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ARTIST RETREAT

South of France 

SEPTEMBER 8-14, 2024

An unforgettable 6-day painting workshop with Andrea Wedell, set against the backdrop of a 19th century French monastery

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Attend a Destination Art Workshop with Andrea Wedell

Join Andrea Wedell for an all-inclusive art retreat in the South of France from September 8 - 14, 2024.

Relax, draw inspiration, and paint while enjoying your stay at an exquisite, 19-acre former Cistercian monastery. This peaceful and restorative setting, with it’s long history of contemplative practices, will set the stage for your inner sanctuary to bloom.

Included in your workshop package is full room and board (includes farm to table meals, wine, coffee and tea), art materials needed, transportation from Marseille airport, guided excursions, and Andrea's personalized art instruction.

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The Location

Le Monastère de Ségriès is located 6km from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie; a village ranked as one of the most beautiful in France. Little cobbled streets, quaint shaded squares, small bridges, and waterfalls lend this mountainside village all the picturesque charm for which it is so famous. Founded in the 5th century, Moustiers also owes its reputation to its famous faïence pottery.

 

The extensive grounds provide a variety of places for you to work in, such as the amphitheater, la terrasse du Pavillon, cloister, garden, several patioed areas and, of course, out on the wild surrounding Provençal garrigue.

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Accommodation

There are two available accommodation types to choose from:

$2900  for individual private room / single occupancy

$2700 for shared room / double occupancy

Space is Limited to 15 guests.

The accommodations for this art retreat are first come, first served.

What's Included

1 / Full Room and Board

Lodging

$2900 for individual private / single occupancy

$2700 for shared room / double occupancy

Includes

Farm to table meals from locally sourced ingredients.
Wine, coffee and tea are included in the room price.

Transportation from Marseille airport to Monastère du Ségriès.

2 / Five and a Half Days of Personalized Art Instruction

Various technique work, taking inspiration from surroundings.

In-depth demonstrations.

Plenty of one-on-one instruction time.

Learning visual analysis to make your painting stronger.

3 / Art Supplies

All of the art materials you need for your trip are included — Acrylic colors, gloss medium, multiple surfaces to work on (various small sizes so you can transport them easily),  brushes., palette knives, collage paper, glue, mark making tools, texture creating mediums

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The Program

Andrea will lead morning and afternoon painting sessions, with a break for lunch and time to rest.

Throughout the week, she will guide the group through a series of small paintings on both wood panels and canvas.

 

We will be exploring all aspects of painting:

Photos from the 2023 trip

Barbara Bourne

“When I learned about the painting retreat that Andrea was offering in the South of France, I jumped at the opportunity to participate. Having studied abstract painting in person with Andrea over the last several years, I knew this would be an amazing growth experience for me and my painting.  My BFF, a serious painter who also had worked with Andrea decided the same thing and we began to plan our trip to France seven months in advance. She from the east coast of the US and myself from the west coast. We ended up traveling together. 

 

The location of the monastery is ideal with beautiful, serene grounds to explore and paint in, welcoming hosts and incredible food served from their professional kitchen daily. All 15 of us felt perfectly comfortable and the workflow was seamless. To have five full days to experiment, focus and share our paintings under the support, instruction, inspiration, and organization of a seasoned and generous teacher was deeply fulfilling for me as an artist. We all worked hard and enjoyed each other’s company, learning about each other’s lives from different ages and countries. We became a tight group by the end of the week and made friendships for the future. To paint next to my best friend for the week was a true gift. Andrea supplied us with everything needed to create. Too much fun!

 

My gentle suggestion if you sign up for this retreat:  plan to spend a couple of days in the South of France,  prior to day the retreat begins. We chose Aix en Provence and it was an ideal city to over come our jet lag, sit in a café or two and get into the French vibe of things. After the retreat ended, we spent 2 days in Saint Remy and another 2 in Aix. The lovely atmosphere of these two cities allowed us to decompress at the end of an intense work week that truly exceeded all expectations.”

Jane Knaus

Like many artists, I’ve dreamed over the years of traveling to the South of France to paint outdoors, to drink in the breathtaking light of Provence. I wanted to experience the clear, crisp light that informed the paintings of Van Gogh and Gauguin.

 

Then, fate presented itself in an offer out of the blue.

 

Andrea Wedell, a very respected and accomplished art teacher and artist, was offering a six-day course in painting at a monastery in Provence. Andrea did an outstanding job preparing for all the amenities at the monastery; she provided opportunities for art instruction, feedback, encouragement, and critiques at the end of each day. We all grew as artists and bonded as friends.

