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 simply because human MOTIVATION seems to depend on it. Apparently it is 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 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!). What they ARE about, is acquiring enough skills and confidence to cook INSTINCTIVELY.
Some FLAVOURS have a natural affinity for others. This applies to all classic dishes that have withstood the test of time. During our courses we explore some of these flavour combinations, and whilst it may sound complicated - it isn't! (To read more about "Cooking with Flavours" click HERE).
Once you have mastered the idea, you can go on to create an unlimited range of DYNAMIC and AUTHENTIC 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 will return home with all the information, checklists and recipes you need to create this new PERSONAL CUISINE).
Our ART WEEKS are based on similar principles - in painting we concentrate on practical exercises such as how to 'look and see', how to interpret 'shade-and-light', how to get depth in your compositions, as well as other useful techniques that will 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'. In stead we focus on how to get the creative juices flowing, how to trigger (often forgotten) memories, how to spark and provoke thought and energize your writing.
Our FRENCH COURSES will, as before, be led by the inimitable, bubbly and adored SHIREEN MARCUS, whilst I shall take 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 want this), meals (including wine) and ground transport, but NOT flights nor 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.