Next retreat at Chateau de Montvason Normandy France

Thursday 3rd September- Monday 7th September 2020  



A 50% non returnable booking is required to secure your place and full payment is required no later than 8 weeks before the retreat date. Cancellations before this period will be reimbursed 50% of the full cost after this no refund is returned.



4 nights luxury accommodation, sole use of the chateau and grounds, five 3 hour drawing sessions with costumed model, basic art materials and tuition if required by Kate. Meals as stated, breakfast, lunches and evening meals all using local french produce.There is a bar available with local cider, wine and beer. We have one communal evening meal at a fantastic local restaurant not included in the cost. The chateau has a pool for use and extensive beautiful woodland grounds to explore.

Travelling to the Chateau can be done in a variety of ways. Drive to Portsmouth, Poole or Bournemouth Ferry port. You will arrive in Cherbourg and the Chateau is a 15 minute drive away/ full travel details will be given before your arrival. Alternatively you can travel by Eurostar via Paris with connecting trains to Cherbourg or if travelling on foot via ferry you will be picked up on your arrival.

You can see furthur details of the chateau at

Day 1 Thursday

Thursday is arrival day we ask you to arrive by late afternoon. If arriving by ferry or train on foot you will be met and transported to Chateau de Montvason in time to meet Kate Broad and the Chateau owners and hosts Paul Golledge and Emma Newton. Full travel details will be sent on booking giving options via Paris and train to Cherbourg or arriving by ferry at Cherbourg from Portsmouth or Bournemouth.

After settling in and a welcome aperitif, you will have the evening to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and grounds of Montvason and explore the Chateaus many interiors before a Welcome dinner and an introduction to the event. Our wonderful hosts will make you feel at home and provide some background history regarding the chateau's renovation and fascinating past.

Day 2 Friday

After breakfast, locate your Chatelaine as she resides somewhere within the Chateau. This will be the first of many tableaux you will be able to document and as the weekend progresses a narrative unfolds marrying cloth, figure and location.

Each day will have two approx 3 hour drawing sessions located within the house and grounds with mid way breaks and lunch provided.

Friday evening is a chance to visit a local restaurant, you will be transported both ways and on your return relax in the salons within the Chateau, take a swim or just sit in mindful practice in this peaceful location.

Day 3 Saturday

After breakfast the novella unfolds further but after a shorter morning session you are free to document and handle the costumes at closer inspection and document them as part of your independent study for the rest of the day.

Alternatively, after lunch an excursion to neighbouring beaches and countryside, or a local museum gives you an insight into the region. We return for dinner at the Chateau.

Day 4 Sunday

Day 4 sees our Chatelaine shift through states of emotion, attire and location during your morning drawing session. There will be a break for lunch of local french food and wine and time to chat and share your experiences. You are free half day to either work independently or relax.

As the day folds the Chateau is transformed for a dusk draw, lanterns lighting your way through the forest to the lake for the final act and finale..

Day 5 Monday

Goodbye breakfast and an opportunity to reflect on your work and share your experiences before you say goodbye to Montvason and leave for the ferry/station from Cherbourg.

This is a sample itineraray and may be subject to small changes due to weather or possibility of side trips.

More details about Chateau de Montvason and our hosts Paul Golledge and Emma Newton can be found at