Sunday, 26 April 2015

With only just over a week to go before our first event of the season, Janet Bolton's ever-popular five day workshop, Narrative Stitches,  (6th-12th May), one of the participants has had to drop out due to ill-health and a place has become available for someone fast on their feet.  If you're travelling from the UK, Ryanair flights are still remarkably cheap, as are some of the last minute booked flights from the US and Australia; so if you think you might be able to act quickly, we are offering a huge £400 discount on the regular price of £2050 ($3000) for a standard room, inclusive of everything except your travel to France and spending money! 
Last year with Janet Bolton at Les Soeurs Anglaises
And in case we've never mentioned it before, May is THE best time of year dans les jardins de Les Soeurs Anglaises.  With south west France exploding with late spring promise, we have over 60 peony plants all about to burst into flower; the many wisterias blooms are just a little ahead of them as are some of the magnolias.  Fresh organic vegetables are already available and the swimming pools will be open and should be warm enough to take a dip.

In our experience, last minute breaks are often the most exciting and rewarding, especially with a teacher of Janet's calibre, and Carol our transport coordinator would be happy to help in any way she can with travel arrangements.

If you are interested in joining us for this event, contact us as soon as possible.


Friday, 3 April 2015


We’d be absolutely delighted to welcome you here!  

If you’ve dreamt of visiting 
Les Soeurs Anglaiseswith time to explore the surrounding countryside, visit small towns,markets and antique shops, hike, relax by one of the pools, AND enjoy live music and indulge yourself with fine food and wine, then this is the week for you! Over this special 5 day/4 night Féte the days are free to explore, unwind under the delicious French summer sun, and share in exclusive wine tastings, while evenings will be filled with boogie woogie music provided by Internationally acclaimed musicians, gourmet food prepared by a star chef, and yet more exquisite wines.

This is the first time we've offered a variation "workshop" opportunity, and we're looking forward to gathering friends, old and new, to enjoy the
 Maison de Maître and L’Espace in a less structured manner, open Mike's celebrated wine cellar, whilst supporting the important work of our partner:   Women for Women International.  This organisation is so close to our hearts:  as women, as creative people, and as citizens of the world, we feel compelled to share our abundance with those less fortunate. 
Proceeds from the workshop will go to supporting their important work.
(I’ve written about the charity previously, please see here for a refresher).
More information about this unique Fête, the artists, and the food and vintage wines is available on our website, or email us! We have only a few spots left, so please be sure to let us know if you’re considering a trip! We’ll explain the various options and do what we can to make it possible for everyone to attend.

Monday, 16 March 2015

.... a place in the sun.......?

In October of every year we notify our long list of Janet Bolton and Julie Arkell enthusiasts of their dates for the following year's workshops here, and within a very short time all places are filled.  However, altered circumstances sometimes mean that participants have to pull out, and disappointed as we are that guests we were looking forward to meeting will no longer be able to join us, it does mean a couple of people will now have the unexpected but guaranteed pleasure of being taught by either Janet (Narrative Stitches) in May, or Julie (Toys), at the beginning of June.  Spaces are for luxury accommodation only, but cheap flights are still available (the Euro is weak so more spending power whilst you are here).   For more details contact Susie as soon as possible so she can pencil you in.


But if you're looking for an opportunity to work quietly on your own project, away from the hurly burly of domestic chores and family responsibilities, our Bring Your Own Project week at the end of September may be just your cup of tea.  You'll have first class accommodation, shared use of our inspirational studio space, breakfasts and evening meals, transport as well as an optional daily Iyengar Yoga class.  We'll leave the rest up to your imagination.

If you haven't seen the latest copy of Uppercase Magazine we recommend you drop everything and run out to buy one immediately as this issue is all about textiles!  My initial training was as a Graphic Designer, and I have long been besotted with typefaces, fonts and scripts.  Add to this a fascination about the weaving process and hand-loom tapestry and Sarah Swett, whose extraordinary work is featured in the magazine, presses all the right buttons.   My only attempt at a tapestry a very long time ago was a spectacular failure so it may be that this variation of weaving is a) impossible to do on a hand loom, and b) difficult to teach over a five-day workshop; but wouldn't it would be great if we could persuade Sarah (or maybe you can recommend another suitable teacher?) to come over next year to lead a workshop?  We'll keep you posted!

As a postscript, there may be one or two of you who'd like to join us for an exclusive Yoga event at the end of June, designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.  This five-day intensive (with all the leisure attractions that our venue offers, plus a salon therapist available for treatments) is to be led by Liz Bolton of Silver Yoga, who trained as a teacher after 15 years as a Iyengar Yoga practitioner;  anyone interested in joining us at this beautiful time of year should contact me as soon as possible for more details as places are already filling up.

That's all for now folks