Workshops 2018

  • 05/16 – 05/23 FREE FOR BOOKING
  • 05/24 – 05/31 Julie Eakes, Meisha Barbee, DayleDoroshow
  • 06/01 – 06/08 FREE FOR BOOKING
  • 06/11 – 06/18 Nancy Josephson and Jan Huling
  • 06/20 – 06/27 Celia Fulton Waldon and Erin Kelly Noll
  • 06/28 – 07/05 Anke Humpert
  • 07/06 – 07/13 Suzanne Jenne and Dayle Doroshow
  • 07/16 – 07/23 Jennette Nielsen
  • 07/25 – 08/01 Dayle Doroshow
  • 09/03 – 09/10 Marisa Cummings
  • 09/11 – 09/18 Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix
  • 09/19 – 09/26 Helen and Lynn Leahy
  • 09/27 - 10/04 Paula Coleman
  • 10/05 - 10/12 Keith Lobue
  • Student & Teacher Information ...


Julie Eakes, Meisha Barbee, DayleDoroshow

Moments in Time… Ancient Recent and Now

La Cascade Retreat Center Durfort France

Come join three fun, creative and inspirational polymer artists for a very special week of art and new experiences in southern France. Julie Eakes, Meisha Barbee, and Dayle Doroshow will spend the week with you teaching new polymer techniques and exploring new ideas in polymer jewelry and mixed media. Enjoy fresh food and local wines prepared by our personal chef.  Roses and Red Poppies will be in high bloom. You’ll have time to work on your personal art while exploring and being a part of this charming part of France.


We’ll explore the Languedoc region which is rich with medieval villages, artists, unique museums and flea markets. Our excursions will inspire our studio time and we’ll go treasure hunting at local flea markets and museum stores to use in our art during the week. Albi- home of the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, the Revel market- one of France's Most Beautiful markets, Flea Markets and other special field trips await you.

We’ll start the week mixing a gorgeous palette of colors inspired by our surroundings to use in our three unique jewelry projects. A bracelet with Julie inspired by the Silk Roads of ancient China, brooches with Dayle inspired by the 1920’s and1930’s and a pendant with Meisha inspired by the resurgence of the Mod style.

We’ll be based at the retreat center La Cascade, a beautifully restored stone house in the village of Durfort, one hour east of Toulouse. Durfort has been making copper ware since the Middle Ages and the town square is home to studio artists whom we will meet. We’ll travel via shared rental cars from the Toulouse Airport to La Cascade. The costs of the cars will be affordable when split among the group.

The Workshop: Instructed Studio each morning, a delightful field trip every afternoon. Field trips are optional if you want to stay home and work in the studio or explore on your own. The studio is open 24/7.

La Cascade: Bedrooms are double occupancy (two twin beds) with shared bathrooms. The art studio is located on the third floor of the house and is 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 our home.

Workshop price of $2200 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


Please contact us at or


Nancy Josephson and Jan Huling

Mundane to Magical: Adorning the Form

Hi, we’re Jan Huling and Nancy Josephson. 

We’ve been independently gluing everything to everything else for decades. Between us we’ve ‘done’ buses, an 8 foot bug, birds, bees…and that’s just some of the ‘b’s’!

In this workshop we’ll teach you every technique we know and use to create your own piece of art…anything from devotional altar to transformed taxidermy forms…using various glues, adhesives, bits and pieces and, of course, BEADS! In this no sew workshop you’ll leave having learned (and mastered) our very particular ways of adhering beads to any surface you can think of. The art work you conceive and create during the week will be the training wheels for what’s next as you take what you’ve learned back out into the big wide world.

This class is for all levels of experience; absolute beginner to expert. Well in advance of the workshop, you will be contacted so that we can devise an experience that is specific to your needs. Never beaded?…No problem! We’ll give you all the instruction you’ll need so that you can launch into either flat, 2D piece, or jump into embellishing sculptural forms. We’ll figure out in advance of our travels what project you’d like to work on (giving specific ideas/examples to choose from), and will make sure you arrive with all materials needed.

We’ll tag team teach, sharing techniques that, because of the intimate class size, will be individualized and provide a unique experience for each of you.

We’ll have access to independent workshop space around the clock but we’ll also be able to make time to experience the gorgeous environs; the shops, galleries, countryside and, of course, any nearby flea markets!!

We suggest you peruse our websites to get a sense of what we have in store for our time together.,

We can’t wait to see you at La Cascade!!!


  • 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)
  • Daily instructional time and open studio time when class is not in session.
  • NOTE:  Price does not include airfare, trip insurance* (required) or shared rental car (approximately $150/person). Though we will have some materials, most will not be included due to the individual projects that will be created.


