You learn to release tensions and deal better with stress. Observing yourself in yoga and meditation will teach and help you to get out of your habitual patterns and calm down the mind. You learn how to keep your concentration and discover an ever present inner peace.


About the facilitators

Gert-Jan de Hoon
Gert-Jan de Hoon

Gert-Jan de Hoon is an accomplished transformation 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 leads workshops worldwide at unique locations.



Loredana De Angelis
Loredana De Angelis

Loredana De Angelis (La Callarella) works as a personal chef for events and private occasions, specialized in Abruzzese cuisine. Typical dishes are cooked with simple, quality ingredients in respect of old local traditions. Ingredients range from lamb, pork to fish. All meals will be prepared with seasonal products from the local market.


Loredana invites you at her kitchen table.

Nathalie Sissa
Nathalie Sissa

Nathalie Sissa is a internationally qualified yoga teacher and she has established a unique style which incorporates her passion for flow and movement, including long vinyasa inspired sequences. The classes are mostly inspired by Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Nathalie provides a nurturing approach to teaching and an engaging environment surrounded by essential oils, candles, natural sounds and music.

Gianna Crisanti
Gianna Crisanti

Gianna Crisanti has been in hospitality for over 20 years. 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 authentic Italian village life, go trekking into the mountains or taking a boat trip to Tremiti island. She is the perfect organiser for a prolonged stay before or after the workshop.

Extend your stay

It is possible to extend your stay in Abruzzo before or after the workshop. Gianna Crisanti will be your host and organiser for:

  • trekking/walking into the mountains
  • a boat trip to Tremiti island
  • finding hidden beaches
  • arranging a hotel or bed and breakfast in an authentic Italian village
  • experiencing authentic Italian life (local restaurants, wine tasting, visiting trabocchi)
  • have a tailor made plan worked out to your inquiries
  • any question concerning your stay

Workshop information

Date: to arrange when we have a group


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, breakfast, lunch and drinks

Excluding: travel to Abruzzo, travel insurance, evening meals


Register at vb@voyagebeyond.org


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

+31 (0)6 46 26 66 22


"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Gandhi