Workshops 2017

  • 05/23 – 05/30 Ann and Karen Mitchell
  • 05/31 – 05/07 Priscilla Treacy
  • 06/08 – 06/15 Paula Coleman
  • 06/16 – 06/23 Marisa Cummings
  • 06/28 – 07/05 Caron Hibbens
  • 07/06 – 07/13 free for booking
  • 07/18 – 07/25 Dayle Doroshow
  • 07/26 – 08/02 Doreen Kassel
  • 09/05 – 09/12 Sharon Payne Bolton
  • 09/13 – 09/20 Lynn Leahy and Elitia Hart
  • 09/21 – 09/28 free for booking
  • 10/03 – 10/10 Loretta Lam
  • 10/11 – 10/18 Mary Beth Shaw
  • 10/19 – 10/26 Eva Sherman
  • Student & Teacher Information ...

Ann and Karen Mitchell

Creating Personal Treasures

Have you dreamt of getting away to the magic and charm of the south of France? Now is a chance to escape with Ann and Karen, experience the beauty and mystery of an ancient village, all the while immersing yourself in a creative journey. Treasure hunt at the local flea market, take in the sights, sounds, and scents of the cascading waterfall, lush flowers, and energy of the local copper artisans. While enjoying the surroundings, you can learn to create your own elegant jewelry designs, and experiment with the versatile medium of polymer clay. Even if you have never tried jewelry making or polymer before, now is your chance to surprise yourself and open your world to this extraordinary experience!

Ann and Karen Mitchell, award winning designers, teachers, and authors in both the fields of jewelry design and polymer, invite you to join them in creating new memories and also some beautiful jewelry that will stay with you for many years to follow. You will learn numerous jewelry construction methods, from the most basic skills invaluable for many types of designs, as well as methods for more complex construction incorporating polymer, chain, filigree, vintage parts, glass and crystal cabochons, and natural materials for unique, mixed-media accessories. Discover polymer from basics to numerous techniques in liquid and solid polymer clay for and exceptional repertoire of ideas to create personal designs.

Studio instruction time, combined with field trips and local exploration, plus additional independent working time will provide you with time to really let loose and take your creativity in new directions.


The Workshop:

Guided and personalized instruction each morning, local exploration in the afternoon (optional), open creative time available in the third floor art studio at all times.


Cost: $2100

Price includes:

  • Seven nights lodging at La Cascade, double occupancy (rooms have two twin beds)
  • Daily afternoon field trips or free time to relax, explore and create
  • All breakfasts, and most lunches and dinners- fresh, healthy meals are prepared each day by chef Nese
  • Workshop instruction and many supplies
  • An unforgettable creative adventure and retreat!


Not included in the price:

  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Airfare
  • Car rental



A $500 deposit reserves your space in this creative adventure. Please contact Ann and Karen at for additional information and registration details. Early payment discount available.


About La Cascade:

La Cascade is a renovated 17th century house in the quaint Medieval village of Dufort in the south of France. It is situated near the Sor River and a waterfall that cascades from the base of a mountain gorge, hence the name “La Cascade”.

The village showcases local artisans and shops, many specializing in copper vessels. Les Montagnes Noir (the Black Mountains) adjacent to the village, offer many hiking trails. There are many nearby beautiful villages accessible by foot and car.

The house itself is three stories, with double-occupancy rooms (two twin beds) and three shared bathrooms that can accommodate 8 adventurers. There is a spacious living room, a dining room, a terrace to take in the view, and an art studio- all perfect for a week of artistic exploration, relaxation, and good food.


Please visit to find out more about Ann and Karen and their designs.

Priscilla Treacy

"La Petite Atelier La Cascade" with Priscilla Treacy

During our sojourn at La Cascade we will concentrate on the use of, and experimentation with, Gouache (opaque watercolor).

We will learn about all aspects of this versatile medium. It is a watercolor, but because it contains precipitated chalk, it is opaquerather than transparent. However, this wonderful paint can also be used in thin washes. In Italian, it is "guazzo", or "mud".

Originally, gouache was made by just mixing Chinese white with one's watercolors. This is what Turner did, and his are magnificent. The wonderful thing about gouache is that there are never really any "mistakes", because you can cover everything up. No leaving the white of the paper, or any of the other frustrating aspects of transparent watercolor.

We will combine our paint with different mediums, and use it in creative ways. While you work you'll hear a soothing waterfall through the open windows that look out on the mountain brook below.

