Pollica Boot Camps

Tread the same path as the discoverers of the Mediterranean Diet, Ancel and Margaret Keys, as you breathe history, eat the past, and prepare for an integral ecological future.

The Mediterranean Diet is more than a list of ingredients. It is a lifestyle that reconnects humanity with the planet that hosts us, providing a model for a new type of sociality that is grounded in integral ecology. It gives us a wealth of scientific, cultural, traditional skills, and knowledge upon which we can build a more sustainable future. 




Investigate and reflect on sustainability issues, with a focus on regeneration at both the local and global levels, with sector experts including representatives from international agencies (FAO, European Union, PRIMA Foundation, GFAR, etc.), academia, chefs, and activists.



Observe the lifestyle and traditions of the Mediterranean Diet and listen to the story of the community of Pollica. You will participate in local discoveries to actively understand the village environment: meet with local beekeepers, fishermen, and dairy farmers leveraging technology to sustain these invaluable food traditions.



Transfer your knowledge into practice and become a climate shaper. At the end of the week you will take part in our two-day Hackathon to apply your ideas and solve real world problems with your team giving back solutions to the community hosting us!


  • Positive stories in action – People are suffering from ‘Climate Exhaustion’ which stops them from making changes as frustration and anxiety take over. In this Boot Camp, startuppers, thinkers, and doers will re-inspire you to take action!
  • A Boot Camp for the community –We are deeply convinced that community and networks are fundamental in achieving food sustainability. We put SDG 17 “Partnerships for the goals” at the very center of our activities. Only through the sharing of knowledge, can we help each other and build a stronger and more connected community.
  • Have your ever thought about…? – The richness of our Boot Camps relies on the variety of the content and the field of expertise of our participants. This thriving environment will help you find surprising new stimuli and connections to address climate change with more creative and unexpected solutions.
  • Welcome to Pollica

    Looking out over fields of olive trees towards the Tyrrehnian sea, the small town of Pollica (Cliento – Italy) represents the perfect symbol of the Mediterranean Diet as a culture and lifestyle. The life rhythms of its 2,300 inhabitants are based on skills, knowledge, rituals, and traditions, centered on the sharing and consumption of food in perfect balance between food-scape and food identity. 

    Held in the historic Princes Capano Castle and home of the Mediterranean Diet Study Center “Angelo Vassallo,” this place espouses protection of gastronomic pleasure and defense of biodiversity, pride for one’s own identity and awareness of the continuous exchange between cultures, love for the sea, and roots firmly planted in the earth. 

    The Mediterranean Diet is the perfect example of respecting the landscape, the territory, the community, and the economy, combining creativity with resilience and adaptation. It symbolizes eating together, connecting with the social and natural environments, respecting natural cycles, promoting healthy diets, lifestyle, and wellbeing. 

    The Mediterranean Diet should be exported for its systemic approach, forward-looking mindset, and for the whole range of values that make it so sustainable: resilience, inclusivity, conviviality, and community. This explains why Future Food Institute has chose Pollica to teach and share the values at the heart of the Mediterranean lifestyle. 

    Curriculum & Learning Platform

    The Boot Camp is based on an experiential learning approach that allows participants to engage in an international workshop environment comprised of live experiences, challenges, prototyping exercises, teamwork-based innovation challenges, mentorship sessions, and inspirational talks presented by visionary entrepreneurs, policymakers, innovators, and thought leaders. Meet the instructors and mentors. 

    Regenerative Cities

    – Increase water use efficiency
    – Responsible use and production
    – Reduce food waste
    – Halt deforestation
    – Food accessibility
    – Malnutrition

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    – Developing recipes for the future
    – Responsible use and production
    – Reduce food waste
    – Feeders’ empowerment
    – Techniques & preparation
    – Flavor thinking & creativity
    – Culinary success factors
    – Facilitate behavior change

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    Regenerative Farms

    – Food security
    – Reduce food loss
    – Increase water-use efficiency
    – Improve land and soil quality
    – Increase biodiversity
    – Fair pricing
    – Halt deforestation
    – Price volatility

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    Regenerative Oceans

    – End overfishing
    – Differential treatment
    – Value creation
    – Sustainable management of aquaculture
    – Sustainable use of marine resources
    – Access small scale fisheries

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    2023 Pollica boot camps

    Gastro Diplomacy boot camp

    DATES: 16 July  – 21 July 2023
    TRACKS: Gastro Diplomacy
    PARTICIPANTS:  Food professionals, Researchers, and Students. Food supply chain leaders and decision makers. 
    PARTNER: Il Gusto.it, Centro Studi Dieta Mediterranea Angelo Vassallo and Museo Vivente della Dieta Mediterranea

    Food & Climate shapers - Mediterranean Edition

    DATES: 23 July – 29 July , 2023
    TRACKS: Regenerative Farms, Kitchens, Oceans, and Cities
    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone

    Cross-Curricular Food Shot

    This experiential learning platform enables talented, purpose-driven individuals to optimize their specific food interventions to first, positively impact the five Food Shot areas, identified by the Google Food Team, and ultimately the food-related SDGs.

