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Americans in Provence
Melissa Scagliarini, E-RYT 500

Melissa has been practicing yoga for over 16 years and an instructor for 15 years.  She first was trained at the Bija Ananda Yoga School in New Hampshire in 2001 receiving her RYT 200.  Her interest in pursuing more advanced trainings led her to certifications in prenatal, restorative, Yin, Vinyasa yoga and ultimately to a 500 hour training with the Himalaya Institute.  During this training she travelled with her instructors to India for immersion into not only the greater depths of the yogic experience but also into the Indian culture from which it has blossomed.

Yoga is more than just a physical practice for Melissa, it’s a practice of awareness.  While for her and many of her students yoga begins as a physical challenge.  Her goal is to encourage and facilitate a deeper awareness of the practitioner’s Authentic self through yoga.  She has given the name “Satya” Yoga Studio to her studio in Plymouth, New Hampshire as it translates to “Truthfulness.”  She hopes all that attend her classes will deepen their awareness and uncover their own truth both on and off the mat.

Ken Jourdan

My childhood as a picky eater did not condemn me to lifelong culinary boredom. A degree in Nutrition and Fitness from Florida State University ignited my passion that has guided me from NW Florida, through Colorado, Seychelles, Spain and to the Provence region of France where for the past 13 years I have been honing my culinary skills while developing a full service Bed and Breakfast.

The home I share with my two sons and guests was originally a religious school which provides a serene setting for guests to indulge in the rich cultural surroundings as well as the fresh seasonal produce and wine for which the region is known.

Mary Hong

Mary Hong is the South Walton 2014 Artist of the Year and a full-time working artist cracking up glass in her studio/gallery in Grayton Beach Florida. She has amassed a collection of over 4000 pounds of blown glass, sheet glass, recycled glass, stained glass, glass test tubes, vintage glass swizzle sticks, glass tiles, glass beads, glow-in-the-dark glass, and “really pretty” glass.

A creative glass freak since 1999, she uses a non-traditional mosaic techniqe that suspends cut glass in resin on painted canvas. She uses almost all reclaimed glass and mirror in her work.

Mary brings over twenty years of world-wide travel experience to her art and her classes. A retired flight attendant, Mary is familiar with the jet-set scene and will be taking her sold-out classes to Europe!

“I had my first international solo art exposition in the South of France in 2013 and I want to go back and teach my craft in Provence! So many of my clients and students in Florida wanted to hear about my trip and thought it was so wild that I did this and I think they were envious! So, I’m putting together a weekly itinerary of art workshops abroad, to bring other travelers to Gaujac, a cute little town near Avignon.”

Students in these workshops will be able to visit wineries, collect found objects, and meander markets. Daily workshops with mosaic/art instruction and hands on experience will round out each day, along with fabulous farm-to-table French feasts!

Mary lives in Destin Florida with her husband, twins, and all that glass! Visit her online at to see more samples of her work!