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Slow Life in France Workshop with Carmelo Blandino

$7,500 per participating artist

$5,500 per companion

Deadline to Register (full balance): May 14th, 2024

To Register, Contact Annie  


Gascony France Workshop
July13th - July 20th, 2024

In Collaboration with Slow Life in France...

Experience the beautiful landscapes and villages of Southern France with Carmelo Blandino and

this all-inclusive experience at Annie Jacquet Bentley's Le Presbytère.

7 days of Slow Life in France, where participants will enjoy developing their sketchbook practices while awakening all of their senses in Gascony's picturesque region. This workshop celebrates the sketchbook arts while advancing your observational skills and aesthetic eye of the surrounding flora and fauna. 


Carmelo invites participating artists to immerse themselves in this unique workshop. The approach is unlike any other of his workshops. Here, you will learn to absorb, observe, and be one with your subject matter. The sketchbook arts have been a continual studio practice of Carmelo's artistic breadth, and he invites you to France to learn how. Students will be tasked with keeping a sketchbook to document their stay in France, which will aid them in the future as they continue their artistic journey.

Slow Down, Live Better!

"I would like to welcome you to my 18th century home for a week of fun, good food and total relaxation. I look forward to sharing with you my passion for the good life, cooking, eating well as well as my strong commitment to living in the moment"

- Annie Jacquet Bentley, Owner

Workshop Experience

See Below for the Full 7-Day Itinerary:
Activities and events may vary and are subject to change.

Saturday, July 13th

Arrival/pick up at Toulouse airport and/or Agen Train Station

Lunch at home

Get acquainted with the house, the garden and the village

Welcome dinner at home


Sunday, July 14th (BASTILLE DAY)


Flea Market at the village

Lunch at the heart of the village at Angeline

Visit to old architecture dating back to the Middle Ages.

Dinner at home



Monday, July 15th


Visit to Hervé's garden visit

Lunch at home

Visit to Flaran (cloister/fine art museum/church/gardens)

Charcutier Extraordinaire: dinner at home / homemade charcuterie /

local cheeses & wines/ homemade desserts


Tuesday, July 16th


Visit to Chateau Arton and its vineyards

Lunch on the castle grounds

Wine & Armagnac tastings

Visit to Tannerie Royale

Bleu de Lectoure

Dinner at home


Wednesday, July 17th


Visit Domaine Boulouch and tour the grounds

Lunch at Domaine Boulouch 

Visit Coursiana (botanical garden and arboretum)

Dinner at Citrus Restaurant


Thursday, July 18th


Fources (A "most beautiful village of France")

Wine Tasting & Picnic in the vineyards

Evening Market at Lamontjoie (local foods & wines, live music, dancing)


Friday, July 19th


Lectoure Open Air market: painting Lectoure, the cathedral,

& ancient streets

Lunch Home or at restaurant in Lectoure

Moirax (historic monument, Priory founded in the 11th century)

Le Prieuré Restaurant (Michelin Starred)


Saturday, July 20th


Leave for airport/train station

Also included (if time permits)

Cooking Classes



Shiatsu (one session per person)

Thai Massage (one session per person)

The estate can accommodate 4 couples or 5 individuals (or a combination of the two). 

Limited spaces available.



$7,500 per participating artist

$5,500 per companion

Deadline to Register (full balance):

May 14th, 2024

Any enrollment after May 14th, will need to be considered upon availability and will need to be paid in-full. 

Contact Carmelo or Annie for any questions.

Payments may be made by check or wire transfer.

A 50% deposit is required at time of enrollment to secure your reservation. The balance is due 60 days before the start of the session: May 14th, 2024

If the balance is not paid on time, the participant's enrollment will be cancelled and the deposit will be retained by Slow Life in France.


Proof of Travel Insurance as well as Health Insurance valid in France are mandatory.

In the event that Carmelo Blandino cancels for any reason, the $2,000 course fee will be refunded in-full.

In the event that the participant needs to cancel, all sums paid to Slow Life in France, will be forfeited unless Slow Life in France is able to find a replacement. In the event of any refund, Slow Life in France will retain a fee of $500. In the event that Slow Life in France cancels for any reason, all fees, including deposits, will be returned in full. As the cost of travel is the sole responsibility of the guest- and thus will not be reimbursed, Travel Cancellation Insurance is mandatory and proof of coverage of mandatory at time of second payment.

Please note that the Airfare, Train services, Travel & Health Insurances are not included in the workshop fee.

Please arrange to cover the cost of these individually.

Contact Annie Jacquet Bentley, for any questions regarding registration or Slow Life in France.

Contact Carmelo Blandino for any questions regarding the workshop, techniques, and the sketchbook arts.

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