2018 Tours Tours

Gourmet Artists’ Retreat in Roussillon

September 1-8, 2018

Keli and Kathy spent a wonderful week with 13 artists in Roussillon, France for creative play, glorious food, wine, and adventure.

Our home for the week was La Madonne, an 8-bedroom restored farmhouse owned by an artist. La Madonne is a short walk from the village of Roussillon, designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and Keli’s favorite in Provence.

Roussillon is situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world and is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. Roussillon is like an artist’s pallet, with the infinite combinations of colors varying from yellow to purple with all the shades of pink and red in between, and is the perfect venue for this unique retreat.

We’ll tour villages and markets, indulge in delicious meals with our private chef and in local restaurants, we’ll learn how to use natural pigments in painting, and use our new-found skills to create a travel journal, plus Kathy Fox will be joining us to teach card-making techniques for our artwork.

Price includes:

  • Ground transportation to and from Roussillon and Avignon Train Station.
  • Charming Double-occupancy Rooms with twin beds (most with en-suite bathrooms).
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 Dinners including local wines. Some evening meals will be prepared by our personal chef, some will be enjoyed at local eateries, and a few will be prepared by the Poggi Bonsi team.
  • All field trips and ground transportation.
  • All cooking classes and tours.
  • All art classes and supplies.

Registration: Tour is limited to 14 participants

A non-refundable $500 deposit reserves your place. Balance is due June 15, 2018.

Price does not include airfare which can be arranged through Bob Kerr at Travel House.

NOTE: Trip insurance is required, this can also be purchased very reasonably from Travel House or through AAA.

Email keli@poggibonsigifts.com or call Keli Sim DeRitis at 206-714-8278 for more information.

Full Itinerary

Saturday, September 1

12:00 meet in Paris at Gare di Lyon Train Station – 12:37 train to Avignon
(be sure to buy your ticket in advance).
3:30 Bus from Avignon to Roussillon
4:30 Exploring La Madonne and Getting Settled
6:00 Aperitivo party welcome
7:30 Dinner prepared by Chef Nadege

Sunday, September 2

8:00 Breakfast at La Madonne
9:00 Bus to L’Isle sur la Sorgue – Time to explore the antique market and many quaint shops
1:00 Lunch at 
Café du Village
3:00 Time to Wander
Photograph, sketch, or visit the Campredon Centre d’Art, a museum of modern art housed
in an 18th-Century Residence
5:00 Return to the Villa
7:30 Dinner prepared by Chef Nadege
9:00 Show and Tell and Art Play

Monday, September 3

8:00 Breakfast at La Madonne
9:00 Bicycles Delivered
10:00 Ride into Roussillon
10:45 Meet at the Okre Conservatoire for a walk along the Okre Trail
12:30 Picnic Lunch
2:00 Meet at the 
Atelier Fabrication de Peintures to learn how to mix our own paints from natural okre pigments
Keli will purchase pigments to use in our retreat and you will have an opportunity to buy your own pigments at the Okra Shop to take home.
4:00 Return to La Madonne
5:00 Playing with Pigments Project
7:30 Dinner prepared by Chef Nadege

Tuesday, September 4

8:00 Breakfast at La Madonne
9:00 Bike to Gordes 
5.75-mile route
10:00 Explore one of the most beautiful villages and markets in France
Lunch will be on your own this day, snack your way through the market, or enjoy lunch at one of the charming bistros in the village. We’ll each be assigned an ingredient to purchase from the market for our evening picnic.

The more adventuresome may bike an additional 2 miles up to the spectacular Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanque.

Around 4:00 We’ll head back to La Madonne

The remainder of the day will be dedicated to art play, relaxing, sipping and snacking on our market picnic.

Wednesday, September 5

7:30 Breakfast at La Madonne
8:30 Bike into Roussillon to the Conservatory
9:00-5:00 Painting lessons with 
Monsieur François VIOL
6:00 Aperitif, followed by Dinner in the village

Thursday, September 6

9:00 Breakfast at the villa
10:00 Bus to Lourmarin to explore this delightful village full of art galleries and shops.
12:30 Bus to Les Baux de Provence
1:30 Lunch at a lovely bistro, yet to be determined
2:30 Tour of the art and music presentation at Carriers de Lumieres
5:00 Return to the Villa
7:00 Dinner prepared by Chef Nedge

Friday, September 7

8:30 Breakfast at the villa

Today will be spent relaxing and making art. We’ll picnic by the pool and enjoy the lovely surroundings.

Kathy will help us select some of our artwork to make special cards and tags.

5:00 Cooking class with Keli and Kathy – We use the abundance of fresh local products to create a French country meal.

7:00 Champagne and Strawberry Party

Saturday, May 5

8:30 Breakfast at the villa

9:30 Bus to Avignon

About Keli Sim DeRitis

Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, designer, passionate cook, teacher, and tour guide. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi in 2001 to share her love of European travel, food, wine, and culture. Connect with me on Google+


Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, designer, passionate cook, teacher, and tour guide. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi in 2001 to share her love of European travel, food, wine, and culture.
Connect with me on Google+

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