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Indagare Global Classroom Private Class and Small Group Options

In addition to the current list of Indagare Global Classroom and Global Conversation sessions, Indagare can help arrange private virtual tours and classes or small group experiences upon request.

Below, you will find some of our most popular programs, which we can set up for you and your friends and family. Our top experiences range from cooking and baking classes and wine and spirits tastings to art and history lectures and virtual museum tours, as well as talks on wildlife and conservation. In most instances, there will be a fee for the classes listed. These fees are primarily to support our partners and expert guides on the ground, many of whom are not currently working at this time, as well as their non-profit organizations around the globe. 

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Private classes can also be given as a gift! Purchase a gift card here.

NEW! Introducing Camp Indagare, our virtual travel program designed just for kids, running from July 20-24. Click here to learn more and sign up today! 

CULINARY: COOKING & BAKING

 

In advance of these classes, our team will send a list of recommended ingredients, kitchenware and recipes with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session.

Irish Baking with Rachel Gaffney

On Location in Ireland (by way of Texas)

Join Ireland-born Rachel Gaffney, television personality and founder of a successful Irish travel, lifestyle and home brand—and the host of our fall Insider Journey to Cork, Limerick and Dublin—to learn a bit about the history of baking in Ireland. In these three sessions, you can learn to bake three different, classic treats:

  • Irish Soda Bread is a simple and easy bread to make. It requires just three ingredients: flour, buttermilk and baking soda. Irish people have been baking it since the early 1800s, and the hearty and humble recipe can be transformed in many ways.
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake is a delicious and quintessential Irish treat—and the perfect recipe as we head into the warmer months.
  • Irish Butter Shortbread is Rachel’s signature recipe: melt-in-your-mouth biscuits like the ones her Mum used to make for her birthday parties when she was  growing up in Ireland. They are so good that Martha Stewart once invited her on her show to share her recipe and method—and now you can find out, too.

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Ceviche 101 & Culinary Cartagena

On Location in Cartagena

Alongside Chef Alejandro Ramirez, of the popular restaurants Maria and Don Juan in Cartagena, learn how to make the perfect ceviche and a refreshing tartar, with easy-to-find ingredients. Alejandro will offer his own unique insight into the different ingredients that can be used to create these delicious and fresh dishes at home for friends and family. For an additional session, Alejandro will also teach you how to prepare white fish with chorizo and apple sauce accompanied by braised leeks, a house specialty. His laid-back manner and precise techniques, learned under the tutelage of Gordon Ramsay, make him the perfect guide for even a novice cook looking to spice up the quarantine menu. 

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Entertaining at Home with Eleven Madison Park – Edition 1: American BBQ

On Location in New York

At Indagare, we love travel, eating and drinking. With this in mind, we have created a series of classes with the Creative Culinary Director and the Head Bartender of New York’s three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park (2017 World’s Best Restaurant) to help you master entertaining at home—Josh Harnden will be handling the food, and Matthew Hunter will tackle the drinks (see the details for this second mixology session below under “Wine & Spirits”). Join Eleven Madison Park’s Creative Culinary Director to round out your skills and become the ultimate summer host. In this class, you will cook alongside chef Josh Harnden, making Calabrian Chili BBQ Chicken with a Marinated Bacon, Shishito Pepper Potato Salad in real time. You will try out restaurant recipes that will open your culinary world to new flavors—and dishes that pair perfectly with those fresh summer cocktails. In addition to recipes and cooking techniques, you will be guided through the importance of multi-tasking in the kitchen, how to properly season food—and how to time meals that can be enjoyed for your family or among friends at the perfect dinner party. This session will run 1.5 hours and will require some light prep work.

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Cooking at Home with Ashton Keefe

On Location in New Jersey

Join chef, culinary stylist and Today Show regular Ashton Keefe for a series of cooking classes that highlight the cuisines of top foodie destinations around the world. For your private experience, Ashton can create a menu concept suited to your interests, but some of our most popular past sessions include: how to make two classic dishes from Mallorca, the Balearic island off Spain’s east coast: Spanish paella and pan con tomate; the art of the French bistro (you will learn the building blocks and knife skills essential to all French cooking, such as searing, braising, roasting and pastry 101, and recipes will include steak frites and apple tarte tatin); and Brunch Basics (make a kale and mushroom frittata, citrus salad and spicy rosé paloma). If you’d like to customize your cooking class with Ashton, she can cater a class to your palate, from pizza-making and Roman pastas to lobster rolls.

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Edible Cookie Dough 101: Mix It, Eat It & Bake it with DŌ Founder, Kristen Tomlan

On Location in New York • Available starting July 20

Kristen Tomlan, creator of nationwide edible cookie dough sensation, DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections takes her Cookie AcaDŌmy virtual—and, no surprise, it is ideal for kids! Just like in classes hosted at the NYC flagship, Kristen will teach the technique behind her signature safe-to-eat cookie dough, disclose her secret baking tips and tricks and provide recipes from her new cookbook. 

Please note: Children will be using a stand mixer or hand mixer, so adult supervision is recommended. Children under eight years old should be accompanied by a participating adult.

