Female Entrepreneurship & Food - a learning journey

You are an entpreneur in the field of food sustainability and innovation? You love to combine innovative and traditional ways of cooking, producing or consuming? You are passionate about changing the way our local and global food systems work? You are interested in a mindful lifestyle, the slow-approach or sustainability?
You want to meet other powerful and creative women who are pioneering in this sector?

Then join us for our learning journey - or slow moving conference to Siciliy's female food entpreneurs.

We will go on an exploration and research trip to female entrepreneurs and get inspired by stories, life paths and leadership approaches. We travel and combine culinary diversity, beautiful nature on a fascinating, historic island, networking and sustainable learning.

For Sicilians, it will be possible to chose parts of the program that they would like to participate in.

Throughout our 5 days journey, we will:

  • explore different initiatives and enterprises founded and / or run by female entrepreneurs on our slow route
  • Explore Siciliy's East [nature, food, landscape] with all senses and get an idea of slow living and 'la dolce vita'
  • explore the topic of food & female entrepreneurship in a practical and theoretical way
  • connect with our unique skills and potentials as individuals and entrepreneurs
  • reflect upon our entrepreneurial way, and share inspiration, challenges and chances along our way
  • create synergies and co-create innovative ideas


Why Sicily?

Sicily is not only known as a holiday destination, location for good food and for its typical dishes such as cannoli or granita. It is also a place of transformation and action, full of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial intiatives - a facet that often stays invisble. Within Europe, Siciliy is often framed as one of the European regions with the highest unemployment rate – currently the general unemployment rate is around 25% and youth unemployment is even at 45%.
A complex and at the same time inspiring environment for entrepreneurship. In Sicily, there are many people – and many among them women – who burn for abundance and change, and have turned their passion for great nutrition or more sustainability in the food sector into a profession.

On this learning journey, we focus on the new stories, the germ cells of change, and the reconnection to traditions. We explore entrepreneurship as an “in between space" –  between what is happening at the moment and what is the possible and arising future. We will visit Sicily's food entrepreneurs and learn about their individual ways and strategies. Our journey focuses on the experience of the traditional food culture and brings the participants mainly in contact with female entrepreneurs who have created a business based on the diverse food culture of Sicily and have dared the step into self-employment in the food industry (e.g. as cooks, farmers, restaurateurs, winemakers).

We invite you, if you are

  • an entrepreneur, food lover or sustainability enthusiast
  • interested in or would like to change the global aspects of the food system
  • fancy an exciting week full of inspiration and co-creation with others


Concept & Organization

The program is designed and lead by Sabrina Meyfeld & Eva Breitbach.
The two creative powerhouses met in a Berlin co-working space, where they hosted themed dinner and food events.

Sabrina is half-Sicilian and a passionate cook. She’s learning to be a yoga teacher and loves to design, coach and facilitate Inbetween-Spaces and slow-down-time for conscious being. She’s excited to share her love for Italy with you and to hold space for authentic dialogue, reflection and mutual inspiration.

Eva studied Food and Sustainability at the Slow Food University near Torino . Since then she travels for work, visiting projects that are concerned with sustainability of food production in Italy and the rest of the world. During our retreat she’ll cover creative fooding, the relevance of pleasure for body and soul, and what it really means when we say “you are what you eat”.


Our offer at a glance

DATE: 07.-12.09.2019

Our learning journey to [Food] Entrepreneurship is an experience for the senses, heart, mind, body and soul. We start at 12 pm on the 7th of September with a collective lunch and end at 4.30 pm on the 12th of September - both in Catania.

The Female Entrepreneurship & Food Experience includes:

  • Workshops with food producers and excursions to Sicily's female entrepreneurs; Highlight: 4-course lunch & talk with Fabrizia Lanza ('cook the farm'); besides chocolate & wine tasting
  • A journey through Eastern Sicily (for example Catania, Modica, Siracusa); including information on typical dishes, agriculture and history
  • A common meal per day & time to individually explore Sicily's culinary art
  • Inputs & impulses to entrepreneurship
  • Space for networking & presenting your own projects, ideas & activities - incl. Feedback
  • Guided units for a joint start and end of the day
  • Room for co-creation & Open Space, for example for optional excursions, yoga or evening activities 

La dolce vita!

Mode of our journey

We want to offer you a holistic experience and focus on the eastern part of the island. We are traveling from Catania to Siracusa and back, including some central regions. We want to move slowly in the sense of sustainability, travel decelerated and enjoy Sicily with all our senses.

Please organize your arrival and departure (to and from Catania) yourself. Of course you can also add some days to our schedule and take a vaction or explore Sicily further. We invite you to take enough time and arrive slowly and relaxed; we recommend you as a means of transportation e.g. the train (the route is beautiful!), or by ferry from Genoa, with intercity buses or car. During our week together, we will also be traveling with these means of transport - we are finalizing the route with the producers and will send you more information in July.


Since we are testing this format as a prototype in 2019 and would like to further develop it for the next years, we invite you for an introductory price of 880 € (+ 19% VAT if you are an entrepreneur). If you want to contribute more, of course you are cordially invited. Registration ends on July 23rd.

We offer 8 spots!
For Sicilians we also offer the possibility to join for single talks or parts of the program.

The price includes the journey across Sicily, the content program & inputs, visits to female entrepreneurs, accommodation in double rooms in guesthouses & bed and breakfasts, and one meal per day. For the other meals, you are free to pick out something from the culinary diversity on site at our various stations and to provide yourself locally. Sometimes there will be the possibility to have meals on the farms or in the companies of our hosts.

Application & Preparation

Please sign up via our application form. If you wish for our current travel plan, please write us an email.
We will get back to you within 4 days after we receive your application form and send you a request for payment. Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your spot in the program. Please wait for the final confirmation before booking your trip to Catania.
In August, you will receive a welcome package with more information concerning our learning journey and program. If you wish, we will also connect you and other participants, e.g. for joint travel planning.

Sign up here!