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Provence Lavender Photography Retreat

Provence Lavender Photography Retreat

Provence Lavender photography tour

Quiet hilltop villages in the high lavender region of Provence are waiting for you and your lens.

Photography TourMore than a photography tour – this is the true Provencal lifestyle tour. Provence will forever be captured not only in your artistic eye but in your heart as well.

From Medieval architecture, to gourmet food experiences, to rolling lavender fields leading to a hilltop village, you will engage in a sensory experience each day. This is your opportunity to rediscover (discover) your creative talent in one of the most inspiring lands in the world. 

Enjoy the high region of Provence combining Mediterranean flavors with a pre-alpine influence while the lavender is in bloom.  This backcountry of Provence is a hidden gem offering spectacular views of rolling hills of lavender and authentic villages nestled up high in the sky.



6 night, 7 day tour


Tuesday, July 12th - Monday, July 18th, 2022

Small Group Tour - 7 spots only
All inclusive package price
$4,700 USD per person (single room price)

($200 per person discount for shared room)

An Unforgettable restored farm house awaits you in Provence…

6 nights at Le Domaine de la Done near Montbrun-les-Bains

Connect with nature — the venue is nestled in the serene mountains of High Provence.  The photography element is a means by which you can immerse yourself into your surroundings.  One does not need to be an artist nor a photographer to enjoy this retreat.  An openness of the mind & eye to see and connect with nature and your surroundings is all you need to benefit from this unique experience in Provence.  This is a retreat to give water to your soul. 

 

The 2021 Lavender Photography Tour was indeed a memorable experience.  

Read the review here on the testimonial page...

 

Tell your story through photography

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

On this tour you will be using photography to capture magical moments, artistic flair, and the Provencal way of life.  Raina will lead presentations  and workshops to open your eye and enhance your skills:

  • Create beautiful digital photographs with your mobile phone and or digital camera

  • See and understand the use of natural light and shadows to create more depth to your imagery

  • Take compelling photos of landscapes, people, and more, by learning simple composition rules

  • Enhance your photos using photo editing apps on your phone and or computer

  • Learn simple processing skills to enhance your imagery with lightroom for computer processing and snapseed for processing on your mobile phones

  • Learn to tell stories through your imagery

  • All skill levels are welcome

  • You do not need a fancy camera to participate. Mobile cameras are very welcome, in addition to DSLR’s

 


Provence Lavender Photography Retreat Itinerary

A Contemplative Photography Retreat

Provencal imagery and lifestyle at its best!

Day 1 – Tuesday, July 12th

  • The pick-up place for retreat is at the train station in L’Isle sur la Sorgue.  Departure from the train station at 11 am.  Our first stop, en route to our retreat location, is lunch at a rustic farm restaurant in the high hills of lavender country.  (information on the pick-up place and suggestions for arrival will be sent to you).
  • After lunch, and a couple of lavender photo shots, we’ll settle into our accommodations.
  • Refresh in the pool, relax next to the old oak tree; time to take in the exceptional environment.
  • Before our dinner outing at the nearby village, we’ll choose one of the quaint sitting areas at the domain to sip a glass of rosé and go over the photography retreat highlights.  
  • Dinner outing at the nearby village.

Day 2 – Wednesday, July 13th

  • After a leisurely breakfast on the patio, the journey to wide open lavender fields and authentic Provencal villages begins.  We will be capturing the lavender fields, Medieval village backdrops, ancient doors, colorful shutters, and so much more. 
  • Lunch today will be with a view at a remarkable rose garden (Jardin de Valsaintes) with history and geology that will make you ponder the ancient stars. 
  • Later afternoon, back at the B&B,  refresh by the pool before a workshop with Raina to go over the editing of your pictures.
  • We will not venture out again so you have plenty of time to unwind (rest, swim, nature walks).  Optional trail hike leaving from the B&B to a chapel looking out over the valley – early evening when the heat has worn off.  
  • This evening you will enjoy a catered dinner at the B&B.   
Provence Lavender Photography Tour

Montbrun-Les-Bains – our home based village for the tour

Day 3 – Thursday, July 14th

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

  • Morning photography outing for those who wish to capture the magic of the rising sun over the lavender fields. 
  • Back at the B&B, enjoy another cup of café before the group sets out to explore the way lavender oil is extracted.  
  • Lavender distillation visit: learn more about this aroma plant, how the oils are extracted, how it is harvested, the uses. We will meet with a lavender grower to get all the answers.  
  • Stroll through the charming village Sault (Provence’s lavender capital) with a stop for lunch.
  • Free time back at the B&B.  During this time, one-on-one appointments with Raina will be set up so you have an opportunity to dig into questions pertaining to your personal pictures.  
  • This evening we will enjoy another evening meal catered to us at the B&B.  A Provencal barbecue to celebrate France’s Bastille Day: some French music, a game of Pétanque, and to finish the evening, star and galaxy photography/observation with a local astronomer who will set up this telescopes and teach us more about the world above.  

 

Day 4 – Friday, July 15th

cooking lesson

  • Our day will begin in a stunning mountain village, Brantes, where we will meet Odile who will guide us on a foraging walk.  We will need some flowers and herbs in order to make our farm-to-table lunch. 
  • The whole setting is one photographic moment after another.  From the quaint village house where we will make lunch to the table set out on the patio, not to mention all the food prepared with beautiful herbs and flowers.
  • Later afternoon will be a time to relax back at the B&B before our evening village photoshoot and dinner in Montbrun-les-Bains

Day 5 – Saturday, July 16th

lavender bouquets

  • Today is market day in Montbrun-les-Bains.  You have time this morning to roam the market at your leisure and also with Raina for capturing compelling market images.
  • Back at the B&B, we’ll have a casual lunch with our market goodies…certainly this will become another contemplative photo opportunity as we display our treasures on the table.  
  • The afternoon is set aside for contemplative walks, photography at the domain, and time for discussions around storytelling in pictures.
  • 6 pm – an evening photo shoot at an amazing location where the lavender rolls up to the sky.
  • 8 pm – dinner at a local village bistro

Day 6 – Sunday, July 17th

  • This morning we’ll venture into one of the larger towns in the area; Vaison-la-Romaine.  Here, our photography contemplation will take us back to the Roman era.  The town is known for one of the largest open air Roman archeological sites in France.
  • The afternoon will be free time at the B&B to make the most of your contemplative time before the end of the tour.  
  • Early evening will start our debriefing and sharing of our learning experiences from the Contemplative Photography Retreat.  Catered dinner will accompany our debriefing evening.  

