FLORA, FLEAS, SCENTS, & SENSIBILITY~SOUTH OF FRANCE 2017
June 8-June 15, 2017
FLORA, FLEAS, SCENTS, & SENSIBILITY~SOUTH OF FRANCE 2017
The excursions were beyond incredible. Five Stars!
One of the most fabulous trips I have ever taken.
Paula Coleman, Floral & Horticulture Master Designer, invites you on a magical journey to explore your creativity, delight your senses, and enjoy the art of living well in the South of France, in Summer 2017!
Artisans making copper vessels, a 400 year old French Market, a fresh stream flowing down the middle of a street ~ these are just a few of the sights that await you in France during the summer season.
Our magical journey will begin upon our arrival in France. We will travel to the tiny medieval village of Durfort. Follow me to this unspoiled authentic village that is seemingly untouched by time. Durfort is an artisan village located at the foot of a mountain gorge. Known for their genuine, handmade copper vessels, where families have created these bespoke objects since the 15th Century.
Durfort is also home to our host for our weeklong creative retreat ~ LaCascade. Our delightful home-away-from-home, a 17th century chateau, situated on the banks of a small river with a lovely waterfall off the outdoor terrace. We will enjoy many evenings together on the terrace as the waterfall fills the rooms with music.
During our week in France, we will enjoy so many wonderful things that encourage you to relish in the art of living well, and inspiring your creativity within. We will enjoy the scents, food, and culture of the South of France in only a way that should be experienced firsthand. We will begin by exploring our creativity through flowers and scent! We will discover how to incorporate flowers into our daily lives for health, happiness, and well-being. We will forage the countryside for wildflowers and natural botanicals to create unique French inspired bouquets. We will capture the essence of your bouquets for your Pinterest Boards and Instagram Feed. And, learn floral styling techniques for photographing your creations. We will learn to harness the Mediterranean sun to create lovely botanical prints suitable for framing or to use in other craft projects or quilting. During our creative process, you will learn to create your own custom perfume using unique perfume oils from your custom, professional perfumers kit. Yours to keep, to create many more scents for gifts or personal use.
Together we will learn and see:
~ Art of using botanical & essential oils for our enjoyment & benefit.
~Floral Styling Techniques for photographing our creations.
~Pinterest & Instagram tips for showcasing your flowers.
~Flower uses such as pressed flowers, waxed flowers, paper flowers, potpourri & more, with instruction booklets and recipes.
~Harnessing the sun to create your own lovely botanical prints.
~Create your own custom perfume.
~Visit a modern, French Flower Shop to learn the skills of European Design.
~Visit the famed 400-year-old Market in Revel…named one of the 100 prettiest in all of France.
~Visit the Sunday Flea markets for unique treasures.
~Have a culinary experience, conducted by our private Chef, Nese.
~Enjoy nearby villages and landmarks.
~Enjoy Excursions, Shopping, French Food and Culture.
During our weeklong creative retreat, we will delight in LaCascade. We will relax and enjoy our creative endeavors. We will cherish new friendships made and memories created. Come escape with me to LaCascade…a journey to renew your spirit, feed your soul, and ignite your senses!
WHO WILL ENJOY THIS JOURNEY?
Flower Enthusiasts, People who love to travel, Lovers of Food & Culture, Lovers of French History & Culture, Crafters, Floral Designers, History Buffs, Artists & Painters, Food & Wine Aficionados, Architecture Buffs, Photographers, and lovers of Europe and all things beautiful.
PRICING SCHEDULE : (FOR WEEK June 8 – June 15, 2017)
Prices listed are per person.* Includes all Taxes, Fees, & Gratuities.
All-Inclusive Package includes:
- 7 Night Accommodations at LaCascade www.la-cascade.info/
- Full, delicious meals including dessert & wine with Dinner
- 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
- Designer Fees, Materials, Professional Perfume Kit, & Tools
- Culinary Class by our Private Chef
- Workshop Instruction & Individual Attention
- 24-Hour Open Studio Time
- Excursions & Field Trips
All-Inclusive Package: $2975.00 Per Person, Double Occupancy. (Single Supplement Add+ $350.00 to final installment)
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Note: Travel Insurance is required for each attendee at LaCascade. It is not included in the price, but can be arranged for you. The cost depends on the cost of your flight. Please let me know if you need a quote for travel insurance.
