Arriving on September 19, 2018 – Departing on September 29, 2018
Arriving on October 4, 2018 – Departing on October 14, 2018

Travel retreat for the Creative Mind, Body & Spirit

Join Sue Primeau, art instructor and Nancy Olker, master certified pilates instructor in a fun-filled, wonderfully relaxing painting excursion in the breath-taking and historically rich Dordogne region of France.

We will be staying in a beautifully restored convent, complete with a studio set up for all our creative needs. Daily we will visit nearby villages, towns, historic sites and the French country side.

Experience Art and Travel

This is your invitation to join Sue and Nancy at Le Vieux Couvent in the Dordogne Valley of France.  This area has inspired artists for thousands of years, including prehistoric man.  Le Vieux Couvent is a collection of medieval buildings surrounded by beautiful courtyards, secluded terraces, swimming pools and gardens.  Painting and relaxing at Le Vieux is unparalleled!

What’s a day like?

This trip is not only a travel adventure that includes day trips to quaint villages, bustling markets and historic sites to paint, sketch and/or photograph on location, it is also a retreat, a time to relax and share the art of painting and the art of having fun with like-minded people.

We will be visiting a prehistoric cave with paintiings 35,000 years old.  We will also visit local markets, and nobody does markets as well as the French; there’s the historic pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, the picturesque village of St. Cirq la Popie perched high above Le Lot river and many other lovely villages nearby the convent. Most excursions are made in the morning to take advantage of the strong lighting.

Weather will dictate which days we visit certain sites. When we return from these outings, you can choose to go to the studio to work or perhaps a bit of quiet reflection on the grounds or a dip in one of the outdoor pools on warm days is your preference.

Aperitifs are served before dinner and we all will gather at that time for a daily sharing of our artwork/experiences along with a friendly and informative critique.

Life at Le Vieux Couvent

For those of you who have not been to Le Vieux before, it is a delightful 17th century former convent.

We stay in shabby-chic, beautifully simple rooms, all with en suite bathrooms.


The real joy of Le Vieux Couvent is the warm hospitality provided by our hosts Corrine and Bill, both artists themselves, the beautiful intimate gardens of the convent, the well-lit and spacious studio, the camaraderie of other wonderful artists and last, but not least is the five-star food. At Le Vieux, art is food for the soul but food is the art and soul of our stay.

Best of all, this travel workshop is designed for a small, intimate group of only sixteen participants.

What will I learn?

There is no faster way to improve your artistic skills than the practice of en plein air painting, however not everyone is comfortable sketching and/or painting on location. Sue will give us demos and lessons on fun and helpful techniques to make on-location art a joy, including no-fear painting techniques. There is ample time for her to offer one-on-one instruction.

So whether you are rank beginner or an experienced painter bring your creativity, a sense of discovery and your good humor for a wonderfully fun learning experience.

What’s Included:

  • Ten nights at Le Vieux Couvent—Reserved solely for our group, you will have access to washing machines, kitchenettes for early morning coffee, two swimming pools and many patios and private spaces in which to sketch, read or reflect.
  • All breakfasts, most lunches and all dinners. Including an evening out to experience the local French cuisine and culture. The meals at Le Vieux are served banquet style and are Mediterranean in content. Note thatspecialdietaryrequirementscanbeaccommodated.
    All group and one-on-one art instruction by Sue Primeau or Nancy Olker.
  • All transportation including pick up and drop off at Toulouse, France Blagnac airport and all ground transportation to and from painting and historical sites
  • Local wines with included lunches and all dinners

What’s Not Included:

  • Your airfare
  • Travel insurance for health, baggage and/or trip cancellation/interruption
  • Any items of a personal nature.
  • Two lunches out, one dinner out, as well as any tips and gratuities.

We hope you are inspired and looking forward to experiencing Southwestern France both in person, in health and in paint! This is a popular trip booking up fast, so please let Sue know of your interested as soon as possible.

To enroll, or for more information including prices, please contact Sue Primeau directly via email or by phone 612-889-7995. Feel free to take a look at her website:

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