The Arts & Wellness Experience
The Loire Valley
August 11th-21st, 2019
Join us in this creative journey to discover your hidden talents and develop skills which will transform your life.
AWE has been developed to help people realize their innate creativity and to experience their talents. Our instructors cater to the "non" artist and artists alike. Most people feel like they have it in them, but they just don’t know how to take that first step. Let us guide you through those first steps.
Connect with your inner passion and develop your creative abilities in an idyllic setting in the Loire Valley, France. Immerse yourself in a supportive community which offers you unparalleled opportunities to pursue interests in the arts, French cuisine, and wellness surrounded by tranquillity and beauty. Led by highly qualified, inspirational instructors, the Arts & Wellness Experience (AWE) offers an intensive 10-day program in a wide range of subjects which challenges you to build on your creative experience and/or discover untapped talent hidden within you.
You will be guided daily through your own individual and group art instruction while having the opportunity to work in the following mediums:
Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Painting
Drawing, Pastel, Chalk, etc.
In addition to creating Art, there will be a variety of other offerings for you and/or your partner to partake in as you balance your creative side with the beauty, culture, excitement, and relaxation that only France can provide. Different activities will be offered daily and you will have the option to jump in or pass and spend some time walking the countryside or relaxing by the pool.
Variety of Art options
Cooking classes with our guest chef
Antiquing with our resident antique expert
Medieval city excursions
Once you arrive it will be difficult to pull yourself away from our breathtaking Manor in France However, local explorations and excursions are a integral part of this 10 day experience to immerse yourself in the culture of the Loire Valley. Listed are a just a few planned excursions we will experience:
Château du Lude
Château du Lude is the most northerly château of the Loire Valley and one of the last important historic castles in France, still inhabited by the same family for the last 260 years. The château is testimony to four centuries of French architecture, as a stronghold transformed into an elegant house during the Renaissance and the 18th century. The monument is located in the valley of le Loir. Its gardens have evolved throughout the centuries. It is a harmonious combination of French design and an English-style landscape, with a rose garden, topiary, a labyrinth and a botanical walk.
L'Épau Abbey was founded in 1229 by the English queen Berengaria of Navarre, widow of Richard the Lion Heart. It is one of the most beautiful Cistercian works in France. It was acquired by the Sarthe Department in 1959. The abbey was suppressed in the French Revolution. The surviving buildings came close to destruction on several occasions, but their preservation was finally assured in 1958 by the General Council of the department.
24 Hour Le Mans Museum & Circuit
24 Hour Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport; other events being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. Though the race is in June, we will be able to tour the museum and the circuit to gather the essence of this exciting event and it’s history.
La Nuit des Chimères
Throughout the summer holiday the buildings and monuments in the fortified Plantagenet town of Le Mans are transformed into a giant projection screen. The Nuit des Chimères the city wall is at various turns a mask and dragon spectacular, a bestiary, and a Greco-Roman Sports arena.
Angels and Demons give a celestial concert on the cathedral walls
Queen Bérengère, wife of Richard the Lionheart, haunts the courtyard of her museum
The Plantagenets serve a banquet outside the conservatory
and between each site, gargoyles and fantasy figures guide spectators around the old town