Art Escapade - La Casade, France - May 17th-24th, 2024

Our next Art Escapade will be in the south of France!

Dates: May 17- May 24, 2024

The French are masters when it comes to experiencing and enjoying pleasure. They even have a saying “Joie de Vivre” – The exuberant enjoyment of life. So join us and experience the good life of clean spring-fed water, local produce grown on farms in nearby villages used to cook simple and exquisitely flavorful meals. Fruits and vegetables so ripe and in season the colors and tastes
literally burst with freshness. Sunshine, clean air, working to live rather than living to work, a strong sense of community that are all embedded into French country life.
Throughout the week, we’ll experience the world in an entirely new way – a way that’s naturally seeped into daily life in the medieval village of Durfort. During our soul filling journey together you will enjoy an AHmazing workshop with Patti Euler and Jen Cushman. The studio is an intimate classroom setting with no more than nine students, Included in the retreat will be four absolutely delightful excursions to inspire you. Feast on mouthwatering fresh, home cooked daily meals by an artisan French chef and the tastes of small batch local wines every evening
with dinner.

Home base for our adventure together is a lovely 400-year-old stone house. The second you step foot in La Cascade you’ll feel the peaceful energy and creative zest of this retreat home that’s lovingly cared for so many people over the centuries. Wait until you walk outside and see the natural rushing cascade and river that runs directly behind the house (literally named the cascade
house), down the village and into the River Sor. You will feel as though you’ve stepped foot into a French film.

Our exclusive retreat includes:
-7 days and 7 nights lodging at La Cascade, double occupancy.
-Fresh, healthy market-to-table meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners.
-Inspiring field trips
-Daily art instruction & making
-Open studio time
-Transportation to and from the airport and for all excursions.
-Accommodations are double occupancy (twin beds) with 3 shared bathrooms in the house. There is one private room available on first come basis adjacent to the studio. The art studio is located on the third floor of the house and is open 24/7. Students need to be mindful of late evening noise as instructor’s room is adjacent to studio.
-Common areas include living room, dining room and large outside terrace with access to the river and cascade. No kitchen access for personal use.

-WiFi internet available.

La Cascade is a renovated 16th century stone home that’s three levels, with the bedrooms on the second floor and the workshop on the third. Students must be able to climb stairs. Not included in price: Airfare, travel Insurance and one lunch in Albi.
Retreat will include four excursions:
The famous Saturday Market in Revel, listed as one of the top 100 most beautiful markets in France.
Vide greniers (French flea markets) that occur every Sunday during the summers in various nearby villages
A day in Albi with its jaw-dropping cathedral, Toulouse Lautrec Museum, his childhood home and shopping at lovely French boutiques and shops, including a quaint art store with handmade artisan-batch pastels and paints.
The Abbey School and Musee Dom Robert in Soreze

Investment: $3,495 USD double occupancy
One Private room available, first come basis. Investment $3,895
$200 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit secures your spot
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Spaces are on first come, first served basis
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Refund policy - Retreats at La Cascade are in intimate experience and capped at nine students. Please fully commit to attending and participating and our retreats when you book. Retreats are non-refundable once a commitment is made. We do understand unavoidable emergencies can happen. There will be a wait list for all retreats and if you are unable to attend we will invite the next student on the wait list. As long as they register and pay in full to take your open spot, you will receive full refund minus $200 non-refundable deposit. This is not guaranteed. The only sure fire way of getting full refund in case of emergency is to purchase “cancel for any reason” travel insurance. There are different levels of travel insurance and policies have changed since the pandemic. Please do your due diligence research to find the best travel insurance policy for your unique situation and needs.

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