You will go home with at least five or six finished works in gouache that you will treasure, partly because you created them in the enchanted environment that is La Cascade. Come ready to explore and experiment, and you will have a wonderful creative experience.

Please note: this workshop is full as of 11/14/2016.


Paula Coleman

Flora, Fleas, Scents & Sensibility

Paula Coleman, Floral & Horticulture Master Designer, and owner of Elite Events, Inc. invites you on a magical journey to explore your creativity, delight your senses, and enjoy the art of living well in the South of France during summer 2017.

Artisans making copper vessels, a 400-year-old French Market, a freshwater stream flowing down the village street ~ these are just a few sights that await you in France during the summer season.

Our magical journey will begin upon our arrival in France. We will travel to the tiny medieval village of Durfort. Follow me to this unspoiled authentic village that is seemingly untouched by time. Durfort is an artisan village located at the foot of a mountain gorge. Known for their genuine, handmade copper vessels, where families have created these bespoke objects since the 15th Century.

Durfort is also home to our host for our weeklong creative retreat ~ LaCascade. Our delightful home-away-from-home, a 17th century chateau, situated on the banks of a small river with a lovely waterfall off the outdoor terrace. We will enjoy many evenings together on the terrace as the waterfall fills the rooms with music.

During our week in France, we will enjoy so many wonderful things that encourage you to relish in the art of living well, and inspiring your creativity within. We will enjoy the scents, food, and culture of the South of France in only a way that should be experienced firsthand. We will begin by exploring our creativity through flowers and scent! We will discover how to incorporate flowers into our daily lives for health, happiness, and well-being. We will forage the countryside for wildflowers and natural botanicals to create unique French inspired bouquets. We will capture the essence of your bouquets for your Pinterest Boards and Instagram Feed. And, learn floral styling techniques for photographing your creations. We will learn to harness the Mediterranean sun to create lovely botanical prints suitable for framing or to use in other craft projects or quilting. During our creative process, you will learn to create your own custom perfume using unique perfume oils from your custom, professional perfumers kit. Yours to keep, to create many more scents for gifts or personal use.

Together we will learn and see: 

~ Art of using botanical & essential oils for our enjoyment & benefit.

~Floral Styling Techniques for photographing our creations.

~Pinterest & Instagram tips for showcasing your flowers.

~Flower uses such as pressed flowers, waxed flowers, paper flowers, potpourri & more, with instruction booklets and recipes.  

~Harnessing the sun to create your own lovely botanical prints.

~Create your own custom perfume.

~Visit a modern, French Flower Shop to learn the skills of European Design.

~Visit the famed 400-year-old Market in Revel…named one of the 100 prettiest in all of France.

~Visit the Sunday Flea markets for unique treasures.

~Have a culinary experience, conducted by our private Chef, Nese.

~Enjoy nearby villages and landmarks.

~Enjoy Excursions, Shopping, French Food and Culture.


During our weeklong creative retreat, we will delight in LaCascade. We will relax and enjoy our creative endeavors. We will cherish new friendships made and memories created. Come escape with me to LaCascade…a journey to renew your spirit, feed your soul, and ignite your senses!

All-Inclusive Package Includes:

  • 7 Night Accommodations at LaCascade
  • Full, delicious meals including dessert & wine with Dinner
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Designer Fees, Materials, Professional Perfume Kit, & Tools
  • Culinary Class by our Private Chef
  • Workshop Instruction & Individual Attention
  • 24-Hour Open Studio Time
  • Excursions & Field Trips

All-Inclusive Package: $2975.00 Per Person, Double Occupancy. (Single Supplement Add+ $350.00 to final installment)

Travel Insurance is required for each attendee at LaCascade. It is not included in price, but can be arranged for you. The cost depends on the cost of your flight. Please let me know if you need a quote for travel insurance.


Flights are the responsibility of each participant. Your final destination will be Toulouse, France. (Airport Code: TLS) We will transfer to Durfort by Car/Van. (Approx. 1-1.5 hour drive from Toulouse Airport)  

Please contact me about meeting on the day of arrival. Please schedule your incoming flight to arrive by 2:00 PM on June 8, 2017. Do not schedule your return flight before 10:00AM, unless you intend to rent your own car*.

*Some attendees may prefer to rent their own car and drive to Durfort…if you prefer NOT to rent a car, please add $250.00 per person for all transportation for the week for airport transfers and excursions.


Space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Spaces fill quickly and are very limited at LaCascade to 10 participants!

