Creative Experience in the South of France hosted by Marisa

June 16 - 23 2017

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Join me for an inspired, 7 day creative experience, in a 17th century house, that sits next to a mountain stream, where you will enjoy delicious artisan meals prepared daily by a personal chef to support time to create, paint, rest and explore surrounding villages, museums, markets, and fields filled with sunflowers.

All levels of Artists/Creatives/Painters are welcome

We will have a relaxed gathering in the evening of Friday, June 16th with light snacks and wine. And Saturday we will begin by drawing inspiration and ephemera from a region rich with beautiful surroundings. Cathar castles, medieval villages, museums, flea markets and fairs await your exploration while the art studio awaits your creative expression.

Experience the gorgeous landscape of the Languedoc region of France and the unique cultural resources of its artists, past and present. We’ll be based at the retreat center La Cascade, a beautifully restored stone house in the village of Durfort, one hour east of Toulouse.

The Workshop: After breakfast, there will be instructed Studio Time in the mornings, a combination of creative inspiration and painting, open studio in the afternoon and evening, and several field trips. Field trips are optional if you prefer to refresh, stay home and nap, work in the studio, or explore on your own. Please email Marisa for a more detailed itinerary.

La Cascade: Bedrooms are double occupancy (two twin beds) with shared bathrooms. The beautiful art studio is located on the third floor of the house and is available to work in whenever you want. Living room, dining room and a large outside terrace that goes down to the river are part of our home. The price of the workshop includes all of your meals except for a lunch or dinner out. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know and the chef will be happy to accommodate you.

Workshop price of $2,400 includes:

  • Seven nights lodging at La Cascade-double occupancy
  • Field Trips
  • All breakfasts, and most lunches and dinners with wine from the local region
  • Workshop instruction and many supplies

Not Included :

  • Drinks or meals off premises
  • Daily transportation off site {planning for shared rentals is an option}
  • Airfare

This will be a small gathering with a lot of personal attention for the group attending. You will be well taken care of. Space is available on a first come first serve basis with room for a very limited quantity of attendees.

Please email Marisa with any questions or requests at

Once you register you will also have access to our community web site which hosts several videos offering more details about our week together, including a suggested list of art supplies and our best travel tips to Europe!

See you this summer in the South of France!

Your Instructor

Marisa Cummings
Marisa Cummings

L.A. based Creative, Marisa Cummings is an artist, author, designer, speaker and series host. What started out as a small intention to be more creative one day a week while working a 9 to 5 job…is now the 13 year brand that is Creative Thursday. Her art sells worldwide and can be found in her own online boutique as well as select galleries and shops including Urban Outfitters, Land of Nod, Target and Papyrus. Marisa has designed 9 fabric collections and her book "Creative Thursday; everyday inspiration to grow your daily practice" has been published in 4 languages. Passionate about inspiring and empowering creative entrepreneurs to thrive in both life and business, Marisa teaches and consults. All of her present course offerings are now found here at Creative Thursday Courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the closest airport?
Toulouse - Blagnac Airport
How do I get from the airport to La Cascade?
You are responsible for your own transportation to La Cascade, however planning for shared rentals may be an option.
What if I register and then am not able to attend?
Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable up to 2 months prior to the retreat

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