The Living Studio {Lake Como}


Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}?

“I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind.

Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it.

I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the art we experience and exploring based upon the city.”

It has been so much my desire to create creative retreats, day trips and community groups that get you out into your town, city, world…and make art!

This area of Italy stole my heart and I have dreamed of going back.

I am so giddy to tell you that I have opened registration for the first The Living Studio {Lake Como}.

Join me June 21-28th as we explore Italy and create art.

Our week will be the perfect combination of excursions, art and time to explore.

Bellagio and the other villages along the lake are some of the most gorgeous places I have ever seen.

The water, the villages, the mountains, the history, the architecture, the foods and the sweet smell of flowers fill the air.

Your retreat will begin with being picked up at the airport in Milan for a beautiful ride to Bellagio.

Once you get there you will get settled into your apartment at Villa Serbelloni and have time to relax.

We will all meet together on the pergola overlooking Lake Como for a welcome and dinner.

Your evening will end with the annual torchlight celebration.

This is only the beginning.

Imagine waking up and making your way to the Villa Serbolloni for the best cappuccino (I have to have at least one each morning).

Your days may include lunch by the pool, a hike to a nearby castle in Varenna or an art museum in Como.

You may find yourself sketching an old church or learning to sculpt with paper clay.

How about an afternoon kayaking on Lake Como and stopping for gelato later in the day?

You will spend hours exploring small alleyways and and cobblestone streets.

Enjoy Italian dinners overlooking the waters, mountains and islands along the lake.

You will enjoy a tour of the lake in a vintage boat, exploring a villa and lunch with peach sorbet that will make you cry it is so good:-)

You will take a cooking class that will connect you to this region and let you connect your trip with those you love once you return home.

You will be inspired by the sites, sounds, smells and tastes of the region.

You will never just sit in a room and make art.

You will make art in the town, at a cafe, with your friends on the balcony outside your apartment or in the park.

You only need to bring your clothes and leave room for the treasures and art supplies you will bring home.

All of your art supplies will be provided.

Each day that we will do art you will receive new art supplies for the day.

You will also be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the villages.

Our hope is that this will not just be a retreat…it will be opening up your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.

The cost of The Living Studio {Lake Como} is $2,949.

What is included:

  • 7 nights lodging at L’Ulivo Apartments at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy (triple occupancy)
  • Transfer to and from the airport to Bellagio
  • 5 dinners in and around Lake Como
  • 4 lunches in and around Lake Como
  • 2 Breakfasts enjoyed on the apartment balcony
  • Art classes in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Como
  • Cooking class with a local chef or
    kayaking on Lake Como
  • Lake and Villa Tour
  • Opening night reception on the gorgeous pergola overlooking Lake Como 
  • Excursions around the lake
  • Art supplies and prompts
  • Hiking to the castle on Varenna
  • Snacks and gift bag in each apartment
  • Taxi’s and Ferry’s to and from provided dinners and excursions on itinerary
  • Hotel and Room Taxes
  • Live music nightly in the Music Room
  • Plus time to relax by the pool or sit at the waters edge
  • Time to stroll the streets, have some Gelato or shop
  • Plenty of opportunities to explore the lovely towns of Lake Como
  • An UNFORGETTABLE experience you will carry with you forever!

* Tuition does not include airfare


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  1. jo

    I was there in Sept and it is true- absolutely beautiful. Cinque Terra is wonderful too. Ah Italy….

  2. LaurieJay

    Holy mother of God, this sounds so fabulous it makes my teeth hurt. In a good way.

  3. Ginger Wilson

    I would love to sign up and include my husband as he is creative but yet to experience art through your direction. Instead he likes to watch me, but last year he expressed interest in your last trip but it was sold out. Do you think that is a good idea… to bring my husband that is to join the group and be a good student? I would love to give us this as a Christmas gift.

  4. lora rutt

    I DID IT I DID IT I am going to Italy and alone to meet new friends:) GULP:) Deposit paid…..
    OMG I am sooooooooooooo excited:)

    1. jeanne Author

      Please email Laura directly and she can give you a price. Follow the link at the bottom of the post:-). We would love to have you!

  5. sheryl

    I would LOVE to come but wanted to know… can my husband and son come but not attend the retreat? My son may love the retreat part but my husband… not so much. Anybody bringing family along??

    1. jeanne Author

      You are going to have so much fun and you will instantly be surrounded by women that will become friends.

  6. Leslie

    This sounds awesome. I’m going to talk to the Father about this opportunity . . . wow! . . .maybe I could ask for this for Christmas and Mother’s Day. You are such a dear person to share so much joy and down-home fun.

  7. lora rutt

    My husband supports and now my 19 year old premed daughter Rachel who loves art of any kind is going 🙂 double yahoooooo:)

  8. Paula F

    O.M.G.!!! Going back to Italy is a dream for me. Need to see where the $$$ can flow ‘in’ from:))). How quickly do you sell-out on these sorts of trips??? When it gets close … please message me!

    1. jeanne Author

      When I went to France alone I came home with one of my best friends. Truly! So worth it. There are not always others that want/can do the things that you want to do and I have learned that doing it alone can be very fun. I hope you join us! You won’t ever feel alone. Promise:-)

  9. Sabine Blaschka

    Oh, this looks amazing! I would love to join you all, but I can’t afford it. 🙁 Have a wonderful time everyone!

  10. Rachel Callaghan

    Sooooooooooooooo jealous. Reading about this has quickened my heart! Wanted to, but was not able to get to Lake Como the one time I have been to Italy. This would be the ultimate experience of a lifetime – Jeanne – in a package deal – in Italy. Perfection! Sadly too far away (I’m in New Zealand) and wrong timing for me, but boy would I love to do this. OH.SO.MUCH.!!! Ciao Bella, Racquella xo

  11. Judith Heinrichs-Harmon

    I so would love to do this, but I am a photographer, not an artist type artist…..(saw the ad last year and wished I could have gone last year.) is it full already?

    1. jeanne Author

      Let me get back to you. I am not the one taking the reservations. This morning I was told it was almost sold out.

      1. jeanne Author

        Let me get back to you. I am not the one taking the reservations. This morning I was told it was almost sold out.

  12. Sandra Feazel

    Oh I am so so sad, it is sold out! After I read about it, I got so excited at the thought of Italy! I studied in Rome while I was in college (many yrs ago). I have always dreamed of going back..praying about it, then when I finally click on registration, it is sold out! I am so happy for you that it is such a success!

  13. Sandra Feazel

    Well, added my name to the waiting list and decided if I was meant to go, God would open that door…and shortly after got an email from Laura!!!! A space had opened up, and I am in!!!! I have danced a happy dance for days now!!! So excited to go, so excited to create and meet all of you!!!! Jeanne, I feel so blessed to be able to go and to learn more from you!!! I have loved the online classes and now, in person, in Italy!!!!!! (picture me shrieking and dancing with joy!!) 😉

  14. Ruth Navarro

    This trip sounds amazing, I would love to have information for the next one, I am a Mom of a 12 year old boy, It’s impossible for me to travel alone, I love Art and this sounds like my dream trip, specially because I love Italy, but it just isn’t meant to be for me right know, but If you can send me information the next time you organize another I will prepare for it, what do I have to do to have information? Thank you

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