If space is still available, reservations will be accepted until final payment due date of May 1, 2017, but early reservations are preferred.

EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL: Reserve your space by January 1, 2017 and receive a 5% Discount off per person package price. ($148.75 Savings!)

Upon Paid Reservation, Attendees will receive a full, detailed itinerary of workshops, excursions, & activities.  

Please email for us for a reservation form:  

Deposit Due to reserve your spot: $500.00 (Fully Refundable until January 15, 2017.)

2nd Installment of $1000.00 Due by March 1, 2017. (Non-Refundable)

3rd Installment of $1475.00 due by May 1, 2017. (Non-Refundable) + $250.00 for Transportation, and $350.00 single supplement if travelling alone.)

You may mail check payments to: Paula Coleman P.O. Box 1485, New Albany, Indiana, 47150-1485 U.S.A.

Credit Card Payments: Call (add+ 3.6% to total for processing)   

Emergency Cancellations: Your spot is transferrable if you cannot attend.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Paula Coleman:  +1 (812) 989-3351


Marisa Cummings

Marisa Cummings

Les Objets Trouvé

In Durfort, we'll stay in a lovely 17th century home called La Cascade which means waterfall. There is a petite waterfall running directly behind it--nature's music!
Durfort, France is a quiet, relaxing village about one hour southeast of Toulouse, and it is as magical as it is authentic!!

During our week there, we will have a perfect balance of creating, shopping and sightseeing. I will offer an eclectic mix of 4 directed lessons including jewelry making and French newspaper dresses. Most everything will be provided but there is a short list of supplies that I'd like you to bring!
All lessons will start at the beginner level, but you can embellish and fly with them as you wish!

All our meals are prepared by Nese, a wonderful chef, who prepares extra fresh, healthy, and Delicious meals! Wine is included with dinner.

Cost: $2400.00
Price includes:
Double occupancy in a charming room
Meals prepared by Nese with fresh local
ingredients (7 breakfasts,6 lunches, 6 Diners)
Instructional time and 24 hour open
studio time
Local excursions and lots of shopping
Price does not include airfare, trip insurance(required), or shared rental car(approximately $250.00 each)

Please feel free to contact me at or by phone at home (707)776-0939 or by cell(707)338-2979. I have spaces for 8 people. I look forward to hearing from you!



Dayle Doroshow

Capturing Ancient France:

A Mixed Media Journey

In this spirited workshop let's create Artist Journals with your original prints, Jewelry and small medieval artifacts to capture our week in the French countryside. The region is rich with medieval villages, artists, flea markets and fairs, which we will draw on for inspiration, ephemera gathering and our art work.

Start the week making a handmade journal covered with beautiful French fabric and polymer clay elements – an idea collector to capture your inspiration and techniques. New printmaking techniques will be explored – easy, low tech and unique! Next, we'll create Jewelry and small artifacts that tell a story inspired by French medieval village life, the Renaissance court and your imagination.

We will learn a cornucopia of techniques using polymer clay, textiles, handmade prints and flea market treasures to create your ideas – jewelry, artist books, and mixed media collage and assemblage.

We'll spend instructed studio time each day in the lovely and well-equipped studio at La Cascade. Then, each day we'll jump in our cars for adventure and treasure hunting that will inspire our artwork. Field trips include sunflower fields, the nearby monastery En Calcat with its outstanding art bookstore, t he renowned Saturday market in Revel with its visual feast of goodies and treasures for body and soul, the Sunday flea markets and Albi, home to the Toulouse-Lautrec Musee, an awesome cathedral and other delights.

Open studio at night… Exquisite food from our personal chef… New friendships… Art-making… Live and work at La Cascade where time relaxes and creativity flows.

Cost: $2,100
Price includes:
Seven nights lodging at La Cascade, double occupancy
Daily afternoon field trips
All breakfasts, and most lunches and dinners
Workshop instruction and many supplies
Visit for more information — and to learn more about Dayle and her work.
Contact Dayle at or 707-962-9419 with questions or to reserve a space.




Doreen Kassel

Organics, Pods & Blooms,

Week-long Immersion:

Organics, Flora & Fauna,

Week-long Immersion: 

Create and explore in this magical, week-long retreat in the charming village of Durfort, in the south of France. Sculpting and exploring the natural world to create one of a kind sculptural pieces that can stand on their own or be used in unique ways to make jewelry and decorative art. We'll have the time to really experiment & immerse ourselves in so many directions during our week together.