Space is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size will be limited to 10 participants.

Deposit due to reserve your spot: $500.00 (Fully refundable until September 1, 2017)

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

Final payment of $700 due by March 1, 2018  

You may mail check payments to:   Jan Huling 938 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

To reserve your spot for our workshop please email us at: and

*Here’s a handy bunch of links to travel insurance companies to get you going

Celia Fulton Waldon and Erin Kelly Noll

Anke Humpert

A week long creative retreat

The workshop

Being in a new and exciting environment is very special. Especially in the beautiful South of France, together with a bunch of like minded people! This could be a once in a lifetime experience and we will be able to create lasting memories. And to make it even more memorable, we will be working on a voyager capsule, a special vesel that cherishes and conserves YOUR experience at La Cascade. You will look forward to your studio time and your time to play. The voyager capsule will be constructed in a unique and personal way, lots of one of a kind surface treatments and mixed media techniques are taught in the process. The voyager capsule is a small sculpture, that is filled with YOUR unique memories. This is a brand new workshop especially designed for the La Cascade esperience!


The voyager capsule

What is a voyager capsule? Well it is a crazy mixture of a Pensive (If you have not seen Harry Potter´s Dumbledore getting his thoughts out of his head you totally should! Have a look here: ) and a scrapbook, but in 3D. It is a special vessel that is there to conserve your memories of a trip or a special place. It will help you remember everything, in a fun and whimsy way.

The particular voyager capsule, that I show here is a model piece! It is conserving my memories of a trip to Italy in 2017. At the workshop at La Cascade I will explain how all the single elements came together. Of course you will be able to make your very own version of the voyager capsule and they will look very different! I will show you how. The time we will spend together in the South of France will be ideal to dive into this concept together and have fun with out finds and impressions.

This week will be project based AND show a lot of techniques that can be applied to any of your other projects: sculpting, construction of a piece, antiquing, working with molds, balancing of a piece, how to transform your ideas into clay pieces, faux techniques to name just a few. There will be time to have a private consultaion with the workshop teacher for every participant!


The excursions (optional)

Albi –  Cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec Museum

Medieval village of Soreze –  famous Abbey School, the Dom Robert Tapestry Museum

Market In Revel.

The famouse flea markets.


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 location

Durfort, a medieval copper artisan village, approximately 45 minutes east of Toulouse. (The French estimate time rather than distance because distance could mean anything in terms of time on country roads)

Mediterranean beaches – 1 hr 30 minutes

Lake – 10 minutes

Nearest shops/restaurants – 5 minutes

Airport – 1 hr 20 minutes to Toulouse airport in Blagnac


The Price

Workshop price of $2100 includes:

  • Seven nights lodging at charming La Cascade - double occupancy
  • All breakfasts, most lunches and dinners prepared by Chef Nese with fresh, local ingredients
  • Workshop instruction and supplies
  • Instructional time and 24 hour open studio time
  • Afternoon or morning field trips (optional) and some shopping

Price does not include:

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


Registration for the “A Voyager Capsule” retreat at La Cascade

  • $500 deposit will hold your space
  • Registration limited to 8 participants
  • After registration an info packet with detailed itinerary and more information will be mailed to you.
  • Payment plan available – please let me know if you are interested!
  • Time: June 28 - July 5, 2018 in Durford, France.


How do I sign up?

To sign up please contact Anke at with all questions and to reserve a space at the retreat.


Suzanne Jenne and Dayle Doroshow

The Grape, the Grotto and the Gardens of Languedoc

Join us in southern France for a week of art-making, wonderful food, inspirational field trips and new friendships. Our journey begins in the French countryside where fields of sunflowers astound. We’ll wend our way through garden tours where unique floral varieties create lush inspiring landscapes. We’ll explore the beautiful Languedoc region, a well-kept secret with many medieval villages, artists, markets and fairs, which we will draw upon for inspiration and ephemera gathering.

Each day we'll devote studio time to create floral abstract and landscape paintings, jewelry and altered books; all inspired by nature. We’ll use nature’s bounty, floral textile designs from around the world, and our imagination to create beautifully shaped flower and foliage beads, brooches and pendants with polymer clay. You’ll also incorporate fabric, metal parts, wire, and personal treasures. Another incomparable experience will be the Wine Tasting and Painting afternoon; we’ll paint on our grotto-like terrace overlooking the waterfall and fig trees as we taste local wines. Our studio sanctuary is the atelier where the hush of the river allow you to find peace and artistic expression. 

