Creative Experience in the South of France hosted by Marisa

September 3 - 10, 2018

Join Marisa for an inspired, 7 day creative painting retreat, in a beautifully restored 17th century house, nestled in the tiny village of Durfort, backing up to a mountain stream, where you will enjoy delicious fresh, artisan meals prepared daily by Nese, La Cascade's personal chef, to support time to create, paint, rest and explore surrounding villages, museums, markets, and the gorgeous landscape of the South of France.

All levels of Artists/Creatives/Painters are welcome

We will have a relaxed gathering on the evening of Monday September 3, with light snacks and wine. Tuesday we will begin by drawing inspiration and ephemera from a region rich with beautiful surroundings. Cathar castles, medieval villages, one of a kind boutiques, await your exploration while the art studio awaits your creative expression.

Experience the idealic landscape of the Languedoc region of France and the unique cultural resources of its artists, past and present. We’ll be based at La Cascade, in the village of Durfort, one hour east of Toulouse.

The Workshops: 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.

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 remains open so you can create whenever you feel inspired. 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 one lunch or dinner out. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know and the chef will be happy to accommodate you.

  • Seven nights lodging at La Cascade-double occupancy
  • Guided excursions
  • 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 limited number of attendees.

Please email Marisa, marisa@creativethursday.com. with any questions or requests or more details about the itinerary.

After you register you will also gain access to our community web site which will host several videos, including a suggested list of art supplies and our best travel tips to Europe which will be added as we get closer to our travel date.

See you in September 2018 in the South of France!

Painting in the south of France was something I had only ever dreamed about before embarking on an adventure with Marisa this summer. Everything about the experience was more than I could have expected. From the village of Durfort to the little painting studio on the third floor of La Cascade, my creative energy grew in ways that I had not anticipated. As a photographer and mixed media artist I found inspiration at every turn and am still nurturing the experience while back in my studio in the US. Marisa carefully planned and executed a beautiful, relaxing and powerful experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for artistic adventure and friendship. Nese, the owner, chef and host at La Cascade provided fresh locally sourced meals, good conversation and a welcome, nurturing environment that allowed for time to relax, explore and engage in village life. The small size of the group allowed for new friendships to be formed and a camaraderie that you do not often find with these types of experiences. Also, traveling with my daughter enabled us to truly connect with one another in a better way and grow our loving mother/daughter relationship.

—If you listen to the silence you can hear your heart talking and it is the connection to the spirit..this is where the wisdom comes from. - Nese (La Cascade)


My experience in the south of France was exceptional. We went on many adventures to explore the French countryside as well as to give ourselves inspiration. Once back in the studio we took that experience and created paintings were inspired by our adventures and other participants work. The teachings that Marisa shared were valuable and helpful in growing your creative mind. The food at La Cascade was like nothing you have had before. Nese made three meals a day that were extraordinary. Marisa also created a loving and kind environment where you felt safe to openly express your creative side.


After consulting with Marisa these last four years in working towards my own creative goals, as well as being a huge fan of her artwork, the response to the first email about an artist's workshop/retreat in the South of France was a no brainer. I had to go! An opportunity not to be missed for multiple reasons, a week with studio time under Marisa's instruction being a main one. I was pleased with the direction received by Marisa in developing my piece as the week progressed but also the support from the other artists. We were all there for different reasons yet all there to learn and create, with the best part being the dinners of fresh, local fare where each of us shared stories, laughed, noted words of wisdom as well as made new friends. With the local field trips for inspiration, a location in a place I never knew existed, learning from an artist that truly has "her way", if I had the chance to do it all again... I'm making my plans now! Needless to say, it was more than I could have asked for! Thank you Marisa for helping me find that creativity that lives within as well as for my ever growing collection of your amazing work!


A creative workshop in the South of France? Oui!

Working under an artist's direction whose art is her heart, or an artist whose heart is her art? Oui! Oui!

Field trips gathering visual inspiration, sharing a dinner table while feasting on fresh made meals, sipping on wines from local vineyards, creating memories and making new friends. Did the French countryside steal a piece of my heart? Oui!

If I could do it all over again, would I? Oui, absolument!

- Madeline

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

What if I've never been to Europe, or it has been a long time since my last trip there, will you be able to give me some guidance, tips and best practices?
Yes! Please get in touch before or once you've registered to get the guidance you need.
Where is the closest airport?
Toulouse - Blagnac Airport
Where is the closest train station?
Gare - Toulouse - Matabiau
How do I get from the airport or train station to La Cascade?
You are responsible for your own transportation to La Cascade. We have recommendations on the best rental companies and planning for shared rentals may also be an option. You can rent cars easily from either the airport or the train station. The drive from the airport, just about 1 hour, is relaxing and beautiful. Be sure to choose a rental car with an onboard navigation system to make the drive as lovely as possible.
What if I register and then am not able to attend?
Half of the deposit is refundable until September 30, 2017. After September 30, 2017 Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable up to 2 months prior to the retreat. It is suggested that all attendees purchase travel insurance. Recommendations for insurance companies can also be provided.
What if the retreat is sold out?
There will be a wait list should any of the attendees need to reschedule their plans.

This course is not open for enrollment.