The Magic of Watercolor in France




Cliff Dwelling House – Bouzies, France


In this 10 DAY ALL INCLUSIVE  Art and Spirit Retreat in the south of France hosted by Perigord Retreats we combine plein air painting at historical and medieval sacred sites along with meditation and studio painting time.   Workshops are an ideal place to explore your creative process, especially within a like minded group of individuals in a magical location.   The Dordogne region is rich in historic castles, culture, towns, caves and landscapes- sure to provide you with the trip of a lifetime.  

No previous experience is required.  You may choose to simply keep an informal visual travelogue of your time in this beautiful region of France.  

 At the retreat you will:

Learn or refine watercolor technique through basic tools such as composition, color, subject matter, perspective and proportion

Use meditation to connect with your inner being to help define your own unique style of painting

Visit and paint at sacred sites such as Rocamadour, location of the Black Virgin dating back to the 11th Century,  Cahors with its Roman remants and on the route of the Pilgrims of Santiago Compostella, Sarlat cathedral and medieval buildings, St Circ Lapopie with it’s church and spiritual, surrealist feel.  Other towns we may visit include La-Roque Gageac,  Beynac castle, Sarlat La Caneda and more.

Visit quaint French markets and magical medieval towns

Have time to relax and integrate what you are learning while soaking up the beauty and magic of this gorgeous region while enjoying  comfortable accommodations and gourmet food at Perigord Retreats -complete with indoor pool, spacious studio and stunning gardens!

DATES  –  SEPTEMBER 19 – 28   2020





  • Workshop instruction
  • Nine nights lodging
  • All meals
  • All tour & excursion fees
  • All wine and beverages
  • Transport to and from Toulouse Airport


  • Travel costs / Airfare
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Any Additional nights lodging you may choose to add on

More info and registration HERE


“I can’t rave about Perigord Retreats enough. The place is run by the Turner family, and each of them works to make this place fabulous. Angela, the mom, is a force of nature, with unbounded energy dedicated to meet each individual’s needs while always smiling and filled with warmth. Her cooking is extraordinary, preparing gourmet meals for the group every day, and even making accommodations for special dietary needs. Her son Harrison and husband Adrian are usually the drivers for daily outings to the towns and sights in the area that are picture perfect and wonderful to paint. They bring humor and charm to each adventure. Perigord even has a swimming pool, a refreshing treat at the end or start of a hot, busy day. I was concerned about spending 10 days here, not knowing what I was getting into. I came away thrilled by a perfect vacation, filled with the peace of the country, the delight of great food shared on the porch where we could smell the scent of lavender and watch the rising or setting sun, and the excitement of daily trips to places of unparalleled beauty. Thank you all for an unforgettable experience!”

“You’ll never experience anything to match the care you receive from this family. They are committed to your comfort and Angela cooks like a top chef! Father and son are knowledgeable about wonderful places for painters and provide transport after consultation with the tutor. Angela makes up a delicious picnic for the group to enjoy while out and the men set it all up in special places. A studio, custom built as part of the Retreat,is a special bonus for completing work in the evenings. Our experience with them left us feeling we had been welcomed warmly into their family and made special new friends”.

Cancellation Policy:

A non-refundable deposit of 30% is payable at the time of booking. The full balance is due 60 days before commencement of the holiday.  All cancellations must be made in writing by the person who booked the holiday.  If the holiday is cancelled up to 60 days before commencement of the holiday a 30% charge is made (deposit already paid).  If the holiday is cancelled from 59 to 30 days prior to the holiday a 75% charge is made.  If the holiday is cancelled between 29 days and commencement of the holiday a 100% charge is made.

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