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The Venetian Experience


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The Venetian Experience

Cooking & Photography | Two Arts, One Delightful Week

25 September - 2 October 2019

Discover the Beauty of Venice & The Veneto

with Giuseppina Mabilia, Raina Stinson, Joanna Maclennan

Welcome to beautiful Venice and the Veneto. We have created a memorable and sophisticated experience to help you truly savour the hidden Veneto that most people don’t know about. We will host you in a charming retreat in the calm of the Veneto’s countryside, minutes away from the private boats that will take us to the Isles of Venice.

Giuseppina, a native Venetian, will teach you the cuisine that has inspired her for years as a personal chef and cooking teacher. She will take you to traditional Venetian markets, show you how to forage, and will cook with you using Venetian from-scratch kitchen techniques.  In addition to feasting on delicious Venetian cuisine, Giuseppina will be sharing her love of her beautiful homeland throughout the retreat.  She has special knowledge about the food, drink, and culture of the Veneto that she loves to share.  You will be inspired with new knowledge of Venetian cooking, and bring home unique recipes.

Raina, an international award-winning portrait photographer will be sharing her process of how to tell a unique and powerful story through environmental portraiture.  She will teach you different ways of seeing and shaping light, composition, styling, use of props, and how to connect with your subject so that they can be their authentic self. Her instruction will deepen your visual awareness while imparting skills that will make your photography more satisfying and fun. During our retreat, Raina will be taking personalized portraits of each participant as a gift that you will take home.

Joanna, our guest artist, is an internationally known professional photographer, specialising in interior and still life photography.  In addition to her images being published in numerous magazines around the world, such as, The World of Interiors, she recently published her first book, The Foraged Home. Joanna will be teaching you her process of “slow photography”, creating beautiful still life’s, working with natural light inspired by foraged elements from the Venetian countryside and finds from the brocante.

Our week is thoughtfully designed to provide you with unique insights and adventures, and is open to eight participants only. Our guests can relax and learn, we will take care of the rest.

This is a personal experience with a part of European history that is as beautiful and vital today as it was artful and influential in the past. You will take with you new skills, beautiful memories and a deeper connection to Venice and the Veneto.

For more information and how to book ‘The Venetian Experience’ please go here

Photo credit: Raina Stinson

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