Booking Melissa Harris Workshop - Perigord Retreats painting holidays

Booking Melissa Harris Workshop

Workshop Dates : 19/09/2020 – 28/09/2020

Workshop Leader :Melissa Harris

Your 10 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore! You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, since the entire group will make its home at the gorgeous Perigord Retreat Villas – complete with indoor pool, spacious studio and stunning gardens! We told you it was dreamy!

In this Art and Spirit Retreat we will combine plein air painting at historical and medieval sacred sites along with meditation and studio painting time.   Workshops are an ideal place to explore your creative process, especially within a like minded group of individuals in a magical location.   The Dordogne region is rich in historic castles, culture, towns, caves and landscapes- sure to provide you with the trip of a lifetime.  No previous experience is required.  You may choose to simply keep an informal visual travelogue of your time in this beautiful region of France.

At the retreat you will learn or refine watercolor technique through basic tools such as composition, colour, subject matter, perspective and proportion, use meditation to connect with your inner being to help define your own unique style of painting.  Visit and paint at sacred sites such as Rocamadour, location of the Black Virgin dating back to the 11th Century,  Cahors with its Roman remants and on the route of the Pilgrims of Santiago Compostella, Sarlat cathedral and medieval buildings, St Circ Lapopie with it’s church and spiritual, surrealist feel.  Other towns we may visit include La-Roque Gageac,  Beynac castle, Sarlat La Caneda and more.

We will be visiting enchanting medieval villages, strolling through French vintage markets, touring ancient castles, picnicking in the French countryside and creating all along the way! The creative inspiration will be all around you!

  • Rocamadour
  • Lavender Fields
  • Gourdon (our local village)
  • Beynac
  • St. Cirq Lapopie
  • Domme
  • La Roque Gageac
  • Castelnaud la Chapelle
  • Sarlat (another market!)
  • Workshop instruction
  • Ten days lodging
  • All meals except – 2 lunches & 1 dinner
  • All tour & excursion fees
  • All local wine and beverages
  • Transport to and from Toulouse Airport/Gourdon train station


  • Private bedroom with private bathroom 3350 Euros
  • Private bedroom with shared bathroom 2850 Euros
  • Couples/friends sharing with private bathroom 5700 Euros
  • Non painters welcome
  • Deposit of 1000 euros to secure your place payable via Paypal;


  • Travel costs / airfare / travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

  Any further queries, please contact us:

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DEPOSIT 1000€ – no other currencies will be accepted

Payment can be made in instalments, the only requirements are that 1000€ deposit is received with booking, and that final instalment is made 60 days before arrival.

All flights should be booked to Toulouse Blagnac international.  Any arrivals by train should be to Gourdon (46300) train station – this is perfect for anyone arriving from Paris, Gourdon is a 5 hour train ride from the centre

For international travellers, we recommend early arrival in France to adjust to time differences.  This may be in Paris and then take the train or a day or two spent in Toulouse.

We collect our guests from Toulouse Blagnac at noon on day one of the workshop.  This is the only time for collection from the airport.  Train arrivals to Gourdon can be collected at any time.

I understand that deposits are non-refundable except when Painting Holidays are cancelled by Perigord Retreats.

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