Welcome to the Indagare Global Classroom

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry, Indagare has launched a new program designed to bring the world to our members and to support our hotel and local ground partners through virtual travel offerings. Indagare Global Classroom is a series of group and private programs, including virtual tours, special and family-friendly experiences, participatory lessons and lectures with Q&A sessions developed with Indagare’s top partners, guides and specialists around the world. We have tapped into our extensive network to enable special access to high-quality, authentic travel experiences during this challenging time when you (and our on-the-ground experts) are all at home, but still craving stimulation. In tandem, Melissa Biggs Bradley will also be leading Global Conversations, her series of talks with some of the most inspiring people she has met through her travels. 

Available to Indagare members and subscribers and their friends, our Indagare Global Classroom program will be streamed live via Zoom. We will send instructions on how to join in on Zoom following class sign up (it’s easy—we promise!). 

New programming is being added regularly—and private classes and sessions may also be requested at any time.

Check out highlights from Global Conversations with India Hicks and Paul Theroux as well as 16 charitable organizations our GC speakers know and love. 

Most sessions are free of charge. Those with a fee are aimed to help support our global partners or their non-profit foundations during this time when travel is not possible. 

Sign up here and see more details about classes or Global Conversations below. Plus—read AFAR Magazine’s review of our program here!

We look forward to seeing you soon…live on Zoom! 

Indagare Global Classroom Program Schedule

Please note that the duration of all programs is one hour. Additionally, some group classes require a minimum number of participants. Indagare reserves the right to cancel a class, if the number of participants is not met. The cancellation policy for all classes is notification by 9 a.m. EDT one day prior to class start time via Although there is no charge for complimentary programming, we ask that you respect the cancellation policy so we can offer the class to other members on our waitlist. Please note that for classes with a fee associated, the deadline for sign-up is one hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

Friends of Indagare Members and Subscribers are welcome.

Private classes can also be requested—and given as a gift. We can help arrange small-group or private events, special celebrations, birthday parties or gatherings with family and friends.  

Contact us for more information.


Class Offerings May 25-29

All programming times listed are for group classes. Programming is complimentary, unless otherwise noted. Sign-ups are first come, first served.


Lecture with Q&A: Timeless Maria – The Image of the Virgin and Caravaggio’s Artistic Revolution

This lecture by one of our top guides in Rome will reveal the familial history of Mary and examine the ways the image of the Virgin Mary has been depicted throughout history. Our expert will explore the symbolism and tropes associated with Mary, and look at Caravaggio’s revolutionary painting techniques, compositions and subject portrayals and his influence.

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and wellness expert Anna Bjurstam

Tune in as wellness expert and spa guru Anna Bjurstam discusses current spa and wellness trends and innovations—from detox programs to infrared blankets, vibrational plates and nootropics. Anna has been leading the evolution of spas and wellness centers at the world’s top hospitality properties for more than 20 years. The creator of Raison d’Etre, a wellness think tank and spa and wellbeing consultancy company based in her native Sweden, she has masterminded the development of the spa programs of, first, Aman, Four Seasons, Capella, Rocco Forte and currently Six Senses, for which she is the Wellness Pioneer of Spas. An innovator and influencer without peer in the spa hospitality world—and she is a Shaman!—Anna will also share her own wellness journey, which reflects the progress that the spa-resort industry has made in embracing a holistic view of health that includes spiritual, mental and medical wellness, healing, meditation, yoga and neuroscience.

Time: 11:00 a.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and sleep experts Steven Lockley and Mickey Beyer-Clauson

How well we sleep is key to how well we perform when awake. To help us better understand one of the most vital parts of living, join us to hear two leaders in the field: Steven Lockley, an Associate Professor at Harvard’s Sleep Medicine school (and a jet-lag expert); and Mickey Beyer-Clauson, the founder of Timeshifter, a jet-lag app that he launched in 2017 and for which Steven served as a development consultant. They’ll discuss the latest thinking about the body’s sleep-wake cycle, one of the most fundamental, complex and mysterious aspects of existence—and one that most of us don’t think about enough.