Sign up here. Please note this class will not be available for a live session until July 20.

The Chocolate Traveler: Tales and Tastings

On Location in Vancouver, British Columbia

Yes it’s true! Indagare member Pam Williams’ job at Ecole Chocolat is to travel around the globe for chocolate every year, learning, tasting, teaching, sharing. Pam introduces you to the world of fine chocolate and leads you through a fine chocolate tasting. Through live discussion, she helps you to understand how fine chocolate flavor is developed, from tree to bar and bonbon. Your homework in preparation for the class: arrive at the class with a bar of fine chocolate to taste! 

Please note: Our team will send a list of recommended chocolates with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session’s tasting.

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The Art of Roman Pasta

On Location in Rome

Try your hand at La Cucina Romana using centuries-old techniques—and the simplest ingredients—to create iconic pasta dishes such as carbonara and amatriciana. By the end of this class, which will be hosted by an Italian journalist and chef, you will have mastered the art of preparing fresh pasta, as well as these two delectable sauces. 

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Florentine Gnocchi Cooking Class

On Location in Florence

Like all good comfort food, gnocchi is simple in flavor and easy to make. One of Italy’s most popular exported pastas, the little potato balls have become one of the rare dishes prepared throughout the country. Under the guidance of an experienced Florence-based chef, enjoy preparing this classic pasta with a sausage-based or pesto sauce in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Cacio e Pepe with Hotel Eden’s Michelin-starred Chef, Fabio Ciervo

On Location in Rome

Join chef Fabio Ciervo, from one of Indagare’s most-booked properties in Rome, in making his signature Cacio e Pepe spaghetti, found on the menu at Hotel Eden’s Il Giardino Restaurant. Fabio will give you tips and best practices on how to cook as a native Italian and will share the dietary benefits of the ingredients used in this lively session.

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Make Your Own Pizza with Hotel Eden’s Michelin-starred Chef, Fabio Ciervo

On Location in Rome

Pizza is always a great idea. Create your own personalized, delicious pizza at home in your own kitchen alongside Chef Fabio Ciervo of the Michelin-starred La Terrazza restaurant at the Hotel Eden in Rome. Learn secret techniques for the perfect crust and how to use a special blend of various flours to make a lighter and healthier pizza. This class is an especially great option for kids and families!

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Tales of Brazilian Cuisine

On Location in Brazil  

Brazil is a multicultural country—a complex mix of Natives, Tupis and Guaranis, Africans and Europeans—and this fusion is the heart of its delicious cuisine. In two separate classes, you can learn the two recipes that perfectly represents Brazil’s five centuries of cultural immersion: the Fish Moqueca and the Black Bean Feijoada. In these classes, you will prepare these delicious dishes with Fabio Taveira, a trained chef and musician from São Paulo, and understand the country’s rich history through this gastronomical adventure.

In a third session, you can also learn a brief history of three of Brazil’s favorite desserts, and how to make them: the Brigadeiro (fudge balls—a popular sweet, the story goes, that was named for a Brigadier, after World War II), the Quindim (a coconut custard), and the Peanut Paçoca (a candy treat made from ground peanuts, sugar and salt).

Please note: This class requires some light pre-class prep work (our team will send instructions with your confirmation).

Additionally – don’t miss our Brazilian Wine Pairing session with Chef Fabio, detailed below under WINE & SPIRITS.

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Moroccan Tagine

On Location in Fez  

Curious to learn the secrets to achieving the perfect tagine, the traditional North African stew made with spiced meat and vegetables and fruit? (Hint: The fruit gives it a savory flavor with a hint of sweetness, and the conical-shaped ceramic vessel it’s typically cooked in provides just the right amount of moist heat to ensure the meat is tender and aromatic). Join us and discover the recipe as we travel (virtually) to Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco and the birthplace of this refined and diverse cuisine, to experience a hands-on cooking workshop at the Fez Cooking School of Palais Amani, a meticulously restored palace in the medina.

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Sicilian Gelo

On Location in Sicily

Join our Sicilian-based chef, a proponent of Slow Food in Italy and a member of one of Italy’s top cooking shows, to learn how to make Gelo, also known as Biancomangiare, a delicious traditional Sicilian pudding-type spoon dessert, served cold and infused with spices. Gelo pairs especially well with just about any meal in the summer months, as it has a very fresh, delicate yet refined taste.

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WINE & SPIRITS

 

Napa Valley Wine Tastings

On Location in Rutherford and Calistoga, California

Get to know Napa Valley, its wines and its winemakers with Doug White, a native of St. Helena and premier tour guide in Napa, as you taste the wines from top Napa Valley vineyards and meet with the owners. Doug is also available for tastings focused on wines from other regions, such as Bordeaux and Champagne.

Please note: Should you wish to taste alongside our expert guide, upon confirmation, we will send along recommended wine bottles to purchase in advance of the class. 

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

On Location in Bordeaux

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.

Please note: Should you wish to taste alongside our expert guide, upon confirmation, we will send along recommended wine bottles to purchase in advance of the class. 

