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Summer 2018

The workshop for
 2018 is now available for booking.
The dates of the workshop are 27th July until 3rd August including arrival and departure days.

The cost of the workshop for 2018  is $2200/£1850/1850 Euros.
Whilst exchange rates fluctuate our costs are currently fixed to ensure covering costs.  This payment does not include either your  air fares or french car hire costs.

The workshop is aimed at people of all abilities, this means we can provide as much technical support, space and creative encouragement as you may need. please let us know of any specific personal requirements when making your booking.

On the morning of the first day (28th) we will go as a group in shared cars to visit the local market.
This is the perfect start to your French holiday, a light breakfast and an introduction to local culture which will put you in the mood for an afternoon of creative silk work.

Over the next five days ( 29th - 2nd ) the workshop will follow a regular daily pattern enabling you to choose how you use your time in Durfort.

Each day we will meet in the studio at around 9.30 am and spend the morning painting with a short break for coffee mid morning. At 12.30 we will break for lunch - this will either be home cooked in the village or at a local restaurant.

Lunch in France is a leisurely meal and finishes around 2.00pm. During the afternoon and into the evening the studio will be available for your use or you can take the time to discover the ancient villages and beautiful countryside of the locality.

Each evening we will eat together in the village or at local restaurants a short drive from the village.  When booking please let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have.
There will be two evening meals for which you will pay outside of the course cost.  The expected total cost of these will be a maximum of 100 euros covering both meals

During the workshop you will be using Habotai  8 silk of various sizes.  
We will start you off on a small square and then gradually move onto larger pieces including scarves.

After the first small square you will be able to create a four foot long scarf and two square pictures of medoum sizes as part of the inclusive cost .  
Out side of these silks there will be a charge at cost for any extra silk you may wish to use.

The accommodation  will be in the village usually an ancient house built  somewhere between 1400 - 1600.   
The houses are made of timber and local stone.
You will share the house with others attending the course.

The bedrooms  are mostly  single and  shared with twin beds.
A double room is available should you wish to bring a partner along, there is a reduced price for partners not doing silk painting.

There are special reduced rates for students by arrangement .  
We will need proof of current study, an International Student Identity Card or similar proof is required.

There are also reduced rates for those coming on a return visit.

The nearest airports are Toulouse and Carcassonne with Toulouse being the best for International flights.
The village of Durfort can be found on the map page on tihis website

Car Hire:  
We would suggest sharing the cost of car hire and by doing so the individual cost will be in the region of 175 – 250 euros per week depending on the model of car hired.

Car hire companies include the following:
Avis -
Ada –
Hertz –
Sixt –
Europecar –

These companies are usually available at both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports.  
We can connect you with other people attending the course for car sharing nearer the time of the course.
We hope to have provided enough information about the course and accommodation but there will no doubt be questions.

Please email us with any queries and we will respond with helpful, useful answers as soon as possible.

Contacting us is easy.
Either by email – stephen
Or by telephone on -0044 07875 466912/ 0044 208 989 3464 

There will be five days of silk painting during your stay and on the final day (2nd) we will need you to complete any work by 3.00pm so we can steam and fix your pieces ready for you take them home on the 3rd.

For any one who may be staying in the village before traveling on in Europe we are able to offer overnight lodging for one nght  at no further charge, please let us know beforehand. 

Booking and payment:
Booking can be made by email and an initial deposit is required to secure a place on the course.

 The deposit is $300/£300/£300 euros.
 This deposit is payable by cheque and further payment details are given when making your booking.

Bookings made after March 30h 2018 will require a booking payment of 50% of the total cost .

Final payment of the full amount is due by May 18th 2018.  Each payment will receive a conformation email once we receive a cheque.

 See you in Durfort