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A master photographer from Northern California brings his unique and inspiring technique to the Dordogne.  One week to learn, experience, and absorb new technique amid the wonderful world of Marouatte castle and its surrounding region in South West France (Dordogne). 


Retreat Date: May 9th to May 16th, 2020


For more information click "Book Now" for Bob's website, where you will find booking information for this retreat.  

Ralph Velasco - Photo Workshop: France's Magical Dordogne

Join Alla Campagna Experiences Founder and professional tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a truly unforgettable stay in a private castle from the 11th-century.  This trip will concentrate on the truly magical Périgord Vert region of the Dordogne department of southwestern France.

Retreat Date - May 23rd - May 30th 2020

For more information click "Book Now" for Ralph's website, where you will find booking information for this retreat.  

Paint Alla Prima with Chris Brandley

Join Chris Brandley for a once in a life time painting retreat. Chris’s demos will be in oils, using the "alla prima" method of painting (working wet into wet).  You are welcome to paint in oils or acrylics. All painting levels are welcome from beginning to advanced! There will be a great balance of studio and "en plein air" time; demos, and painting at your own pace; relaxation and reflecting; and excursions around the French countryside and nearby villages.

Retreat Date - June 06th - June 13th 2020

For more information click "Book Now" for Chris's website, where you will find booking information for this retreat.  


Facebook:   Chris Brandley Art

Instagram:  @ChrisBrandleyArt

Jana Parkin - Paint at the Castle

Watercolor Workshop in the Dordogne region of France!
Stay, dine, and paint at a centuries-old castle situated on 240 acres. Each student gets a private room and bath. Chef-prepared meals onsite while at the castle. We will paint outdoors on the castle grounds as well as in neighboring villages. Daily demonstrations. This is not to be missed!

Retreat Dates: June 14-20, and June 21-28, 2020

For more information click "Book Now" for Jana's website, where you will find booking information for this retreat. Or email her at for more info.


An award-winning landscape and travel photographer from Arizona, Beth comes to Dordogne to guide and teach photographers for one week exploring castles, medieval villages, and surrounding countryside, shooting all aspects of the region at all times of the day to create each participant’s own travel story. All skill levels welcome. Limit of 10 participants, but non-photographer spouses/partners are also welcome.


Retreat Date: Aug 29 - Sept 05, 2020

For more information click "Book Now" for Beth's website, where you will find booking information for this retreat.  You can also contact Beth Ruggiero-York at (508) 241-4412 or

Elaine Lisle – Artist Retreat at the Castle

Join artist Elaine Lisle for a painting adventure not to be missed…

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, this workshop will strive to meet your needs. You have the option of working entirely on your own with other like-minded dedicated painters in a breathtaking setting with all of your needs being met, or taking the half-day plein-air discovery sessions, while using the rest of your time in any way you choose. 


7 nights of lodging at the castle. Two options for artists…

Level 1 – professional artist without instruction- facilitated self-directed painting

Level 2 – plein air discovery workshop, ½ day painting classes for 6 days, sight-seeing, touring and facilitated self-directed painting 


Retreat Dates- July 16-23 2020


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Sheree Jones - Painting in Southwest France

Join Canadian artist and keen landscape painter Sheree Jones as she shares her passion for painting “from life”, both in the studio and “en plein air”.


Sheree will share her extensive knowledge with informative demonstrations, lively conversation and plenty of one on one instruction. Her energetic and fun loving spirit will inspire you to enjoy your days creating in a relaxed and supportive environment.

This magical setting - Marouatte Castle - in the Dordogne region of France will be your home and creative inspiration for a week. You will paint on the grounds, in the studio and on charming countryside excursions.


This all inclusive painting retreat gives you your own ensuite bedroom and gourmet chef prepared meals with local Bergerac wines. Imagine yourself immersed in this idyllic setting, and being able to paint to your heart’s content!

Retreat Date: September 1 - 8, 2021

Caroline Welch & Dr. Adriana Copeland - A Nature Immersion and Mindfulness Retreat for Women

From Chaos to Calm.

Join Caroline Welch, attorney, CEO of the Mindsight Institute, and author of The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women (Penguin Random House 2020), together with Dr. Adriana Copeland, psychotherapist, UCLA certified mindfulness teacher, and certified forest bathing therapy guide, for a week-long journey of self-discovery and immersion in nature. Located within the privacy of the fortified walls of a medieval French castle, in a small group setting (limited to 20 women), just two hours south of Paris by train, you will experience a safe haven for inspiration, stress reduction, and renewal. Discover the timeless healing wisdom of living in attunement with our natural world and become your most resilient self.

May 1 - 8, 2020


One week mentored events to help develop, coach and advise writers of books and scripts for film or TV.


Scheduled annually in July & October.


For more information click "Book Now" for the website, where you will also find booking information for these retreats.


Marouatte castle has become famous as the birthplace of many hit songs over the years from its songwriter retreats.  The US performing rights organization ASCAP now is in its 8th year of holding retreats at the castle.  Past attendees have included such stars as Cher, Jon Bon Jovi, Carole King, Mika, Zucchero, Keith Urban, Belinda Carlisle, Jason Mraz, Ellie Goulding, as well as a host of superstar producers and songwriters - many hit songs the result. 


Scheduled annually each September. 



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