    • ENABLE individuals to make personal, informed food choices for sustainable lifestyles
    • SHIFT diets
    • ENHANCE food (systems) transparency
    • REDUCE loss and waste in food systems
    • ACCELERATE the transition to a circular food economy


    Our Climate Shapers are SEEDERS, talented and charismatic individuals, driving dialogue and change: 

  • SEEING the challenges of current systems that accelerate climate change and chronic diseases; 
  • ENVISIONING what needs to be done to improve these systems as a part of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s); 
  • ENGAGING with people and organizations in their own environments to start making change; 
  • DOING a pledge to stay actively involved.
  • Learn more about Boot Camp ‘Climate Shapers.’ 


    All sessions are conducted in English. Participants must have adequate English proficiency to follow sessions and contribute to discussions and projects. 

    Boot Camp “Climate Shapers” are selected through an application process consisting of: 

    • Online application form
    • Brief personal statement of 250 words (within application form)
    • Current CV


    In addition to an enriching experience, knowledge, and skills, participants who successfully complete the boot camp, and all related activities, will earn a Climate Shaper certificate, from Future Food Institute and FAO elearning academy. This certificate can be displayed on your social media profiles and included in your CV. 

    Beyond the certificate of completion, Climate Shapers will also have access to the Future Food Alumni network, including invitation to exclusive events and further opportunities for involvement in food transformation initiatives. 


    The regular Boot Camp participation fee is 1,850.00 euro. 

    If you are applying as part of a company the fee per person is 2,500.00 euro. 

    If you are a student, an alumnus/a of FIP, FFI/FAO boot camp, FF/YTA, or applying as part of an NGO, a startup, or a non-profit organization, you are entitled to the reduced fee of 975.00 euro.

    This includes instruction, prototyping materials, workshops, and local transportation. Food and accommodations are additional costs that will be discussed at the time of application.

    Insurance is not covered by Future Food Institute

    Frequently ASked Questions

    The boot camp is a full time – intensive program. In 2023, there will be one editions of the Pollica Boot Camp:

    Mediterranean Edition: July 23 – July 29

    In addition to the program sessions, there will be three community events/dinners and a Hackathon involving the local stakeholders. Lessons end at 2:00pm on the last day of the program.

    We suggest that you use a credit card or PayPal. If you are unable to pay with a credit card you can pay via bank transfer. However, if we don’t receive your payment within 7 days, your workshop bookings will be canceled to give your space to another participant.

    Yes, we offer a reduced fee for people belonging to an NGO, a startup or a non-profit organization. If you are eligible for this fee, please check the box in the application form. Please note that we may ask you for proof of your eligibility.

    All Boot Camp sessions are conducted in English. Participants must have minimum English proficiency to follow along and participate in discussions. 

    The closest international airport is in Naples.

    If arriving by car, you can set the navigation to Pollica and park in one of the public parking areas on the edges of the town.

    If coming by train, we strongly advise you to take the train to Vallo della Lucania-Castelnuovo. Future Food Institute will arrange transportation from the station to the castle, and then bring you back to the station once the program is over.

    If coming by plane, there is a shuttle bus from the airport that will take you to the Central Train Station in Naples. You can buy the shuttle ticket along with the train ticket from the Italian railway website, by inserting “Napoli Capodichino Aeroporto” as the departure station and “Vallo della Lucania-Castelnuovo” as the arrival station.

    Upon admission to the program, you will be contacted for information on your travel plans so that Future Food can assist you with your transportation arrangements.

    Sessions are primarily held at the historic Princes Capano Castle, Via Matteo Mazziotti, 84068 Pollica SA, with visits to relevant locations in the area. 

    Pollica is a small, walkable village that is easy to explore on foot.

    Transportation to any visits or activities outside of the Castello will be provided and coordinated by Future Food. 

    Housing prices are approximately 40€ per night in a double room, 60€ per night in a single room.

    Upon admission to the program, Future Food will send you a questionnaire to inquire about your accommodation preferences.

    Food and food experiences are provided at an additional cost.

    Upon admission to the program, you will be informed of meal pricing and you will be sent a questionnaire to enquire about your dietary preferences and/or allergies/intolerances.

    There is a small grocery store, pharmacy, caffe, and bar in the town should you need anything else during your stay. 

    Still have questions?

    Fill in the form here for additional information and updates on the next cohort and a member of our team will be in touch.