Finding color

Painting Workshop in the South of France

JUNE 1-8 2019

Hosted by Amy Jackson and Véronique Porter

Accommodation at the Villa “Le Claoux”

This intimate art and yoga retreat in the medieval art village of Vence, France, focuses on expressing yourself through painting and yoga. Your week will encompass an array of holistic experiences and as your creative juices flow, you will access the depths of your soul’s expression to create a personal body of work inspired by the south of France landscape.

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The week will be devoted to understanding yourselves better through ritual, yoga and artistic expression. We will be using the vehicle of the 5 elements to access this transformation and express it in our own creation of a medicine wheel. Each element carries a specific energy that is a part of you. No ones medicine wheel is the same. We will explore our unique medicine wheel and align with yourself through a ritual for each element to bring balance and transformation into your life. These teaching are brought down from the Ancient wisdom of the Dagara Tribe transmitted to Susan through her dear teacher Sobonfu Some, "the keeper of rituals". 

Fire Element | Connect to Source

You use FIRE in your practice to IGNITE your PASSION and burn away what's in the way of your VISION and INTUITION.

Water Element | Flow

You use WATER in your practice to help you find your FLOW—the BALANCE between what you take in and the ability to RELEASE what no longer serves you.


You use EARTH in your practice to get the NOURISHMENT you need {SOUL food} for your HIGHER-Self-care.


 MINERAL in your practice helps you ALIGN with the real GIFT and story of who you are. What story do you need to LET GO OF and what story are you aligning with.


Nature Element aligns you with TRANSFORMATION and CHANGE allowing your true NATURE to come into alignment. It helps you to take off your mask and align with joy, magic and your INNER TRUTH.

YOUR teachers

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The week will be led by Susan Hough and Véronique Porter. Véronique is no stranger to Vence having lived there for 19 years. She adores bringing friends and clients to discover her charming home town where she owns the stunning Art Gallery, The Looking Glass. Susan is a loved CTI Coach with over 30 years of experience. She combines traditional training with a connection to spirit and indigenous wisdom, in her transformational Coaching.

Workshops with Susan: Susan will be leading you through the 5 Elements of the Dagara Tribe Medicine Wheel. Daily yoga and rituals will be held around each element. 

Workshops with Véronique: Véronique will lead the Yoga and Art. The theme of each day for painting will follow the elements of the Dagara Tribe Medicine Wheel.

Both Susan and Véronique's work compliment each other beautiful and your time away in this beautiful place will give you space to:

  • Ignite your passion

  • Find your flow

  • Nourish yourself body and soul

  • Align with your gifts

  • Discover your inner truth


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Vence is a beautiful medieval village perched on the hills overlooking the Cote d'Azur. You can read Richard Madeley's view of Vence in the Telegraph here. Our Villa, Le Claoux, is a 10-minute stroll downhill into this beautiful artistic town which is a renowned artists hubs with history, beauty and culture rolled into one. Vence village captures French old school chic with its cobbled streets, small squares and elegant shops, bistros and galleries. Le Claoux's stunning panoramic views are reason alone to kick back, relax and take in the beauty of the world.


Your home for the week will be the stunning Mas de Claoux. All of the accommodation is sharing and spread out throughout the 4 beautiful bedrooms. Sharing is between 2 - 3 people per room with comfortable beds, a private bathroom per room and lovely linens and towels. The house has a stunning view with beautiful pool and lots of gardens and nature around the villa. You will spend a wonderful week here relaxing and getting back to yourself.  Click through the images below to see more of Le Claoux.



Your Investment includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation (Linens and Towels provided).

  • 1 Meditation Session daily.

  • 1 Yoga Session daily.

  • One sound bath evening.

  • One massage.

  • Nature walks

  • Daily Painting Workshops at The Looking Glass Atelier or outside

  • All art material

  • Daily Breakfast

  • 5 Dinners at our home.

  • Fruit, tea and snacks available through out the day.

  • Free use of the pool and space at Le Claoux.

  • Pick up & Drop off - (conditions apply)

Fee €2000 (to hold your spot please pay your €500 non-refundable deposit)

Not included:

  • Flights

  • Lunch

  • 2 Dinners


Airport pickup and drop off will be from Nice Airport:

The closest airport to the villa is Nice (2 terminals) and the villa is about a 35-minute drive (without traffic) or 1-hour bus ride (without traffic) away. The airport serves most major European cites flying regularly throughout the day to the more major ones such as London and Paris. The biggest airlines flying to Nice are: British Airways, Air France and Easyjet.

Arrival Airport Shuttle is at 3-4 PM on Arrival Day (Departure time from Nice Airport)

Departure shuttle is at 11.30 AM on Departure Day (Departure time from Le Claoux)

Arrival outside these times will require you to organize your own transport to Vence. There are a few options:

Rent a Car:

The South of France is beautiful and easily explored by car. There is parking at the villa and having a car will allow you more freedom to explore the neighboring towns. 

Arrival by bus:

The South of France is well connected by rail to other French cities and to other countries notably Italy. The major stations are Nice and Antibes. There are two buses that travel to Vence from the airport passing via the Cagnes sur Mer train station, the number 400 and number 94. They pass approximately every 15 - 30 minutes, take 1 - 1.25 hours and cost 2 EUR. The ride up to Vence is very scenic and if you take the 400 you will pass by the historic village of St Paul de Vence. Once you arrive in Vence, it is a 5-minute car journey to the villa. Transfer from Vence up to the house can be organized and will be free of charge.

Arrival by taxi:

Taxis are expensive in the South of France but very comfortable and an easy method of transport. The cost is about 70 EUR to get to the house and they can be taken directly from outside the airport terminal.