Art & Flowers in Paris
September 19-27, 2019
Registration now closed for 2019
*This year with a SPECIAL three night stay at our very own CHATEAU in the Loire Valley!*
A passion for luxury, art, and beauty...
Since my first trip to Paris in 1993 when I fell head over heels for this city, I've been back nearly 2 dozen times to study, teach, work, translate and travel. After over a decade of working in the travel industry (with France specifically) I've decided it's time to put together the soul nurturing retreat I've always wanted to run. Now I'm thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and love for this magical city with you in the most beautiful way possible.
The Art & Flowers retreat was created for you to tap into the luxury, beauty, magic, and inspiration which oozes from every corner in this City of Love.
Envision a flower and art filled retreat in Paris among incredible gilded architecture, gorgeous impressionist art, in the most loved city in the world! We will visit the city of Paris as well as venture out of the city limits to spend a day at Versailles, and a day at Monet's Giverny. Although, the itinerary looks quite full, there will be plenty of time to breathe and take it all in. You'll also have plenty of time on your own to explore, sketch, journal, photograph, and welcome your muses.
You will leave feeling replenished, creatively inspired, and loved. You will gain the tools you need to continue to spark creativity in small and beautiful ways upon your return and to incorporate them into your daily life.
Only a handful of spots are available on this program to be sure the retreat is kept intimate and easy to maneuver around the city like a Parisian.
In Paris Every Day is a photo walk, and full of inspiration.
We will explore some of the most gorgeous locations in and around Paris.
"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life" - Thomas Jefferson
We will tap into our creative side and turn every day into a walking photo tour and immerse ourselves in French culture! Our time in Paris will be for filling out inspirational well using all of our senses.
capture shapes and colors using photography and gathering paraphernalia
indulge our sense of smell in French perfumes and flowers/gardens
taste famous French gastronomy
revel in French impressionist art
walk on the same paths so many French artists and aristocrats before us walked
stand under the famous Chagall ceiling over a stage where world-renowned musicians, dancers and singers perform
stand in the same places Marie Antoinette once stood
and so much more…
"The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay. I heard the laughter of her heart in every street cafe" - Oscar Hammerstein II
If that isn’t already enough, we’ll spend three days/nights in our VERY OWN private castle in the Loire Valley to relax and “digest” all we discovered in Paris, and revel in the French countryside.
Custom made by Lara Cornell for the Art & Flowers Retreat (subject to change)
Day 1 - Thursday (sept 19)
Morning/Early afternoon arrival
Afternoon/Early evening at Musee d'Orsay (depending on when you arrive in Paris). In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first "work of art" in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
Dinner on own
Day 2 - Friday
Walk through the famous Tuileries Garden in the morning on the way to visit the Palais Garnier, Paris Opera House, made infamous by the "Phantom of the Opera". Discover the treasures of the Palais Garnier, its Grand Stairway, its famous ceiling by Chagall and so much more.
Head to the Musee du Parfum, Fragonard. Fragonard welcomes both amateur perfume lovers and connoisseurs for a guided tour unveiling the manufacturing secrets of perfume and its extraordinary history from Antiquity to the present day. Founded in 1926, Maison Fragonard is a family business boasting unique traditional French expertise.
Boat ride on the Seine River - guided tour of Paris from the River Seine
Welcome dinner on the Eiffel Tower - Restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel
Day 3 - saturday
Entire day in Versailles at the Chateau de Versailles. You will have the entire day to explore the Palace, the Palaces of Trianon and the Estate of Marie-Antoinette as well as the temporary exhibitions and the gardens. You can grab lunch inside the Chateau or on the grounds depending on weather. Bring your watercolors and pencils since you'll have plenty of time to relax and be inspired.
Dinner on own
Day 4 - sunday
Visit L'Orangerie Museum where Monet's water lilies are hanging.
Free afternoon/evening to explore. Suggestions: Louvre Museum, Tuileries Gardens, Shopping, Rodin Museum, Champs Elysees
Day 5 - monday
Spend Day at Monet's garden and home, Giverny. Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos Normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas. Grab lunch in one of the adorable cafes in the village of Giverny. Pack your watercolors and pencils because this will be the day to do a little sketching. It's also the ultimate place for flower photos so make sure you have your camera! If you have a micro lens, that could be fun to play with too.
Day 6 - tuesday
Off to the stay at our own private castle in the Loire Valley to indulge in some quiet free time to paint, draw, journal, write, read, rest and more. We will have morning meditation and individual flower essence consultations with Lara. During this time, you’ll also have the opportunity to create with Lara and spend some one-on-one time.
Day 7 - Wednesday
Day trip to Chenonceau Castle. The history of the Château de Chenonceau is defined by a an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. It also happens to be home of the Floral Workshop with two resident florists, the first of which has the title of Best Artisan in France! See a video on this Floral Workshop here.
Afternoon visit to the vineyard across the street from our private castle.
Dinner together at the castle.
DAY 8 - THURSDAY
Quiet day at our private castle. Morning meditation. Take a swim, paint, draw, journal, rest and/or bike into town to do a little shopping in a local village. This is our last day together so you should spend it in a way that makes you most happy!
Dinner together at the castle and closing circle.
Day 9 - Departure (sept 27)
You’re off to start your next adventure! Some will continue to travel, some will head home. It’s the next chapter.
***** If you’re interested in staying in the castle one extra day or two, please contact Lara for fees. *****
In Paris we will be staying at a beautiful modern hotel in the 15th arr. of Paris. Lara will teach you how to read a metro map and use the public metro system so you have the flexibility of moving around Paris on your own confidently during free time. Right outside of our hotel is also a local Parisian street market a few mornings a week which is a great chance to scope out the culinary delights of Paris and take an opportunity to do some gift shopping from local vendors.
The Retreat Includes:
Hotel Accommodations IN Paris for 5 nights (In Paris we will be staying at a beautiful modern hotel in the 15th arr. of Paris. Lara will teach you how to read a metro map and use the public metro system so you have the flexibility of moving around Paris on your own confidently during free time. Right outside of our hotel is also a local Parisian street market a few mornings a week which is a great chance to scope out the culinary delights of Paris and take an opportunity to do some gift shopping from local vendors.)
Accommodations at our Chateau while in the Loire Valley
One dinner together.
All Entrance Fees for group activities:
Royal Stables at Versailles
Versailles Gardens and Fountains
Boat Ride on the Seine River
Musee de Parfum
Monet's home and gardens in Giverny
Chenonceau Chateau and Gardens
All Metro fees for group visits in Paris
Train fees for visit to Giverny
Train fees for visit to Versailles
Train fees and taxi TO our chateau in the Loire Valley
Transportation fees for day trip to Chenonceau
Airfare and fees associated with flight
Transportation between airport and hotel in Paris (approximately $55/taxi one way)
FREE DAY - Any entrance and transportation fees
Lunches and dinners (except group dinner). Dinners at the castle can be cooked in our kitchen. We will take trips to the market so you can pick out food you’d like to try cooking
Return train from Loire Valley to Paris, and any transportation fees to airport for return flight
I created some free desktop screen savers for you using my own photography from previous Art & Flower Retreats. Click the one you like to download.
Here are some videos for you about Monet’s Garden, Versailles Castle, and Chenonceau Castle. All of which we will be visiting.