Our pods, Abstract Blooms, and anthropomorphic creations will be sculpted in polymer, and fashioned over an armature of pressed cotton and wire.They will be cured and painted with multiple coats of oil paint to achieve a warm, vintage feeling. Learn how to sculpt, make design decisions based on reference and taking off from that reference. Learn special oil painting techniques and how to make color choices and stories. We'll primarily work with polymer, incorporating nature, anthropomorphism, and color. We'll experiment with intuitive drawing, for those who wish to do that.  I'll even bring some of my own Coloring Book pages to leisurely color in the evening, for those who want to, while we relax together. No special sculpting or drawing skills are needed for this workshop; my students are consistently surprised and delighted with their creations! With my techniques there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. Much laughter and fun sets the tone for all of my workshops. The work we create and the sights and experiences we share will become precious memories, but the real value of a creative retreat at La Cascade is a deeper understanding of oneself as artist.

We'll visit the newly renovated Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi, where we'll draw inspiration from the offbeat characters of Lautrec's world, the patterned French gardens and grand palace. When we're not consumed with our creations, there will be leisurely excursions exploring the glorious mid-summer sunflower fields, area flea markets, the En Calcat monastery (and its wonderful art bookstore), and the famous Saturday market of Revel, where locals like to shop.

All excursions are optional; this is a week to satisfy yourself. Relax in the village with a book, sit on the terrace with a glass of wine, or, if you wish, take a nap in the afternoon. 

Enjoy fine, fresh, local food prepared by our own personal chef, Nese. We'll meet for a delicious and sustaining breakfast. Lunch, which is served on the terrace, will ready us for the afternoon's adventures. Candlelight, wine, and chef Nese's dinner, accompanied by laughter and shared experiences will complete our delightful days.


The Workshop

Instructed Studio every morning, a field trip or studio time in the afternoon, including flea markets, a museum, concerts, local studios and villages.

Unlimited studio time, any time.

Field trips are always optional. You might wish to stay home, relax, nap, work on your own in the studio, or explore on your own.


The Accommodations

La Cascade's bedrooms are double occupancy (two twin beds) with three shared bathrooms. The beautiful new art studio is on the third floor and available to work in whenever you want. Living room, dining room, and a large outside terrace that goes down to the river are part of La Cascade. We have our own personal chef to provide delicious and healthy meals. The workshop price includes most meals.


The Price

Workshop price of $2300 includes:

  • Seven nights of lodging in a charming room at La Cascade- double occupancy

  • Meals prepared by Chef Nese with fresh, local ingredients

  • (7 breakfasts/6 lunches/6 dinners)

  • Instructional time and open studio time when class is not in session. Many supplies included.

  • Wonderful local excursions to see the sights in and around Durfort

NOTE:  Price does not include airfare, trip insurance (required) or shared rental car (approximately $150/person)

Early Bird Discount Available! - email me!



Pods, Plants & Color

  • $500 deposit will hold your space

  • Registration limited to 8 participants

  • Participants will be mailed a registration packet with detailed itinerary and more information.


Contact Doreen @ with any questions.

Sharon Payne Bolton



Lynn Leahy and Elitia Hart




Take a special journey into the world of sculpting and metal repoussé with Lynn Leahy and Elitia Hart. Two international teachers and award winning artists that will help you easily learn these two fascinating mediums and combine them into a lovely work of art.

What could be more perfect than a 17 century French village for the setting to create this fabulous triptych. (approximately 14 " high and 24" wide. Easily packs when dismantled)

During your seven night stay at La Cascade in Durfort ,France Lynn will help you work on 3 flat cradle panels to sculpt interior images such as the face,hand and bust shown in the example. Elitia will provide all the knowledge you desire to achieve the stunning metal embossing to enhance and finish your panels. Both of these techniques integrate well into many mixed media projects. No previous experience is necessary.

Each day you will let creativity flow in the beautiful, well -equipped studio. In the evenings you may use the open studio time to continue your creative journey. There will be time for afternoon walks or hikes amongst the hills and trails surrounding this medieval town. The Saturday market in Revel provides plenty of shopping opportunity as well as artistic inspiration. Field trips to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and the Cathedral in Albi and of course we can't miss the local, Sunday flea markets. Carcassonne, a castle town, is not far away.

Durfort is a small village located about one hours drive, southeast of Toulouse, in southern France. Farmland and rural countryside mark the landscape of this area and La Cascade actually has a small river and waterfalls in its backyard. Tranquility is a perfect description.