 

We stayed on top of a mountain in Moustiers-Ste. Marie, and painted outdoors for a number of days—with artists from the US, the UK, and Germany. Fourteen women and the teacher bonded instantly, sharing our lives without reservation, as women tend to do!

 

We could be our best selves…free of the restrains of daily life, painting six hours a day, mostly standing. My eyes feasted on the orchards and landscapes before me. I kept blinking to see if it was a mirage!

 

I would recommend this workshop highly to anyone who wants excellent art instruction, as well as visit a magical place that will soothe your soul and lift your spirits!

Arlene Lawrence

The art retreat in France was absolutely wonderful. Beautiful accommodations, exquisite cuisine, and the most stunning views and surroundings you can imagine. Andrea is there to guide both novice and accomplished artists with no pressure. Paint as much or as little as you like while enjoying good company, great food, and a relaxing atmosphere. I highly recommend for a memorable experience. 
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I want to reserve my spot

To reserve your spot, please complete the form below. Once we have reviewed your information, you will be contacted with a link to pay for the deposit and provided the full details of our return and cancellation policies.

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  • What is included in the retreat?
    · Full room and board starting Sunday evening September 8. Dinner Sunday evening September 8, and breakfast on Saturday September 14. · Shuttle transfer from Aix en Provence TGV or Marseille Airport on Sunday to the Monastery September 8. Pick up times coordinated around participant arrival times. · Shuttle transfer from the Monastery to Aix en Provence TGV and Marseille aiport. · Two excursions: One to Moustier-Sainte Marie, a stunning provence village, and a second excursion on Saturday September 14 to a local Provence market. · All instruction · All art supplies, list provided on enrollment · Zoom calls leading up to the departure for France for all of your questions and group cohesion
  • Which airport should I fly into?
    Marseille Airport (MRS)
  • Do you book flights?
    Andrea does not book flights to/from the retreat. You are responsible for booking your flights to Marseille and finding alternative transportation if you are not coming on the organized group airport transfer.
  • How do I get from the airport to the monastery?
    Two shuttle buses that hold 8 passengers each will meet you at either Marseille Airport (MRS) or Aix-en-Provence TGV Station The pick-up times are coordinated around participant arrival time on Sunday in the afternoon. The buses pick up at Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV on September 8 and drop off at the same locations on Saturday September 14. TGV is not the same as the other train station in Aix-en-Provence.
  • What happens if I miss the shuttle?
    If you are delayed by more than two hours, you will need to make your way to the Monastery on your own. Andrea can provide you with the name of a private driver. The cost in 2023 was 180 euros. He has a small car, but can fit up to three people in it.
  • Should I purchase travel insurance?
    Yes! Andrea highly recommends purchasing travel insurance. Two suggested companies are Travelex and Allianz. Do your research to determine the best coverage for your needs.
  • What level artist do I need to be to attend?
    All levels are welcome and will be comfortable on this retreat except the pure beginner who has never painted at all.
  • How do I book?
    To register for this workshop, you’ll need to make a 1/3rd deposit when you book to hold your spot. You’ll make the 2nd payment (1/3rd of the full amount) 30 days after your initial sign-up date; you’ll make the 3rd and final payment 60 days after your initial sign up.
  • What kind of payments do you accept?
    When booking your retreat you can pay by credit card or direct bank transfer.
  • What is Your cancellation policy?
    Due to how quickly this workshop fills up, Andrea recommends signing up as early as possible to secure your spot, which means making a first deposit of 1/3rd of your total workshop fee. Deposits are non-refundable unless Andrea is able to fill you spot. The workshop is limited to 15 people and once full, Andrea starts a waiting list. If you’re not able to attend, please let Andrea know as soon as possible. Should you decide to not attend within 30 days of the start of the workshop, you’ll be responsible for paying the workshop fee in full, unless Andrea can fill your spot. If you notify her that you can’t attend, she will begin contacting people on the waiting list and will do her very best to fill your spot in order to refund your course fee. Please note: if you request a refund, Andrea won’t be responsible for any differences in refund amounts due to variations in currency exchange rates, or service fees incurred by your financial institution
  • Is the monastery wheel chair accessible?
    The Monastery is unfortunately not an ADA facility. If you have a disability that prevents you from walking, this isn’t a fit. If you have some trouble walking but can get around, you can request a room on the first floor of the monastery. There are only about three steps to get to the dining areas and work areas.
  • What is the structure of the days?
    Breakfast: 8am to 9am Morning Painting Session: 9am to 12pm Lunch: 12:30 to 1:30 Afternoon Painting Session: 3pm to 6pm Dinner: 7pm
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