1 workshop the week of June 17-23
PAINTING THE COLORS OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE
has conducted 2 watercolor
Vermont watercolorist Rob
many prizes for his work. He is a laid-back teacher who, past
say, is a terrific teacher! You can see his work at his website:
Participants will paint every
(except the free day,Wednesday, and Sunday when we go to the
market --of course there's no law against bringing paints along!) at
sites. In the past, these have included the village of
(with its Michelin-starred castle) and La Toulzanie (the headquarters
Latitude). Rob will offer gentle
For all levels of previouis
the rank beginner to the very experienced!
2 workshops, June
(plus a mini-course (June 28-29)
(1) A TASTE OF
Afternoons( mainly). Instructors:E.
Professor Emerita of Sociology & Urban Studies, San Francisco State
and local historians, artisans, producers, castle-owners.
Discover culinary/social history
Quercy in southwest France (emphasis: the Department of Lot; Cahors
remains its capital) via visits/discussions with farmers and
artisans who continue
to produce gastronomic specialities in traditional ways.
(shepherds' drystone huts), "pigeonniers" (dovecotes) & other
architectural gems will be pointed out. Guided tours of a
(and earlier) castle and the beautiful, artsy medieval village of St.
Lapopie . Special visit to the 25,000 (at least) year-old cave
in nearby Pech-Merle (not a facsimile; rated 3 stars by
connections between food, family life, & national identity.
(1) The Lot is a leading producer of foie gras in the world. But, no
(the forced feeding of geese or ducks) is included here. If you wish to
this practice, we can arrange a visit to a duck farm. (2) The Lot
also a big truffle producer, but the truffle markets are held locally
winter. Chef/bistro owner Todd Kniess of the Bistro Liaison in Berkeley
host another truffle-hunting trip in Winter, 2013 if you wish to enjoy
"black gold" treasure and see how they are hunted. In summer, alas, the
hunts are over and so are the local truffle markets. There is a nearby
museum, however, and a trip there can be easily arranged.
|Arrive at Latitude between
p.m. Welcome Dinner in the mill at 8 p.m.
Buy or just enjoy/experience local produce at nearby market
After lunch:, talk about food & national identity. Free evening.
Visit the 25,000 year-old cave paintings at Pech-Merle (not a
Free afternoon after lunch. Dinner at 7 and conference (in
in the hangar at 9:15.
Guided tour, the Michelin-starred Chateau of
Lunch. Free afternoon. Dinner at 8.
|Free day--visit Conques, or
and the Gouffre de Padirac, or Albi and Cordes-sur-Ciel or just
down at Latitude
Visit a goat farm and see how goat cheese is made; walking
of a medieval town. Dinner at 8 pm
Visit St. Cirq Lapopie, a nearby, preserved medieval
or local architectural gems (pigeonniers, cazelles, bread ovens.)
at 8 pm
(2) A GREAT LEAP BACKWARD!
An exploration of the psyche in paleolithic
and the cave in the psyche
Facilitator: Adrienne Amundsen. Adrienne is a psychologist in
practice and a traveller (e.g., Afghanistan) from the San Francisco Bay
She is also a poet and experienced workshop leader, particularly of
Together with her husband, Doug Coffee (an attorney and impassioned
she offered a course in 2005 at Latitude
which focused on paleolithic
and the history of nearby caves. In 2012, the course will
the nature of creativity. Participants will explore the nature of early
the emergence of art, various theories about the creation of cave art,
practice of shamanism, and the neuropsychological aspects of
states. (She has taught versions of this course in Australia and the
Participants will visit several
and enjoy what she calls " the beautiful countryside around La
There will be opportunities for participants to work in a leisurely
on their own creative projects, particularly writing. CEU's for
and MFT's are available.
Photo (at left)
Adrienne and Doug in the Lot when they co-taught a course in 2005.
Creative Loitering in the Lot--a
Workshop Facilitator: Jeff Berner.
Jeff, an American based in Paris and California, is
art and editorial photographer. He has authored a dozen
books (including The Nikon Touch
Guide, and The Foolproof
Guide to Taking Pictures),
Jeff Berner (at right) will
be teaming up with a small group of beginning and advanced
photographers for a two-day playful and intensive “Creative Loitering
the Lot” photography workshop.
He will be more or less leading participants around
legendary area which will also be totally new to him, too! Thus,
will bring the same “beginner's eyes” that you will! Jeff says,"So we
all team up discovering the area. We will be mostly walking, with no
The spirit of this little safari is this: “Forget
camera and take the best pictures of your life!” Jeff considers using a
is simply being a living mirror, In other words, you are not “taking”
you are receiving them---reflecting the life around you.
Nowadays, digital cameras are so intelligent that we
now let them do most of the “thinking.” Jeff says that due to this new
"we are free to do all of the feeling and adventuring. Forget your
and remember life!"
Jeff has led annual "Awakening Vision" photography
in Big Sur, California (at Esalen Institute-- for a decade); in Paris;
around Sienna, in Tuscany; in Marin County, California, and on
The Big Island
in Hawaii, since 1988. He is dedicated to inspiring you to have "Aha!"
experiences all day long.
Because his atelier is based in Montmartre (for
a decade)on the Butte above greater Paris, Jeff speaks French and
fluently. He adds,” thus we can talk with one another and quite freely
Each evening, after dinner, the best work of the day
be projected, and we'll talk about the day's adventures. Jeff's
mostly ignore photographic "mistakes" and focus fully on what
have done right each day.
Let's go SEE what and who we will discover!
IF you'd like to communicate directly with Jeff, here's his e-dresse: firstname.lastname@example.org
- a digital camera
- a battery charger and
- an extra battery for the camera
For non-locals (those not
within a 50 mile radius and who do not need lodging),
this mini-course will cost 1/3rd of the price of the week-long courses.
enjoy a special --and much lower-- rate.) Meals, lodging,
instruction are included. And the banquet is on Friday night—in the
14th century mill!