Flights are the responsibility of each participant. Your final destination will be Toulouse, France. (Airport Code: TLS) We will transfer to Durfort by Car/Van. (Approx. 1-1.5 hour drive from Toulouse Airport)
Please contact me about meeting on the day of arrival. Please schedule your incoming flight to arrive by 2:00 PM on June 8, 2017. Do not schedule your return flight before 10:00AM, unless you intend to rent your own car*.
*Some attendees may prefer to rent their own car and drive to Durfort…if you prefer NOT to rent a car, please add $250.00 per person for all transportation for the week for airport transfers and excursions.
RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS:
Space is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Spaces fill quickly and are very limited at LaCascade to 10 participants!
If space is still available, reservations will be accepted until final payment due date of May 1, 2017, but early reservations are preferred.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:
Reserve your space by January 31, 2017 and receive a 5% Discount off per person package price. ($148.75 Savings!)
Upon Paid Reservation, Attendees will receive a full, detailed itinerary of workshops, excursions, & activities.
Please email for us for a reservation form: email@example.com
Deposit Due to reserve your spot: $500.00 (Fully Refundable until March 14, 2017.)
2nd Installment of $1000.00 Due by April 1, 2017. (Non-Refundable)
3rd Installment of $1475.00 due by May 1, 2017. (Non-Refundable) + $250.00 for Transportation, and $350.00 single supplement if traveling alone.)
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You may mail check payments to: Paula Coleman P.O. Box 1485, New Albany, Indiana, 47150-1485 U.S.A.
Credit Card Payments: Call (add+ 3.6% to total for processing)
Emergency Cancellations: Your spot is transferrable if you cannot attend.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. Do I have to participate in all activities?
A. No. Of course, to get the most from your experience, participation in all activities is encouraged. However, this is your trip, and you may feel free to experience it as you wish.
2. Do I need Floral experience?
A. No. The trips are designed for all skill levels, and designed to inspire your creativity!
3. Why is there a “Free” day during our trip week?
A. The trips are designed to have a balanced pace that will appeal to everyone. Some people like to have time to explore and discover our destination on their own. And, to possibly visit an attraction that is not on our itinerary. And, some people like to simply have a break after several busy day excursions.
4. What is the pace of the trip?
A. Moderate. Participants should be in good physical condition, able to walk over garden and farm terrain, handle moderate steps, and carry their luggage if necessary.
5. What type of Currency is used?
A. The Currency is the Euro
6. How much money should I bring?
A. This is discretionary for everyone, however, you should have a small amount of U.S. Dollars if flying in/out of American Airports & Tipping Baggage Handlers. You should also exchange money into Euros before you leave for use once you arrive at our Destination. You can exchange currency at your bank or at any U.S. AAA location. This sometimes can take up to two weeks, so be sure to get your currency ahead of time. You can also exchange money at the airport, but the fees are usually much higher. I suggest having cash in Euros to make small purchases, and for places that may not take credit cards. There are ATM machines available in most city center locations. As a general rule, most shops accept credit cards. (Unless they are a very small business.) You should check with your credit card company and ask if they have any foreign exchange fees if you use your cards in Europe. You should also notify the issuing bank of your credit and ATM cards and let them know that you will be traveling out of the country. This way they won’t think your cards have been stolen, as they will block usage of your cards if you don’t notify them that you are traveling. As a general rule, I like to have at least $50.00 per day in cash on hand, just in case. Check www.xe.com for the latest exchange rates.
7. Do I need a Passport?
A. Yes. You need a Passport from your Home Country where you reside. You need to apply at your local passport authority or U.S. Post Office for your Passport Credentials. In peak travel times, such as Spring & Summer, this can take up to 12 Weeks! So be sure to apply early! If you already have a Passport, check the expiration date to be sure your Passport is up to date and not close to expiring! We have U.S. Passport applications and Renewal Applications available free of charge. Just let us know.