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The Vines of Mendoza

On Location in Mendoza

Led by experts from The Vines of Mendoza, this class will take you on a Malbec journey. After a short introduction to Malbec’s history, learn why the terroir in Mendoza’s Uco Valley produces some of the world’s finest Malbecs. Share a guided tasting to get the best out of your glass.

Please note: Should you wish to taste alongside our expert guide, upon confirmation, we will send along recommended Malbec wines to purchase in advance of the class.  Shipping can take up to 10 days, so if you wish to purchase wine for this tasting, we recommend doing so upon sign up. Should those who sign up not be able to purchase wine in time for the tasting, we recommend tasting along with any Malbec from Mendoza.

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The Vines of Chile

On Location in the Casablanca Valley

Take a sensory journey through one of the most exciting and diverse wine-making countries in the world—Chile—with a local wine specialist, as well as the founder of Kingston Family Vineyards in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. As our experts guide you through a tasting experience, participants will also learn about Chile’s most iconic wine-producing regions, the country’s cultural and natural treasures and the stories behind the Kingston Family’s wine production.

Please note: Should you wish to taste alongside our expert guide, upon confirmation, we will send along recommended Chilean wines to purchase in advance of the class.  Shipping can take up to 10 days, so if you wish to purchase wine for this tasting, we recommend doing so upon sign up. Should those who sign up not be able to purchase wine in time for the tasting, we recommend tasting along with any wine from Chile.

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Brazilian Wine Pairing with Chef Fabio

On Location in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

In this wine tasting class, Brazilian chef Fabio Teveira returns once more to the Global Classroom to examine the subtle art of wine pairing. What is the best way to match certain foods with the right wine to enhance and bring out their essential flavors—and why? You’ll learn that and more as Chef Fabio offers his suggestions on how to identify and combine the aromas and flavors you enjoy with just the right wine—and answers all your questions.

Please note: Should you wish to taste alongside our expert guide, upon confirmation, we will send along recommended wines to purchase in advance of the class.

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Talk & Tasting: Tequila Edition

On Location in Puerta Vallarta

In this unique tequila tasting experience, our lead expert from Mexico will walk you through the origins, history and process of making and distilling tequila from agave—followed by a tasting of the three tequila varieties to know. We will also share a secret guacamole recipe that you can prepare in advance for a festive pairing.

Please note: Our team will send a list of tequilas to purchase in advance of the tasting with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session. A recipe for guacamole will also be provided to accompany your tasting.

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Colombian Rum Distillation & Tasting

On Location in Cartagena

Enjoy a unique learning session, in which an expert will talk about the history of rum and how it became a popular Caribbean drink. Be guided through how different rums are processed and aged, in order to recognize its original characteristics. 

Please note: Our team will send a list of recommended rums and cocktail ingredients with your confirmation, should you wish to mix and taste alongside our expert mixologist during this session.

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Port in the Douro Valley

On Location in the Douro Valley

Virtually travel with us to the world’s oldest operating wine region—Portugal’s Douro Valley—for an exclusive Port wine tasting with the Six Senses Douro Valley’s Nick Yarnell and Port Knox owner Miguel Braga. Miguel will discuss the history of Port and its significance in the Douro Valley as he guides participants through an impressive sampling of Ports, including a white port and a tawny port. 

Please note: Our team will send a list of wines to purchase in advance of the tasting with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session. A recipe for guacamole will also be provided to accompany your tasting.

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Sake Tasting with a Former Shinto Priestess

On Location in Kyoto

Just as wine is a symbol of Christianity, sake represents the Japanese religion Shinto, the polytheistic belief involving the veneration of deities existing in nature. Explore the roots of sake, with a former Shinto priestess as your guide, and taste a recommended seasonal bottle as she shares her story and the rich traditions of her culture. Born in Kyoto, our expert became a Shinto priestess for a shrine that housed the spirit of sake and fermentation. She later became an illustrator to portray the diverse sake breweries all over Japan. She is the author of Sake Girl’s Brewery Walk, and an iconic figure in the world of sake. 

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Entertaining at Home with Eleven Madison Park – Edition 1: American BBQ Mixology

On Location in New York

At Indagare, we love travel, eating and drinking. With this in mind, we have created a series of classes with the Creative Culinary Director and the Head Bartender of New York’s three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park (2017 World’s Best Restaurant) to help you master entertaining at home—Josh Harnden will be handling the food, and Matthew Hunter will tackle the drinks. With travel focused domestically right now, in our first class we will be taking a trip to the backyard, just in time for barbecue season: Matthew will show us how he likes to entertain (i.e. drink) outdoors. He’ll be serving up summer shandies, with one of your favorite beers. Then he’ll mix it up with a lesson in three different frozen cocktails: Queens Park Swizzle, Frozen Paloma with Blackberry Mole Molasses and a Watermelon Margarita with Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Aperol, and Jalapeño. Join the fun—and learn how to create the best barbecue in a cooking class to follow in a second session (see above under “Culinary”).

Please note: 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. 

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Building Your Bar: Basic Techniques & Recipes for the Home Bartender with Matthew Hunter, Head Bartender of Eleven Madison Park in New York City

On Location in New York

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, Matthew Hunter, the Head Bartender of Eleven Madison Park (2017 World’s Best Restaurant), 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?  