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

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Talk & Tasting: The Art of Food & Wine Pairing from Two of Napa Valley’s Finest Winemakers & Chefs

Join Napa Valley vintner Jean-Noel Fourmeaux of VGS Chateau Potelle Winery and Chef Ken Frank of the Michelin-starred La Toque Restaurant for a virtual tasting and pairing—live from one of Napa Valley’s finest kitchens. Chef Ken and his team will cook up red snapper ceviche, spring pea agnolotti, and duck with cherry reduction live from the Toque kitchen, while Jean-Noel walks you through a tasting of three special wines chosen to pair with the flavors. 

What You’ll Need: Our team will send a list of wines to order online in advance of the tasting, with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session. We recommend purchasing wine upon sign up to ensure that it arrives on time, if you wish to participate in the tasting.

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

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Lecture with Q&A: Art in Response to Nature – Art and Architecture at Château La Coste

Experience the art and architecture of Château La Coste in Provence with the project’s curator, who will take you on a virtual visit through the parcour of this unique property overlooking Luberon National Park. Some of the world’s leading contemporary artists and architects have visited Château La Coste to explore the wooded hilltops and vineyards of Provence and created work in response to the natural beauty and rich history of this landscape. Learn the stories behind the art of one of Indagare’s favorite properties in the region, including such artists as Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois, Frank Gehry, Andy Goldsworthy, Ai Weiwei, Paul Matisse and Renzo Piano.

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and life and career coach Joanne Heyman

Handling change, which is inevitable in life, is essential, and when done wisely and purposefully can lead to benefits both expected and unplanned—especially in helping us to achieve a state of greater health, understanding and happiness. And perhaps now they deserve special attention. For this final Wellness Week talk, life and career coach Joanne Heyman, who helps her clients make successful transitions in their lives (whether from at-home parent to empty nester; single person to half of a married couple or the reverse; or working individual to new retiree), will share her advice for making change a positive and uplifting part of our stories.

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and Canyon Ranch Berkshires Medical Director Dr. Cindy Geyer

Keto. Flexitarian. Volumetrics. Intermittent. If you already speak diet and know that autophagy equals cell clean-up, or if you want to be more fluent on the topic, Zoom in for this talk with Dr. Cindy Geyer, the longtime Medical Director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. Cut through all the latest terms and trends to get to the truth about weight loss, from the way our bodies work (and  our minds trick us) to such basics as how much fiber we should be eating and how the timing of meals matters. Get insights into buzzed-about topics such as the importance of food intake, gut health and the body’s microbiome—and how what resides in your body reacts with what you put in your body. Think of it as micromanagement—the good kind!

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

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Lecture with Q&A: The Pandemic in the Rainforest

To help you better understand coronavirus and its detrimental effects on the environment, Dr. Nigel Sizer will introduce you to the science behind COVID-19 and its origins in the overuse of the rainforest. Nigel is the Chief Program Officer of the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit devoted to climate crisis relief by protecting forests, improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities and promoting human rights. He will also examine the options for preventing the next pandemic. 

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

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Class Offerings June 1-5

All programming times listed are for group classes. Programming is complimentary unless otherwise noted. Sign-ups are first come, first served.


Lecture with Q&A: Masterworks in the Rijksmuseum

Join one of our top art guides for a virtual visit inside Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which showcases 800 years of Dutch art, including its impressive collection of Dutch masters. Learn about works by Johannes Vermeer, proudly exhibited in the Gallery of Honour, as well as early, middle and late-career Rembrandts. See the Dutch master’s brush strokes up close and get insight into his style, which, in his later years, shows wild, expressive brushwork and the ability to penetrate the human soul. The lecture will also include a discussion of work by other great masters such as Jan Steen and Frans Hals.

