Harmony. Cultural Exchanges. Friendship.

We welcome you for a 10 day atelier experience and cultural immersion in the Parisian countryside village of Valmondois. Your host, Amelie de Gaulle welcomes you into her historical family home for a uniquely curated voyage.

Our Workshop Programs

Join us and learn how to paint with oils like the masters, cook exquisite French cuisine with our professional chef or escape and relax with unique Kamuna Japanese massage therapy and organic herbal spa treatments. Our sessions are designed to emphasize creative experimentation. This approach inspires beginners, and re-energizes intermediate levels. We offer various workshop programs in hopes to fit the interest of each of our guests. Stay tuned as we continue to update our…

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Meet Amelie

France with Friends… A dual of welcoming of your host, Amelie de Gaulle and brother Laurent de Gaulle for a 10 day trip of discovery and inspiration while residing in a home rich in history! Meet Your Host, Amelie De Gaule: This project has been a long-time coming adventure. After years of careful planning, I’m now able to offer and share cultural workshops, learning opportunities and a new discovery amongst others. I was born and…

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Upcoming Ateliers

New discovery in the Parisian Countryside is waiting for you! Come with us and learn how paint like the masters, cook exquisite French cuisine with our professional chef or relax with unique massage therapy and organic spa treatments.   *Package is all inclusive for 10 days and 9 nights  Please see schedule for detailed schedule for meals and activities. Airfare not included in package Our workshops have limited occupancy and fill up fast. All rooms…

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Testimonials

Omigosh. It was an experience tempting and satisfying all the senses! Our hosts, Amelie and Laurent took care of our every wish while making us feel a part of their delightful family. Amelie was so gracious in taking us to restaurants and gardens, historic chateaux and abbeys that no tourist would ever find. Monsieur Greg is steeped in academic painting—history and process—-so one is almost assured of executing a masterpiece!!! My mind wanders often to the afternoons spent painting under the tree in the garden while espaliered fruit trees offered us baskets of pears from their laden limbs. The wine! The cheese! The salmon mousse with dill! The children’s candlelit march! The marche! Cecile playing Poulenc while we toasted the close of another ‘encroyable’ day in French heaven, Valmondois.

Arlene (Past Client)

It was an experience tempting and satisfying all the senses! Our hosts, Amelie and Laurent took care of our every wish while making us feel a part of their delightful family. Amelie was so gracious in taking us to restaurants and gardens, historic chateaux and abbeys that no tourist would ever find. Monsieur Greg is steeped in academic painting—history and process—-so one is almost assured of executing a masterpiece!!! My mind wanders often to the afternoons spent painting under the tree in the garden while espaliered fruit trees offered us baskets of pears from their laden limbs. The wine! The cheese! The salmon mousse with dill! The children’s candlelit march! The marche! Cecile playing Poulenc while we toasted the close of another ‘encroyable’ day in French heaven, Valmondois.

-DeeGee (Past Client)

The experience is exhilarating and transformative as each participant emerges from their French experience feeling the pride of accomplishment with their own artistic creations and the joy of true cultural immersion in France – so very different from the typical “tourist” experience. You haven’t even reached the airport until you want to turn around and do it all again.

-France With Friends Client