We believe that CREATIVITY is among life's most fundamental NEEDS. Since earliest times man has felt the need to express him/herself not only to evaluate or communicate his/her own SELF-WORTH, but because human MOTIVATION depends on it. It seems to be all about realising one's potential (and having fun while doing so!)
With this in mind we run a small variety of informal courses that teach skills that INSPIRE and STIMULATE - whether we are talking cooking, painting or writing stories.
Our cookery courses are therefore NOT about following recipes... nor about toiling over masterpieces that take hours to prepare. And they're NOT about competing (though showing-off a little is permitted!). But what they ARE about, is acquiring confidence to cook INSTINCTIVELY.
We teach this through a simple method of COMBINING FLAVOURS that naturally COMPLEMENT each other. (To read more about "Cooking with Flavours" click HERE). Once you have mastered this, you can go on to create an unlimited range of VIBRANT and ORIGINAL dishes that can be adapted and re-invented according to the changing ingredients of each new season ... ultimately leading to the point where no recipes are needed.
This means that instead of shopping with a pre-written list (and finding that some items are unavailable or not up to scratch) you simply buy what is FRESH and AT ITS BEST and create your own UNIQUE DISH at home. (That said, you'll return home with all the information, checklists and recipes you need to create this new PERSONAL CUISINE).
Our ART WEEKS are similar - in painting we concentrate on practical exercises such as how to 'loosen the hand', how to 'look and see', how to interpret 'shade-and-light', how to get depth in your compositions... and many other useful techniques that will greatly improve your understanding and facilitate problem solving.
In our CREATIVE WRITING courses we do not target grammar or other restricting influences that can hamper your 'flow'. We focus primarily on how to get the creative juices flowing, how to trigger and prod memories, how to spark and provoke thought and energize your writing.
Our FRENCH COURSES will, like before, be led by the inimitable, bubbly and adored SHIREEN MARCUS, whilst I shall be taking care of the FOOD, the EXCURSIONS and other EVENTS during the week.
Above all, our courses are flexible, easy-going and convivial - with plenty of relaxed lunches and dinners (outdoors of course - this is the South of France after all). And naturellement, we'll include plenty of time for CULTURE and retail therapy...
All courses are limited to 8 people. Fees include daily lessons and cookery demonstrations (hands-on for those who like), meals (with wine) and ground transport, but NOT flights or accommodation.
There are however, plenty of pretty apartments available for rent (starting at 400 euros per week for two) and some stunning B&B's and boutique hotels. We can supply a list of our favourites.