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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, hands-on workshops and tastings, family-friendly experiences and immersive lectures with Q&A sessions developed in partnership with our top guides, insiders 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 at home, but still craving stimulation. In tandem, our founder Melissa Biggs Bradley will also be leading Global Conversations, a 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 streams live via Zoom. We will send instructions on how to join following class sign-up (it’s easy—we promise!). 

New programming is being added regularly. 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, as well as corporate programs for engaging your employees or clients. Contact us for more information.

Missed a session? Now you can download some of our favorite episodes, when you subscribe to the Indagare Global Conversations Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher. New episodes are being added weekly.

Sign up here and see more details about our programming below.

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, unless otherwise noted. 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 9:00 a.m. ET one day prior to class start time via global.classroom@indagare.com. 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. Programming is complimentary unless otherwise noted. All programming times listed are for group classes.  Sign-ups are first come, first served.

Friends of Indagare Members and Subscribers are welcome. Some 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 global travel is limited. 

Class Offerings Fall 2020

More sessions coming soon!

Sign up for a full three-class series and receive a discount, or join any class individually. Private classes can also be requested—and given as a gift.

Global Classroom Series: In the Kitchen with Ashton Keefe – September 29, November 10 and December 8 (3 sessions)

Chef and culinary stylist, Today Show regular and Global Classroom host Ashton Keefe is back by popular demand for a new series of cooking classes focused on making the most of the fall and winter seasons, with an eye towards entertaining. First, you’ll savor the best of autumn’s bounty with a cooking class focused on farmers’ market finds; then, discover the secret to a stress-free Thanksgiving (politics not included) and traditional English treats that will steal the show in November and December. Let’s get cooking!

When: September 29, November 10 and December 8 (3 sessions)

Email us at global.classroom@indagare.com to purchase our three-class In the Kitchen with Ashton Keefe Series now. Not ready to commit? For more flexibility, you can opt to attend each class individually!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Series: In the Kitchen with Ashton Keefe – Session One: Farmers’ Market Finds

Ever get home from the farmers’ market and feel like you have no idea what to do with all of your newfound bounty? Learn the ins and outs of what’s in season, and then take it all back to the kitchen for a cooking lesson with chef and culinary stylist Ashton Keefe as your expert guide. In celebration of the harvest season, she will teach you how to transform your market finds into a delicious and healthy mealThere will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 5:00 p.m. ET on September 29.

What You’ll Need: 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: 6:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here(Buy our three-class In the Kitchen with Ashton Keefe Series or attend each class individually!)

Coming Soon! Details for Sessions Two and Three (November 10 and December 8) will be announced later this month.

Global Classroom: Soccer in Brazil – October 1 (1 session)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

Lecture with Q&A: Soccer in Brazil – From the Favelas to the World Cup

Whether you’re in Britain or Brazil, “GOOOOAL!” is one of the most exciting rallying cries heard round the globe by fans on soccer (or fútbol) fields everywhere. While the sport is rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S., no country plays it quite like Brazil, with its five FIFA World Cup wins and a long history of incredible players. Join our top Brazilian guide for a closer look at the country’s legendary soccer history—on a small scale and the world’s stage—and learn how it became a national pastime. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 2:00 p.m. ET on October 1.

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here.

Global Classroom Series: Wildlife Around the World – October 6, October 13 and October 20 (3 sessions)

From the penguins who build their nests across the icescapes of Antarctica to the tawny lions who have adapted to hunt in the blazing deserts of Namibia, the focus of our Wildlife Around the World Global Classroom Series is the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet—how they have survived, how they have evolved, and how we can help protect them in this era of unprecedented environmental threat. As you travel virtually around the world to meet leading conservationists and researchers, you’ll also get an inside look at three spectacular destinations—Antarctica, Mustique and Namibia—with tips for how to plan your own safe and sustainable adventures.

When: October 6, October 13 and October 20 (3 sessions)

Sign up here to purchase our three-class Wildlife Around the World Series now. Not ready to commit? For more flexibility, you can opt to attend each class individually!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Series: Wildlife Around the World – Session One: The Penguins of Antarctica

There are few animals as lovable and fascinating as the penguin—but what are the lives of these flightless birds really like, in the most inhospitable continent of Antarctica? In this Lecture with Q&A session, you’ll join a penguin scientist who has traveled to Antarctica for 19 seasons to participate in research projects, to discover how these birds are coping with changes that are happening to their environment as temperatures are rising in the region. Plus, you’ll have the chance to learn more about how you can travel responsibly to the Seventh Continent and contribute to its protection. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 3:00 p.m. ET on October 6.

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class Wildlife Around the World Series or attend each class individually!)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Series: Wildlife Around the World – Session Two: The Coral Reef Restoration & Environmental Conservation on Mustique Island

Travel virtually to the private Caribbean island of Mustique for a Lecture with Q&A session that will take a deep dive through crystalline waters into the vibrant world of coral reefs. With the island’s Environmental Manager, you will learn about the initiatives that make up the fabric of this sustainably-minded destination and discover how its reforestation program is protecting the reef’s many aquatic inhabitants. Plus—learn more about what makes Mustique such an enchanting escape, and what you should know about planning an environmentally-conscious trip there. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 2:00 p.m. ET on October 13.