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and Safari Entrepreneur and Conservationist Colin Bell

Listen in on a conversation with safari legend Colin Bell, a conservation leader who has helped introduce and inspire a devotion to Africa and African travel for hundreds of thousands of people. Colin was CEO of Wilderness Safaris for more than 20 years, before launching two more safari companies—Great Plains Conservation (in 2006), which he created alongside his friends, National Geographic Society filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert, and Natural Selection (in 2016)—through which he has pursued the idea of a “green safari,” one in which conservation is the end goal, with eco-tourism, the means. Colin has also produced two books, Africa’s Finest, a comprehensive guide of the 50 most eco-friendly accommodations in the sub-Sahara, and The Last Elephants, about the population reversal that has seen elephants going from three million strong in Africa a century ago to barely 350,000 in 2016. He’ll discuss Africa’s animals, landscapes and peoples, along with the impact of the pandemic and the pivotal role travel plays in African conservation.

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

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Lecture with Q&A: Jaguar Collaring in the Pantanal

The jaguar is one of the largest big cats in the world, but its natural habitat in Brazil’s Pantanal, one of the world’s most expansive tropical wetlands, at more than 42 million acres, is rapidly shrinking. In this lecture, you’ll hear from two of the wildlife experts behind the most successful jaguar conservation project to date about their urgent work to preserve one of the most emblematic icons of South America.

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

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Lecture with Q&A: The NaDa Art Fair Virtual Tour

The NaDa Art Fair showcases some of the world’s best contemporary art, with digital presentations from over 200 international galleries. Our guide has curated a special virtual tour, filtering through hundreds of galleries and work by thousands of artists to present a lively and dynamic way of seeing (and collecting) art. This lecture is ideal for art enthusiasts looking to discover the most exciting international artists working in a wide range of disciplines today.  There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 12:00 p.m. ET on June 2.

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Wine Jamie Ritchie

Go behind-the-scenes with the world’s leading wine auctioneer, Sotheby’s Jamie Ritchie, as he offers an insider’s take on what makes a great wine, well—great. Sotheby’s has been selling wines since the 1970s, and Jamie has been there since the 1990s. In that time he has helped the company introduce Instant Cellars, four ready-made libraries of fine wines available for purchase, and Sotheby’s Own Wine Label, a collection of 13 bottles ranging from $17 to $40. Zoom in to hear about the business of selling places, pedigree and connoisseurship in a bottle—and a tip or two on buying and sampling great wines.

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

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Cooking Class: Brazilian Food Tales – Feijoada, A Traditional Black Bean Stew

Building on Chef Fabio Teveira’s popular Global Classroom session on moqueca and caipirinhas, this class delves into the most important dish in Brazilian culture—the feijoada—a hearty black bean stew that has become a national specialty.  There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 5:00 p.m. ET on June 2.

What You’ll Need: This class requires some light pre-class prep work. Our team will send instructions along with a list of ingredients and recommended kitchenware with your confirmation, if you wish to participate in this session.

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

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Interview with Q&A: The Art of Horse Whispering at Nihi Sumba with Carol Sharpe

Nihi Sumba’s Galit Schwarz and Equestrian Developmental Manager Carol Sharpe offer insight into the art of horse whispering (or “horse listening”), along with the creation and evolution of Sandalwood Stables at Nihi Sumba in Indonesia. Learn more about the wild Sumbanese horses and the people of this unusual island and how this intuitive practice can also be used as a mirror for alignment and self-discovery.

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and Lotus Arts de Vivre Creator Rolf von Bueren

How do you represent a place, a culture, a sensibility in objets d’art? Bangkok’s Rolf von Bueren, creator of Thailand’s cult luxury brand Lotus Arts de Vivre will answer that question and many more about his experiences in Southeast Asia. Rolf, who was born in Germany, moved to Bangkok in his 20s after completing his studies, and there began his love story with his Thai-born wife, Helen, and with her country. He has lived in Thailand ever since and founded their one-of-a-kind brand almost 40 years ago. The part-gallery, part-boutique they created together celebrates Thai artisanship at the highest level, producing jewelry, furniture, sculpture and decorative arts pieces that range from a “simple” silver-cheetah-decorated cigar tube to an exquisite brocade handbag with a dragon closure incorporating scarab leaves, pink tourmalines and diamonds. The pieces aren’t exactly like anything else you’ve come across, but you know they’re special when you see them. Rolf will also share stories about living in Thailand as an insider-outsider.