So join us in Durfort...where ancient crafts meet ancient history and let your sense of adventure and creativity join forces.

• When: September 13-20,2017

• Where: La Cascade, an artist retreat in Durfort, France ( airport is Toulouse Airport)

• What: Learn sculpting with Lynn Leahy and metal repoussé with Elitia Hart

• Cost: $2250 USD

• Price will include seven nights lodging at La Cascade, double occupancy

All breakfasts, most lunches and dinners cooked by our personal Chef, Nese.

She cooks wonderful, healthy meals and includes wine with dinner.

Workshop instruction and many of the supplies are also included.

For more information contact Lynn Leahy or Elitia Hart:,

Elitia Hart at




Loretta Lam

Designing with Distinction

Share with me a magical, memorable, artistic retreat in southern France. Give yourself the gift of uninterrupted time to learn, laugh, experiment and experience and recharge your creative battery!

We will begin our days with studio instruction focused on jewelry design. Learn how to use these tools to more clearly communicate your unique ideas. I will help you find elegant solutions for your technical issues as well. We will talk about the big stuff: balance, movement, emphasis, proportion, unity, and rhythm. And how to use: color, texture, position, line and form to get where you want to go. 

In order to give the lessons time to sink in and become part of your process; we’ll spend time out of the studio exploring and gathering inspiration from the spectacular countryside. There will be leisurely excursions visiting the wonderful area flea markets, the En Calcat monastery and its wonderful art bookstore, the newly renovated Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi and the famous Saturday market of Revel, to satisfy your bargain-hunting needs.

Remember, this adventure is your precious time to focus on your art and inspiration. All excursions are optional; perhaps you will need time alone to think and dream or just take a nap!

The studio is always available and in the evenings we will talk about inspiration, process, creativity…who knows? Fabulous food provided by our personal chef, good wine, new friends, and a slower pace to savor it all.


The Important Stuff


Retreat price $2300 includes:

  • Seven nights in a charming room at La Cascade - double occupancy
  • All breakfasts and most lunches and dinners prepared by Chef Nese with fresh, local ingredients
  • Instructional time and 24 hour open studio time
  • Wonderful local excursions and some shopping! 


Price does not include:

  • airfare, trip insurance (required)
  • shared rental car (approximately $200/person)
  • the occasional meal and shopping



  • $500 deposit will hold your space
  • Only 8 participants = individual attention!
  • Upon registration you will receive a detailed information packet


Contact Loretta with any questions at or 845-225-1451 with all questions and to reserve your space.

Visit to learn more about Loretta, her work, and this amazing opportunity.

Mary Beth Shaw



Eva Sherman

Ring 2 Ring

Imagine spending a week in a quaint picturesque town in the French countryside! Your adventure begins in Durfort France, home of La Cascade (, a beautifully restored village house and art retreat on a riverbank. Each day includes waking to the relaxing sounds of a waterfall, fresh and organic meals lovingly prepared by resident chef Nese, and field trips to local tourist attractions such as the Saturday market, which has been named one of the 100 most beautiful in France

We will also spend time in the studio each day with classes directed by metal smith Eva Sherman. Students will practice and perfect soldering and fusing skills, while learning the advantages and limitations of each. We will use pre-made sterling silver and argentium silver jump rings as a basic building module with which to create several unique pieces of jewelry. Since the circular shape is such a foundational design element, students will have the opportunity for unlimited exploration while refining metal smith skills.

If you would like to join us for a week of creative inspiration in an intimate and friendly atmosphere, here is the relevant info:

The price of $2,200 includes:

  • All materials, and most tools (a small list of additional required tools will be sent upon registration)
  • Seven nights at la Cascade – double occupancy and limited to 8
  • Daily meals, including lovely French wines
  • Daily field trips
  • Daily classes and unlimited evening studio time

To secure your spot please send a $100 deposit to the paypal account of via the friends and family option. There is a $100 early bird discount if the remaining $2000 is paid by Nov. 1, 2016. Otherwise $500 deposits are due: Oct. 1, 2016, Feb. 1, 2017, May 1, 2017 and the final $600 balance is due Aug. 1, 2017. Please note that all deposits are non refundable, travelers insurance is required, and air fare & transportation from the airport is not included in the price.

Please email for more information or questions.


eva sherman

Owner at Grand River BeadStudio

Blogger at Eva Sherman Designs


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