For­mentera On a Balearic is­land, dis­cover how two brothers have rethought the whole con­cept of a hol­i­day camp.

Milk Magazine (English) - - TRAVEL - Text: Daphné Hézard

Hid­ing be­hind the rather strange name of Etosoto is the blue­print for a new style of trav­el­ling and another vi­sion of fam­ily hol­i­days. Etosoto For­mentera, or the pi­lot in a (hope­fully) long se­ries of fave des­ti­na­tions for chil­dren and par­ents, where the Ital­ian ex­pres­sion farniente (idle­ness) no longer has the same meaning. Ever since Julien and Gregory Labrousse, two young en­ter­pris­ing brothers from Paris, de­cided to re­vamp the whole idea of hol­i­days in a su­perb, par­tic­u­larly un­spoilt bay on the is­land of For­mentera.

Since Fe­bru­ary, this finca with ten very in­de­pen­dently scat­tered rooms has played host to the first free-spir­ited, cre­ative holidaymakers in search of anti-con­sumerism. “We wanted to take ad­van­tage of this pe­riod of re­lax­ation, con­ducive to broad­en­ing one’s mind, to ex­plore the dy­nam­ics of in­for­mal learn­ing and pro­pose a new idea of travel and the pos­si­bil­ity of per­sonal en­rich­ment. Our aim is to teach skills, to raise aware­ness, to ex­change points of view and to share knowl­edge,” ex­plains Julien. This is a place where one can take it easy, but leave know­ing more than when one ar­rived. The beauty of the land­scapes stim­u­late the senses. Ex­pert in their field, in­struc­tors in­tro­duce chil­dren to arts and cul­ture in a way that may trig­ger new pas­sions or vo­ca­tions. Who knows?

At the the Su­per 8 Club, bud­ding Spiel­bergs can shoot one or sev­eral short films in week-long ex­pe­ri­en­tial work­shops run by the young di­rec­tor Gari Kikoine. Scriptwrit­ing, cast­ing, lo­ca­tion hunt­ing, film­ing, act­ing and mu­sic will all be covered in play­ful man­ner. For­mentera’s par­tic­u­larly pho­to­genic beaches and seascapes used as out­door lo­ca­tions en­able kids to shoot scenes wor­thy of Pi­rates of

the Caribbean, Find­ing Nemo or Moon­rise King­dom. Mu­sic lovers, mean­while, can do a course in pop mu­sic un­der the ba­ton of Con­stance

A new idea of travel and the pos­si­bil­ity of per­sonal en­rich­ment.

Ver­luca, who founded an epony­mous mu­sic school, where chil­dren are taught mu­sic in­for­mally with­out scores or hav­ing to learn how to read mu­sic. They get a chance to have fun play­ing gui­tar, pi­ano and drums, or singing in a group. It’s an easy-go­ing, un­in­hib­ited way of be­ing in­tro­duced to mu­sic, free of the con­straints of con­ven­tional meth­ods.

Mean­while, par­ents can de­vote them­selves to is­land ac­tiv­i­ties such as div­ing, sun­bathing or sip­ping aper­i­tifs at sun­set in For­mentera’s

kioskos, de­lighted to be able to en­vis­age the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pe­ri­en­tial hol­i­days for their own age group when the kids are back at school. On the menu are fast­ing weeks with Ce­leste Can­dido, in­tro­duc­tory cour­ses in natur­opa­thy with Alexan­dra Lohr, a grad­u­ate of the Dargère School of Natur­opa­thy, cour­ses in or­ganic mar­ket gar­den­ing, to learn how to grow one’s own fruit and veg­eta­bles, from Poly­face Farm-trained Matthew Robert­son, and, lastly, yoga ses­sions with Anne Bianchi, Jac­que­line Lysy­cia or Aurore La­gache.

Next year, young and old alike will be able to pur­sue their ad­ven­tures into learn­ing in Por­tu­gal, another Etosoto satel­lite. Be­tween two arms of the sea, in the Arra­bida na­ture park, thirty min­utes south of Lis­bon, ninety wooden de­signer houses will wel­come a flock of chil­dren and teachers. Mas­ter­pieces and vir­tu­osos will be cre­ated; there’ll be cat­tle on the beach and vis­i­tors will grow veg­eta­bles on a seventy-hectare or­ganic farm amidst hens, goats and cats. And it’ll be fab­u­lous. etosoto.com

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