Every day lived in Provence is a day of beauty, filled with tantalising flavours and enduring inspiration – why not let us share it with you in 2018!
Our week-long retreats are 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.
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‘.
Remember that we plan and tailor each unique Muse retreat to the desires & interests of the group attending. No retreat is the same, we strive to make each experience incredibly personal and keep the numbers limited for that reason.
If you are a painter, a photographer; an artist; a cook; a writer; a dreamer; a collector; a seeker… with a lean towards old beauty and stories layered in history join us!
Limited places remaining
Cost: €3,500 (Single occupancy)
After many requests, we are thrilled to offer a very special Easter Antiquing Provence French Muse Experience. Easter weekend is a date that Corey and I look forward to all year… it’s the one long weekend of the year where thousands of antiques dealers travel from all over France and Europe to bring the most incredible selection of antiques to Provence.
Our week long Easter retreat will include visits to our absolute favorite brocantes including the famous annual Barjac Antiques and Second-hand Market(Over antiques 400 dealers and established since 1972); the Foire internationale Art et Antiquités de L’Isle sur la Sorgue (Over 500 antiques & art dealers, established since 1966) and Carpentras Foire (Over 800 antiques dealers and unbeatable prices).
We will also tailor our Easter retreat to include everything the French Muse retreat is known and loved for…. connecting you with people, places and ideas. We will bring you inside private homes, shops, studios and for one week live the French way that will certainly have an effect on your future days.
Now Open for Registration
Cost: €3,500 (Single occupancy)
For more information:
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Please note our 2018 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.
We’ve received many requests from you about the possibility of us crafting a tailor made buying trip so if you are looking for something outside of our French Muse experience dates highlighted above please just drop us a line with your dates; the size of your group and your key interests and we will work our magic!
It is not enough that you will be visually stimulated by everything we show you in Provence – we want to explode your taste buds with foodie experiences on all levels.
When you come on the French Muse Experience, all your meals are included; a traditional French breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We include a perfect mix of our favourite classic French restaurants, luxury picnics and charming foodie gatherings planned in makers homes & ateliers, and wonderful home cooked meals at the bastide. We’ve even been known to host cheese & champagne pyjama parties at the end of a long exciting day out!.
We are so excited to share what we feel is a very unique and personal itinerary.
Who better to discover the French flea market with than the inimitable Brocante goddess Corey Amaro, whose wonderful energy and endless knowledge will make spotting treasures all the more fun.
We can’t wait to introduce you to our favourite artists including potters, textile artists, collectors, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and painters; who will generously open up their beautiful homes, ateliers and personal collections.
With over 35 years of combined experience in French antiquing, we will open our little black books of private antiques dealers and create exclusive antique textile and brocante sales outside of the flea market circuit.
….and plenty of time in between to become inspired anew & connect—with others, yourself, and the world around you.
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.
The full price for a one week French Muse experience is 3,500 euro.
The cost of our one week retreat is inclusive of everything, except your travel to and from France and any shopping you may choose to do.
When you sign up for your French Muse experience week, a non-refundable €500 euro deposit will hold your booking for this particular date.
The remaining 3000 Euro payment can be made in one or two installments.
If you wish to pay in two installments, we request that the first installment is paid six months prior to retreat and remaining installment paid 3 months prior to retreat.
Payment is accepted either by International bank transfer. If you wish to pay via credit card i.e. PayPal then there is a 3.5% Convenience Fee applied.
P.s. If you plan on travelling with a room-mate, then please simply let us know when you book your retreat.
On registration for The French Muse experience you will receive an initial email confirmation note. Two months prior to the retreat we will send you further details and a questionnaire that will help us further create a week that will fit with your interests and passions.
Our retreats are limited currently to a maximum of 5 guests and may include a visiting artist or speaker depending on the specific retreat and/or workshop.
Your home away from home will be in a beautiful bastide which was once a magnanerie (a silkworm nursery), in the hilltop village of Lacoste in the Luberon, one of the small villages which inspired Peter Mayle in his book, A Year in Provence. The Mas is a beautiful ‘Veille France’ home, within walking distance of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, the rooms and terraces offer breathtaking views of the mountains of the Vaucluse and the valley that sweeps down towards nearby famous villages Bonnieux and Goult. Single occupancy means you will have a bedroom to yourself with shared bathroom.
Any optional extras will need to be booked and paid for four weeks prior to retreat. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy on all optional extras
If for some reason you must cancel your trip to France for The French Muse Experience, please remember that a full refund (deposit is non-refundable) can only be provided if notice of cancellation is provided six months before retreat date. After this date, if you cancel your place, you will forfeit your payment.
Please don’t hesistate to ask us anything if you are unclear about our booking and cancellation policies.
We must request that you approve your travel plans with us in advance of booking any tickets (flight or train). We are very open to helping you find the easiest route to our retreat but it is essential that we know your planned arrival and departure times before booking. This is simply so that we can ensure all of our guests arrive in time for us to make a general airport transfer from Marseille airport on the afternoon of the arrivals day.
Return airport transfers are made the following Tuesday morning, to Marseille airport.
Provence is very relaxed, combined with often hot weather mean that comfort is an absolute.
Here are top recommendations to pack in your suitcase:
Don’t hesistate to ask if you are concerned about what to bring!
P.S. If you’ve forgotten to bring any of these essentials in your suitcase, don’t worry, we will be bringing you to local markets where we can source affordable French versions!
P.P.S. Don’t forget to leave plenty of room for all the French gems you are going to want to bring home!