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(FOOD) PHOTO & WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ILVA BERETTA & JAMIE SCHLER finding your creative power

Date: November 6 – 10, 2019

Venue: Hôtel Diderot, Chinon, France

Cost (in euros): €1750*

After a multi-year hiatus working on our separate projects - and publishing one cookbook together - we are teaming up again to host a workshop in beautiful Chinon, France around the theme creative power.

Our own mutual creative journey started with Plated Stories, an experimental project in the form of a food blog. We worked around a set structure and the single rule of following no rules, choosing a theme from which we both worked independently, only coming together to interweave text and photos in a weekly post. Plated Stories triggered a change from what we were doing before, allowing us to move away from the conventional approach to blogging. It liberated us from the aesthetic and intellectual limits we had imposed on ourselves and our work and move forward. 

This evolving process is now our focus and we want to help you find this new creative power. We will delve into how inspiration works and how to propel yourself in a new creative direction; how to find it, how to channel it, and how to use it in a productive, dynamic way. Gain confidence in expressing your own creative vision, strengthen your own individual voice and style, and learn to push yourself beyond your own limits.

Conversations, group and individual coaching, and unexpected exercises designed to get you to think creatively and out of the box will help you move from your safe space and self-imposed limits to a more deeply personal and innovative place.

The workshop is limited to a maximum 8 participants, creating a more intimate group, allowing for hands-on work and exercises, more individual analysis and coaching, roundtable discussions and lively exchange. 

The workshopwill be held 6-10 November(Wednesday 6 November lunch through Saturday night with departure Sunday 10 November after breakfast) at Hôtel Diderot, an enchanting 26-room auberge de charmedating from the 15th and 18th Centuries in the center of the medieval French town of Chinon on the banks of the Vienne River, in the heart of the Loire Valley and the Chinon vineyards.  

The cost for the 4-day workshop is € 1750 (euros) and includes all workshop sessions, accommodations for 4 nights (single occupancy) at Hôtel Diderot, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches including one lunch with tour and wine tasting at Château de Petit Thouars, 3 dinners including one at a local restaurant, and snacks and refreshments during the workshop. Workshop cost will not include airfare or transportation to or from the venue or insurance.

You can register for the workshop here.