We'll have mini lectures each day regarding various subjects such as local French wines, culture, garden living, photographic composition, Languedoc legends and the woad flower; used to make the elegant blue dye that graces local handmade sweaters, scarves, coverlets and other collectibles.  Planned field trips include the Jardin des Martels near Gaillac, the Palais et Jardin de la Berbie in Albi, and the local market and flea markets for treasure hunting to use in our art.

The Workshop: Instructed Studio time, delightful field trips to artist studios, villages, flea markets, chateaux, village events and Open Studio each night.

We’ll be based at the retreat center La Cascade, a beautifully restored stone house in the village of Durfort, one hour east of Toulouse. Durfort has been making copper ware since the Middle Ages. Our personal chef will provide delectable French meals for our pleasure and we'll enjoy lovely local wines.

Workshop price of $2750 includes:

  • Seven nights lodging at La Cascade-double occupancy
  • Inspiring excursions
  • All breakfasts, and most lunches and dinners
  • Workshop instruction and many supplies

Your deposit of $500 will secure your spot. The balance is due Feb 1, 2018.

La Cascade: Bedrooms are double occupancy (two twin beds) with shared bathrooms. The art studio is located on the third floor and is available to work 24/7. Living room, dining room and a large outside terrace that goes down to the river are part of our home.

Please contact:

Suzanne Jenne

Dayle Doroshow


Jennette Nielsen

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.




Marisa Cummings

Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix where we will explore the stunning landscape and textures of Southern France.

Our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative investigation.

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape and textures of Southern France. Our Destination is the Village of Durfort, also known as the Village of Copper. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be in one lovely location, La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration.

Lisa Pressman has envisioned this workshop to be a focus on ways to use traveling as a source of sensory information that will get translated into visual data. Cameras or I-phones, sketchbooks and assignments focusing on specific art fundamentals will shape our France experience. On our outings, we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses.



In the studio, using our outings as inspiration, we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed. Individual attention is given to each student so participants will get the feedback needed to bring back to their studio. Power points, discussions of contemporary art, professional and career support are all offered.


$3,000 (with a $50 materials fee)
Limited to 10 students


Medium:  Drawing & Painting –  R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, pastels, mark-making tools  
Levels:  Intermediate to Advanced 


What is included:

7 nights in a charming room at La Cascade – (double occupancy)

  • Three meals each day, prepared by Chef Nese, using fresh, local ingredients
  • On location drawing and painting excursions and studio instruction 
  • Studio access 24 hours/day
  • Art Presentations and Conversations


What is not included:

  • Airfare
  • Trip Insurance (required)
  • Transportation from airport to La Cascade
  • Occasional meal
  • Personal Art Supplies (see Student Supply List) 



  • Enrollment is made with a $500 non-refundable deposit.
  • 2 more payments of $1275 are due by, January 31, 2018, and May 31, 2018
  • Payments in full accepted at any time
  • A full refund is made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled or if it is already full at the time of registration. 
  • If the payment was made through paypal, refunds are generally credited within 2 to 3 days. 
  • If the payment was made by check, CMA will send a check back to the purchaser within 10 business days, as long as the original purchase check has cleared. 
  • We are unable to make full refunds if you must withdraw from the trip. However, we will credit you up to 50% of your payment, 
    if you withdraw before April 30, 2018. You may use this credit for any other CMA program or workshop within the calendar year.
  • We strongly advise that you purchase trip cancellation insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip. Please contact a travel agent or your insurance agent for assistance.


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Helen and Lynn Leahy



The Big Journal

Relax ,paint and explore in the wonderful, southern French countryside with Helen Shafer Garcia and Lynn Leahy.,


We begin our journey in Durfort, France, an ancient copper mining town where townspeople still specialize in the creation of copper utensils.

We will stay in the village for eight days, living together in a charming, modernized, 17th century house called La Cascade due to the river and waterfall that are literally its back yard.

All meals are included as we have our own personal chef..who cooks healthy meals utilizing the food from  farms in this region with regional wine parings at dinner.

Helen and Lynn will guide you artistically each day as we use collage methods and acrylics to create a large journal cover and interior pages…..techniques that you can continue when you return home and use daily to add to your personal story.

Lynn will provide the journal substrate and have you working on the exterior with papers, stamps and acrylics paints.You will explore painting loosely and drawing the human figure on the collaged surface.

Helen will continue this artistic path as you concentrate on the interior pages. She will bring into play; watercolors, drawing and more for a true mixed media experience. Each page will hold a different technique as you  work on canvas, paper and cloth. From drawing to print making, explore this wonderful artistic experience as you make new friends and immerse yourself in the French culture.

Because we want your experience to be the best we can provide there will be excursions to explore the nearby towns. Not to be missed is the Saturday market in Revel. The town of Albi is close by and contains the Toulouse Lautrec museum which is a great place to gain artistic inspiration. From Cathedrals to flea markets we will fit in as many cultural events as time allows.

