Summer 2021

The  group workshop for
2021 is now available for booking.
The dates of the workshop are Monday 26th  July until Monday 2nd  August including arrival and departure days.

The  cost of the workshop with accommodation and meals (ex breakfast) for 2021 is $2000/£1600/1700Euros.
You may of course wish to arrange your own accommodation and the cost for this option is $1500/£1200/1300 Euros.
The third possible option is that you arrange both your own accommodation and all meals and the cost for this is option is
$1000/ £750/850 Euros

This payment does not include either your air fares or French car hire costs. Whist exchange rates fluctuate my costs are kept as tight as possible
I am in the village working in the studio throughout the month of August.  If you are unable to attend the group workshop for whatever reason it may be possible for you to come along on another date and spend some time learning alone or with a friend .
If this is of interest please contact me to see if we can arrange a mutually suitable date.   
Outside of the group workshop date i am also able to offer a lesser price for your time in Durfort due to smaller numbers.   
The workshop is aimed at people of all ages and  abilities, this means I  can provide as much technical support, space and creative encouragement as you may need. 
Please let me know of any specific personal requirements when making your booking.  
Particularly so if you are wishing to bring children.
On the evening of the arrival day (26th) we will take a short walk around the village, offering you a feel of the surrounding landscape and environment, the layout and architecture of Durfort.

Over the next four days ( 27th - 30th ) the workshop will follow a regular daily pattern enabling you to choose how you use your time in  Durfort.

On the morning of Saturday 31st July we will go as a group in shared cars to the local market in Revel.
This is a wonderful weekly market and has all you would hope to find in a southern French marketplace.
Following our market visit we will have a light lunch and spend the afternoon in the studio working with silk.

Sunday 1st August will be your last day and i will ask you to complete any work you may have by 13.00 so i can steam it by the evening ready for you to take home the next day.

Each day ( except Saturday 31st) we will meet in the studio at around 9.30 am and spend the morning painting with a short break for coffee and biscuits 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
14.00 - 14.30pm. 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. Alternatively 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 me know of any special dietary requirements you may have. All meals excluding breakfast are included in the cost.

You will be arranging your own breakfast and there are boulangeries in neighbouring Soreze and Revel where delicious 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 I prefer 8mm as it is easy to work with.

We shall begin by working with small silk squares to practice technique and  the use of brushes/water/resist, once you are more confident we can move onto larger pieces including scarves.

This year for the first time i will be creating some bespoke silk clothing and will include this as a part of your workshop experience.

After the initial small squares you will be able to create a four or six foot  long scarf and two square or rectangular pictures of medium size as part of the inclusive cost . In addition there will be a pure silk top available for you to create a unique piece of clothing of your own design. I will need to know your suitable European size when making your booking.

Out side of these above mentioned silks there will be a charge at very 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 14th/15th century around 1300 - 1400 AD   
The houses  are made of timber and local stone, each one being unique in it's history, layout and ambience.
You will usually share the house with others attending the course.

The bedrooms  are mostly  single or 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 me know if you wish to bring chidren and if they will want to participate with the silk painting.

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

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

Cancellations from 2019 due to Covid 19 will have first options for places.

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

Car Hire:  
I 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.  
I can connect you with other people attending the workshop for car sharing nearer the time of the course.
I hope to have provided enough information about the course and accommodation but there will no doubt be questions.

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

Contacting me is easy.
Either by email – stephen . mason7 @ gmail . com
Or by telephone on -0044 (0)7875 466912  MOBILE 
                                     0044 (0)208 989 3464 LANDLINE

For any one who may wish to stay in the village before traveling on in Europe after the course i am  able to offer overnight lodging and a simple meal for one night at no further charge, please let me 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 2021 will require a booking payment of 50% of the total cost .

Final payment of the full amount is due by June 10th  2021.  
Each payment and booking will receive a personal conformation email once I receive a cheque.

 See you in Durfort