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International Sustainability Tour for Dietitians at Brunnenburg Castle, Italy

Sharon Palmer

Join Philip Ackerman-Leist, the Dean of Professional Studies at Sterling College, and Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN for an international study tour designed for a select group of dietitians to learn about the sustainable food systems in South Tirol region of the Italian Alps. Participants will be based at Brunnenburg Castle & Agricultural Museum in the village of Dorf Tirol, featuring an organically-managed working farm that illustrates innovative, sustainable methods of agriculture that align with the preservation of the cultural foodways of the unique South Tirol region of the Italian Alps. The castle is an international study center featuring a renowned agricultural museum of Alpine farming methods and foodways and a working farm with vineyards, orchards, and livestock.

Learn firsthand about the region’s food culture, ancient and modern farming practices, and acclaimed cuisine at this 13th century castle and farm. Participants will work on the farm, prepare foods in the rustic teaching kitchen, sample local fare, and meet with local farmers, entrepreneurs, and artisans in the region. The region’s unique climate and geography bestow it with a rich food culture dating back through antiquity. It is here that the famous “Ötzi the Iceman” was discovered resting in a glacier, providing clues to the historic diet of the region in the Copper Age. The trip also includes a majestic hiking tour of the Dolomites and visits to cultural treasures hidden from most tourists in the region.

This study tour was originally planned for June 8 – 17, 2020, however due to COVID-19, it has been postponed with the date to be determined. Please register below to get on the mailing list for our next tour. The tour provides three Sterling College credits, which translates to forty-five (45) CEU units for registered dietitians.


Join us for 10 days as we explore the South Tirol region of northern Italy and learn about their heritage food culture while residing in a 13th century castle with its own organic farm and vineyard!

You will:

Hike the Dolomites, one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Prepare and enjoy traditional Tirolean foods and modern twists on the diet of Otzi the Iceman, from the Copper Age.
Taste and learn about the wine and spirits made onsite with the fruits from a fully organic, spray-free orchard and vineyard.
Practice hands-on sustainable vineyard management.
Tour local villages, farmers markets, bakeries, farms, and more.
Participate in local foods cooking class
Work 1 half-day on the farm, and learn about sustainable, agricultural methods

And much more!

Tuition for this course is $3100.00. This includes classroom lectures, hands-on workshops, lodging during the course and all meals. Course tuition includes: all meals, guides, tours, field trips, lessons, materials, wine tastings, and transportation to and from the Munich airport. You are responsible for your travel to Munich airport and two meals on your own.

The tour is open to registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, and dietetic students only. However, if space is available, the tour may be opened up to a limited number of participant guests. Registered participants will be notified of any additional available spaces for non-dietitians. This is a small tour with 14 participants only, so reserve your spot and register today. Learn more about the tour here.

Please check out our Facebook group for updates, and use the code FOOD4THOUGHT2020 for $100 off enrollment.

We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Check out more information on this incredible place:

The Farm at Brunnenburg, South Tyrol
Plant-Powered Eating in South Tyrol

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