$350 – $2,975

Southern France Magical Floral & Photography Retreat

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  • 7 Night Accommodations at LaCascade Chateau, Durfort, France
  • Full, delicious, gourmet meals prepared by our Private Chef
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners (Wine & Dessert included daily with Dinner)
  • Designer Fees, Materials, Supplies, & Tools
  • Expert Instruction in Floral Design & Photo Styling
  • Professional Photography of your creations for your portfolio
  • Creating your own custom perfume
  • Culinary Class by our Private Chef
  • Workshop Instruction & Individual Attention
  • Intimate Retreat size for one-on-one interaction (limited to only 10 Attendees!)
  • 24-Hour Open Studio Time
  • Excursions & Field Trips
  • Airport Transfers & Transportation within France
  • All taxes, fees, & gratuities within France

All-Inclusive Package: $2975.00 per person, double occupancy.(Single Supplement Add+ $350.00 to final installment)

SPACE: First-come, First Serve basis.

RESERVATIONS: Spaces fill quickly and are very limited to 10 participants only!

AVAILABILITY: If space is still available, reservations will be accepted until final payment due date of MAY 25, 2017, but EARLY reservations are preferred!

Travel Insurance is required for each attendee by LaCacade. The overall cost for travel insurance depends on cost of your airfare. It is not included in the package price, but can be arranged for you. Please let us know if you need a quote for travel insurance.


Paula Coleman and Rachel Ashcraft invite you on a magical journey to explore your creativity, delight your senses, and enjoy the art of living well in the South of France! Artisans making copper vessels, a 400 year old French Market , a freshwater stream flowing down the village street ~ these are just a few sights that await you in France during the summer season.

Our magical journey will begin upon our arrival in Toulouse, France. We will travel to the tiny medieval village of Durfort in the South of France. (about 1.5 hours drive from Tououse) This unspolied, authentic village that is seemingly untouched by time, is an artisan village located at the foot of a mountain gorge, in the Pyrenees mountain range. Durfort is known for their genuine, handmade copper vessels, where families have create these bespoke objects since the 15th Century.

Durfort is also home to our host for our weeklong retreat ~ LaCascade. Our delightful home-away-from-home, a 17th century chateau, situated on a small river with a lovely waterfall off the outdoor terrace. We will enjoy many evenings together on the terrace as the waterfall fills the rooms with music.

During our week in France we will enjoy so many wonderful things that encourage you to relish in the art of living well, and inspiring your creativity within. Join us in the French Countryside for a week of creativity: open-air floral arranging with locally foraged greenery and blooms, creating French inspired bouquets, flower crowns, fine art botanical prints, cultivating community with other creative people, and taking part in the relaxed French way of life. The retreat will be hosted in a small chateau, located amoungst fields, small villages, a river waterfall, and ancient towns. In this setting, we will deeply experience the charm of France. Fostering creativity and inspiration in a slow living environment. We will offer creative workshops focused on florals, nature, styling & scent. There will be ample time for you to create, explore, indulge, shop, rest, journal, and refresh your spirit. We will explore surrounding villages & markets, and dine with new friends. France is full of culture & charm, and this is the perfect time to savor a bit of local life.

With our setting next to a river, we will forage the grounds for creative inspiration to be used in our workshops. We will eat well, and look forward to dinners including fresh produce, and wine from the area. Daily meals prepared by our private Chef, complete with the freshest ingredients, and dessert with dinner. One day during our week, there will also be a culinary class, hosted by our private chef in an authentic French Kitchen! We will style our dinner table with our floral creations, and savor our culinary delights together.

Rachel Ashcraft will be documenting our creative journey during our weeklong retreat, through her camera lens she will photograph each attendees creations in each workshop, and they will be yours to use for your portfolio. She will capture images of lasting beauty that will benefit you for years to come. And, during our workshops we will discuss styling techniques that you can use in the future to enhance your photos and your social media.

Through retreat, creative workshops, good food, and fellowship there will be a harmonious balance of inspiration, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

Your Hosts:

Paula Coleman: Owner & Principal Disgner of Elite Events and Flower Lark, Paula is a Floral Design & Styling expert with over 20 years experience in the Floral and Event Industry. Paula has created florals for many of the high-profile events of our time, including the Kentucky Derby, Breeders Cup, and PGA Championships. As well as provided destinctive flowers & styling for over 1000 weddings & events throughout her distinguised career. Paula is passionate about the natural world around us, and loves to share her knowledge for the floral & botanical arts. Paula has been featured in Sophisticated Living & Kentucky Bride Magazines. www.flowerlark.com

Rachel Ashcraft: Owner & Principal Photographer of Rachel Red Photography, based in Charleston, S.C., Rachel is in her 14th season as a wedding & fine art photographer. Rachel has traveled the globe capturing life's special moments. She has been featured in many prominent blogs and magazines, including; Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings, Carats & Cake, The Knot, Brides, Ruffled, Unveiled, and many more. Rachel is a hopeless romantic, who is inspired by couples in love. And, Rachel's passion for her craft is evident through her lens. www.rachelredphotography.com

We will revel in our new creations, cherish new freindships and memories created! Together we will learn and see:

  • Floral Design ~ Creating Bouquets, Flower Crowns, Tablescapes ~ French Inspired Florals
  • Floral Styling Techniques for photographing your creations
  • Pinterest & Instagram Tips for showcasing your flowers
  • Creating your own personal scent with perfume oils
  • Harness the sun to create your own lovely botanical prints
  • Visit a modern, French Flower Shop to the learn the skills of European Design
  • Visit the famed 400 tear old market in Revel, France to shop for gourmet food & French produts
  • Visit the Sunday Flea Markets for unique treasures
  • Have a culinary experience, conducted by our private chef
  • Professional Photography to document your creations
  • Enjoy nearby villages and landmarks
  • Enjoy Excursions, Shopping, French Food and Culture
  • For more information visit our website: www.flowerlark.com


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Flights are the responsibility of each paricipant. Your final destination will be Toulouse, France. Airport Code: TLS After arriving in Toulouse, some attendees may prefer to rent their own car to explore on their own and drive to Durfort. (1.5 Hour Drive From Toulouse Airport) For those who DO NOT want to rent a car, we will arrange transportation by Bus or Van. For your airport transfers please schedule your incoming flight to arrive by 2:00PM on arrival day June 8, 2017. And, please do not schedule your return flight before 10:00AM on departure day June 15, 2017, unless you intend to rent your own car.

What can I bring into the event?

A suggested packing list will be provided for suitable clothing and packing tips. All supplies, materials, information, and tools will be provided in workshops. A good camera is a must!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact Event Organizer, Paula Coleman by email at: info@paulacoleman.com or visit our website for direct phone access at : www.flowerlark.com

What's the refund policy?

Your initial deposit of $500.00 to hold your space is fully refundable until February 1, 2017. After February 1, your second and third installment payments are non-refundable, however, in the case of an emergency cancellation, your space is transferrable.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. If you need to make any changes with your registration information, please contact us through email, and we will be happy to update your information.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Absolutely! If you discover that you are unable to travel, your space is transferrable to another individual.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. If for instance, a Credit Card name does not match the attendee. Please let us know the full name of the person who will be traveling, and an emergency contact for that individual.

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