Art & Flowers in Paris

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It's 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.

"Paris is always a good idea" - Audrey Hepburn
 
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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. With a comprehensive itinerary, thought was also given to the self-care aspect of this retreat so there will be plenty of time to yourself to soak in the sites and rest your busy mind. 

"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!

We will learn:

  • How to turn your walk into a photo walk (collecting inspiration)
  • Collaging found paraphernalia and creating an original piece of artwork
  • Sketching Flowers and other organic shapes we spot in Paris
  • Simple Color Capturing 

We will also discuss tips and tools for self care:

  • Flower essences and how to use them
  • Color breathing
  • Grounding meditations
  • Aromatherapy and perfume making
  • and 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

The Itinerary

(subject to change)

Day 1 - Thursday

  • Morning/Early afternoon arrival
  • Afternoon/Early evening at Musee d'Orsay. 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 included 

Day 2 - Friday

  • Morning Breakfast
  • Short lesson on how to use the Paris Metro system
  • Tour the gorgeous white Basilica du Sacre Coeur atop a hill with a magnificent view of the city
  • Head into the Place du Tertre. With its many artists setting up their easels each day for the tourists, the Place du Tertre is a reminder of the time when Montmartre was the mecca of modern art. At the beginning of the 20th century, many painters including Pablo Picasso and Maurice Utrillo were living there.
  • Afternoon visit to Musee de Montmartre. Founded in 1960, it was built in the seventeenth century as the Bel Air House and is the oldest building in Montmartre.During its heyday, 12 rue Cortot served as a residence and meeting place for many artists including Auguste Renoir, Suzanne Valadon and Émile Bernard, who held their studios here, as well as the fauve artists Emile Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy.  Certainly one of the most charming museums in Paris
  • Visit the most famous art store in Paris: Sennelier. Opened in 1887 and supplied famous artists like Picasso, Cezanne and more!
  • Dinner on own

Day 3 - Saturday

  • Morning Breakfast
  • 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

  • Morning Breakfast
  • Visit L'Orangerie Museum where Monet's water lilies are hanging. 
  • Free afternoon/evening to explore. Suggestions: Louvre Museum, Tuileries Gardens, Shopping, Champs Elysees

Day 5 - Monday

  • Morning  Breakfast
  • 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

  • Morning  Breakfast
  • Guided Perfume tour with professional perfumer
  • Afternoon visit of 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.
  • Boat ride on the Seine
  • Bon voyage dinner on the Eiffel Tower


Day 7 - Wednesday Departure

  • Departure

 

This is an AMAZING retreat allowing enough time for shopping, exploring on your own, and time to relax into the Parisian lifestyle. We will be staying at a beautiful modern hotel IN Paris and 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. 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 6 nights
  • All Breakfasts
  • One dinner together while visiting the Eiffel Tower, and one dinner on the first evening
  • All Entrance Fees for group activities:
    • Versailles Chateau
    • Petit Trianon
    • Royal Stables at Versailles
    • Versailles Gardens and Fountains
    • L'Orangerie
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Boat Ride on the Seine River
    • Musee d'Orsay
    • L'Opera Garnier
    • Monet's home and gardens in Giverny
    • Sacré Coeur
  • All Metro fees for group visits in Paris 
  • Train fees for visit to Giverny
  • Any needed art materials
  • Train fees for visit to Versailles
  • All Guided excursions

Not Included: 

  • Airfare and fees associated with flight
  • Transportation between airport and hotel (approximately $55/taxi one way)
  • Travel Insurance
  • FREE DAY - Any Entrance fees 
  • Lunches and 4 Dinners

PRICE:  

$3575,  Double Occupancy.  

Payment Plan, Double Occupancy:

  • $900 deposit before July 14, 2018

  • 3 additional installments of $900 on July 15, August 15 & September 15, 2018.

Add $500 for Single Occupancy. If you prefer a single room, please email me for a separate payment button. 

Please note: There will be no refund for this retreat due to the planning and logistics involved. If you'd like to gift your spot to another person, please email me to discuss.

PLEASE Feel free to email me with any questions! I'm happy to chat or answer anything. 

BIG FLOWER HUGS! 

Lara