Provence's Poppy and Peony Season

Wild Poppies in the French Countryside

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9 Day Château Retreat for Artists near Avignon

May 14 – 22, 2024 ~ Poppy Season.

Poppies Peonies and Provence

May is a perfect time to be in Provence when everything is in bloom. If your idea of heaven is admiring flowers everywhere, and maybe even painting them, then this is a good time to visit Provence. Springtime in Provence provides beautiful excursions to quintessential French villages that are bursting with life after the slowdown of winter.

Your stay includes visits to painting locations like Provence’s hilltop villages that provide both open landscapes and interior views of village life. All you have to do is show up. We provide everything that you will need for a distraction-free painting experience, including beautiful, peonies, and plenty of rosé, the famed wine of the region.

For those who are not interested in instruction, but prefer working side-by-side with fellow artists from around the world we have the Poppies, Peonies, and Provence Art Retreat. This once-in-a-lifetime inspiring workshop will be unforgettable. Your itinerary includes outdoor markets, vineyards, and visits to breathtaking hilltop villages. We’ve chosen locations where we have access to our vehicles, materials and terraced cafés. Bring your camera because you will be truly inspired by your surroundings and want to snap references to paint later.

After dining together in the great room, we take up various painting-related topics for discussion, demos and serious fun! Although the workshop is not instructed, when painting side-by-side with other artists, you’ll leave the retreat with stronger skills and lifelong connections. Wonderful guests from across the world have joined us for Workshops in France, including painters, photographers, writers, sketch artists, journal makers and even a sculptor.  Hear what they had to say about their experience.

The Location

We are returning to a historic château estate located East of Avignon for this wonderful art retreat. This château has been perched on top of the village in one form or another since the 600s. The estate is beyond charming with the arched entrance, ancient walls, and stunning terraces opening to incredible rooftop views across the Luberon valley. We have a great room for socializing and painting if needed, terraces for eating en plein air, and a splendid swimming pool. You can see images of it here.



We will visit the grounds in St. Rémy de Provence where Van Gogh lived for almost a year and paint where he painted. It is an unforgettable experience exploring parts of this remarkable region that has flourished since Roman times. Today Provence is a culturally thriving agricultural paradise. When you see the quality of light you understand why artists flocked to this region and why several of the Impressionists chose to live here. After dining at the château we take up various painting-related topics for discussion and demos. Although the workshop is not instructed – painting side-by-side with fellow artists provides growth, exposure to new skills and new friendships. Guests travel from around the world to join this workshop, including painters, photographers, writers and sculptors. We welcome non-painting partners, they are included on all our excursions and become part of the group.


Price is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available. Airfare is not included. Discounts available for spouses or partners (painting or non-painting.)

Have questions about Workshops in France? We have answers on our Frequently Asked Questions

For those that prefer instructed workshops see our link here.

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May 14 – 22, 2024


This Workshop Includes:


  • 9 days of artistic immersion.
  • All Inclusive: Fine food, wine, accommodation and ground transportation with one lunch and one dinner at your own expense.
  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in beautiful European surroundings.
  • Daily painting locations: Private vineyards with wine tasting, fishing ports and seaside villages on the Mediterranean, charming villages, markets and poppy-filled views.
  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all media – all skill levels!
  • Learn, live and paint side-by-side with artists.
  • Uninstructed workshop. Mentoring Available.
  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners!

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May 14 – 22, 2024


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