8. Do I need a Visa?
A. No. If you are traveling from the U.S. you do not need a Visa. If you are traveling from a country outside the U.S. it is best to check with your government or document issuing authority.
9. What Language is spoken?
A. The official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken and understood. As a courtesy you should learn a few Dutch greetings & pleasantries in respect to the locals.
10. What is the best way of getting to the Hotel from Schiphol Airport?
A. There are many ways of getting to the hotel from the airport; a Taxi or Uber are easy & convenient. A taxi costs approx. 40,00Euro. It takes approx. 20 minutes to reach hotel depending on the time of day. Public transport is also available ~ You can take the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Zuid Station: Take Tram 5 and get off at “Roelof Hartplein”.
11. What is the Hotel Address?
A. College Hotel Amsterdam www.thecollegehotel.com
Roelof Hartstraat 1
1071 VE Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0) 20 5711 511
12. Can I buy tickets for Public Transport at Hotel?
A. Yes. You may choose a 24 or 48 hour ticket for public transport which is valid for all metros, trams, and buses. A 24 hour ticket cost 7.50Euro and a 48 hour ticket cost 12.00Euro per person. If you wish to travel by public transport outside of Amsterdam, you will need a special OV Chipkaart ticket.
13. Can we rent a bicycle or scooter from hotel?
A. Yes. There are 10 bicycles and 2 scooters available for rent from the hotel. Bicycles are 16.00Euro per day, and Scooters are 55.00Euros per day.
14. Can we buy an umbrella from the hotel instead of bringing one?
A. No need to buy an umbrella! There is an umbrella in the wardrobe closet of your room for your use during your stay.
15. Can I leave my luggage with the hotel?
A. Yes. You can leave your luggage at reception before check-in or check-out. Reception staff will be happy to help with securely storing your luggage. Once your room is ready, it will be waiting for you in your room upon your return.
16. Can you help with checking in online for a flight and printing my boarding pass?
A. Yes. You can check in for your flight using the Hotel Guest Computer ~ we can also assist in printing boarding passes.
17. Can you send my letters and post cards?
A. Yes. The international postage rate for 20 grams is: 1.15Euro per postal item.
18. Where can I leave my valuable possessions like my tablet or laptop?
A. There is a safe in your room for your use during your stay.
19. Can I have my favorite paper in the morning?
A. Yes. Paper delivery is at 7:00AM, and the paper will be hung on your outside door knob in a cloth bag. There are more than 30 titles available. Some titles may have a fee, some do not. Check with the front desk reception, and let them know if you have a preference.
20. Who is my main contact in case I have a question that is not listed or need to reach someone?
A. Paula Coleman is the main contact person for the trip. There will be a secondary contact person given at least 60 days prior to departure.
21. What is Paula Colemans contact information?
A. Paula Coleman E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
B. Office Phone: +1-812-945-3596
C. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1485, New Albany, In. 47150-1485
D. Office Address: 1860 Mellwood Avenue #176, Louisville, Ky. 40206
OUR HOST CHATEAU:
LaCascade is located about 1 hour & 20 minutes from Toulouse Airport, and about 45 minutes from the city center of Toulouse, in the medieval village of Durfort, in Southern France.
LaCascade is a 17th century house that lies on the banks of a small river that flows between the valley. Encompassing three stories, LaCascade LaCascade sits on an authentic medieval village street with the copper artisans stream running down the lane. The name LaCascade came from the enchanting waterfall that sits off the back terrace. There are lovely riverside terraces with French Doors, breezy sun-filled rooms, a stonewalled living room with fireplace, cheerful sun-lit bedrooms, and a sun-filled artisan craft studio. Our week at LaCascade is reserved exclusively for our intimate group. LaCascade sleeps 12 guests (max). There is a Bed & Breakfast nearby that can accommodate overflow from LaCascade. (Space for LaCascade will be determined on a fist come basis)
Our accommodations at LaCascade are charming sun-filled bedrooms that sleep two people. (Two twin beds). There are three full (modern) bathrooms. LaCascade also includes a sitting room, dining room, two riverside terraces, and a large, authentic French kitchen. Daily, freshly prepared Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are served. Wifi is also included.
20 Meals Included: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners