2018 Italy Food and Fashion Retreat

2018 Italy Fashion and Food Retreat

As of May 2015, we still have room in this retreat! Contact us for more info!

We are combining Fashion and Food for our 2018 Italy retreat.

The dates will be from June 14th 2018 (arrival day with dinner in evening), through the morning June 23rd. It will be a great mixture of fashion, food and creativity.

As many of you know, Susan has been going to Verona Italy for the past 12
years, and has established a wonderful network of friends and businesses
related to fashion and food.
How would you like…

To learn how to make pasta from Nonna, the grandmother of the family who
owns a knitting mill we visit?

Travel to Milan to walk the Fashion District and each lunch at the Armani

Take a cooking class from the owner of a restaurant in the Lugana wine
region, and then after eating the lunch on his outdoor patio, learn create a
felted scarf under the guidance of a world-renown felter?

Visit a weaving establishment in Venice, where they still weave on
traditional Jacquard looms and you can watch the boats go by on the Grand

Visit local fabric and yarn stores, and meet local Artisans.

Sit on Roman stones in an arena, from 4th century AD, as you watch the
world-famous opera production of Carmen.

This, and so much more… in our 2018 Food and Fashion Retreat in Italy.

The maximum group size will be seven people, so reserve your spot soon. A deposit of $500 is required to hold your place.

We hold a group of apartments in a Medieval building, in the center core
of Verona, and we must release those not needed by the end of this week.
Although we can still take participants after this week, housing will become
scattered around the city after we release the apartments, so if you are
interested and want the convenience of staying with the group in a central
location, please contact us by Friday, March 2nd, 2018. After that time, we will assist with
housing the best we can, using hotels and bed and breakfasts, or you can
secure your own space.

To learn more about our Italy Food Retreat and view the tentative schedule, please view the flier below:

Italy Retreat 2018

Download the registration form below:

Reservation-Form-Retreat 18

Italy Food & Fashion Retreat 2017

Italy Food & Fashion Retreat 2017

We are trying something new this year; combining Fashion and Food into one retreat. The dates will be from June 14th (arrival day with dinner in evening), through June 22nd (depart on June 23rd). Most details of the agenda have been decided and will include cooking classes, visits to food and wine businesses, fashion visits to Venice, museums, knitting mill, and related, plus a workshop or two to get your creative juices rolling.

We are holding the three apartments in center Verona now, so we encourage those interested to book quickly to ensure their convenient housing (although we can find Bed and Breakfasts in the area).

Download Italy Retreat Flyer to view details
Download Italy Retreat Reservation Form and fax or mail back to Cochenille

If you have questions please email Susan at susan@cochenille.comIt will be a great mixture of fashion, food and creativity!


More on the 2017 Italy Fashion and Food Retreat

Need some incentive to come join us in Italy?

June 14th – 23rd, 2017
Verona, Italy, with visits to Milan and Venice.

Come join us this June in Verona for our Food and Fashion retreat.

How about yarn shopping for Italian yarns?

Or maybe some fantastic food, cooked just for you.

Then, there are the fashions … oh how we love Italian style. In museums…

and in the store windows.

We’ll visit a weaving establishment in Venice where they weave velvet on traditional hand looms using jacquard punch cards. Customers include Dolce and Gabana, the Kremlin, etc.

bobbins… for color inlay.

And, maybe a cooking class with a chef, in the kitchen of his restaurant.

More temptations to come.  Details can be found at


Fashion and Food Retreat in Italy June 2017


It’s that time again… planning for our annual creative retreat in Italy. This year it will be a combination of both the Food and the Fashion. The Dates are June 14th – 23rd, 2017.

Here are some highlights of past trips and a testimonial from a happy traveller who joined us in 2015.

The 2015 Fashion Retreat was a real trip of a lifetime. As an avid textile lover, it was a transformational experience! Susan’s fun and fact filled itinerary exceeded my expectations. We had such an organized agenda it seemed like we were on the go from morning until night. The array of appointments included quality museums, demonstrations, factory visits, fashion houses and many, many extras –Venice, opera, great Italian dining, terrific accommodations, and easy transportation. Susan was always there to guide and help us along the way. It’s difficult to say what my favorite experience was- it was all very exceptional.

“Eye opening, fun, educational, adventurous… not your ordinary trip!

Linda Perry

Click on this link for more info.. and enjoy the fashion and food photos here..

Painting a ceramic in Renaissance style


Lunch at a restaurant in the Lake Garda district. We will have a cooking class here in 2017!


and of course… wine tasting in the Lake district outside of Verona


We’ll have a felt workshop with Lisbeth Wahl, renown fiber artist


There are always the appetizers!


Lots of unique styles


Visiting a velvet weaving workshop in Venice


with Gloria..


and lots of relaxation!
Italy Fashion Retreat 2016

Italy Fashion Retreat 2016


Susan Lazear has been going to Italy for the past nine years, and has developed a sense for the fashion and Italian lifestyle. She has also established contacts with various artists, shop owners, etc.

This year, the retreat will be hosted in Verona, with one day-trip to either Venice or Milan (dependent upon the group’s interest). The Retreat begins at dinner time on June 20th (the day of arrival) and ends on June 27th.

The maximum group size will be six people. These spots go quickly so please contact Melisa at your earliest convenience. melisa@cochenille.com or (858) 259-1698

To learn more about this exciting opportunity please view the flier and registration form below.


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