Please note: This class is available for customization with a choice of up to two base spirits. 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. 

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Building Your Bar, Part Two: The Summer Spritz with Matthew Hunter, Head Bartender of Eleven Madison Park in New York City

On Location in New York

The head bartender of New York City’s Eleven Madison Park (2017 World’s Best Restaurant) returns for another sparkling mixology session—this time, devoted to concocting summer’s hottest cocktail: the Spritz. Though in fact it is one of Italy’s oldest aperitivo recipes, the Spritz has made a major comeback in recent years, with pop-up bars entirely dedicated to its glory, bringing splashes of bright red and orange worldwide. Bring the party into your own home as Matthew walks you through what makes this bitter-sweet bubbly beverage so enticing—and the beauty of its simple 3:2:1 construction. He will teach you how to perfectly prepare four refreshing variations on the classic recipe using seasonal fruits and herbs. The only question you’ll have to answer is: Are you Team Aperol or Team Cocchi? Join Matthew for virtual happy hour and find out.

Please note: 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. 

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Responsible Bartending, Cocktails and Sustainability

On Location in Singapore

Join Vijay Mudaliar, founder of Native in Singapore—one of the World’s Best Bars—to learn about this unique spot, its sustainability focus and its inventive (and sometimes experimental) cocktail-making practices, and receive a comprehensive lesson on the spirits of the region. Native, as its name suggests, sources ingredients, vessels and even its music only from Asia. Spirits covered will include Singaporean gin, Sri Lankan Arrack, Indian whisky and more. Vijay will also teach you how to make a special cocktail during the lesson, and you may catch a glimpse of his upstairs lab, where his team dreams up their creative concoctions.

Please note: Our team will send a list of bar tools and essential ingredients you may need to purchase or prepare in advance, with your confirmation, if you wish to participate during this session.

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ART & HISTORY

 

Art Exhibitions from NYC to L.A.

On Location in New York

Virtually visit contemporary art exhibitions in galleries from New York to L.A. and beyond with an award-winning art curator, advisor and guide. In this class, you will be able to see art and installations from various artists around the globe. For an additional session, you can also request a curated look at the Frieze Contemporary Art Fair or the NaDa Art Fair, which showcases some of the world’s best contemporary art, with digital presentations from over 200 international galleries. This series is ideal for art enthusiasts looking to discover the most exciting international artists working in a wide range of disciplines today.

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Art Basel, Curated

On Location in New York

Art Basel is one of the world’s biggest and most important international art fairs. While this year’s event has been postponed until September, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, one of our top New York-based art guides has designed a curated virtual tour of Art Basel’s online viewing rooms, which will dive into a selection of some of the most exciting and interesting works on display from international galleries. Our curator will present a deeper look at some of the artists and their work through images, videos and filmed interviews.

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Lecture with Q&A: Contemporary Black Art in America

On Location in New York

This virtual tour with one of our top New York art experts will explore work by some of the most influential contemporary Black artists in America today—from Sam Gilliam and Mark Bradford to Kehinde Wiley and Mickalene Thomas, as well as emerging figures like Grace Lynne Haynes and Wole Lagunju. Museums and galleries alike are finally expanding their collections to give these artists a long overdue space and spotlight, so they may be discovered and understood by the general public—and this is one of the most promising developments in contemporary art today. Our guide will be joined by Wole Lagunju—whose work is associated with Onaism and the Ife Art School and re-envisions traditional Yoruba art and design—to discuss such topics as: What subjects are confronted by Black artists? How does this art reflect the cultural moment we are experiencing today? How do prices for such artists compare to non-black artists? What is the future of collecting in this area?

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Art in Response to Nature – Art and Architecture at Château La Coste

On Location in Provence

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.

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The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Then and Now

On Location in Kigali

The genocide in Rwanda in 1994 was one of the most devastating events of the 20th century—100 days of incomprehensible loss that has forever shaped the country’s past and its future. Rwanda’s recovery since then is also one of the most inspiring stories of this century. In this lecture, learn more about the causes, events and ramifications of the genocide from the director of the memorial in Kigali, one of the most important tourist sites in the country.

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St. Peter’s Basilica: Then & Now

On Location in Rome

The imposing presence of St. Peter’s Basilica has marked the Roman skyline for centuries, yet it is quite a new architectural gem compared to the ancient city. The oddly out-of-the-way location of the Basilica begs the question of its relationship with city and urban planning. Why was the Basilica built there? How did the architects plan for such a large project? What did the Basilica take the place of? Through a narrative exploration of St. Peter’s Basilica, this presentation will inform participants of the complexities of the construction of the Basilica and its place in the urban fabric of Rome.  

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The Sistine Chapel, Revisited

On Location in Rome

A unique look into the lesser-known curiosities of the world’s most famous chapel. Few know about the birth of the Sistine chapel as a “military” chapel, or its decoration before (and after) Michelangelo or the papal machinations that led to the creation of an absolute masterpiece. This lecture will give an immersive understanding of the Sistine Chapel for both novices and experts.

