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"Absolute Heaven. My only question is when are we going back?"
~ Andrea H.
Treat yourself to a week of wining, dining and cooking in the Italian countryside...

Tuscan Culinary Adventure

Experience Tuscany the best way imaginable: on an exclusive culinary retreat designed to immerse you in the food, wine and endless beauty of Italy.

Learn hands-on from Chef Matt Kuerbis β€” not only the friendliest chef in the kitchen, but also one of the most talented. As the former Executive Director of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, OR, Chef Kuerbis teaches at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and offers private classes for corporate teams and home chefs. He's thrilled to work 1:1 with you to teach you the art of Italian cooking in Tuscany! He's patient, he's funny and he loves to eat good food.

Using locally sourced ingredients, you'll prepare dishes such as fresh pappardelle with wild mushrooms and luscious tiramisu, all while sipping Chianti, Brunello and other world-class varietals paired expertly with our daily meals.

2024 Retreat Packages

Retreat Dates: September 7 - 14, 2024

Package Rate: $4250pp

*Airfare & travel insurance must be purchased separately.

Retreat Highlights

  • Villa San Lorenzo
  • Hands-on culinary classes
  • Winery tours & tastings
  • Olive oil & chocolate tastings
  • Authentic Italian breakfasts, lunches & dinners (most meals included)
  • Day trips to Florence, Perugia & Loro Ciuffenna
  • Spacious private rooms with en suite bathrooms
  • Time to relax by the pool with an Aperol Spritz

Why This Trip Is For YOU

If your idea of a dream vacation is learning to cook (then eating) incredible meals, taking the road less traveled, laughing with new friends and chatting with the locals β€” you're our kind of traveler!

Here's what you'll get out of a HYCH culinary retreat:

  • 1:1 hands-on culinary instruction from professional chefs (all levels welcome!)
  • Off the beaten path adventures you'll remember
  • Incredible meals made of fresh, seasonal ingredients
  • Small groups, great vibes and gorgeous accommodations
  • Elevated attention ensuring your adventure is spectacular!
  • New friendships with fellow food lovers hungry for travel
  • Recipes to take home & impress your family & friends
  • The joy of waking up in places you've only dreamed of...

Meet Chef Matt

Chef Matt Kuerbis is not only the friendliest chef in the kitchen, he's also one of the most talented β€” and he truly loves to teach! Chef Kuerbis has been cooking professionally for more than 25 years and holds a master's degree in Education.

He served as Executive Director of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, OR, before launching HYCH. He now teaches culinary classes at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and offers private cooking classes for corporate teams, families and individuals looking to elevate their skills in the kitchen.

"The best part about sharing my love of food and cooking with my students is watching them relax around food, build confidence in the kitchen and learn that if mistakes happen and we can't fix them β€” we eat them anyway!"

β€” Chef Matt



Where We'll Be Staying

Villa San Lorenzo

Via San Lorenzo, 10, 06061 Castiglione del lago PG, Italy


Because you deserve to indulge in a week of Italian luxury and culinary immersion with incredible chefs at an exclusive Villa overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany.


Tremendous experience! This retreat should be a bucket-list item for all who are adventurous and enjoy experiencing authentic travel.
Bill K., Salem OR
I can't imagine a better travel retreat than the two I've been on so far with HYCH β€” Costa Rica and Tuscany. I love traveling with smaller groups as well as the amount of free time we had to do things on our own. Nothing was ever rushed or exhausting. And cooking with Chef Matt is an experience no one should miss β€” I'll definitely go on all future retreats with them that I'm able to!
Kris H., Salem OR
Finca Mia is an absolutely beautiful place to hold a retreat and Matt and Catharine are the perfect hosts β€” kind, attentive, and best of all, fun! This was the perfect way to experience Costa Rica for the first time, and now I know how to make hot sauce!
Gail D., Vancouver WA
Cat and Matt are AMAZING! Fantastic communication at all times. I felt completely prepared and stress-free because I knew HYCH would be there to help with any issues I didn't anticipate that might have come up.
Jason R., Newark NJ
The Costa Rica retreat was a perfect blend of independent exploration and very fun activities. The hosts Catharine and Matt are the best. I felt cared for and safe the whole time.
Amy F., Portland OR
You did everything and more to give us a great experience. Our Italy trip Freaking Rocked!!!
Rachel Z., Portland OR
This trip is for travelers that are looking for a very unique experience. The personal care given to everyone is far beyond any standard vacation destination.
Jim S., Clearwater FL
This retreat was absolutely amazing. The daily meals were phenomenal and the massages were some of the best I've ever had.
Kate G., Charleston SC
The only thing missing was more days in Italy β€” what a beautiful country!
Angela H., Raleigh NC