                              lavender fields

Day 7 – Monday, July 18th

  • Enjoy a last leisurely breakfast, a contemplative walk and debriefing over the retreat highlights and contemplative thoughts that have inspired you.  
  • Drop-off at Avignon TGV train station at 12 pm.
    • Transfers to Marseille airport can be arranged should you have a flight out later evening.  Price supplement may be applied.

 

 

Meet your hosts…

All about Raina (the essential anyways)

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

Raina is an American international award winning portrait photographer and has been living in Provence for the past two years. She worked as a registered nurse for 34 hears and decided to take an early retirement to follow her dreams of living in France and pursuing her photography career full-time. Raina is a fun a social person and loves to meet new people from all over the world.  She feels quite lucky to be able to live in France.  

Raina will be sharing her process of how to tell a unique and powerful story through your travel photography.  She will teach you different ways of seeing and shaping light, composition, and how to connect to your environment so that you can create interesting travel images.  

Her instruction will deepen your visual awareness while imparting skills that will make your photography more satisfying and fun.  As a gift to all participants Raina will be taking a portrait of every participant in the beautiful lavender fields of Provence for you to take home.

To learn more about Raina and to see her gallery of Provencal images…visit her  website HERE!


All about Emily (well almost)

Emily created Your Private Provence, speciality tours in the South of France, in 2013.  Her French love affair started in 1996 and since then she has always lived in Provence.

Over the years, she has become accustomed to life in France as a local.  Her expertise in knowing the region and all it offers is greatly appreciated among foreigners and the French. 

Her tours are the perfect balance of seeing the well-known sites, discovering the hidden gems, engaging in the Provencal lifestyle and getting to know the people behind the scenes (the potter, the wine grower, the olive oil producer, the master chef…)

Beyond seeing magical Provence and hearing historical anecdotes, guests can embrace the real essence of travel: letting go of pressures and reconnecting with self.  Emily’s philosophy for every tour is creating an atmosphere of fun, leisure and inspiration.

More details about this Provence Lavender Photography Tour Experience:

Meals Included:

  • Provence lavender photography tourBreakfasts (6)
  • Lunches (5)
  • Dinners (6)
  • Local wine included with meals 

Not included:

  • Transportation to/from Provence
  • Cocktails or digestive drinks are not included 
  • 1 lunch (on Saturday…pick up food at the market you want to share with the group)

Activities included:

  • Photography workshop sessions with Raina throughout the week
  • Foraging & Cooking lesson
  • Provencal market (Montbrun-les-Bains)
  • Lavender distillery tour
  • Evening observatory tour to see the stars and galaxies
  • Guided tours – learn the historical anecdotes that marked the villages and towns.

Villages visited:provence lavender photography tour

  • Montbrun-les-Bains (classed as « One of the most beautiful villages of France »)
  • Simiane-la-Rotonde
  • Aurel
  • Sault
  • Brantes
  • Vaison-la-Romaine
  • And many scenic routes passing through other villages such Ferrassières & Revest-du-Bion.

Tour remarks:

    • Drop-off is at the Avignon TGV at 12pm.  You can find a train later afternoon to take you up to Paris or even a train to take you to Nice should you want to visit the French Riviera.  You may also want to spend more time in Provence. 
      • Arrangements can be made to take you to your next accommodation in the area or the Marseille airport (possible price supplement depending on distance). 
    •  

Provence Lavender Photography TourThis tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the more rugged and authentic part of Provence (authentic meaning less touristy but with all the elements that make up a Provencal village – remains of ramparts, chateaux, medieval influences, fountains, cobblestone, and of course all the Provencal colors splashed on doors and shutters)

Rugged terrain means winding roads.  Should you have a tendency to get motion sickness, you should think about a treatment to help.

The tour has been designed to give rest time at the B&B every day.  Summers in Provence can be quite hot.  The advantage in High Provence is the cooler temperatures – but nevertheless, it can get hot.  Please be prepared to sweat a little.

ARRIVAL:

    • The tour starts in L’Isle sur la Sorgue at 11 am on Tuesday the 12th.  You will need to arrive in Provence at least the day before (Monday, 11th).  We suggest staying the night in L’Isle sur la Sorgue for your convenience.  L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a lovely small town with quaint boutiques, antique shops and a multitude of nice places to eat.  
    • Transfers from Avignon TGV to L’Isle sur la Sorgue (taxi, train or bus).  It’s about a 40 minute transfer.  

DEPARTURE:

    • Drop-off is at the Avignon TGV at 12pm.  You can find a train later afternoon to take you up to Paris or even a train to take you to Nice should you want to visit the French Riviera.  You may also want to spend more time in Provence.  Arrangements can be made to take you to your next accommodation in the area (possible price supplement depending on distance). 

Contact Emily Today to reserve your spot on this unique Provence Lavender Photography Retreat:

 July 12 - 18, 2022

6 nights / 7 days

4,700 USD per person (single room price)

$200 per person discount for shared room

Deposit to secure your spot: $1000

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