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Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture: Prague after 1900

On Location in Prague

Put simply, Art Nouveau isn’t only a radical new design aesthetic. It represents a pre-war social elite with new standards for modern comforts and luxury, a clubby upper class that drank absinthe and the first mixed cocktails, booked voyages on ocean liners and read fashion magazines. It isn’t an accident that most Art Nouveau buildings are hotels, elegant bars, restaurants and train stations. These were the watering holes of the first globetrotters, those enjoying the fruits of 19th-century industrialization in the first decade of the 20th century, before global war swallowed up their world. During this talk, you’ll learn to identify the ginkgo biloba leaves and lighting fixtures that mark the style, even as you discover the dramatic social and political history of Prague in the 20th century.  

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Constructing Prague: Europe’s Major Architectural Styles in the Golden City

On Location in Prague

Discover Europe’s major architectural styles with Prague as your blueprint. Moving through the city’s legendary array of Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Neo-Classical, Communist-era architecture, you’ll gain a new understanding of the nationalist and religious pressures that produced new building styles across Europe—from medieval to modern. Along the way, you will learn to identify the features and philosophy of Europe’s major architectural movements and the ways in which the Czech national story has (literally) been built and rebuilt.

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Special-Access Live Virtual Tour of Prague’s Strahov Monastery Library

On Location in Prague

Join our expert guide on a live-streamed tour through one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Strahov Monastery book collection near Prague Castle was founded almost 900 years ago and is housed in the magnificent Theological and Philosophical Halls, which you may recognize from films and TV shows, including Amadeus and Outlander. By special arrangement with the library, we will be able to walk behind the ropes and move through the 17th- and 18th-century halls, which are filled with Baroque ornamentation and Rococo décor, exploring the allegorical frescoes designed to reconcile religion with a new era of scientific investigation in the Age of Enlightenment. Along the way, we will learn fascinating details about the monks’ dedication to books, natural sciences and to their legendary beer, first brewed in 1142. 

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A Tour of The Old Town of Kraków

On Location in Kraków

Take a journey through Polish history, as we virtually visit the most beautiful places in Kraków’s Old Town. Places of interest include the largest main square in Europe, the second oldest university in Central Europe and Wawel Hill, home to the Royal Castle and Cathedral, where the Polish kings once lived. You will learn stories of the Polish royal families and of Pope John Paul II—and even discover the secrets of the Kraków dragon. This is a wonderful introduction to the city and its rich history and culture.

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The Jewish Quarter of Kraków

On Location in Kraków

Discover Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Kraków, with our expert guide. The Jewish history of Kraków stretches back over 800 years, and despite the tragedies of World War II and 50 years under Communism, the city is still home to the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe. In an area that’s just over two square miles, you can discover seven pre-war synagogues and countless other historical sites; plus, see where Steven Spielberg filmed Schindler’s List and learn about the legacy and culture of the local Jewish community, which made up 25 percent of the total population of Kraków in 1939.

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A Tour of Royal Versailles

On Location in Paris 

Enjoy a virtual, behind-the-scenes tour and interactive experience of Versailles with one of our favorite Paris experts. Understand the key players behind the grand architecture and discover what life was like at the court of the Sun King. Explore the King’s Apartment, the Hall of Mirrors and even the newly restored Queen’s chambers. A royal treat before your next trip to Paris and Versailles!

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A Tour of The Gardens of Versailles

On Location in Paris 

Join one of Indagare’s premier Paris guides for a meandering virtual tour through storied groves, manicured lawns and flowering gardens, which once buzzed with political intrigue during the reign of King Louis XIV. Behind-the-scenes access will take you up the steps of Queen Marie-Antoinette’s private domaine, through the dreamy landscapes of Trianon and into the quaint hamlet, as you explore the world of the Sun King.

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The Secrets of Notre Dame’s Construction

On Location in Paris 

Learn the secrets of the architects, masons, sculptors and alchemists who created this iconic medieval megastructure full of innovation and hidden messages. You’ll also hear about the essential elements that define Gothic architecture and how the cathedral became a symbol of the city’s success and a religious center in the heart of the Dark Ages, plus gain an understanding of the current restoration efforts after the devastating fire in 2019.

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Inside Barcelona’s Modernist Architecture

On Location in Barcelona 

Enjoy a virtual visit to the interior of the astonishing Sagrada Familia, by the hand of our top guide in Barcelona. You will be introduced to Gaudí and the story behind his most famous work, La Sagrada Familia, on a virtual tour.

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Mexico Beyond the Beach: Maya Ruins & Rituals

On Location in Chiapas

Chiapas is an off-the-beaten-path land of extreme biodiversity and indigenous culture. Our expert guide was born in Mexico and spent much of his upbringing in Chiapas. From an early age, he became interested in studying the ancient Maya and has been guiding in the Maya area since 1985 (at this time many sites could only be reached by plane, foot or riding a mule). During this talk, he will bring abandoned ruins to life and share interesting facts and personal anecdotes on everything from daily life in Chiapas to shamans and rituals in the region. 

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Masterworks in the Rijksmuseum

On Location in Amsterdam

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.

