Luminous Passages, Provence
Join us for Luminous Passages: A Creative Retreat in Provence, France
Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Provence delights the senses with its lavender and poppy fields, sun-drenched landscapes, and sienna-hued, hilltop villages of the Luberon. On this creative retreat, we’ll experience the wonder of Provencal light and color, while will respond through writing, drawing, watercolor, photography and more.
From our lovely stone farmhouse in the Luberon, we’ll travel to landscapes and towns made famous by artists such as Cezanne’s Aix-en-Provence, known for its thousand fountains, and St. Remy where Van Gogh painted his most famous works. We will explore the hilltop village of Gordes on market day where those who would like can draw or photograph, and then picnic on local specialties as we witness one of the valley’s stunning sunsets at days end.
Your home for five nights will be a lovely stone house with terraces, pool and gardens in the beautiful rural village in the Luberon. Throughout we will visit markets, artisans’ studios and shops, walk cobblestone streets & sit at cafes as we marvel at the architecture. Evenings, we will share meals by candlelight, dishes prepared with the region’s finest ingredients by your host Nadia Dole, while enjoying meaningful conversations about each others creative process and what inspires us. We’ll have a few surprises too!
If you'd like to explore drawing and color during this retreat, artist Julia Morgan will offer instruction in watercolor and pen and ink as a kind of meditation on light and color as well as technique for recording impressions of place and movement.
A glimpse at one of our days.
Market Day in Gordes
The day will begin as you wake up in the lovely stone farmhouse, greeting with a petit dejeuner, filled with local fresh fruit, croissant and bread brought back from the bakery that morning, french yogurts and so on.
Will will make our way through small villages, stopping to photograph along our way and perhaps tumble upon a field of poppies. Once on the medieval hill top we will explore the market and linger with our medium of choice. Then we will gather for a picnic of local specialties, olives, cheese, breads, french strawberries and more.
After lunch we will visit Senanque Abbey with its stunning lavender gardens, and then head back to Gordes for cafe & drinks as we await the beautiful sunset.
The evening will end with a late dinner by candlelight prepared with ingredients brought back from the market highlighting the wonders of the region.
When: May 21-26th
Rooms & reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
Open to: 8 attendees
Included: Incredible meals, snacks & drinks during workshop hours, classes, day trips, and accommodation.
Not Included: Airfare or transportation to and from the workshop
Cancellation Policy: Please know you can make it before booking. The workshop is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place.
Insurance: travelers insurance recommended