Jewellery making and wellness holiday

South West, Gascony, France

8 days from
per person
$2,811

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Holiday Itinerary

During the week you will perfect the art of jewellery making with talented artist Caroline and discover all this beautiful region has to offer, all set in a beautiful 19th century farmhouse sitting in 50 acres of countryside, ensuring your holiday is a relaxing haven.

Unleash your creative side and learn to make your own beautiful pieces of jewellery using silver, copper and bronze metal clays. This holiday is the perfect introduction to working with precious metal clays (PMC, art clays etc.) to crafting pieces of silver jewellery, and these items are something you will treasure forever.

Metal clays are new jewellery making products which are easy to mould and shape – just like clay – so you’re not limited to what you can design. Watch as the metal clay is fired and turns to pure silver before your very eyes, ready to be made into unique pieces of jewellery.

With expert tuition from your talented tutor Caroline, you’ll learn the art of jewellery making in the well-equipped studio and will design and make exquisite jewellery to take home with you at the end of your trip.

When you’re not in the studio, you will be living the life with great food, wines, cultural activities, spa days, and plenty of time to take in the fresh countryside air. With massage and reflexology treatments, spa time, a gorgeous inground pool, and bicycles for you to use whenever the feeling takes you.

Your meals are prepared by Adam, your host and in-house chef who makes sure you truly get to taste Gascony, using only the freshest and local products; all while pairing it up with the perfect regional wines.

You’ll stay in a stunning renovated farmhouse with its own swimming pool and 50 acres of land at your disposal. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind and your hosts Adam and Caroline will be on hand at all times to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. There are also no single supplements for solo travellers, making this a fantastic holiday for singles.

Who is it suitable for?
- Both jewellery making and wellness activities are suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 18
- Your hosts and tutors speak English and French, and lessons will be taught in English

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- These holidays make great singles holidays as there are NO single supplements and you will have your own private room for no additional cost
- There is a discount for 2 people travelling together and sharing a room, please see the 'Costing & extras' tab for more details

When can I start?
- This holiday runs on set dates year round
- Holidays run for 7 nights / 8 days
- If you can’t find the date you want, we can request additional dates so please email us on hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1 - Arrival day
- Arrive at Agen train station to be greeted by your hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin (airport collections can be arranged upon request for a supplement)
- Settle into your charming room before getting to know your fellow guests over delicious aperitifs
- Enjoy a social evening with a 3-course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen, along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days

Day 2 - Walking and relaxation treatments
- This morning you will walk 11km to a delightful local village market for coffee and croissants while discussing your activities with the rest of the group and your host, Caroline
- Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen, with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side
- The afternoon will be spent relaxing and enjoying treatments of massage and reflexotherapy
- There will be free time to use all the on-site facilities before aperitifs are served by the pool
- A 3-course gourmet meal will then be served on the grounds or in the farmhouse kitchen, accompanied with local delicious wines

Day 3 - Jewellery making workshop and afternoon spa visit
- Today will be all about learning about the wonders of fine silver metal clay/glass fusing and making some fabulous jewellery to take home with you
- Afternoon spa visit*
- A 3-course gourmet meal will then be served at the farmhouse

Day 4 - Free day
- Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen depending on the season
- Late afternoon you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of
wine tasting
- Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling

Day 5 - Electric bikes, gourmet restaurant and spa visit
- Morning walk to the pretty market town of Condom and eat in a gourmet restaurant
- Enjoy an afternoon at the spa*
- A 3-course gourmet meal will then be served on the grounds or in the farmhouse kitchen

Day 6 - Jewellery making workshop
- Today will be spent finishing your chosen jewellery projects
- Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen
- You will be taught many basics of jewellery making in order to give you the maximum freedom to create your own designs
- A 3-course gourmet meal will then be served at the farmhouse

Day 7 - Day excursion
- This is a fun day out with the choice of a city visit (Toulouse or Bordeaux or Pau depending on the group’s wishes), along with a visit to the mountains, golf or spa; the destination will be decided upon your arrival

Day 8 - Departure day
- After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10am
- You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day

* Spa afternoons include a trip to private spa (pool, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi with bubbles poolside) or a traditional spa with indoor/outdoor pools, jets, several sauna rooms, etc.*

About your hosts
- Your friendly and enthusiastic jewellery tutor is Caroline, who has been a qualified jewellery teacher for over 20 years and has experience in setting up and running training centres teaching practical skills
- She is a senior instructor in both PMC and Art Clay and has experience in using a wide range of clays
- Her love for teaching is reinforced every time a student looks in wonder at what they have designed and created themselves
- Caroline is passionate about jewellery and creative design, and she will be on hand at all times to assist you and help you to create beautiful jewellery
- Caroline’s husband Adam will be also be there and preparing your delicious meals, he is a passionate food connoisseur
- Adam also runs cookery lessons onsite
- Caroline and Adam will also be happy to suggest activities in the area during your stay

What will I learn?
Jewellery lessons
- You will learn the fundamentals of working with precious metal clay, art clay etc and gain a greater understanding of what the product is and the different types of metal clay
- Work with different clays including bronze clays
- How to use a range of machines such as the kiln and torch burner to achieve different effects
- How to unleash your creative side and design your own jewellery
- How to use semi-precious stones and beads
- Make hollow forms such as fine silver classic French ball earrings
- Syringe work with bronze
- Influence your fine silver designs using nature, such as leaves and twigs
- Fingerprint jewellery to set prints of loved ones in fine silver
- Take home beautiful unique jewellery to be proud of, and skills which will last you a lifetime

Wellness activities
- Enjoy beautiful rural walks
- Utilise the inground pool, bicycles, and other activities available at the farmhouse
- Enjoy massages and reflexology treatments
- De-stress yourself at the spa

Where will I be staying?
- You will stay in the beautiful Baron Figres, a 150 year old farmhouse in the lovely Gascony countryside with a renovated gite attached
- The farmhouse has been renovated to a high standard combining natural features with modern touches
- The farmhouse has 3 twin/double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- There is a large, homey kitchen in the farmhouse which has a table that can seat 14 people
- There is a beautiful gite attached to the farmhouse which has 2 twin/double ensuite bedrooms with sweeping views of the countryside
- Downstairs there is a spacious living area with satellite TV and music system, perfect for relaxing evenings
- There is a fully equipped kitchen which guests are welcome to use
- Outside there is a BBQ terrace and the farmhouse boasts its own private outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m, May-September)
- The farmhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of meadows and woodlands
- Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
- There are no single supplements for solo travellers and you will automatically have your own private bedroom for no extra charge
- Check in any time after 4pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- We generally do not recommend this location for those with restricted mobility
- This holiday is based in the countryside, and does include some walking
- The accommodation has no bedrooms or bathrooms on the ground floor, therefore one must be comfortable with stairs

Are meals included?
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments (wine, tea, coffee etc) are included for this course
- The school use fresh, local produce where possible
- If you have dietary requests these must be communicated to us at the time of booking, vegetarians can catered for

What can I do in my free time?
- During your free time, there is plenty to do at your farmhouse accommodation including relaxing by the heated swimming pool (May-September)
- The school offers a range of extracurricular activities onsite which are free of charge including table tennis, basketball, shooting, archery, cycling and board games to name a few!
- There are numerous fêtes, music festivals and exhibitions in the surrounding areas through the year and your host Caroline will be happy to advise you during your stay
- The closest towns are Nérac and Condom, and your host will be happy to suggest activities and transport should you wish to explore these during your stay