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Young Rembrandt

On Location in Amsterdam

In this lecture, a top Amsterdam-based art historian will tell the story of young Rembrandt. The lecture will cover from the 17th-century Dutch painter’s birth through his early Leiden years, his career in Amsterdam and culminate in one of his most famous paintings, Night Watch. The tour will be a digital museum experience with short stories about the artist’s life and art throughout.

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The Life of Vermeer

On Location in Amsterdam

In this lecture, discover how the 17th-century Dutch master Vermeer emerged as a super-specialist in interior scenes, with one of our top art historian guides and specialists in European art. Part lecture, part storytelling, this session will offer an understanding of how Vermeer became a part of the fabric of life in the town of Delft in the Netherlands.

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17th-Century Dutch Flower Still-Life Paintings

On Location in Amsterdam

Step back in time and explore Dutch flower culture on canvas with an art historian in the Netherlands. This lively lecture examines exquisite 17th-century Dutch flower still-life paintings. You’ll learn how and why the genre was born, the symbolism behind these beautiful works of art—and how to spot the differences between early and later still-life works. Once you become familiar with these hidden gems, you will never look at these paintings in the same way again.

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Vincent van Gogh, a Life in Art

On Location in Amsterdam

If we followed a timeline of Vincent van Gogh’s career, only the last three years would be riveting and worthwhile, if we measure it in works of art. Therefore, our expert art historian will first show a series of his great masterworks from 1887-1890 and then retrace events in the artist’s life to understand how his art developed after his birth in 1853 and a painful series of mishaps and failures that followed.

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Timeless Maria: The Image of the Virgin and Caravaggio’s Artistic Revolution

On Location in Rome

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.

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Virtual Tour: After Hours at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

On Location in Rome

Situated on Via del Corso in the heart of Rome’s Centro Storico, the majestic Palazzo Doria Pamphilj has been the home of a noble family since the 17th century. Today, the family is one of the few that still reside within their Roman palace’s exquisite walls. The palazzo’s lauded gallery houses one of the city’s most important patrician collections, which has been protected by the state since 1816 and contains masterpieces by such artists as Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Jan Brueghel, Titian, Raphael, Velázquez and other icons. After the palazzo closes to visitors, you will be virtually led by our expert through the opulent red, white and gold rooms of the art gallery and into exclusive sections not usually open to the public. The Doria Pamphilj Gallery, like the rest of the palace, is the result of 500 years’ worth of additions, annexes and expansions, which form the centuries-old splendor seen today.

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The Heart of Venice: Symbols, Art and Architecture in St. Mark’s Square

On Location in Venice

Join our expert local guide for a virtual tour of St. Mark’s Square. This behind-the-scenes look at Venetian history will focus on the art, architecture and symbols found in this iconic place, which has served as the political and religious heart of Venice for over 1,000 years. With its ornate decoration and striking geometric patterns of Istrian stone, St. Mark’s Square is known as one of the world’s most storied and most beautiful. Stops on the tour will include the Doge’s Palace, an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, and the gilded Basilica of San Marco, which is dedicated to Venice’s patron saint.

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The Unification of Italy

On Location in Italy

Italy, though famous for its abundance of history, is a young modern state. This entertaining lecture, with one of our favorite Italian guides, will highlight the multitude of key figures and events that make up the country’s tumultuous past and dive into the battle for the Italian state.

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Inside the Ancient City of Luxor

On Location in Egypt

Join one of Indagare’s best Egyptologist guides and time-travel through the archaeological highlights of the ancient city of Luxor, one of the country’s most-visited sites. In this lecture, you will learn about the thrilling discoveries of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings—including the treasure-filled tomb of King Tut—as well as the latest news from recent excavations.

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Inside the Great Pyramids of Egypt

On Location in Egypt

Join one of Indagare’s top Egyptologist guides on a virtual journey to the Great Pyramids of Giza—the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Our expert will examine the great mysteries of the pyramids, including the philosophy behind the intricate burial rituals of the ancient pharaohs and the astounding architectural development of these tombs. This talk will also introduce you to the Step Pyramid of King Zoser—the first freestanding stone structure in the world—and the necropolis of Dahshur, where the famed bent Pyramid can be found.

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Virtual Journey Down the Nile

On Location in Egypt

Egypt is a land of incredible history, culture and mysteries. Join one of our top Egyptologist guides as she takes us on a journey down the River Nile. One of the best ways to visit Egypt is by boat and this virtual tour will cover the top sites visited by the best boats cruising on the Nile in Upper Egypt today. Whether you have been to Egypt already or are considering a trip in the future, don’t miss this class, as we bring some of Egypt’s most incredible temples and tombs to you.

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Inside the Temples of Ancient Egypt

On Location in Egypt

Join one of our top Egyptologist guides to explore some of the most famous temples in Egypt, including the temples in Karnak, Luxor and Abu Simbel, where the famous ancient sandstone monuments were built by Ramesses II. Our beloved expert will discuss the construction, architecture and location of these epic temples, as well as their significance in ancient Egyptian history.

