Painter's Retreat in Provence
June 14-21, 2014

Painter's Retreat in Provence
June 14-21, 2014



Lavender Field Directly Behind the House

What could be better than Provence in June?  It's not too hot, it's not too cold, and the lavender is in full bloom!  Come and join a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy a week together in the beautiful Drome region of northern Provence.  The Drome region is lush and green, abounds with lavender and vineyards, and is not over run by tourists!  So grab your favorite medium and come on!

We will spend several days visiting different painting locations together.  The area abounds with lovely places to paint!  We will also paint at and around our accommodation, which is stunning.  In fact, the picture to the left is one of the lavender field behind "our place".  There are many places to paint within a short walking distance of the estate.  There will be one free day for rest, lying by the pool, or just continuing to paint on your own.  After all, it is you choice in an artist's retreat!


Sunflower Field Within Walking Distance

Old Church Within a Mile of Accommodation

Accommodations for seven nights will be in a stone 18th century former silk mill near Grignan.  The old mill has recently been completely and beautifully restored into a magnificent estate.  The country estate includes the main house and several terraced gites (apartments) which are externally connected to the main house.  It is surrounded by 4 acres of beautiful land.  The estate includes a beautiful pool and even an old mill paddle wheel.  Our host, Francoise, is warm, friendly, and speaks perfect English.  All accommodations are single occupancy.  Breakfast will be served daily.  Also included in the fee are four group dinners. 


We will have the entire place, so it is essential that you register early!


Includes 5 fully equipped apartments of varying sizes and 3 beautiful guest rooms (with bath) in the main house.

Nearby Fields of Lavender and Wheat




7 nights single occupancy accommodations

All breakfasts

4 dinners

Escort to group painting locations


Not included:


Ground transportation*

*It is strongly recommended that participants have there own rental car (cost approximately $300) in order to have the freedom to take full advantage of the area.  However, for those who do not want to drive, ground transportation to painting locations is available for an additional fee of $175.


Artist Fee 


 Non-Painting Guest Fee






Fees, Payments & Conditions


A deposit of $600 will hold your place.  Deposit is refundable until 6 months before retreat commencement.  After that time, money will only be refunded to the participant if his/her place can be filled.  All refunds will be less a $150 administrative fee.


Balance is due February 14, 2014


Please note that there must be 6 participants registered by December 14, 2013 in order for this retreat to proceed as scheduled!  The rental of this large and beautiful accommodation requires comfirmation 6 months in advance!  Please do not wait to register! 


Please make checks payable to Open Air Italy, LLC.


Mail checks to:

Open Air Italy

51 Chester St.

Jonesborough, TN  37659


For payment by credit card please contact Susan Truitt at


It is strongly advised that the participant purchase travel insurance at time of payment of deposit.



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