Creative Retreats

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Watercolour Painting 11-18 May 2021

Michele is an award-winning professional artist who has run classes and workshops for many years and regularly holds workshops and demonstrations in all media.

Michele would love you to join her on this wonderful retreat which is suitable for all abilities and open to anyone who wishes to embrace the freedom to paint en plein air.

In addition to tuition there are outings to world famous Bordeaux vinyards and French markets.

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Writing 31 August-6 September 2021

A one of a kind writing retreat combining two popular online workshops: This “live” version of Kathy’s Fast Flash class dives even deeper into the nuances of the flash fiction story itself and Nancy’s Flash Novel class takes a wide-angle view of creating a larger book project. These generative sessions complement and build upon each other in a way that will take your writing to the next level.

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Guitar Playing 12-18 July &
20-26 September 2021

A week long musical holiday with Richard Durrant: Guitar Circuit Training, Individual and Group sessions and an end of week gig.


Last summer’s French Guitar Adventurers was a great success. Everyone enjoyed working on their guitars each day and preparing for the end of week concert which made it into the local papers. See what they said about us here.

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Please contact Louise Durrant here if you are interested in participating.

Art: Dive into Life 25- 31 August 2021

Joanna Berger is a Chilean artist based in Brighton. Her retreats are aimed at helping you develop different aspects of your practice. She works individually with each one in the group, so she can focus on your needs, and guide you through how best to refine techniques, use your tools, use colour, composition and listen to your work. The idea is not to get you painting like her but to help you further develop your own way. 

You will feel contained enough to take risks and explore.

You will develop a sense of loving freedom towards your work.


She will help you find what you do best and how to do it better. 

You will become freer, more confident and more knowledgable about how to unfold your work and your ideas.

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Oil Painting 27 Sept - 4 Oct 2021

Dennis Perrin is an internationally renowned and collected artist whose work hangs in public and private collections on nearly every continent. He was trained at The New Orleans Academy of Art under the late M. Dell Weller. For decades, he showed at galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and was a prolific creator of numerous figurative and floral works, many which feature his wife, Aimee, as model.


In late 2015, in collaboration with his daughter, Camille Rose, Perrin created The Perrin Method™, an online Atelier, dedicated to bringing his unique style of teaching to a worldwide audience. To date, The Perrin Method™ boasts of students numbering in the  thousands and in over 50 countries around the world. His live workshops have become exceedingly popular, regularly filling up.