Wednesday, October 11

Podcast from Italy: House Hunting Questions Answered

For the faithful podcast listeners your questions will be answered in this podcast on where we are moving next! It feels good to have made a decision and now it's time to get to work with the house projects we want to tackle before the 2018 season begins! In local news: Thankfully September has brought mild wet weather - perfect for mushroom hunting - so this is the talk of town, along with the road work being down on our white road - Via Candigliano. And to top of the podcast/week - we went skydiving with the porchetta guy! Thanks for listening!!

Thanks for listening! Podcast from Italy #108 - Big NEWS! House Hunting & Spontaneous Skydiving! Dowload/Stream on iTunesStitcher or Podbean

More photos and the video of our jump to come...!!

Monday, October 9

An Expat Experience: How to Move to Italy, Immigration, House Hunting & Starting a Business Workshop

Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own said it best, "It's the hard that makes it great" - it applies to baseball, life & especially moving to Italy! If it were easy, everyone would do it! That's why we started these workshops to help you with the proper preparation, from immigration to house hunting & negotiating to the transition & execution of your business! Join us for the NEW DATES added 9-13 November - we can't wait to meet this group of dreamers, risk takers & entrepreneurs!

So you want to move to Italy and possibly start a hospitality/service (B&B, farmstay, inn or food & wine) business - where to begin?! This is your crash course! The first workshops in April  October SOLD OUT quickly so we are excited to offer another this November. Five days of food, wine and inspiration in Italy!

This is an honest, informative, humorous, engaging and inspiring series of seminars/lectures over the five days.

Even if you are planning for your retirement or holiday home it's all in the preparation and this intensive & intimate workshop will answer all your burning questions. We hope to provide you with a road map for this journey to make your dream of living in Italy a reality!

*If you can't make it we also offer private consulting!

How to Move to Italy & Start a Business: 
NOVEMBER 9-12, 2017

The mornings will be spent doing activities at the farmhouse with time to explore the area. Then return to the for apertivi and interactive seminars before dinner. The seminars/workshops will be broken into 3 Phases: Preparation , Transition & Execution:

  • How to Start a Business in Italy, understanding the business & tax structure
  • The VISA Process
  • Finding the Property & Negotiating
  • Defining your Niche & Identifying your Clients
  • Grass Roots Marketing & the Power of Social Media
  • Operations
  • Hospitality & Exceeding your Clients Expectations
  • Business, Culture & Expat Life in Italy
  • Small Business Owners Stories from Expats & Italians

Q&A with the Experts
Come prepared with all your burning questions! On hand will be "Insiders & Experts" from an Italian Commercialista (Tax Account, Business Advisor Specialising in European Financing) Fabio Centurioni, Business Attorney, Small Business Owners (expats & Italians) and of course Jason & I! The business owners are a mix of entrepreneurs that are operate in diverse settings from the rural countryside to the heart of a medieval village - giving you a better understanding on the pros & cons of city vs. country locations & living while sharing stories of their struggles, successes & what keeps driving them forward.

Read all the details here: Move to Italy Workshop

"Four nights and five days of information, conversation, doses of reality checks, all folded nicely together with some of the most decadent and delightfully crafted meals you may ever taste... From the traditional Italian classics like crostini and bistecca to foie gras and asparagus saffron risotto.

We came to the farmhouse to learn, absorb their knowledge, take the reality of their advice and put it towards our ideas that had walked through their farmhouse doors on the very first night...

Jason and Ashley have created something charming and unique – something that I admire. A dream they had when they were my age, 24, and by 25 – after copious amounts of paperwork, house hunting and Italian bureaucracy – made their dreams a reality. Now, 10 years later, Jason and Ashley sat around their kitchen table telling stories of how fate, hard work, and dedication landed them in the hot seats – teaching new dreamers how to wake up and start living." ​Read more about this young entrepreneurs experience at our workshop!

A few photos from the first workshop: what a great group of dreamers, risk takers and entrepreneurs!

Contact us at:
for more details!

Sunday, September 10

Podcast from Italy: House Hunting in Italy Continues + September Festivals

We're back with this podcast all about our latest round of house hunting and negotiating in Italy!  Plus the latest lineup of food festivals in the area this September. Check out the photos of the pear festival below.  Of course there's the usual morning banter and update from the garden. 

Thanks for listening! Podcast from Italy #107 - House Hunting in Italy Continues... Dowload/Stream on iTunesStitcher or Podbean

As mentioned in the podcast we visited the Angelica Pear festival in Serrungarina last week to celebrate this sweet small precious pear!

 As you can see it wasn't too busy but perfectly quaint and "filled" with locals. The homemade ravioli with pear & taleggio was off the charts!! Thank god I snapped this pic when I did too because Jason quickly devoured the pastries, leaving me just the crumbs & this photo...

Thursday, September 7

Pretty in Pink Sunset: End of Summer Pizza Night

The tramontana winds brought the stunning pink night sky - it only lasted a few minutes but it was bathed the late summer pizza night in a dreamy pink haze.

It started out like any other evening and then the colors deepened dramatically - luckily I had my camera nearby - plus scroll to the bottom for the drone shot I was able to capture!

 The evenings are getting darker earlier and the temps quickly drop as soon as the sun goes down...time to close the oven door for the summer!

Saturday, September 2

Cooking Classes + Wine + Yoga = Yogalush in Italy

The end of August marked the return of Yogalush  - a group of 14 yogis who put the lush in Yogalush interested in eating, wine, cooking and all things pork from Seattle & Twisp, Washington! This is not a vegan, raw-food crowd (thank god!) mornings spent with 2 hour yoga sessions by the pool just after sunrise and afternoon's either in the kitchen taking a cooking class or in the cantina trying local wines!

An evening aperitivo before dinner made by half the group in their cooking class!

Yoga helps you digest the morning after eating 18 pizza's by 14 people!

Then back to the kitchen for another cooking class!

Thanks so much to Val for rounding up another great Yogalush crew!

hard at work...

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