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Exclusive Photo Encaustic Painting Experience  w/ International Artist Elske deGroot 

Creative Awakening Retreat June 2024 France

Elevate Your Summer. 
Unplug from the daily grind and elevate your senses at an exclusive château. This isn't just another art workshop; it's a transformative journey. If you're a discerning individual with a passion and basic understanding of encaustic art, this invitation is for you.

May 28 - June 4, 2024


    ...clinking champagne glasses as the sun dips below the horizon, filling the Grand Hall of the privately-owned Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a golden glow. As you revel in the moment, the aroma of a gourmet dinner crafted by a local French chef wafts in, tantalizing your senses. All of this after a fulfilling day exploring the French countryside and in the studio—where history and creativity meld into an intoxicating blend. And that's just Day One.

    Why this art retreat?

    Exclusive & Intimate

    Limited Class Size: With only 8 spots available, you'll receive individualized attention in an intimate setting.

    Art You Can Call Your Own

    Create a stunning photo encaustic landscape piece inspired by a photo YOU take during our scenic explorations. We will follow the steps Elske takes to create her landscapes. This isn't just a memento; it's a piece of art that's wholly your own.

    More Than Just a Studio

    Live the Locale: Experience the rich history and natural beauty of our picturesque surroundings, whether it's gently kayaking down the Dordogne river or visiting a quaint French market. So much more than an encaustic workshop.


    Great Hall



    What's Included

    • Guided Mastery: Step-by-step, hands-on coaching ensures you expand your creative vistas.

    • All-Inclusive Supplies: We've thought of everything. Just bring your camera and laptop or a newer smart phone. 
    • 7-night accommodation and enjoy the château common rooms and 15 ha of grounds at Manor and Maker in the Château Saint-Germain des PrĂ©s.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
    • Wine or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.  
    • Tea & coffee all day, plus snacks and aperitif .

    • Transportation from and to Thiviers or AngoulĂŞme train station.
    • Experience one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours', most beautiful detours, in France when we visit BrantĂ´me and its Benedictine abbey.
    • Kayak trip down the Dordogne River. The enchanting scenery on the banks of the river includes picturesque villages like Beynac and Roque-Gageac.



    "Such a beautiful experience learning about encaustic art and being guided by Elske to explore the medium— she is so knowledgeable, thoughtful, and patient! She encouraged us to be creative and try different techniques— I will definitely be attending her workshops again. She is truly talented, and I loved this experience!"

    "Thank you so much Elske. I loved learning about Encaustic Painting. You were a fabulous, patient teacher and I so appreciated all the help you gave me."

    "...It was a perfect marriage of art, food, wine, friendship and relaxation.   Elske did a fabulous job of teaching us a new skill in a château in the French countryside..."

    "Fantastic nurturing and clear tuition.....I was totally resistant to the walk and raft float (in my head) but it helped me to unwind and question why I needed to take life so seriously this week!! Truly entered into retreat and am still reaping the benefit!"

    Invest in your Creativity 


    Double Occupancy

    €2900 (Regular Price €3500)

    Single Occupancy

    €3800 (Regular Price €4300)

    Only two single occupancy rooms available so hurry!

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