Portland, Oregon--April 13, 2010--Sun-kissed isles and tantalizing cuisine, holistic nutrition learning vacations from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) offer full immersion and an authentic Greek isle experience. Through engaging hands-on study, you'll learn the many health benefits and cooking techniques of the Mediterranean diet during ACHS's Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session in Greece 2010 hosted by acclaimed chef and author Susan Belsinger and renowned holistic health expert and ACHS President Dorene Petersen, from June 26 to July 2.
Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session in Greece 2010 is a stimulating learning vacation and provides the unique opportunity for you to learn something new while having an out-of-the-ordinary experience: an educational adventure with a vacation pace.
"Participants at our Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session," says ACHS President Dorene Petersen, "not only get some much needed relaxation in a beautiful Greek island setting, but they also get to learn and experience well-researched holistic nutrition guidelines for how to start improving optimal health and wellness. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to have many health benefits, including lowered risk of death from heart disease and cancer, and is focused on simple ingredients people can use to cook with everyday, like fresh fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, whole grains and olive oil, a healthy fat."
"Plus," Petersen adds, "ACHS's Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session is a seven-day learning vacation, so participants are immersed in the island of Syros and learn how to identify and harvest wild, edible plants, and to use them in delicious Mediterranean menus. Participants start using the health tools they are learning about while on vacation, which makes the transition back to everyday cooking easier and more appealing."
"This is not your ordinary cooking school in a formal kitchen," adds Belsinger. "It is a cooking school like none other in that it is a vacation, hands-on cooking class, local exploration of the remote island of Syros, and an herbal and eating experience all rolled into one. Each day we gather around the table to cook in the household kitchen, using fresh vegetables and fruits that we choose from the market in Ermoupoli combined with grains, legumes, beans, nuts, local cheeses, yogurt and bread as well as foods that are indispensable to this cuisine like olives, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, herbs and olive oil. We also take breaks for down time, whether it is to cool off with an afternoon swim in the Aegean or read or write in your room or on the veranda."
Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session in Greece 2010 offers a unique combination of expert instruction and relaxation, and is a great value. Participants stay in the Abela Villa on the island of Syros, receive three to four hours of daily hands-on culinary and meal preparation instruction, and three meals a day prepared with fresh, local ingredients. For more information about educational credit, pricing information, and to book your next adventure, call ACHS at (503) 244-0726 and ask to speak with an ACHS Admissions Advisor, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Susan Belsinger
Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer and photographer. She is co-author of The Creative Herbal Home and her articles have appeared in The Herb Companion, Herbs for Health, Woman's Day and The Washington Post, among others. She also blogs weekly for Taunton Press as its herbal expert (www.vegetablegardener.com). You can learn more about Susan on her website (www.susanbelsinger.com), where she has posted the article "Distillation of Grecian Bat Laurel," which took place during ACHS's last Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session in Greece.
About Dorene Petersen
Dorene Petersen is founder and president of the American College of Healthcare Sciences. In addition, Petersen teaches courses for ACHS and regularly lectures about medical herbalism, aromatherapy and iridology. She was recently featured on KPTV Better Portland and her articles have appeared in Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, The News Quarterly, Making Scents and The Herbarist, among others.
She currently serves as chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council, is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, and in 2009 was awarded the Professional Service Award from the International Herb Association for her outstanding contributions to the herb industry.
American College of Healthcare Sciences is one of the first accredited, fully online college offering degrees, diplomas and career-training certificates in complementary alternative medicine. Founded in 1978, ACHS is committed to exceptional online education and is recognized as an industry leader in holistic health education worldwide. For more information about ACHS programs and community wellness events, visit www.achs.edu.