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Summer 2019

The workshop for
2019 is now available for booking.
The dates of the workshop are Monday 29th  July until Monday 5th August including arrival and departure days.

The cost of the workshop for 2019  is $2000/£1500/1700Euros.
Whilst exchange rates fluctuate our costs are kept a tight as possible .  This payment does not include either your  air fares or french car hire costs.

The workshop is aimed at people of all ages and  abilities, this means we can provide as much technical support, space and creative encouragement as you may need. please let us know of any specific personal requirements when making your booking.  Particularlly so if you are bringing children

On the morning of the first  full day (30th) we will begin by taking a walk around the local area to give you an idea of walks and points of interest. Following this we will gather in the studio to begin working with silk.

Over the next five days ( 31st - 4th) the workshop will follow a regular daily pattern enabling you to choose how you use your time in Durfort.

On the morning of Saturday 3rd August we will go as a group in shared cars to the local market in Revel.
This is a weekly market and has all you would hope to find in a southern French market.
Following our market visit we will have a light lunch and spend the afrternoon in the studio working with silk.

Each day we will meet in the studio at around 9.30 am and spend the morning painting with a short break for coffee mid morning.  
At 13.00 we will break for lunch - this will either be home cooked in the village or at a local restaurant.

Lunch in France is a leisurely meal and finishes around
2.00 - 2.30pm. During the afternoon and into the evening the studio will be fully available for your use should you wish to continue with your piece of silk work. Alternativeley you may take the time to discover the ancient villages and beautiful countryside of the locality.

Each evening we will eat together in the village or at local restaurants a short drive from the village.  When booking please let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have.
There will be one evening meal for which you will pay outside of the course cost.  The expected total cost of this meal will be a maximum of  70.00 euros if you eat a lot and enjoy your wine.
More than likely the cost will be around 40 - 50,.00 euros or less.

You will be arranging your own breakfast and there are boulangeries in neighbouring Soreze and Revel where fresh pastries can be obtained each morning.

During the workshop you will be using Habotai 8 silk of various sizes.  Habotai is a soft medium weight sheer silk originally from Japan but now made in China.  It was traditionally used for Kimonos. and now often used for Lingerie, scarves and blouses. Habotai 8 refers to the weight of the silk and while weight  ranges from 5mm to 16 mm we prefer 8mm as it is easy to work with.

We will start you off on small silk squares to practice technique and  the use of brushes/water/resist, then gradually move onto larger pieces including scarves.

After the intial small squares you will be able to create a four foot long scarf and two square pictures of medium sizes as part of the inclusive cost . 

Out side of these above mentioned silks there will be a charge at reasonable cost for any extra silk you may wish to use, this can be up to a one metre square.

The accommodation will be in the village in an ancient house built  in the 15th century around 1400 AD   
The houses  are made of timber and local stone, each one being unique it's history  and layout.
You will share the house with others attending the course.

The bedrooms  are mostly  single and shared with twin beds.
A double room is available should you wish to bring a partner along, there is a reduced price for partners not doing silk painting. There is also a special price  for children accompanying their parents. Please let us know if you wish to bring chidren .

There are special reduced rates for students by arrangement .  
We will need proof of current study, an International Student Identity Card or similar proof is required.

There are also reduced rates for those coming on a return visit.

The nearest airports are Toulouse and Carcassonne with Toulouse being the best for International flights.
The village of Durfort can be found on the map page on tihis website

Car Hire:  
We would suggest sharing the cost of car hire and by doing so the individual cost will be in the region of 175 – 250 euros per week depending on the model of car hired.

Car hire companies include the following:
Avis -
Ada –
Hertz –
Sixt –
Europecar –

These companies are usually available at both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports.  
We can connect you with other people attending the course for car sharing nearer the time of the course.
We hope to have provided enough information about the course and accommodation but there will no doubt be questions.

Please email us with any queries and we will respond with helpful, practical answers as soon as possible.

Contacting us is easy.
Either by email – stephen . mason7 @ gmail . com
Or by telephone on -0044 07875 466912/ 0044 208 989 3464 

There will be five days of silk painting during your stay and on the final day (4th) we will need you to complete any work by 3.00pm so we can steam and fix your pieces ready for you take them home on the 6th. 

For any one who may wish ro stay in the village before traveling on in Europe after the course we are able to offer overnight lodging and a simple meal for one night at no further charge, please let us know beforehand if this is of interest 

Bookings and payment:

Bookings can be made by email and an initial deposit is required to secure a place on the course.

 The deposit is $300/£300/300 euros.
 This deposit is payable by cheque and further payment details are given when making your booking.

Bookings made after March 30th 2019 will require a booking payment of 50% of the total cost .

Final payment of the full amount is due by May 18th 2019.  
Each payment and booking will receive a personal conformation email once we receive a cheque.

 See you in Durfort