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Your trip begins in charming Normandy villages, and stunning seaside resort towns, and concludes with exploring the world renowned Paris Flea Market. While in Normandy take walks in small local villages, discover French country farms, cider mills and chateau’s, spend a morning experiencing the beauty of Monet’s gardens, take a bike trip along the famous beach-side boardwalk of Deauville. Enjoy an afternoon at the quaint stone French cottage of a local painter and have an aperitif in his private garden. Walk along cobblestone streets and see 300 year old architecture and churches…and absorb the culture of Northwest France.Partake in local culture at farm markets, stylish bistro’s and fabulous restaurants … Shop for vintage treasures, explore the beauty of the French countryside …You will never just sit in a room and make art. Your art will be created out of exploring and experiencing Normandy.Imagine making art in small villages along the sea, at a cafe, in Monet’s gardens, in an art museum, among ancient ruins, inside a cathedral or in the quiet of the grounds of the manoir.Each day you will be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the villages of Normandy. We will also have a few structured art classes.Our hope is that this will not just be a retreat…it will be opening up of your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.


What is included in your 7 night/8 day stay:

  • Transportation to and from Paris and all local transportation throughout the tour.
  • 6 dinners, 7 lunches at bistros, brasseries and fine restaurants.
  • 7 nights accommodations in a classic 18th century seaside Normandy manoir with full service spa facilities, beautifully decorated bedrooms, large private bathrooms, WIFI, and all of the amenities, breakfast each morning and sea-view outdoor spaces to relax as well as walking distance to the beaches and shops.
  • Art inspiration and structured or in-formal instruction in small villages along the sea, at a cafe, in Monet’s gardens, in an art museum, among ancient ruins, inside a cathedral or in the quiet of the grounds of the manoir with Jeanne Oliver.
  • Stops at vintage shops, markets and brocantes.
  • A visit to Monet’s home and garden and stops to sites frequented by the French Impressionist artists and their students.
  • A hosted visit to the home of a French painter, studio tour and aperitif in his charming garden.
  • Afternoon strolls in centuries old villages, stops at ancient ruins and stunning cathedrals.
  • Expert French speaking native to translate, negotiate, assist and share local cultural information during your stay.
  • An exclusive visit to Rabbit Hill.
  • …. And more!

Join me: October 9-16, 2015

In US dollars:  $3995 double / $5495 single. Price per person (double or triple occupancy)

Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $500

Payment Schedule:
First Payment: $2,185.00 due on or before June 15, 2015
Last Payment: balance due on or before September 1, 2015


If you are interested in The Living Studio | Normandy, France please email Jeanne Oliver at to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.