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Angkor Wat, Art in Relief

On Location in Cambodia

The city of Angkor was once the largest city on the planet, before it fell into ruin. The temple complex of Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century just outside of Siem Reap, is the largest religious monument in the world. In this class, you’ll learn from one of our top guides in Cambodia about the UNESCO World Heritage site’s history as the capital of the Khmer empire, how it was built over two decades, and the intricacies of its architectural styles, art and more.

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WELLNESS

 

Mindful Moments from Mii Amo

On Location in Arizona

This virtual mindfulness session is led by Kim McDermott and Jim Root from Mii amo, one of our favorite destination spas and the home of our annual retreat each January. Learn how to open your mind to release and connect with your heart  and experience the benefits of a mindful practice and personal reflection within yourself. The session is designed to help give you the tools to create a quiet time and space in your day.

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Unlocking the Mystery of your Birth Chart with Indagare’s Favorite Astrologist

On Location in California

Super-astrologist Kamma Bothe is an expert in reading the sign language of the stars. In this session, Kamma, who is popular among Indagare Members who have met her on our annual trip to Mii amo offered in January, will provide insights into the aspects of astrology and an opportunity to see your own life through a fascinating and inspiring window. She believes that the moment in time when you are born is like a seed: It contains your complete potential, your capacity for and any limitation to love, to work, to be a parent, to enjoy your life and to master its challenges. Kamma will inspire you to unlock yours.

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CULTURE & PERFORMANCE

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony

On Location in Kyoto

Our expert in the Japanese Tea Ceremony began his tea practice at the age of 19, and has a background in Japanese architecture as well as in design. Over the years he has lived in multiple countries including Korea, Russia, the U.S., Syria and Ukraine, and now calls Kyoto home. During this class you will be swept away by the beautiful art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and will also learn about the relationship between the tea ceremony and Zen Buddhism. This is a truly transportive lesson that will provide an hour of tranquility and calm. 

Please note: Should you wish to make matcha alongside our expert guide, you will want to have matcha and a tea whisk (or spoon), a mug (tea bowl or tea cup); as well as access to boiling water during this experience. 

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Geisha Dance

On Location in Kyoto

During this session you will enter a customary Japanese home in Kyoto and learn the captivating, centuries-old tradition of the Geisha, as well as witness the alluring dance up close. Our exclusive expert for this program began her dance career in elementary school. Her performance style, which has a 300-year-old history, is unique to Kyoto. She is also a lacquerware artisan as well as a choreographer for younger Geisha dancers. You will have an opportunity at the end of the session to ask her questions (through a translator) about her life and her training to become a Geisha. 

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Brezls, Beer & Oktoberfest from Munich

On Location in Germany  

Although Oktoberfest has already been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, join our experts as they walk you through a short (and entertaining) history of beer, its evolution and storytelling about Oktoberfest, the world’s largest annual beer festival, held in Munich, the Bavarian capital, during the last two weeks of September and early October. The first festival was originally held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the king of Bavaria (Louis I)—but now, beer consumption during the festival is said to be more than 1,430,000 gallons per year. In this lively session, you’ll learn about the distinctive Bavarian traditions, the beer, the people and the culture that bring this festival to life. 

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Polish Food with a Splash of Vodka

On Location in Kraków

Discover the distinctive traditions of Polish cuisine, including the essential dishes, bread-making practices and food markets of Kraków. You’ll also gain an understanding of traditions around alcohol in Polish history and how it influences society today. To finish, you will learn how to make Polish pickles and share a shot of Polish vodka.

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Behind the Palace Gates: An Inside Look at the British Royal Family

On Location in England

Join royal biographer Ingrid Seward and one of Indagare’s favorite British culture experts for an inside take on the British Royal Family’s most iconic moments, from the abdication of Edward VIII and the reign of Queen Elizabeth II through to the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the Queen’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Behind the Scenes at Changing of the Guard with Andrew Wallis

On Location in England

Step inside London’s Guards Museum with its longtime director Andrew Wallis to examine some of its famous and important artifacts surrounding British military and Royal family. The museum traces the history behind the five regiments of foot guards who have protected the Sovereign and Royal Palaces since 1660. Wallis, who has served in various military regiments and ceremonial bodyguards, will share his own military history as well.

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

On Location 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.

Please note: Our team will send a list of tools and essentials, with your confirmation, should you wish to participate.

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Introduction to Flamenco Dance Class

On Location in Sevilla

Join our Sevilla-born dance instructor in gaining a new understanding of the art of Spanish Flamenco. In this introductory class you will learn all the essentials: the look, the hands, self-confidence, basic movements, and navigating your space. This class is meant to give participants a taste of this energetic art form.

Please note: You may want to find a long, tiered or ruffled skirt to really get into the spirit of Flamenco—and you will want some space to move around!

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Musical Brazil from Colony to Bossa Nova

On Location in Brazil

Part-lecture, part-music lesson, this class with one of our favorite guides  in the region will span Brazilian musical history, stretching from the pan-African influence brought by the slave trade in the 1800s all the way to modern Bossa nova, with The Girl from Ipanema, including one of the biggest events in the world: Rio’s Carnival.

