Venice Stories

Unexpected and fantastic musical epiphany

My friend Yuka and I signed up for the Innogiven Venice trip on a whim. With our combined interests in music, art, food ways and architecture Venice is the perfect setting for an adventure. Two days after returning from this ten day dreamy holiday where music and conversation flowed non-stop, I wake up to the… Continue Reading

Journey Through a Dream

This was perhaps by far one of the most memorable trips of my life. every thing about it was very special and quite magical, it was like a trip to a fairly land, where we all became part of the story and played a character (ourselves). It is an experience that I will never forget… Continue Reading

Truly unique and eye opening…

Michael’s IGE trip afforded us the time and the place to form meaningful and lasting relationships with artists and visionaries that were from completely different worlds. The collaborations that occurred in Venice were truly unique and eye opening. Michael’s creative curation and passion for mind expansion is infectious. The time we spent in Venice was… Continue Reading

Can’t wait to go again…

I have traveled the globe my entire life on a quest for a fully integrated cultural experience with its own unique sound track. I finally found it and can’t wait to go again! The entire program was well thought out and easily captured the spot as the most enjoyable group excursion ever. I would highly recommend this trip to… Continue Reading

It sounded like a dream…

I met Michael in New York City, 2012 through my best friend in college. She had told me what was in store for their day when we decided to meet up, and I was amazed by the tour planning of this guy! I could not believe it. So we met, hung out, went out to… Continue Reading

I could not believe the amazing value…

I must say that I was initially reticent to attend IGE’s Venice experiential residency.  As the parent of a younger child, I and my wife simply cannot take any sort of vacation without bringing Francis. Although we were aware that no other children would be attending the residency, nonetheless, Michael assured us that not only… Continue Reading

Transformational experience…

A recent travel experience to Venice turned out to be the ideal antidote for the daily grind. Travel is always a great perspective builder, but it was a truly unique experience to travel with a group of creative individuals who, over the course of the excursion, transformed into a community. The Venice Biennale – contemporary… Continue Reading

Entirely remarkable…

I was one of the few revelers who had attended some of Michael Becker ’s past experiential residencies. Over the past decades, I’ve attended residencies in Thailand, Kauai and now Venice. I had ridiculously high expectations given past experience, but even my informed expectations were dwarfed by the reality of the residency. I was used… Continue Reading

The experiential residency changed my life…

Unlike many of our fellow revelers, I had no idea what the Venice Biennale was all about. Sure, I did know that it was an art exhibition and as an artist I was intrigued. But, I signed on for the IGE Residential Experience not only for the promise of art, but for the music performed by… Continue Reading

The experience lingers in my memory…

The Venice Biennale 2013 trip with IGE was truly an experience I will always remember. It was inspiring, unique, beautiful, engaging and delicious. As a visual artist, I have always aspired to travel to Venice to experience the Biennale. The 2013 trip was an opportunity to fulfill this dream and it exceeded my expectations. The… Continue Reading

A thrill to jam with top tier international celebrities…

As a long time event orchestrator and principal of my own organization, Peak Experiences, I know what to look for in a well planned experience. I came to IGE through friends and musical ambassadors involved with the residencies, though I didn’t know Michael. What I did know, however, was that Michael had a reputation for seamless… Continue Reading

Mix of people from different countries…

Planning and organizing a trip takes a lot of time and energy. Arriving in an unknown environment and not speaking the native tongue is always a bit scary. The information on arrangements and the organized trip from the airport to Venice and our accommodation was therefore very welcomed. And it worked out perfectly in reality!… Continue Reading

Instantaneous community…

It was the trip of a lifetime!  International travel with a large group of friends, both those we knew and those we had yet to know, is a unique and intensely joyous experience. The combination of a dreamy location, art from around the world, wonderful new friends from across the globe – and music, music,… Continue Reading

Truly an experience of innovative giving…

The Venice experience was unlike anything I had experienced before in my adult life. An opportunity was provided for a group of people with some common interests to become a community for 10 splendid days. As an educator, I know that these types of experiences are usually designed for teens and young adults (as in… Continue Reading

It made a tremendous impact on my painting…

Michael, I just wanted to write you and let you know what happened on this trip. Personally it made a tremendous impact on my painting. In spring 2012, I had come to a conclusion in my painting but didn’t have courage to push it further and I realize now that I have been faltering since… Continue Reading

An incredible experience…

My son and I had an incredible experience with the 2013 Get Out and Get In It program in Venice, Italy. The accommodations were comfortable and elegant, the other revelers were all a delight, and the music filled evenings were an absolute treat. It’s a brilliant program and we will both treasure the experience for… Continue Reading

Significantly greater than the sum of its parts…

The screen saver on my iphone is a picture of a Biennale installation across the Grand Canal from the Doge’s Palace providing a happy place touchstone for me on a daily basis. I can hear the water, smell the sea air and see that light which means this could only be Venice. Venice is an… Continue Reading

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