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Americans in Provence
Location: The Rhone Retreat, Gaujac France
Level: Any
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    • October 9th -15th 2018

Focus: Painting & Sketching in Watercolor. Travel Sketchbook.
Short Morning Studio Time: A bit about color & composition for the beginning artist. Easy sketching techniques to create a Travel Sketchbook. Painting in watercolor (a painting or two).
Afternoon excursions – lots of fun & serious shopping Ya Ya style.
Party at trip end to meet Gaujac artists & residents. world is at the end of your paintbrush.

  • PAPER & CANVAS - Sketch and paint with the YaYa High Priestess Cynthia Parsons
  • CREATE - floral arrangements with local and talented Maryline.
  • SAVOR - cooking French delicacies with French “in house Ya Ya” Delphine
  • TASTE - some of the most spectacular wines from the sunniest region in France
  • EXPLORE - the numerous Roman remnants from times past and museums with more recent works of the masters!
  • SPEND - ridiculous amounts of time giggling, gaggling and shopping with professional local shopper Delphine.

The Ya Ya French Tour” is all about life and living it to its fullest……oh yeah…with a little shopping also. What better way to start off this tour than with a quote from the divine Ya Ya herself…..
“This is a cardinal Ya-Ya rule: you must meet each person’s eyes while clinking glasses in a toast. Otherwise, the ritual has no meaning, it’s just pure show. And that is something the Ya-Yas are not.” ― Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood


Cost of the 7 day / 6 night tour / workshop is $3250 USD per person double occupancy (sharing one bedroom). For a single room (one bed in one bedroom with en suite bath), the cost is $4000.00 USD. A deposit of $1200.00 USD will secure the workshop participant’s place and registration. The balance will be due no later than 60 calendar days from the start of your workshop. There is a limit of 8 people per week. There is no refund or discount for staying less than 6 nights. Tour attendees that do not wish to participate in the art workshops but are accompanying / rooming with a student in the workshop, may join our excursions and all planned tours, meals, etc for the full tour price less $500.00. (ie $2750 pp/do or $3500 pp/single)

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday

  • Participants arrive and get settled in Gaujac
  • Orientation and welcoming meal.
  • First evening in the garden, a quiet evening to get over jet lag.

Day 2 Wednesday

  • Morning - Breakfast at Rhone Retreat, then class is officially open…..painting under the willow tree.
  • Lunch - In the garden before we set out to one of the most Romanesque sites of our region.
  • Afternoon - Visit to Pont du Gard, to take in the incredible Roman Aqueduct.
  • Evening - Back to Gaujac to find out what Chef Jerome has prepared for us.

Day 3 Thursday

  • Morning - Early breakfast at Rhone Retreat, studio time before we head out to St Remy de Provence.
  • Lunch - We will aquire all we need at the market to satiate our appetite and inspire sketching. A few minutes away we find the “Carrière de Lumière.” More inspiration!!! [Alternatives: Caesar’s Camp, St. Victor La Coste]
  • Evening - Dinner at Rhone Retreat.

Day 4 Friday

  • Morning - Breakfast at Rhone Retreat, then off to Avignon known as “the city of the Popes.” We’ll walk through the cobble streets and marvel at one of the world’s most spectacular fortified cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With time, we will visit Musée Angladon to see one of the best French impressionist art collections in the region.
  • Lunch - A pique-nique in the gardens of the Pope’s Palace in Avignon. Of course, after tasting one of the best wines from our region …Chateau neuf du Pape!! With our palates full, back in Gaujac we will fine the inspiration to put on canvas!
  • Evening - More fabulous delights from our garden and region, as we start to understand why the Provencal diet is so healthy; it’s fresh!!!

Day 5 Saturday

  • Morning - Breakfast at Rhone Retreat, then it is time to put brush to canvas again.
  • Lunch - Pique-nique is a walk away when we go to the Oppidum of Gaujac! Again, Romanesque!!
  • Evening - A walk away from the gates of Rhone Retreat, we will be wowed by Christine and Pierre at La Maison, as Christine brings Provence to the plate with fabulous French flavors, and Pierre helps us find the perfect local wine to wash it all down!

Day 6 Sunday

  • Morning - After breakfast it’s off to Uzes, for their fabulous Saturday market.
  • Lunch - At the wonderful and very local “Les Terroirs”.
  • Evening - Our farewell wine and dine in the garden of this truly special place that even you may start to call home, the Rhone Retreat. We will invite local artists, sculpteurs and critics to give us some insight on your creations. A garden gallery as we like to say!

Day 7 Monday

  • Morning - Breakfast and Good byes … But not to worry because as we say here at the Rhone Retreat; Once you Gaujac, you always go back!!!!!!

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