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Linda Leaming’s Bhutan

On Location in Bhutan

Author of Married to Bhutan and Field Guide to Happiness Linda Leaming will Zoom in from Bhutan to share stories of her life in the magical Kingdom of the Himalayas, where she has been living on and off since 1997. With only a handful of COVD-19 cases in the entire country thus far, Bhutan is on our wish list of places to return to. Leaming will talk about life during lockdown, traveling in the Himalayas and why she has chosen to live in a country whose number one goal is…happiness.

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WILDLIFE & CONSERVATION

 

The Art of Horse Whispering at Nihi Sumba, with Carol Sharpe

On Location in Indonesia

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.

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Gorilla Trekking

On Location in Rwanda

Gorillas remain one of the most mythic creatures on earth, sitting up on misty mountaintops where few have ever seen them. But it’s the journey to see them that has now taken center stage in the fight to keep them alive. In this session, you’ll learn from our guide—a conservation expert who has worked to eliminate poaching in both Volcanoes National Park and Akagera National Park—about the gorillas of Rwanda, their history, their environment and how to see them when it’s possible to do so again.

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What Works in Big Cat Conservation

On Location in New York

The Bronx Zoo recently made the news for their Malayan tiger, Nadia, catching the coronavirus. In this conversation with the Executive Director of the Big Cats program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, at the Bronx Zoo, you’ll learn about efforts all around the world to protect these charismatic animals from threats both manmade and natural, and how we should all have a little more optimism about the future of big cats in the wild.

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Jaguar Collaring in the Pantanal

On Location in Brazil

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.

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Photographing Wildlife with Dana Allen

On Location in Zimbabwe

Join Dana Allen—naturalist, author, guide, educator, artist and professional wildlife photographer—to learn how to develop the essential best practices and skills for capturing awe-inspiring wildlife photography. Allen, who now lives in Zimbabwe and has lived and worked in Southern, Central and East Africa for the past 25 years, specializes in photographing wildlife and the environment. He will also share his own life story and how he has created his own amazing collection of work.

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Bush Skills and Campfire Cooking with one of Africa’s Renowned Wilderness Experts

On Location in South Africa

In two interactive classes, perfect for kids—but with something for all ages—one of Africa’s top wilderness guides will impart important skills for surviving in the wilderness, including how to make a shelter and build a fire; then, in a follow-up session just in time for summer grilling, he will show you the best recipes to cook when out in the wilderness—or over just about any other open fire. Our guide grew up on a ranch in rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. After completing a Diploma of Forestry at Saasveld College in the Southern Cape, he worked briefly as a forester, but was drawn back to the bush. At Singita Game Reserves in Kruger National Park for a decade, he guided some of the best leopard-viewing on the African continent. Since 2010, he has been a private guide, and there are few African wildlife hotspots he has not visited. When not on safari, he is involved in guide training and consulting for photographic safari companies. He is especially popular with families and children. Kids are encouraged to build a fort along with him in this session.

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The Endemic Oddities of Madagascar

On Location in South Africa

Meet one of the top guides in Africa, as he gives insight into the strange and unique plants and animals of the endangered island paradise of Madagascar. Our guide, who is especially passionate about this unique country and its wildlife, grew up on a ranch in rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. After completing a Diploma of Forestry at Saasveld College in the Southern Cape, he worked briefly as a forester, but was drawn back to the bush. At Singita Game Reserves in Kruger National Park for a decade, he guided some of the best leopard-viewing on the African continent. Since 2010, he has been a private guide, and there are few African wildlife hotspots he has not visited.

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The Whales of New York: A New Tale

On Location in New York

If you’ve ever been whale-watching, you know that sometimes it involves a bit of patience, but once you see these majestic creatures up close, you will never forget the experience. These awe-inspiring (and ecologically important) animals face threats from fishing, shipping, pollution, ocean noise, and other potential impacts from offshore energy exploration and development. Join Dr. Howard C. Rosenbaum, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program and Senior Scientist at the New York Aquarium, and hear about how the WCS is working to protect whales and other marine wildlife in 25 countries around the globe—and in our own backyard.

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The Last of The Big Tuskers

On Location in Florida

Join conservationist, author and National Geographic TV host, James Currie, as he discusses his latest documentary on the plight of the planet’s last remaining super tusker elephants—those with tusks heavier than 100 pounds per side. Learn about the devastating effects of human-wildlife conflict, poaching and hunting on these magnificent creatures. James will explain what is being done to ensure their survival and celebrate the majesty of the ones that remain.

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Human-Wildlife Conflict in Kenya

On Location in Africa

Join one of our top East Africa guides as he discusses his unique insights into the relationship between tourism, supporting local communities and conservation efforts in rural Kenya. Our expert has been guiding in the African bush since he was 15 and is the fourth generation in East Africa’s oldest family-run safari business. His knowledge and experience and his passion for wildlife is unique—this is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the ways in which fostering our connection to nature matters more than ever, and the ways in which low volume and low impact approaches to tourism, when practiced correctly, can effect positive change in conservation and human development.

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For additional classes, explore our Indagare Global Classroom.  We invite you to share any questions or feedback by emailing us at global.classroom@indagare.com.

– Kathryn Nathanson on July 1, 2020

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