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Discover the secret to

‘Joie de Vivre’


Bonjour and Welcome! I’m Ruth, an Irish artist who followed my heart to France. Together with my collaborator (and Brocante goddess), Corey Amaro, we have created ‘The French Muse’ based on our desire to share what we know and love about Provence.
Our French Muse experiences are for anyone who would like to visit Provence by following their heart, by indulging their senses, and through experiencing first hand what we have lived for years. The old things found at flea markets, second hand shops and friend’s attics. The ever changing landscape dipped in color – that scents our table and dances through our lives.
Every day lived in Provence is a day of beauty, filled with tantalising flavours and enduring inspiration – let us share it with you!.

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Gather, connect

…& be inspired!


Our week long tailor-made retreats are perfect for those who are looking to combine brocanting with exploring the area and feel Provence dance in your heart!

We will lead you through Provence in a deeper way, connecting you with people, places and ideas. You will enjoy an intimate view into private homes, shops, studios and for one week live the French way that will certainly have an effect on your future days. The French Muse is more than getting your feet wet …it is one amazing glorious splash.


For more information on our special week-long retreats in Provence in 2016 you can read more here.




Mini Muse Day

Perhaps you would love to spend a day with us learning how to ‘brocante’ like an expert? or you need help planning a special gathering – a picnic in a cherry field, or a vintage themed luncheon? Or you would love an invitation to discover the hidden worlds of important local makers and artists but don’t know how to go about it?


All you need to do is contact us and let us know how you would love to spend the day in Provence and we will organise the rest.

Read more about the ‘Mini Muse’ options here


For more information


If you would like to know more about our French Muse Experience week-long retreats or our Mini Muse Provence day trips


Email us on: ruth@thefrenchmuse.com
Call us on: +33 6 58 34 93 18


Brocante & Creative week-long retreats



Hosted by Ruth Ribeaucourt (of Exquisite Threads) and Corey Amaro (of Tongue in Cheek).


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Our week-long retreat has been crafted to let you connect with Provence in all its beauty; the landscape; the colourful texture of the regions; Provencal meals to swoon you to the next mouthful; visits with the creatives and artists who call Provence home and to our famous flea markets (brocantes). Oh especially those flea markets where history is unrolled through linen, pottery, paint, nail, wood with abundant creative style.
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The French Muse will imprint its beauty on your imagination – spend a week with us and you are guaranteed to come away inspired and replenished with a fresh ‘Joie de Vivre‘.


Upcoming French Muse experience date for 2017:


Lacoste, Provence.

2nd – 9th May 2017,

Limited Places available

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Cost: €3,500 (Single occupancy)


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For more information:

Email us on: ruth@thefrenchmuse.com
Call us on: +33 6 58 34 93 18


Please note our 2017 retreats are currently open for registration. Please don’t hesistate to contact us if you are interested in attending and we will revert and send you all the additional information.


For more information:

Email us on: ruth@thefrenchmuse.com
Call us on: +33 6 58 34 93 18


Find out more about what we have planned for our retreats here


Alternatively if you have three friends and want us to plan a tailor made French Muse experience retreat for you – just let us know when you would like to come, send us a date, if we are free we will do it!
That is the advantage we have to offer… We live here and anytime is a good time to be a French Muse!.

Upcoming Dates


“Trouvez votre Bonheur”


Note: We choose to run our retreats Tuesday- Tuesday to give you enough time to recover
from jet lag and be in your absolute best form to hit the French flea markets at the weekend.




2nd – 9th



Limited Places still available

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Cost: €3,500 (Single occupancy)


12th – 19th



Registration Now Open

Book Now

Cost: €3,500 (Single occupancy)


17th – 24th



Registration Now Open

Book Now

Cost: €3,500 (Single occupancy)

Mini Muse Day out


The ‘Mini’ French Muse Experience
…Discover, connect & be inspired


 Hosted by Ruth Ribeaucourt (of Exquisite Threads)
and Corey Amaro (of Tongue in Cheek).


For those of you already planning to come to Provence on your holidays but looking for some help in organising a special day of activites then the Mini Muse experience is for you!


Learn to speak ‘Brocante’, meet and connect with local artists, farmers, winemakers,
fly trufflers, cheesemakers, bread bakers, brocanteurs, raconteurs and petanque players.


Come spend a day with us and you will…


Trouvez votre Bonheur


“Parlez vous Brocante?”

You shall truffle treasure at the French Flea Market.
We like to think that antiquing in France is an art in itself.
We can open up our little black book of brocanting, help you find the diamonds in the rough, translate, negotiate and most importantly teach you to speak ‘Brocante’!



Amuse Bouche

We aim to tickle your palette and have lots of wonderful foodie experiences up our sleeve.
We can bring you to exclusive gatherings held in artists studios; style and cater a luxury picnic in a secret location; or perhaps you yearn to learn how to make a mouthwatering ‘tarte au citron’ with a leading local patissier; or maybe your idea of heaven is a guided foodie tour of one of our favourite Provençal farmers markets tasting as you go along?

Be Inspired!

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Inside the Atelier

Visit some of Frances most beautiful villages, Bonnieux, Saignon, Lacoste and Lourmarin and let us introduce you to our favourite Artists and makers.
Step inside the ateliers of the textile artists, jewellers, designers, sculptors, painters, printmakers and photographers that have made Provence their home. Discover their process, creative space, and uniquely crafted collections.


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Vignettes of our life in Provence..

Join us as we journal our treasure truffling adventures at the brocante; interview inspirational artists from around the globe who collect and create with antique and vintage finds; and catch up on life in Provence.

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Silk Sleuth

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Humayrah Khan

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