16-23 Oct 2023
During your week long stay, you'll have the opportunity to develop your creativity through the art of slow stitching and to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. You'll be inspired by the spectacular views of the surrounding hills, the sounds of birdsong in the woods, and the intimacy of a small group of like-minded creative people who love all things textiles.
Whether you're an experienced stitcher or just starting out, this retreat offers the perfect opportunity to slow down, reconnect with yourself, and discover the joys of creative expression. Join me at Amassa in Autumn 2023 for an unforgettable experience.
The workshop is an invitation to develop your creative expression and delve into your own story through stitch, taking inspiration from place and your own lived experience. You will learn to develop a design, explore expressive stitches to evoke emotions and create a narrative. This is an opportunity to explore new ideas, and engage in creative play at a gentle pace. I will be present throughout to provide one-to-one feedback, support and direction. The intimacy of our small group will be an incredible learning environment to give and receive encouragement and support.
Students will receive a beautifully curated material kit including fabric, needles, embroidery threads and a hoop.
No prior embroidery or textile experience is necessary for this course.
In addition to the creative workshop, you'll enjoy nourishing meals prepared by our talented chef, Woody, who sources the freshest local ingredients to create seasonal dishes that cater to a variety of dietary needs. We will also have a selection of tea, coffee and treats thoughts the day. There will also be plenty of time to develop your creative expression, connect with nature, draw by the outdoor pools or continue stitching by the cosy fire.
To get a flavour of this beautiful part of France, we will go on a group excursion to explore the delightful town Lectoure, known for its characterful cafes, food market, antique stores and vintage shops.
OUR VENUE AMASSA
Amassa is an elegant collection of stone houses, each with luxury rooms and unique character. The interiors have been carefully curated and decorated with locally sourced antiques and materials, and all rooms feature en-suite bathrooms fitted with showers. There are lounge areas in addition to the various communal areas for workshops, relaxation, eating, and gathering.
We can accommodate people with disabilities including wheelchair users.
Amassa is in South West France, 1 hour west of Toulouse which has an International airport and intercity train station.
TGV Train from Paris to Toulouse take about 3.5 hours. We will arrange a group pick up and return to the airport/train station at a specific time.
WHAT ISN'T INCLUDED
Airfares and 1 lunch during the excursion are not included.
Monday 16 Oct- arrival, settle in, dinner
Tuesday 17 Oct- Stitch Workshop
Wednesday 18 Oct- Stitch Workshop
Thursday 19 Oct- Stitch Workshop
Friday 20 Oct- Visit to nearby historic town
Saturday 21 Oct- Stitch Workshop
Sunday 22 Oct - Stitch Workshop, Informal show & tell with the group.
Monday 23 Oct - Departure after breakfast
8 am-9.30am Breakfast
9.30-1 pm Workshop
1 pm-2.30 pm Lunch
2.30-5.30 pm Workshop
7-8.30 pm Dinner
9 pm onwards After hours studio time
for 7 nights/8 days
for 7 nights/8 days
To book your place, please fill out the form below with your preferred accomodation.
25% of the workshop fee is required to register. We will send you a payment link for this.
The remaining amount is due by 30 April 2023.
Please note all bookings are first come first serve basis. Accomodation at Amassa is shared (two adults per room) with the exception of 4 single occupancy rooms, so if you prefer single occupancy please book early.
All payments including the deposit are non-refundable unless we are able to fill you spot or we cancel the workshop. We highly recommend travel insurance for your airfare and workshop fees in case you are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.
SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
25% of the fee is due on registration. This is non-refundable, unless we are able to fill your spot or we cancel the workshop. Remaining payment is due on 30 April 2023.
Payment can be made by debit or credit card. We will send you a payment link upon receiving your booking form.
If you have questions about anything not covered here, please contact us by emailing at email@example.com and we will do our best to help you.
Ekta Kaul is an award winning artist known for her narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. She works on public and private commissions and her work is held in several permanent collections including at the Crafts Council, Liberty of London, the Gunnersbury Museum, Tatter Blue Library Brooklyn and those of private collectors. Ekta loves to inspire creativity and is has been invited to teach at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Tatter Library Brooklyn, TOAST, the Makerie and many more. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council England and was the winner of 2021 Cockpit Arts Textile Prize. Her work has been featured in Financial Times, BBC Radio 4, Vogue, Selvedge and Embroidery Magazine among others. She works from her studio in leafy West London, UK.