Workshops & Retreats

Upcoming Workshops:

South of France ~ Magical Floral Design & Styling Retreat: September 27 - October 4, 2018  Durfort, France

Paula Coleman, Master Stylist, invites you on a magical journey to the South of France in the Fall of 2018

Join me in the French Countryside for a magical week of creativity; open-air floral arranging with locally foraged greenery & blooms, creating bouquets, flower crowns, flatlays, fine art botanical prints,  curating French inspired florals, photographing & capturing your creations, cultivating community with other creative people, and taking part in the relaxed French way of life. 

Our retreat will be hosted in a lovely, 400 year-old French country house located an hour south of Toulouse, among fields, small villages, a river waterfall, and ancient towns. In this setting we will deeply experience the charm of France. Fostering limitless creativity and inspiration in a slow living environment. 

We will begin our journey in Toulouse and travel south to the tiny village of Durfort (Population 200). Here we will offer creative workshops focused on florals, nature, styling, & scent. Including the use of flowers in scent and essential oils. There will also be ample time for you to create, explore, indulge, shop, rest, journal, and renew your spirit. 

There will be time to explore surrounding villages & markets, and dine with new friends. France is full of culture, charm, mystique and this is the perfect time to savor a bit of local life. With our setting next to a river, we will forage the grounds for creative inspiration to be used in workshops. We will also visit a French Market in Revel, considered the prettiest in all of France, as we shop for vessels & treasures to use in our creations. 

We will capture and document our journey, and photograph each attendees creations ~ these photos will be yours to use in your portfolio, and they will serve you well for years to come. We will have our lovely French model wearing and modeling the creations of each attendee, in a stylized photoshoot. We plan to eat well and dine under the stars. Dinners prepared by our own private chef of the freshest local ingredients...and always plenty of French wine served with Dinner! Through retreat, creative workshops, good food, and fellowship, there will be a harmonious balance of inspiration, rest, and rejuvenation. To ensure the journey will be enlightening for everyone,we like to keep the trip intimate in size, and attendance is limited to 10 participants

TO BOOK SPACE ON THIS TRIP OR HOLD YOUR SPOT: 

Space books quickly! If you are interested in attending, you may place an early-bird space holder deposit of $100.00 USD. CLICK ON "PRICING AND PAYEMENTS TAB HERE ON OUR SITE, OR Click the event brite link to hold your space here: www.flowerlark.eventbrite.com


Total Trip Cost: $2750.00 per person / Double Occupancy. ($350.00 Single Supplement Fee for those travelling alone, and do not wish to share a room). Pre and Post nights in Paris or Toulouse can be arranged for you, if you would like to extend your journey. Feel free to call or email to discuss your travel plans. See Also Payments & Pricing Page to Book through PayPal. To save fees, check payments may be mailed to our secure Post Office box address. (Please call if you wish to mail payments.) 

Retreat Includes:

7-Night Accommodations, Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Daily (Dessert & Wine with Dinner), Expert Instruction, All Workshop materials, tools, and your very own custom styling kit. Professional Photographs for your Portfolio, Excursions & Field Trips, Free WIFI, All taxes & fees & more ~  Visit: 

www.flowerlark.eventbrite.com for more details! 

2018 Upcoming Workshops:  

South of France: Sept. 27 - Oct. 4, 2018


ITINERARY: 


Day 1: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Your Flight Departs your home country. 


Day 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 Arrival Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) After picking up your luggage, head to rental car pick-up or your airport transfer.  It is best for your flight to arrive by 2:00 PM. 


4:00 PM Arrive at LaCascade / Meet & Greet, Introductions, Unpacking. 


Dinner will be served. After Dinner, a casual walk to explore the area & take pictures. Evening Free. 


Day 3:Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast Served.

9:30 AM Introductions, Welcome Packet & Class Materials distributed.

10:00AM Forage for botanical materials to use in flatlay, cynotype prints, photo & styling techniques.

1:00 PM Lunch will be served.

2:00 PM Afternoon Excursions; TBD Copper Shopping, Durfort Copper Museum

6:00 PM Diner is served. Evening free to explore. 


Day 4: Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast Served. 

9:15 AM Depart for Market in Revel. Named one of prettiest in all of France; 400 year old market! We will have a packed lunch so we are free to explore the Market and the area. And, we will visit a working French flower shop. Other points of interest will be explored, such as Saint Felix, to view the amazing scenery. Studio open for photo styling, flatlays, and botanical print making. Evening Dinner will be served. 


Day 5: Sunday, September 30, 2018. 

8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast Served. After breakfast we will depart on our Sunday Excursion to village flea markets, also a list of villages and medieval towns will explored, such as Albi (Home of the Toulouse Latrec Museum) and others. We will have a packed lunch so that we are free to explore. Evening Dinner will be served. After Dinner open studio time; question & answer series. 


Day 6: Monday, October 1, 2018.

8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast Served. 

9:15 AM Hands-on Flower Studio, Bouquets, Flower Crowns...each attendee will create several styles of bouquets and flower crowns for our photo shoot. Photo styling techniques to use with our live model will be explored. Lunch will be served. 

After lunch, we will head to the village of Soreze, where we will create our live photo shoot, using a live model as our muse.  Attendees bouquets and flower crowns will be photographed using our live model for each style. During our shoot, tickets will be available to those who want to visit the Dom Robert Tapestry Museum. Evening Dinner will be served. Evening free to explore. 


Day 7: Tuesday, October 2, 2018. 

8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast  Served. 

9:15 AM Flower Studio, Fantasy Flower creations, headpieces, and composite flowers ~ we will let our imaginations run wild, as we create & explore floral art through foraged and garden botanicals. Culinary demonstration that we will participate in for our lunch today, in Chef's authentic French Kitchen!  After lunch we will explore the village of Montolieu, ("the book town") for treasures. Dinner will be served. After dinner, open studio time, question & answer series. 


Day 8: Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast Served. 

9:15 AM Flower Studio; Tablescape design. On our last full day in France, we will design our dining table / tablescape for our farewell dinner. Our theme, "Diner en Blanc" (Dinner in White), where  we will dine under the stars amongst an all white flowerscape, the glow of all white candles, and we will be dressed in all white! It will be an evening to remember as we reflect on our amazing journey, new friendships made, and new inspiration to nurture.

Lunch will be served. After lunch, there will be time to visit nearby villages, shop for souvenirs, and pack. Our farewell dinner will be served, and photos will be taken of each attendee with our tablescape for their portfolio.  


Day 9: Thursday, October 4, 2018. 

8:00 - 9:00 AM Fresh Breakfast served. 

10:00 AM Final packing, Depart  for Toulouse Airport. 


2019 Upcoming Workshops: 

Holland: April 2019 (more to come)

South of France: Sept. 11 - 18, 2019