Alpujarras Baking Retreat
Desde la Granja al Pan en Las Alpujarras
[Farm to Loaf in the Alpujarras]
We are taking our sourdough starters on a trip to the mountains of Southern Spain and we’d like you to join us!
We are pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year we’re returning to Las Chimeneas, in the heart of the Alpujarras, for two weeks of residential courses. We are aiming to strike a good balance between work and play; there will be 3 days of hands in dough workshops, covering a range of recipes and techniques, while also considering some of the wider issues, choices and practices involved in the making of good bread, along with another 3 days set aside for exploring the local area through a selection of curated trips by our hosts David and Emma, although of course if you just feel like striking off and exploring on your own that’s perfectly fine. Best of all, we are going in late March, so the bountiful Spanish Spring – with all its wildflowers, blossom, birds and bees – will be coming into bloom!
There are only 10 spaces available on each week long course and we will be working on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your interest now please contact our office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once bookings are open David and Emma from Las Chimeneas will then be in touch to confirm your place, take a £200 deposit from you and advise on your travel arrangements.
Sunday 11th to Sunday 18th March 2018
Sunday 18th to Sunday 25th March 2018
Location: Las Chimeneas, Mairena, Alpujarras, Spain (www.laschimeneas.com).
Airports: Granada, Almeria or Malaga.
Price: £1100 per person for paired bookings, with a single person supplement of £200.
PLEASE NOTE: FLIGHTS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
Three days’ teaching by Ben, e5’s Founder.
Seven nights’ accommodation and full board (breakfast, light lunch/picnic and three course evening meal) at Las Chimeneas, Mairena (WWW.LASCHIMENEAS.COM).
A visit to the Mairena olive mill for a pressing demonstration and a talk about local olive farming and oil production.
A visit to the ancient neighbouring church of Juba, site of a mosque and synagogue with a talk abut Andalusian/Moorish history.
A tour of Las Chimeneas’ organic farm (for fruit and veg picking as well as foraging) and an introduction to ancient watering systems and local farming techniques.
Two of three short guided walks.
Optional trip to Almeria to visit fish market and tapas bars, Additional 30 Euros
Transfers to and from Granada, Almeria or Malaga airports.
The focus of the retreat will be the chance to take part in an extended bread class lead by Ben MacKinnon, baker and founder of e5 bakehouse, which will run over the course of the week. The class will cover baguettes, 100% rye breads, wholemeal, pain de campagne and pizza bases as well as discussions on sustainability, milling and types of grain which can be used.
The week isn’t just about bread! Mairena, the small village that will host the class and our guests is nestled beneath the Sierra Nevada National park.
Guided walks are included along with plenty of time to roam the hills yourself searching for ibex, brids of prey and the rich mediterranean flora.
Other foodie pursuits can include a visit to the Mairena olive oil mill for a tour and talk about local olive oil production; fruit and veg picking Las Chimeneas organic gardens.
Learn about ancient Moorish irrigation systems which are still in use today, along with local farming techniques and a cookery demonstration provided by chefs from the Las Chimeneas restaurant.
On top of all this, other activities included in the price are a visit to the ancient neighbouring church of Jubar, site of a mosque and synagogue, with talk about Andalus history and Moorish legacy as well as a couple of short walking tours across the Alpujarran countryside with local guides.
Accommodation for seven nights will be provided by Las Chimeneas, an elegant collection of village houses that has been welcoming guests to the Alpujarra since 1998. There are nine lovely rooms, all with fabulous views across the hills to the sea in the far distance, with plenty of nooks and crannies to contemplate the days teaching and activities (or siesta). Full board for the week will be provided by their restaurant which focuses on quality, freshly made seasonal produce.
For general enquiries, please contact Jess or Alice on 020 8525 2890 or write to email@example.com with “Alpujarras” in the subject box.
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org