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As part of the Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley weekend on Oct. 18-20, Kelly Fiore of Valley Wellness Collective will offer a variety of morning workshops Friday through Sunday called “Wake Up with Wellness.”

“Imagine a long weekend of food and wine events where you can start the day refreshed with a morning wellness workshop,” Fiore said.

The workshops all start at 9 am. and end at 11:30 a.m., with two events offered each day.

The series starts on Friday with Yoga Dance & Juicing at the historic Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos. 

Also offered that day is Bikes & Brunch, where participants will ride Pedego Electric Bikes through wine country, ending at Sogno del Fiore, a boutique winery in Santa Ynez

On Saturday, participants can start the day at Koehler Winery with two yoga teachers from Bloom Yoga. A Spa Day will also be available at Koehler that day with two seminars included: an essential oils workshop and a facial care workshop.

All events at Koehler Winery conclude with light fare and a wine tasting flight featuring five of Koehler’s premium estate-grown wines.

The weekend ends with two events in Buellton and Los Olivos on Sunday.

In Buellton, participants can take a guided Trek & Tour with stunning 360-degree views of Pence Vineyard, a winery and working ranch with horses, black Angus cattle, longhorns, and organically raised chickens.

The tour ends at a tranquil pond where Julie Metheany of Bloom Yoga will lead an Align & Flow yoga workshop. A private tasting of Pence Vineyard’s estate wines and light fare will end the workshop.

In Los Olivos, the wellness series will feature a Pedego electric bike tour to Clairmont Lavender Farm, where participants will learn the history and many uses of lavender from Sean Everette Crowder, owner of Clairmont Farms. Sean will guide attendees through the process of making lavender sachets and mineral salt blends to take home and enjoy. 

Part of the proceeds from each “Wake Up with Wellness!” workshop will be donated to the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Coalition of Santa Ynez Valley, Fiore added.

For information or to purchase tickets for the workshops, visit