Chateau Marouatte, Grand Brassac, Dordogne , France 24350 

Tel: 33-5-53-03-42-79

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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.  


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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.

Theresa Grillo Laird - Plein Air Retreat

Paint on the castle grounds including a river view, castle architecture and 270 acres of pristine countryside, and in surrounding medieval villages. All levels welcome, though some prior experience drawing or painting would be helpful. Instruction will be in oil but you can bring any medium you are comfortable with.


My aim is to teach students to see with an artist's eye, rather than to follow formulas. Value relationships, design, color mixing and editing and rearranging a scene, will be discussed and demonstrated, and special emphasis will be on creating mood in a painting. I'll provide individual attention at each student's easel to bring everyone to their next level of advancement. 


Retreat Date - July 16-23 2020.


7 nights of lodging at the castle. 5 days of instruction July 17,18,19. 21-22. 20th off for sight-seeing or painting on your own. Painting sites include the grounds of the castle and nearby medieval villages.


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


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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