France

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Ponderosa Workshop

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September 26-30, 2019

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!

WELCOME!

Join us at the most beautiful Chateau de Courtomer for a restful getaway in Normandy France. Inspired by the grandeur and beauty of the Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Courtomer was built to reflect a timeless ideal of nobility and elegance. Located in a gentle green valley amongst private park and farmland (just under three hours from Paris) we will sleep in simply gorgeous rooms, eat happy and healthy seasonal food and create lifelong friendships and transformative floral art in this lovely, ancient home.

Inspired by the history and beauty around us, we will dig deep into the heart of creativity, and explore how we can discover our place in the world as floral artists. We will create wildly romantic bridal bouquets and Dutch Masters inspired floral arrangements, and near the end of the week we will create an incredible floral installation together using the environment as our guide.

This workshop is designed for new and experienced florists as well as photographers, stylists, creatives and dreamers that want to grow and expand their skill set for more flexibility and creativity in their work.

This workshop at the Chateau will challenge and inspire you, and if you come with an open heart you will be changed. Not by magic, but by being around the incredible community of like minded souls that bravely choose the vulnerable path of learning, friendship and adventure.

WORKSHOP FEE: $4700 USD

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TRAVEL

We are so excited to host you at the luxurious Chateau de Courtomer in Courtomer, France.

Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements to get to and from the workshop venue (including airfare, train tickets, car rental, or other related expenses).

- Map and directions


NEAREST AIRPORTS

- Le Mans Arnage (LFRM)
- Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
- Paris Orly (ORY)


NEAREST TRAIN STATION

- Le Merlerault


CAR RENTAL

For those seeking the freedom to explore the surrounding area before or after the workshop, your best option is to rent a car.

Once you are registered for the workshop you will be able to reach out to fellow guest through the Facebook group to arrange ride-sharing.

Please feel free to email with any questions.


ACCOMMODATIONS

We are happy to say that accommodations at Chateau de Courtomer are included in the price of the workshop.


ROOM OPTIONS

Shared Room (included in workshop fee)

- Single sized bed (twin equivalent)
- Shared room
- Shared bathroom

Private Room (+$400)

- Double sized bed (full/queen equivalent)
- Private room
- Private bathroom

All accommodation options are limited and subject to availability based on the workshop. All guests in shared accommodations will share the room with members of the same gender.

Free WiFi is available in some parts of the castle. If traveling internationally, we recommend contacting your mobile phone’s service provider to see what your options are for talk, text and data in other countries.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance in case of natural disasters, flight issues, or cancellation.

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 26

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Arrival - please plan to show up at the venue or meeting point during this time frame

Welcome dinner and drinks


FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 27

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Foraging adventure

Group intros

Lunch

Floral demonstration | “Wild and Romantic Editorial Bouquet” - a lesson in large and dramatic bouquets

Hands-on floral session | “Wild and Romantic Editorial Bouquets”

Dinner and wine

After dinner group reflection


SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 28

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Floral demonstration | "Still Life Flowers"- a lesson in floral storytelling

Lunch

Lesson on posing flowers

Hands-on floral session | "Still Life Flowers"

Photo shoot | "Still Life Flowers"

Dinner and wine


SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 29

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Hands-on floral session | "Creating Installation Shapes"

Lunch

Editorial photo shoot | Group installation, bouquets and model

Farewell feast and wine

After dinner group reflection


MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 30

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

11:00 AM | Goodbyes and send off with sack lunch

Please note that in order for us to facilitate the best possible experience the order of scheduled items may vary.


WORKSHOP INCLUDES


ACCOMODATIONS

Four (4) nights on-site at Chateau de Courtomer (arriving Thursday PM and departing Monday AM)

Room options (subject to availability, for more information see Travel section)

- Shared Room (included in workshop fee)

- Private Room (+$400)

Access to workshop venue sites and scenery


MEALS & REFRESHMENTS

Four (4) breakfasts, lunches and dinners

Beverages (including the special ones)

Snacks and refreshments


WORKSHOP MATERIALS

Ponderosa Workshop Apron

Welcome gift

All flowers and supplies

Floral clippers


EDUCATION & COMMUNITY

Floral demonstrations and hands-on instruction with Katie Davis

Three (3) floral arranging hands-on sessions

Personal 1:1 session with Katie Davis

Group discussions

Private Facebook group for all workshop guests to meet and stay connected


PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Professional headshot

Beautifully styled photo shoots featuring your florals

Access to the Student Gallery for portfolio, website, and social media use:

  - Photos of your arrangements and the group installation

  - Candid and editorial shots that capture the workshop experience