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Winter Writing Retreat

@ La Belugue

with NYTimes Best Seller

Elizabeth Bard

Leave the everyday rush behind and cozy up to the fireplace with your journal or your computer   

Winter Writing Retreat

For Writers, Aspiring Writers and Writer-Curious 

Whether you’ve had a book or short story project in mind for years, want to preserve treasured family tales for future generations, or just need time and space to consider your life path, writing is a powerful tool for self-reflection. We are thrilled that Elizabeth Bard, bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence, will lead La Belugue’s inaugural writing retreat, including sessions on food writing, personal narrative, and tricks & techniques.  During this 5-night retreat you will lay the foundations for your individual writing project and create a road map to continue your progress at home. The natural beauty of the Provencal countryside will inspire your journey, as it has countless writers throughout history.

A word from Elizabeth:

“For me, writing is both a passion and a craft. Since I published my first book in 2010, I’m amazed at the number of readers who write to me saying they have their own stories to share. This week is about confronting the blank page – in writing and in life!”

Where: 

Provence, France in the charming medieval village of Beaumont de Pertuis; the closest airport is Marseilles or you can take the high speed TGV train from Paris to the Aix-en-Provence TGV station. 

When:

March 2-7, 2020

Who:

Writers and aspiring writers at all levels welcome. 

What:

5-Night Writing Retreat

Accomodation in a Provencal farmhouse

All scheduled meals- breakfast, lunch & dinners -2 lunches & 1 dinner will be on your own

Daily writing workshops with Elizabeth Bard

One private coaching session with Elizabeth Bard*

Wine tasting, truffle hunt, medieval village visits

Transporation to & from excursion sites 

Costs:

Single Room – 3000€

Shared Room- 2700€ per person or 5400€ Double Occupancy 

Day Trippers- 1500€

For boarding guests: Cost include accomodation at La Belugue or similar BnB in the village of Beaumont de Pertuis, Provence.  Breakfast, scheduled lunches, dinners and wine.  Please note there will be 2 days you will be free to have lunch on your own and 1 night will be free for dinner on your own.  All workshops, cooking classes, and transportaton to and from excursion sites are included.  Airfair and transportation to and from train station or airport are not includued.  

For Day Trippers: Cost include all scheduled lunches, workshops, cooking classes, and excursions. It does not include breakfast or dinners at La Belugue, if you would like to participate in these activities you can opt to do so for an additional charge.  Transportation to and from La Belugue and excursion sites are not included.

* You can book additional private sessions with Elizabeth for an addtional fee based on avaliability

Example Schedule

Monday – Arrivals: A Room of One’s Own

Felicitations, you’ve jumped the first hurdle – you’ve cleared your schedule and given yourself the time and space to write and reflect! Settle into your room at La Belugue, take a deep breath in the garden and watch the sun set over the grape vines. We will cozy up by the fireplace for an aperitif, introductions, goal-setting and presentation of journals followed by dinner on the Farmtable of La Belugue.

Tuesday – Tasting the Past: Food and Memory

What does happiness taste like? The foods we love – or hate – often have a powerful connection to our past. After a scrumptous French breakfast at La Belugue we will take a short drive to beautiful medieval village of Cadenet for a truffle hunt and tasting at the Les Patras organic farm. In the afternoon we will focus on using food writing as a window into our personal narrative. 

Wednesday – The Hero’s Journey: Defining your Personal Narrative

Every story is a hero’s journey, our characters begin in one place, and passing through life’s hills and valleys, end up in another. What is your journey? After breakfast, we will hike to a 12th century hilltop chapel for a picnic to widen our view. We’ll finish the day with a cooking class led by Elizabeth & Kelly, your host at La Belugue, followed by a tasting with our favorite local winemakers and dinner.

Thursday – Cezanne’s Apples: Changing Perspective and Finding the New Normal.

Great stories are built on small details, and sometimes a change in perspective can change history. We explore the markets and monuments of the historic city of Aix-en-Provence and visit Paul Cezanne’s studio to see how his painting techniques can help us with our storytelling. You will have some free time to enjoy lunch and shopping on your own.  

Friday: Wind in Your Hair: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

Often the key to a writing project, or a personal transformation – is getting out of our own way. After breakfast, we will travel to the picturesque seaside village of Cassis for a boat ride and bouillabaisse. Looking toward the horizon and sharing our week’s work, we’ll set fearless goals for the future. 

Saturday: Spread your wings and fly:

After breakfast a final session of sharing and collaboration before you head off to your next chapter.  This morning will be a free session of collaboration, story telling and sharing.    

Twenty years ago, Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase in the heart of Paris – and never looked back. She is the author of bestselling memoir & cookbook Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence. Her latest book is Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets for Joyful Eating and Entertaining. She currently lives in Arles with her husband and son. 

Cancelation Policy: 

Due to the involoved logistics & upfront costs, we have a no cancelaton policy or refunds under any circumstances.  Please make sure you can come before making your reservation. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforseen events in your life or in the world.

**Please know due to weather or other reasons activities may change. If this is the case an equally enjoyable activity will be arranged.  

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