France Retreat

Retreat to the South of France July 16 – 26, 2024

Join artist Jeniffer Hutchins for a 10 day retreat to stimulate your senses and nourish your Creative Spirit. Step away from routine as you explore the beautiful Lot and Dordogne regions of Southwestern France through the eyes of your inner artist. Take in the sights of rural towns and historic villages; indulge your taste buds with regional food; train your ear to the French language and moments of silent meditation; find rest among the freshly scented gardens. Capture it all in the smooth flow of your favorite art media during regional excursions and in-studio experiences. With over 20 years of experience as an artist and art workshop facilitator, Jeniffer offers gentle guidance that will help you loosen up, find your focus, and express your unique voice. Beginners and advanced visual artists welcome.

“I can personally say the France retreat was completely gratifying, eye-opening, and liberating. Not one single regret. If you’re thinking about this, Do It.”

Kathy Summers, Missouri

You are invited to join us at Le Vieux Couvent, an artist retreat located in the Lot Region of Southwestern France. This 17th century former convent is nestled in the rural town of Frayssinet. It offers cozy lodging, an art studio, artist library, lush gardens, courtyard, and secluded patios. During your stay you will be pampered by the retreat staff who provide multiple-course gourmet meals and day trips to local venues for artistic inspiration.

Your creative well is sure to be filled in this majestic region. The area is celebrated for its beautiful countryside, Cahors vineyards, pre-historic cave paintings at Pech Merle and historic villages such as St Cirq Lapopie, Puy-l’Evaque and Rocamadour.  Group excursions provide the opportunity to engage in your favorite creative activities such as plein air painting, photography, or journaling, as well as time to take in the local culture, shop and dine.

While at Le Vieux Couvent you will have time to integrate all that your senses have taken in through independent art making and solitary reflection in the garden.  Join in community time during creativity workshops & meditation sessions. Lessons are designed to help you clarify your unique vision using your favorite art materials be they water color, acrylics, oil paints, or pastels.

Come experience presence through creative expression in this renewing holiday. This is your retreat, and you have permission to engage in as much or as little as meets your personal needs. All excursions, workshops and meditation sessions are optional.

“Anyone who is considering this stop considering it and just do it. This retreat was an amazing experience on every front.”

Pat Taylor, Michigan

Jeniffer Hutchins combines her personal artistic experience and formal education to provide art experiences that nourish the soul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art education, a master’s in divinity, and certification as a Reiki Master Teacher. She is founder of the non-profit organization Unity Arts Ministry through which she presents creativity workshops and gives inspirational talks around the country, spreading paint -and joy- everywhere she goes.  

Inspired by her love of nature and travels cross-country and abroad, Jeniffer captures in art the beauty she sees in the world. She works with a variety of media including paint, collage, photography and art journaling. Her artwork has been featured in group & solo exhibitions and represented by galleries across the United States.

Additional Details

General Registration Opens August 1, 2023

To register send an email to for a retreat registration form

Retreat Center: Le Vieux Couvant – visit the retreat center website at

Dates: July 16th – 26th 2024

Pricing: $3,350 USD

Your Trip Includes

  • 10 nights lodging at Le Vieux Couvant(Single or shared occupancy)
  • All breakfasts
  • Six lunches
  • Nine Dinners
  • Soft drinks & wine with meals
  • Transfer to and from Toulouse airport (check with us before booking your flights)
  • 24 hour use of the art studio and extensive art library
  • Transportation to the various surrounding areas for day trips and plein air or photo opportunities
  • Creativity Workshops
  • Meditation Sessions

Items Not Included

  • Airfare (all participants must check with us before booking flights)
  • 3 lunches (plus your lunch upon arrival)
  • One evening meal
  • Entry Fees and staff appreciation
  • Art materials for personal projects
  • Personal items

Down payment: $600 USD due with registration form to claim your seat

REFUND POLICY: No refunds. The exception being – refund (minus $100 Euros for office costs) may be made if the workshop is completely filled and your place can be filled from a waiting list. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE. Our refund policy is strict because we must pay for the rooms in advance.

Travel Insurance: We highly recommend trip insurance for health, baggage, and trip cancellation / interruption.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are registrations & deposits due? Deposits are due at the time of your registration. Our initial registration period ends January 1st, 2024. This is our deadline to reach our group minimum of 12. After this we will continue to collect registrations until the event sells out.

How many people can attend this retreat? Space is limited to 15

Should I bring art supplies? Yes, it is recommended that you bring your own art supplies for personal projects. You will have the option to visit an art supply store early in our trip to pick up anything you could not travel with or those you may have left behind accidentally.

Are there any art supplies / materials available for general use? The retreat center has an art studio equipped with the basics such as: easel’s, chairs for plein air, basic drawing supplies, pots for putting water in etc.

What if I have special dietary requests? The retreat center can cater to dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. During the registration process you will have the option to list your requests. These will then be shared with the retreat center.

What if I have mobility issues? Here are some things to be aware of before deciding if this trip is right for you. There are limited lodging options on the first floor of the retreat center. However, the use of stairs is required to access the studio and gardens at Le Vieux Couvent. Due to the nature of the landscape many of the sites we will visit have uneven ground, cobble stone roads, stairs and or hills. Please let host, Jen know of your lodging needs prior to filling out the registration form to ensure we have rooms avail to accommodate your requests.

How are lodgings decided? During registration, you will have the option to list your lodging preferences. Please make note of any mobility issues and room-mate preferences. Each guest room at Le Vieux Couvent is unique and varies from single to double bed. There are a couple of rooms with two beds for friends who would like to stay together. Rooms vary in accessibility from ground level to third floor with spiral stairs. By default, rooms will be assigned as single occupancy unless otherwise requested. We will do our best to accommodate all requests keeping in mind accessibility needs above all.

How can I connect and coordinate with others in the group before the retreat? We will be putting together a private FB group for registered participants. Through this group you will be able to coordinate travel plans as well as share things like packing tips, material lists, etc.

What if I have more questions? For additional inquiries please email

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