Learning Holidays

The great thing about a holiday spent learning a new skill is that you have more than just pictures to bring home. Add to this the fact that you are bound to meet like minded people so you have the formula for a truly memorable holiday. Here are a few ideas.

Two activities – a gem of a cooking holiday

Jewellery making accommodationWe all love a good learning holiday, but sometimes one activity just isn’t enough, so here’s a unique all inclusive 7 night/8 day jewellery making and cookery holiday in the Gascony region of South West France, designed to satisfy your every creative and culinary desire. Accommodation is in a renovated farmhouse with swimming pool. This holiday features two jewellery making workshops, two cookery lessons, two culinary excursions, a day trip to Bordeaux, Biarritz or other place of interest, a vineyard visit and wine tasting, Armagnac distillery visit and tasting, daily access to the jewellery workshop, all materials and tips on starting your own jewellery business, all cooking materials, ingredients and notes.

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Plain sailing

Sailing in the Greek islands

Learn to sail a yacht whilst island hopping in Greece. Flotilla sailing is fun as you have the chance to sail your own yacht yet have the company of fellow sailors on the 10-12 other yachts each evening when you meet in port. For beginners, the lead crews give you a comprehensive briefing on the boat and its working parts on arrival. On your first morning you will be taken out and shown how to leave a harbour, work the anchor and pull the sails in and out (as well as how to turn on the all-important engine). From then on the lead crew will see you out of harbour each day, and be there to take your lines when you arrive in the evenings. Should you still be feeling a little unsure after the boat brief, they offer an extra pair of hands, someone who can stay with you for as many days as you require for a small extra fee. However, sailing in calm waters with no tides is very easy and, of course, you can keep in touch with the other boats by radio.

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Discover & Learn Yoga in Thailand

Yoga in ThailandReconnect with nature and yourself on this luxury yoga holiday set upon the southern coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui. Offering a personalised programme for experienced yogis and keen beginners alike, improve your well-being and yoga practice with instruction in asana (physical posture), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Reach your personal goals with daily one-on-one private yoga sessions and the guidance of wellness experts during private consultations. Continue to heal your mind, body and soul with a choice of holistic Ayurveda spa treatments and therapies.

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Painting in Wales

Painting in Wales

Where better to develop your painting skills than in beautiful Pembrokeshire, Wales.  Andrew and Maggie Brown welcome you to Indigo Brown creative holidays, three, five and seven day, high quality, full board, residential, painting holidays, in some of the most stunning landscape Wales has to offer.  Beginners and experienced artists, who wish to explore drawing and painting, seascapes and landscapes, can take part in a well-structured holiday, combining ‘painting on location’ with studio work and without the worry of transport and accommodation. Maggie’s inspiring, enthusiastic and sensitive tuition along with Andrew’s delicious home cooking have created a wonderfully relaxed, home environment, a combination that enables you to unwind, discover and recover your creative energies.

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Wildlife Photography in Kenya

Kenya safariFor many who have not travelled to Africa, their impressions are often of acacia dotted plains, hundreds of different bird species and herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. Witness the amazing wildlife of Kenya and get expert advice on how to bring home fantastic photographic memories. Prices from £3799 include six nights luxury camp accommodation, all meals, all transport and activities and flights from London plus internal flights. Awarding winning resident photographer Paul Goldstein has his own brand of safari. His mantra is simple, do the time at the coal face and the rewards will follow, so be prepared for early starts, long days and plenty of advice and enthusiasm. Truly an experience to remember.

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