Frequently Asked Questions

What's the weather like in Provence?
September is a great month for weather in Provence, especially for artists who want to paint out doors. While it's still warm and sunny, the summer's peak is over. It's hot enough to swim in either of château's 2 pools. It can get quite windy, stormy or wet - but this is usually temporary, and it's cool at night. Dress in layers.

What kind of food do we eat?
Dinners are catered. Our chef delivers farmhouse style meals every day made from fresh local produce. Breakfast and lunches are self-served. When you register we ask you about your dietary needs. We supply what you like to eat and have alternate menu choices to avoid any allergies. The refrigerator will be fully stocked for breakfast and lunch.

Do we have electrical outlets in our rooms?
Yes. Bring travel adapters. You can buy them here. Don't forget your chargers for phones and cameras.

Do cell phones work in France?
Yes, check with your cellphone provider for a plan that will work in Europe. Smart phones will work with wifi which is widely available in France and throughout the château. With wi-fi you can use Skype and several other phone apps to stay in communcation with family and friends at home. We send a recommend list of useful apps when you register.

How much should we tip?
Tipping is generally included on your bill. It's customary to leave a few extra coins, up to 10%, in addition to the service charge.

How will we get around?
We provide transportation and we drive you and your gear to painting locations and we park close to the painting location so you don't have to carry heavy equipment any distances.

How's the driving?
From our experience - it's comparable to driving around Los Angeles. We've had no issues.

Is there a washer and dryer for laundry?

How do I get from Marseilles airport to Avignon?
Take the free shuttle bus from the airport to the train station - a five minute ride. The journey to Avignon is from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the train schedule. We provide full information on travel and trains when you register.

How much money should I bring?
We suggest you buy some Euros before you arrive in Europe. Bring enough to purchase food or snacks if you spend time at a connecting airport and some spending cash. Credit/debit card are accepted widely and used in many places incuding getting cash from ATMs. Inform your bank that you are traveling, and ask about acquiring a European-type credit/debit card that has an embedded chip instead of a magnetic strip. Both types are used, the chip is accepted at more locations.

Do we paint all day?
Some do, some run off to the nearest cafe or sightsee. It's very flexible.

What about art supplies?
Bring paint, brushes and boards/canvases. We supply paper towels, solvent, solvent jars, liquin to speed-up drying time and that type of thing. When you register we give you detailed information on how to travel with paints.

Why is there no instructor?
If you need a very structured class with an instructor who works step-by-step, then this may not be the workshop for you. However, if you are willing to eager to paint this region famed for it's natural beauty, characteristic villages and town, vineyards and many other painting subjects then jump on board! If you have been searching for a balanced program of relaxation and painting; discover the inspiration that comes from traveling and painting with other artists - this retreat will be perfect. Suitable for fearless beginners to advanced artists. Evenings are reserved for demos, discussions and mentoring if needed.

Painting at St Remy - Van Gogh painted this olive grove and we are too.

See the album of artwork created by our guests at previous art retreats in France



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