Creative Exploration in Provence, France

  • Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence, France
  • May 7 - 14, 2019 (8 days)
  • $2850

Event Highlights

  • - Each day we offer guided hands-on creativity sessions exploring both written and visual arts. Broaden your practice with field trips to inspire ideas, and instruction on new techniques
  • - Explore your creative side with like-minded people and constant support from experienced instructors, all amidst the natural beauty and inspiration of the French country side
  • - Feed your creative spirit with home-cooked meals, libations, coffee and snacks, and day excursions touring one of the most picturesque regions of the world


Each activity is always optional - we welcome you to engage in as many workshops and instructional sessions as you wish. You are equally as encouraged to take time for yourself, enjoying the fabulous natural and structural surroundings of this wonderful region of the world. An example of a typical day would include:

7:30am - Yoga session with our fully-certified instructor
9:00am - Continental breakfast
10:30am - Art/writing workshop
12:30pm - Lunch
2:30pm - Local excursion combining the beauty and history of the area with instructor-led activities to help expand your creative practice into all aspects of your life
7:00pm - Home-cooked dinner including beer, wine, and good conversation
After dinner - Art house movie or artistic salon/chat

About This Event

Luova is a Finnish word that means to create. But life is busy—how do we find time for creative expression? Spend a week in a villa with us and let your creative side come out and play. Take inspiration from the peaceful, small town surroundings, be supported by our resident writer and artist, start the morning with a relaxing yoga class, take a dip in the pool, enjoy meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and enjoy engaging cultural excursions.

"I’ve had the privilege of participating in Nikki’s writing workshops on more than one occasion...Nikki is highly imaginative and energetic in presenting her lessons, then deeply practical in directing writing exercises and providing writing tips. I’ll never forget one workshop where we brainstormed an imaginary world while Nikki drew its corresponding map, followed by us selecting from a variety of unique props to inspire our creative writing exercises. But the greatest impact on me as I developed my writing skills was that she always had something positive and encouraging to say when critiquing our work, paired with suggestions for improving our writing." - Karen Autio

Venue Highlights

Our retreat takes place in a beautifully renovated French villa. The space is full of nooks and crannies for you to write, paint, or draw, as well as relaxing spaces to congregate, like a georgeous outdoor pool, large patio eating area, and large screen for movie-viewing. The 19th century villa is located just minutes from Vaison-la-Romaine, a quaint Roman-era town.


Rooms in the villa include a mix of king/queen rooms and those with two singles; please let us know your preference at time of booking. As is the French style, each room has its own toilet and shower, though they may be situated just across the hall rather than en suite. All linens, soaps, and toiletries are provided for you.

We also have limited space in two 'dorm' rooms, which sleep up to four on two sets of bunk beds. Since you'll be rooming with a couple of extra artists, the price is a little bit lower. We think that's win-win: more pocket money for all that amazing wine and cheese you might want to take home, and some extra friends to boot.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Meals are home cooked on site and intended to nourish you while taking full advantage of as much local produce and as many French products as possible. Expect a range of continental breakfast options, lunches of quiche, salad, soup, or similar, and a multi course evening meal which may include a wide range of local cheeses, traditional roasts or stews, and rustic yet delicious desserts. Home to one of the largest markets in the region, which dates back to 1483, there's no shortage of fresh, local food with which to stock the kitchen.

Dinner will always have the option of wine and beer, and coffee, tea, and other drinks will be available at all times.

Please note that while we will do our best to cater to food sensitivities, we are not able to guarantee freedom from cross-contamination.


From Marseille, it is approximately 140 km driving to Vaison la Romaine, should you choose to rent a car. Otherwise, you may take a train to Orange (Avignon) followed by a bus to Vaison la Romaine. In total, that journey will take approximately 3.5 hours and cost approximately $55.

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