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley, designer Britt Moran and WSJ. Magazine contributing editor Sarah Medford

Join us for a conversation with designer Britt Moran and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ. Magazine contributing editor Sarah Medford—if they don’t know a design movement or trend, it doesn’t exist. Britt is one half of the design duo who work under the name Dimore Studio (he’s North Carolina-born, Milan-based, and he and his business partner, Emiliano Salci, head a firm that has done residential, retail and hospitality projects for such high-style companies and developers as Hermès, Bottega Veneta, Ian Schrager and Thierry Costes). Sarah has enjoyed a long career in media since the 1980s at such publications as Martha Stewart Living and Town & Country. Now a contributing editor at WSJ., she’s a design expert and also co-hosts some of the Insider Journeys that Indagare runs in partnership with WSJ.

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

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Workshop: Flower Arranging with Philip Hammond, Designer Florist at The Dorchester in London

Join this master class, set against the backdrop of London, from one of The Dorchester’s rooftop gardens, as our expert takes you through the process of creating a quintessentially British hand-tied floral bouquet. From preparing the flowers and keeping them looking fresh, to arranging them to sit perfectly in a vase, this session is equally suitable for absolute beginners or pros who want to try their hand at a new style. Philip will also share insights into his career at The Dorchester and the world of flowers in London.

What You’ll Need: Our team will send a list of tools and essentials, with your confirmation, should you wish to participate in the flower-arranging.

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

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The Vines of Bordeaux: Right Bank vs. Left Bank Wines with a Master Sommelier

The wines of the left and right banks in Bordeaux may use the same set of varieties—and both share a long history of complex and high-quality craftsmanship—but differences in the two banks’ cultures, climates and geologies inform their unique expressions of terroir. During this dynamic tasting, you will join a master sommelier for a virtual tour through the history of winemaking in one of the world’s most lauded regions—Bordeaux—as you learn to taste the top wines from both banks, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

What You’ll Need: Our team will send a list of wines to order online in advance of the tasting, with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session. Please note: Standard shipping can take up to 10 days, so if you wish to purchase wine for this tasting, we recommend doing so upon sign up. 

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

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Global Conversation with Melissa Biggs Bradley and travel writer Sophy Roberts

Indagare has a special fondness for great writers, a reverence for their ability to see and capture a place, a scene, a moment, an emotion in a way that makes it real for the rest of us. Sophy Roberts is one such writer, and from her home base on a farm in Dorset, she has traveled the high-end road: she has been a longtime correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler and wrote the “How to Spend It” column for the Financial Times for years. Her first travel book, which was just published in the UK to critical acclaim (with The Sunday Times announcing ‘the travel book is back”), will be published in the U.S. in August. The Lost Pianos of Siberia documents her somewhat eccentric three-year search for a piano on behalf of a friend, a Mongolian concert pianist. She’ll talk about the purpose and future of travel writing, the lure of  the “remote”—she has traveled everywhere from West Africa (Principe, Ghana, Senegal, Congo) to Central Asia (Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), and the Sahara (Chad)—and the critical role that tourism plays in conservation.

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

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Talk & Tasting: Building Your Bar – Basic Techniques and Recipes for the Home Bartender with Matthew Hunter, Head Bartender of Eleven Madison Park

Mise en place is a term used in professional kitchens that translates to everything in its place. Before you can start to prepare a meal or a cocktail, you need to have your ingredients organized and your mind focused. This philosophy can easily be applied to how you make drinks at home. In this class, Eleven Madison Park‘s Head Bartender, Matthew Hunter, will teach you how to make four delicious, simple, balanced cocktails with spirits that will become staples on your back bar. Everything has its place and you’ll find that there are a multitude of different recipes you can make with one bottle of spirit, fresh citrus, and some common household ingredients. What are you waiting for?  There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 4:30 p.m. ET on June 5.

What You’ll Need: Our team will send a list of bar tools and essential ingredients you may like to purchase or prepare in advance, with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session. Early sign-up is recommended.

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

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– Kathryn Nathanson on May 27, 2020

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