Summer Creativity Week
Intuitive Painting, Nature and Awareness.
I invite you to join me for this summer’s Intuitive Painting, Nature, and Awareness workshop .
Throughout my life I have always felt deeply connected to and uplifted by my contact to nature and have created this workshop that combines experience in nature with creative expression work. We will spend time each day in contemplation in nature -the beautiful natural surroundings in this area are a perfect setting for this workshop. My aim is to allow the beauty and peace of nature to draw you into your ‘inner nature’ & towards a state of relaxation and awareness that naturally facilitates access to your intuition. You will be gently guided into a preparation process in connection with the periods in Nature. You will then be supported to explore & express your feelings using art materials & to connect to the immense creative resources that lie within you.
You will be painting freely & spontaneously on large sheets of paper using a palette of 18 beautiful colours, and also intuitive drawing. You will be using simple meditations, energy awareness exercises, writing, & dream interpretation to support & enhance your creative work. Daniel Perret Musician & Music Therapist will join us for a session where we will explore the connection between our paintings and improvised music/sound. You will learn to interpret the symbols, colours & forms in your art works, to integrate your ‘vision’ & intuitive wisdom to enrich your daily life. Our approach encourages you to let go of limitations, access your inner source & open your heart to a new experience of yourself & others. No previous art training or artistic ability is required to follow the courses. Our approach to meditation aims to develop mindfulness & inner harmony & is non-religious.
Daniel Perret: Musician & Music Therapist will co-lead one session . Daniel is the author of several books on Healing and Music.
Our programme during the week will be flexible taking into account the weather & the group energy.
There is a maximum of 8 people in the group.
We live on a wooded hilltop above Sergeac village, not far from the Vezere River, between Montignac, Les Eyzies & Sarlat. There is lovely countryside all around where we live. We will be working in a light, airy course room and lovely studio in the heart of nature – you can see open fields & trees from the windows. The group starts at and finishes after lunch on with time each day to relax, explore nature & to swim in the nearby lake. We live in beautiful natural surroundings in an area that attracts many visitors each summer. Why not combine the course with a few extra days holiday, as there is a wealth of things to enjoy here?
9.30 – 13.00 Group activities with juice/tea break during the morning
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch break, time to relax in nature or to swim in the lake,
15.00 – 18.00 Group activities with juice / tea break during the afternoon
There are different types of accommodation close to Le Vallon. I will help you to find accommodation and can give you addresses of houses, camp sites and hotels close by. Because it is the main holiday season it is obviously best to book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Lunches are included in group fee. Lunch is a simple salad meal with fresh organic vegetables, cheese, fresh bread, and fruit or dessert. As much as possible organic products are used, and eggs, milk products and fish are included. Lunch is served outside overlooking the garden.Please let me know when you book if you have any special dietary requirements.
For other meals you have the choice of either buying & cooking at your accommodation or going out to eat in one of the many good quality / reasonably priced cafés & restaurants that abound in the nearby villages. Prices range from between 10- 25€ for a 3 course meal.
COURSE VENUE: Centre du Vallon, 24290 Sergeac, Dordogne.
Local Transport: There is almost no public transport in this area. Local taxis are an option. It is possible to rent bicycles. Plazac Taxi service: M. Hamard Tel: 05-53-50-68-62
TO BOOK : The Workshop fee is 450€. This includes daily group tuition, lunches and all refreshments in the pauses, cost of all art materials, booking of your accommodation if you wish, plus organisation. It does not include travel or accommodation costs, cost of meals outside what is mentioned above, transport costs in France. To book your place on the workshop send a cheque with a deposit of 225€ made payable to Marie Perret with your booking to the address below. By return you will receive a receipt, a map and practical information. Balance of 225 € must be paid in full on Monday 18th July .Please include your name, address, birth date and telephone number, profession, and present activity. If you have not worked with me before please add a short account of your personal development/creative arts experience. Complete the booking form below and return with your deposit. Apart from exceptional circumstances, your balance is non-refundable, unless someone else takes over your place.
Please note that I am very willing to help you with travel, accommodation or other arrangements and general questions.
ABOUT THE AREA : In 1989 we came for week’s holiday to this area, the ‘Périgord Noir’ part of the Dordogne. We fell so much in love with the place that soon afterwards we came to live here. French people from other parts of France, as well as many foreigners, nature lovers & tourists are drawn here looking for peace, sunshine and the quality of life (including good food and wine) that is possible here. There is a wonderful stillness and great peace in the countryside – people often say that it is like England was fifty years ago. Many people come here to meditate, to do retreats, and to draw on the strength of nature’s healing energy in this place. It is a lovely area for a holiday, a place to deeply relax and unwind.
The Black Perigord is known for its medieval limestone villages and fairy tale castles that nestle in soft rolling hills surrounded by oak and chestnut forests and fields of sunflowers and sweet corn. During the week’s retreat we will devote our time to being in nature & to our creative work. Should you wish to combine the week’s retreat with a holiday before or afterwards there is a wealth of things to do here – there are meandering rivers for canoeing and lakes for swimming, it is also possible to go horse riding. It is an ideal place to walk. For those who like to sit and dream, there are many special and magical places to see. There are 1800 castles and mansions in Dordogne. Tibetan Buddhists attracted by the peaceful atmosphere established several monasteries close to where we live forty years ago.
Close to where we live is the picturesque village of Plazac that has a café & a restaurant, a post office, a village bakery, & a large wholefood supermarket that sells wholemeal bread & organic fruit and vegetables. 15 minutes away is Montignac, a small country town, home of the famous Lascaux cave paintings that has a variety of shops, excellent restaurants, cafés, a post office etc. Sergeac and Montignac are situated on the Vezere River and this area has been called the Valley of Man, as it is here that many important prehistoric sites have been discovered. France’s new national Prehistory Museum is situated in Les Eyzies, 20 minutes drive from Sergeac. The Vezere valley was one of the last strongholds of the Knights Templars and Catharism spread up to this area in the twelfth century. Within half an hour of Plazac there are several small towns that hold regular colourful markets. One such town is Sarlat, a virtually unspoilt medieval market town that has a famous Saturday Market, many tourist shops, and beautiful architecture. About one and a half-hours journey away is the town of Rocamadour, situated on a hillside in a dramatic landscape. This was one of the main pilgrimage places in the Middle Ages, several kings and emperors climbed the steps on their knees to visit the miracle working Black Madonna. This area is on the pathway of the famous Route to St. Jacques de Compostella. It is a region full of history and magic; it is very unspoilt, the people live from tourism and farming there is no heavy industry in this region
‘The morning sun, the new sweet earth, and the great silence’
BOOKING FORM - Please copy and fill in and return by post with your cheque and by e mail :
I wish to attend the ‘ Vision Quest’/ Creativity Retreat in France
Name & Address
Tel. Home : Work: Mobile:
E mail address:
Date of Birth
Special dietary requirements :
- How do you plan to you travel here?
Would you like to be put in contact with other group members so that you can travel together?
I enclose deposit 225€ (cheque made out to Marie Perret, you can also pay using online banking directly into my bank account)Send your booking form & deposit of 225 € directly to:
MARIE PERRET, Centre du Vallon, 24290 Sergeac FRANCE
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.marie-perret.com
By return post you will receive a receipt, a map and practical information.