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class Wildlife Around the World Series or attend each class individually!)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Series: Wildlife Around the World – Session Three: The Desert Lions of Namibia

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Namibia—one of the most astounding desert environments in the world—in this Lecture with Q&A session with two of the country’s best-regarded wildlife experts and conservationists. In this class, you’ll get a special look at Namibia’s unique population of desert-adapted lions and learn about our expert’s groundbreaking work in lion-tracking and protection, as well as the important role that luxury travel plays in supporting these initiatives. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 1:00 p.m. ET on October 20.

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class Wildlife Around the World Series or attend each class individually!)

Global Classroom Series: Adventure Travel – October 7, October 14 and October 21 (3 sessions)

From the majestic national parks of the American West to the wild savannahs of Africa’s safari reserves, this Global Classroom Series covers the best of adventure travel and is a must-join for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Our three curated sessions will provide plenty of practical travel tips and secrets from industry insiders—from how to pack for safari to the best rivers for fly-fishing in the fall—as well as a robust exploration of the geology, history and ecology of these larger-than-life destinations.

When: October 7, October 14 and October 21 (3 sessions)

Sign up here to purchase our three-class Adventure Travel Series now. Not ready to commit? For more flexibility, you can opt to attend each class individually!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Series: Adventure Travel – Session One: Becoming Grand — How the Grand Canyon was Formed, Plus Spectacular Parks of The Grand Staircase

Vast, echoing valleys, rippling striations of varicolored rocks and wandering channels carved by the rivers of time—these are the iconic features of the American Southwest that make this region one of the United States’ most beautiful. In this Lecture with Q&A session—hosted by an accomplished expeditionist and one of our favorite experts on the national parks of the west—you will explore the geology and history of Zion and Bryce Canyon, with a special focus on the Grand Canyon, and learn about the natural forces that make these parks bucket-list destinations. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 4:00 p.m. ET on October 7.

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class Adventure Travel Series or attend each class individually!)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

Series: Adventure Travel – Session Two: Adventure From Sun Up to Sun Down in Crested Butte

Zoom in to Scarp Ridge—one of our favorite adventure lodges in the U.S.—for the ultimate Rocky Mountain escape! This Virtual Tour will be hosted by Alan Bernholtz, a Crested Butte local and former town mayor, founding employee of Eleven Experience and accomplished outdoorsman. As he shares the beauty and history of this Colorado gem with you, he will also impart his expertise in such sports as fly fishing, catskiing, mountain biking and hiking, and more—to keep you dreaming of your next adventure! There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 4:00 p.m. ET on October 14.

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class Adventure Travel Series or attend each class individually!)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Series: Adventure Travel – Session Three: Safari Master Class — How to Prepare and What to Expect

If you are preparing to go on safari in 2020 or 2021—or you’re simply dreaming of making this bucket list trip a reality, one day—you won’t want to miss this master class with one of our top guides. From finding the camera that is best for capturing hard-to-track wildlife and curating attire that is both safari-stylish and practical, to packing for an expedition in under 30 pounds and navigating “the new normal” of COVID-safe travel, this Lecture with Q&A session will answer all of your questions and share the secrets of the experts to get you ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 11:00 a.m. ET on October 21.

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class Adventure Travel Series or attend each class individually!)

Global Classroom Series: World Celebrations – October 8, October 15 and October 22 (3 sessions)

The holiday season is upon us—and now you can celebrate in culture and style from the comfort of your own home with this lively Global Classroom Series. As you travel with our experts to three of the world’s best celebration destinations—Mexico, Ireland and Germany—you’ll discover their beloved recipes, beverages and traditions (and the stories behind them) for a fun and festive October.

When: October 8, October 15 and October 22 (3 sessions)

Sign up here to purchase our three-class World Celebrations Series now. Not ready to commit? For more flexibility, you can opt to attend each class individually!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Series: World Celebrations – Session One: Food for Every Fiesta — Traditions of the Mexican Kitchen

Just in time for el Día de Los Muertos at the end of the month, join Mavi Graf—Puerto Vallarta’s favorite private chef—for a hands-on Cooking Class that will teach you to make one of the most popular celebratory dishes from the Mexican kitchen, while sharing the history and traditions behind it. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 4:00 p.m. ET on October 8.

What You’ll Need: 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

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class World Celebrations Series or attend each class individually!)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

Series: World Celebrations – Session Two: The Origins of Halloween with Rachel Gaffney

Zoom in with beloved Global Classroom and Insider Journeys host—and native Irishwoman—Rachel Gaffney for a lively Cooking Class that will teach you to prepare a classic Irish Halloween recipe for Bairin Breac or Barmbrack—a loaf that is said to tell your fortune for the year ahead. Along the way, Rachel will share the secrets of Samhain—an ancient Celtic festival—for context on Irish folklore and culture, which greatly influenced the American Halloween traditions of trick-or-treating, costumes, Jack-o’-lanterns and more.

