19-29 April 2024
Embark on this nourishing 10-day textile retreat that weaves the elegance of Paris with the pastoral beauty of South West France. We will begin the journey in the heart of Paris, soaking up inspiration from the city's world class museums, gathering materials from quaint haberdasheries and flea markets, learning from Parisian insiders over 3 exciting days before heading down to the tranquility of rural South West France.
About an hour from Toulouse, Amassa awaits us—a picturesque ensemble of ancient stone cottages surrounded by gentle rolling hills. Here, against the backdrop of verdant vistas and the hum of birdsong you'll find the perfect sanctuary for a week of blissful stitching.
This retreat is designed to awaken your inner artist irrespective of your level of experience, open to all from seasoned stitchers to those embarking on their first thread-and-needle adventure. Each day will be an adventure of learning and making. You will learn stitch techniques, how to turn your ideas into designs, how to finish, display. I will share insights into processes and methods that I have spent years developing and refining.
THE PARIS EXPERIENCE 19,20,21 April 2024
Soaking up insipiration over 3 magical days in Paris. Discover the celebrated haberdasheries of Paris, boutiques brimmingwith the highest quality French ribbons, yarns, threads, beads,sequins, gems and buttons, guided by Rebecca Devaney, an expert couture embroiderer. We will visit art museums, explore the labyrinth alleys of Paris’ oldest flea-market which are treasure troves of vintage lace, linen, passementerie, goldenthreads and gossamer lingerie and learn Bojagi from Parisian artist Maryse Allard.
Parisian Highlights at a Glance:
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN PARIS
Hotels, airfares to Paris and to Toulouse, airport transfers in Paris, transport within Paris, insurance cover, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR PARIS STAY
I've handpicked a selection of hotels that I believe will beautifully complement your Parisian experience. Once you register, I'll share my recommendations to help you find the perfect place to stay and make planning your trip as seamless and enjoyable as possible.
FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE 22-29 APRIL
The workshop is an invitation to slow down, creative expression through stitch, taking inspiration from a sensorial experience of place. You will learn to develop a design, explore expressive stitches to evoke emotions and create a narrative on cloth. This is an opportunity to deepen your creative practice at a gentle pace. I will be not only teach you different techniques but also 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.
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. We will also visit the local Woad Museum in Lectoure to delve deeper into the textile history of the region.
Students will receive a beautifully curated material kit including fabric, needles, embroidery threads.
No prior embroidery or textile experience is necessary for this course.
French Countryside Highlights:
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.
OUR RURAL HAVEN AMASSA
Amassa is an elegant collection of stone houses, each with characterful rooms. 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. However, please note that the ground is uneven.
Amassa is in South West France, 1 hour west of Toulouse which has an International airport and intercity train station.
Please note that we will arrange a group collection from Toulouse train station & airport in a minibus at 4 pm on Monday 22 April, and similarly arrange a group drop off to Toulouse train station and airport departing from Amassa at 10am on 29 April.
Please organise your travel plans accordingly. If for any reason you need to travel earlier or later, we would be happy to assist you in arranging taxis to or from the venue to be paid at your own expense.
WHAT'S INCLUDED AT AMASSA
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Airfares and 1 lunch during the excursion are not included.
"My experience in Amassa has exceeded everything I had hoped for. Our days were filled with a balance of lessons and lots of time to be creative, and Ekta was always available to offer advice and instruction. Ekta facilitated a positive and supportive energy in our workshops and honored our individual artistic expression. I didn't want our week to end!"
"From the welcome hug upon arrival to the incredible instruction, the wonderful fellowship at mealtime, to the peaceful surroundings, and the chatting, sharing, and laughter during our stitching sessions, this was an all-round fantastic experience."
Friday 19, 20,21 April- Museum Visits, Haberdashery tour, Flea Market Tour, River Cruise, embroidery workshop in Paris.
Monday 22 April - Travel to Toulose. Arrive at Amassa, settle in, dinner.
(Group collection at 4 pm from Toulouse airport and train station to bring you to Amassa)
Tuesday 23 April - Stitch Workshop
Wednesday 24 April - Stitch Workshop
Thursday 25 April - Stitch Workshop.
Friday 26 April - Visit to vintage shops in nearby historic town Lectoure & visit to Woad Museum.
Saturday 27 April - Stitch Workshop
Sunday 28 April - Stitch Workshop, Informal show & tell with the group.
Monday 29 April - Group Departure after breakfast to airport/trainstation at 10 am
AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION TRANSFERS on 22 & 29 April
You can take either the train or the flight from Paris to Toulouse on 22 April. We will arrange a group collection from Toulouse train station and airport in minibuses at 4 pm on Monday 22 April, and similarly arrange a group drop off to Toulouse train station and airport departing at 10am from Amassa on 29 April. Please organise your travel plans accordingly. If for any reason you need to travel earlier or later, we would be happy to assist you in arranging taxis to be paid at your own expense.
ITERNERARY at AMASSA
8.30 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 self led studio time
"Such a wonderful, supportive, creative environment was created by Ekta, where ideas were given space to emerge and encouraged to flourish, in their own time. Delicieux all round!"
"Absolute joy in joining Ekta's group at Amassa. The stitching, learning, meeting a wonderful group of like minded friends and the experience of Amassa, with its location, food, character and hospitality was wonderful."
"Ekta is a wonderfully generous and encouraging educator. This week away in the south of France has been very inspiring and restful all at the same time. Lovely to meet people with a similar passion for textiles from all corners of the globe, share stories and stitch together."
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Paris Accommodation Not Included
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Paris accomodation not included
PARIS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES
NOT INCLUDED Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation in Paris. Airfares to and from Paris and to Toulouse, airport transfers in Paris, transport within Paris, insurance cover.
AMASSA EXPERIENCE INCLUDES
1 Museum TicketNOT INCLUDED Airfares to Toulouse and 1 lunch during the excursion.
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 1 Feb 2024
Please note all bookings are first come first serve basis. SPOTS ARE LIMITED
All payments including the deposit are non-refundable unless we are able to fill your 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 1 Feb 2024.
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 place, history and belonging through stitch. She works on public and private commissions and her work is held in several permanent collections including at the Museum of London, Crafts Council, Liberty of London, the Gunnersbury Museum, Tatter Blue Library (Brooklyn,USA) and those of private collectors. Ekta loves to inspire creativity and has been invited to teach at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Tatter, 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.