French Chateau Painting Retreat

Learn how to use stencils to create custom silkscreens for printing one-of-a-kind art prints on paper and art fabrics for fashion and home decor using color-rich dyes. This medium offers endless possibilities for creative expression!

The Chateau features casual luxury, and is the perfect place to indulge yourself-with its newly expanded teaching studio, beautiful grounds, mouth-watering and healthy meals, and evening aperitifs. Wine tasting and trips for cooking demonstrations and to local French towns and markets round out this well-balanced retreat that is the perfect mix of creative play and sightseeing.

Our Itinerary*~

Arrival day w/Airport pick-ups from Toulouse
Simple lunch as required/ Afternoon tea and cakes
Aperitifs, nibbles and introduction with Melanie Royals and Lizzie Hulme
Three course Welcome Dinner

SUNDAY July 29
Chateau Breakfast
St Antonin farmer’s market and scenic town
Lunch as desired in St Antonin
Afternoon workshop introduction
Three course dinner at Chateau Dumas

MONDAY July 30
Chateau Breakfast
Fabric Printing Class (all day)
Lunch at Chateau Dumas
Regional wine, cheese and bread tasting with sommelier Laurent Zimmermann
Aperitifs +Two-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Breakfast and cooking demo at Les Sens in Puylaroque with Chef Thierry including lunch
Fabric Printing Class (morning)
Aperitifs + Two-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Chateau Breakfast
Visit Cahors Market Day w/ lunch at local restaurant
Fabric Printing Class (afternoon)
Aperitifs + Three-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Chateau Breakfast
Fabric Printing Class (all day)
Lunch at Chateau Dumas
Aperitifs + Two-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

FRIDAY August 3
Chateau Breakfast
Workshop wrap-up
Lunch at Chateau Dumas
Visit to Bruniquel village and it's hilltop Chateaus
Champagne + Three course Farewell dinner

Chateau Breakfast
Late Morning Airport Drop-off

*itinerary subject to slight changes

Included: Almost everything!!
Not Included: Airfare, lunch in St. Antonin, Shopping!

We can also arrange for you to book an hour-long massage at the Chateau!

Retreat Booking Options:

Book Your Retreat:

  • A deposit of $750 is required to reserve your space
  • Half the balance due is required by March 15, 2018
  • Remaining balance due is required by May 15, 2018
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there will be no refunds given after the full balance has been paid
We strongly recommend that you take out your own travel and health insurance before traveling to France.
The workshop will run with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants.




Additional Retreat Information

Textile Painting Workshop with Melanie Royals
We will explore a variety of exciting textile printing and painting techniques including stenciling, dyeing and discharged color, and silkscreen pattern options on both fashion and upholstery fabrics.

Traveling to France
Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city center and Toulouse Blagnac international airport. Please plan your flight to arrive in Toulouse around late morning to midday Saturday. We recommend that you consider flying in a day or two early and spending some time in Toulouse-to see the city and adjust to the time difference (we can provide a list of recommended hotels), and then taxi to meet the main group at the airport. If you choose to extend you time in France either before or after the Retreat, you can make arrangements to arrive via rail at the Montauban (Villebourbon) or Caussade Railway Station.

Transport to Chateau Dumas from Toulouse
Transfer to and from the airport to Chateau Dumas is included! Our bus transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas will occur sometime in the early afternoon on Saturday. The exact time will be determined once we have all student flight itineraries available. Free transportation is also provide upon departure, with the bus leaving the Chateau for the airport mid-morning on our last Saturday.

If you book flight arriving or leaving Toulouse that fall outside of the standard transport times, we can book you private transportation (at your own expense)