Here are the details:

September 19-26th,2018

You will spend 7 nights at La Cascade in Durfort, France.

This is about an hour from Toulouse ,France.

You would fly into Toulouse.

Meals are included and are prepared daily by our chef,Nèse. She uses local produce from the surrounding farms and regional wine parings.

Workshop instruction.

Most of your art supplies will be provided but a supply list will be sent out after registration.

Rooms are based on double occupancy.


Cost is 2400.00US$


A completed registration and 500.00$ deposit secures your place.


Please contact us at :


To find out more about La Cascade and this region in Southern France you may go to their website at:


Transportation is not included.

Paula Coleman

Artisans making copper vessels

Paula Coleman, Floral & Horticulture Master Designer, and owner of Flower Lark 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 fall 2018. 

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 fall 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 15thCentury. 

Durfort is also home to our host for our weeklong creative retreat ~ LaCascade. Our delightful home-away-from-home, a 17thcentury country home, 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. 

    In this setting, we will deeply experience the charm of France. We will foster limitless creativity and inspiration in a slow-living environment. 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 floral flat-lays and botanical vignettes to inspire your love of beauty & flowers, which will be photographed for you.

Together we will learn and see: 

~Floral Styling & Design techniques for creating your own designs

~Pinterest & Instagram tips for showcasing your flowers. 

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

~Many uses for flowers and botanicals for gifts & everyday.

~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. 

~Enjoy nearby villages and landmarks.

~Create Bouquets and Headpieces to be modeled by a live model and photographed on location in a medieval village; photos for your portfolio.

~Enjoy Excursions, Shopping, French Food and Culture. 

During our weeklong creative retreat, we will delight in LaCascade. Through retreat, creative workshops, good food, and fellowship, there will be a harmonious balance of inspiration, rest, and rejuvenation. 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, Workshop Supplies & Tools
  • Professional photos for your portfolio 
  • Workshop Instruction & Individual Attention 
  • 24-Hour Open Studio Time 

All-Inclusive Package: $2750.00 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)  

Please contact me about meeting on the day of arrival. It is best schedule your incoming flight to arrive by 2:00 PM on Sept. 27, 2018. Do not schedule your return flight before 10:00AM, unless you intend to rent your own car.

Transportation to LaCascade:

LaCascade is located about 1 hour east of Toulouse. Since Durfort is a small village (population 200) the preferred way to get to LaCascade is to rent a car from Toulouse Airport. Your current valid drivers license from your home country is all that is required. An international drivers license is not necessary. The drive is easily navigated with GPS on your cell phone or in the rental car. 

If you do NOT wish to rent a car, we can either match you up with another attendee that is renting a car to split costs and ride share with them. OR, we can help arrange transportation with an airport transfer roundtrip from Toulouse airport for an additional fee. 



Space is on a first-come, first-served basis. (Minimum 5 Attendees) 

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



Space-Holder Deposit: $100.00 per person (Non-Refundable) 

Trip Deposit: $550.00 (Non-Refundable) Due upon registration.  

2ndInstallment of $1000.00 Due no later than 8/1 (Non-Refundable) 

3rdInstallment of $1100.00 due by Sept. 1, 2018. (Non-Refundable) + $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. (to save fees) 

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) 945-3596


Keith Lobue

Join found-object artist Keith Lo Bue for his first time in Europe(!) Then on to La Cascade to enjoy the beauty of the countryside … Using treasures found, you will create objects of mystery and beauty as you learn the varied methods of selection and assembly this limitless palette demands.

No previous jewelry experience is required; all that’s needed is enthusiasm and the desire to work with your hands. Whatever your interests, you will come away with new insights into the possibilities of creativity – and all in the glow of the mecca that is Paris!

Keith Lo Bue is a jeweller, sculptor, teacher, and self-described 'stuffsmith' who has work in many major collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. For over two decades, his work has been exhibited all around the US and in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Dozens of books feature Lo Bue's work, including: One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today (US), 1000 Rings (Lark),The Art & Craft of Collage (UK), Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Jewellery CD-ROM (UK), and The Compendium Finale Of Contemporary Jewellery Makers (Germany) – as well as MetalsmithAmerican Craft,Ornament and Belle Armoire jewelry magazines (US).

His workshops have been presented to enthusiastic reviews at Haystack, Penland and scores of other art and craft institutions across the United States, Canada and Australia. Lo Bue lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

  • Register for one or both weeks! This great adventure only accommodates eight and will fill super-fast.
  • Vist to learn more about Keith and his work.
  • Contact us for all the details or to reserve a space.



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