What You’ll Need: 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

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class World Celebrations Series or attend each class individually!)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

Series: World Celebrations – Session Three: Steins and Stories at Virtual Oktoberfest

Sprechen Sie Beer? Let’s celebrate the return of fall, the beginning of the brewing season, and the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, all while tasting four beers during this hour-long Talk & Tasting class. We’ll learn about the brewing of beer from the dawn of mankind to the modern era, the history of the German brewing in particular and the Oktoberfest tradition. We’ll explore the differences between ales and lagers, learn about the Reinheitsgobot (the what?) and why it’s so important—and maybe figure out why Germans take beer so seriously. There will be a fee for this class. Please note that the deadline for sign-up is 4:30 p.m. ET on October 22.

What You’ll Need: Our team will send a list of recommended beers to order in advance of the tasting, with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session. 

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Sign up here. (Buy our three-class World Celebrations Series or attend each class individually!)

Global Conversation: Jim Reynolds and Melissa Biggs Bradley – October 20 (1 session)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Global Conversation with Jim Reynolds, Acclaimed Garden Designer and Managing Director of Ballyfin Demesne, and Melissa Biggs Bradley 

There are the hotels that amaze and the hotels that pamper—and then there are those hotels that take on a life of their own, that transport you to another time and place and welcome you to get carried away in your own fantasies. Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois, Ireland is one of these great hotels. Just a 40-minute drive from Dublin, this historic estate offers some of the most sumptuous and idiosyncratic interiors in Europe; the ultimate 19th-century country house, it is rich in Irish personality and romance, and it sits on a lush 614-acre property that feels truly Edenic. We are able to experience this magic today thanks to Jim Reynolds—Ballyfin’s Managing Director and the man who led the charge in discovering and restoring the estate after it had fallen into disrepair, directing the design team and, most notably of all, applying his considerable expertise in archaeology and horticulture to regenerate the estate’s parklands, woods, walled gardens and follies to their former glory—with striking new additions. On Tuesday, join Melissa in conversation with Jim for what is sure to be a lively firsthand-account of the Ballyfin restoration and its discoveries, as well as the many stories and secrets of the property—and of Jim’s genius (and perhaps, if we’re lucky, a special peek at Butterstream, his widely-adored personal gardens!). This conversation is complimentary.    

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

Sign up here

Coming Soon

Cooking Class: In the Kitchen with Chef Hien – Recreate the Best Street Food of Central Vietnam from Home

A journey through Vietnam’s culinary delights is as colorful and flavorful as its rich and diverse culture. Join Chef Hien live from The Nam Hai Cooking Academy in Hoi An to make banh xeo, a Vietnamese crepe or pancake, one of 10 must-try street foods in Vietnam (also featured on former President Obama’s itinerary when Anthony Bourdain played host on the memorable food tour). While several renditions of this popular “sizzling cake” abound in the country, Chef Hien will show you how to make one that is quintessentially Central Vietnamese. There will be a fee for this class. 

What You’ll Need: 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.

Date and time to be announced. Sign up here to receive details.

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

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. The North Carolina-born, Milan-based Britt Moran is one of the two founders of Dimorestudio (the Architecture and Interior Design Studio for clients such as Dior, Fendi, The Arts Club, Ian Schrager and Thierry Costes), Dimoregallery (the historical and contemporary Design Gallery) and Dimoremilano (the label housing the furniture, fabric, decorative and home collections), which he heads with his business partner, Emiliano Salci. Sarah Medford has enjoyed a long career in media since the 1980s at such publications as Architectural Digest 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 WSJThis conversation is complimentary.

Date and time to be announced. Sign up here to receive details.

Global Conversation with Kigali-based Painter Emmanuel Nkuranga and Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley

Sometimes places with the roughest histories make the most impact on visitors: In the case of Rwanda, the chance to see the gorillas is the big draw. But the chance to meet so many motivated people who lived through or were shaped by the 1994 genocide and who are now part of the success story of rebuilding this beautiful country is a big part of the experience, too. Artist Emmanuel Nkuranga represents this transformation. He was born in Uganda to Rwandan parents who had fled during the country’s pre-civil war unrest. After the family returned to Rwanda, Emmanuel and his brother developed their painting skills at Ivuka Arts Kigali, a contemporary arts center. And in 2012 they started their own center, Inema Arts Center, dedicated to promoting art as a healing, educational and economic tool for current and future generations of Rwandans. In this conversation, Emmanuel will talk about opening minds, improving lives and creating jobs through art and creativity. This conversation is complimentary.

Date and time to be announced.

 

More sessions are coming soon! Private classes can also be requested at any time. Email us to learn more—and share any questions or feedback—at global.classroom@indagare.com.

Check out highlights from Global Conversations with India Hicks and Paul Theroux as well as 16 charitable organizations our speakers know and love—or tune into our new Indagare Global Conversations Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher.

Plus—read AFAR Magazine’s review of our program here.

– Indagare on September 10, 2020

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