Join artists Maria Grossbaum and Liona Hotta on an incredible creative journey in the South of France.


Hello there, Artists! We, Maria Grossbaum and Liona Hotta are thrilled to invite you to a magical Art Retreat in the South of France! This 7day all inclusive creative journey will take place in an 18th-century chateau, the ideal setting for learning, relaxing, and being inspired!

You’ll spend time with like-minded people and share various culinary experiences, wine and food pairings, local excursions, and outdoor pool, as well as expert instruction on various styles, techniques, and subject matters.

DATES: September 15 - 22, 2023
Max. guests 15


Double twin/couple occupancy starts at $4,225 per person
Single private occupancy starts at $5,125 per person


Meet your instructors and be inspired!

We want to give you a little insight into who we are and a taste of the amazing environment where we will spend 7 days together 
in this video.



• Learn new painting techniques created especially for this retreat.
• Reconnect with your inner muse
• Learn to be more expressive in your work
• Experiment with colours and learn how to create appealing combinations
• Sharpen your observation skills
• Experience plein-air and learn tips on how to sketch and paint on location
• Dive into the beauty and culture of this region
• Visit medieval sites
• Stroll through traditional French markets
• Enjoy locally sourced foods and wines
• Meet and connect with artists from all over the world

and so MUCH MORE….


In our volatile and unpredictable world, it can be difficult to find a few minutes to dream in peace, let alone plan a trip where you can immerse yourself in creativity and forget about time and day-to-day concerns.

However, we are convinced that dreams do come true, but only if you create them yourself. We understand better than anyone how daily life can divert us from our favourite creative activities, so we set out to create the ideal environment for total immersion in a serene atmosphere of creativity filled with beauty and inspiration.


Your seven days will be a lovely mix of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences, and plenty of free time to relax and explore! You can arrive, unpack your suitcase, and truly relax because the entire group will stay at the stunning Chateau Dumas, including an outdoor pool, a spacious studio, and stunning gardens! Yes, we want it to be completely magical!

We will lead you through various projects, including mixed media, expressive painting, meditative dotting, and plein-air creation. We will be visiting enchanting medieval villages, strolling through French vintage markets and creating all along the way! The beauty and inspiration will shower down on you!


✔️ Classes in Mixed Media and Dot Art with Maria Grossbaum and Liona Hotta
✔️ High-Quality Art Materials
✔️ Private, exclusive use of the Château and the entire 22-acre property, which includes an art studio, swimming pool, French gardens, private lake, fruit orchards, walnut groves, and wild woodlands
✔️ 7 nights of accommodation
✔️ Meals: 7 continental breakfasts, 5 two-course gourmet lunches, 7 three-course gourmet dinners
✔️ Coffee, tea, and water available at all times
✔️ Fine French wine served with dinner every day
✔️ Excursion to St Antonin-Noble-Val, a medieval town 25 minutes from the Chateau on the banks of the Aveyron surrounded by gorges. The farmers' and craft market is wonderfully atmospheric on a Sunday morning. Possibility of having lunch/picnic by the river, followed by sketching/painting the surroundings
✔️ Excursion to Montpezat-de-Quercy, a nearby hilltop town. Beautiful church, lovely medieval interior, and panoramic views of the countryside
✔️ Use of basic art equipment: easels, artboards, water containers
✔️ Plein-air painting classes at Montpezat-de-Quercy followed by Haute-Serre wine tasting on the same day
✔️ Private transportation for all trips and activities
✔️ Round trip private transfers from/to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) at prearranged times
✔️ Fully-staffed venue, experienced retreat administration throughout the week
✔️ All local tourist taxes and fees


Travel insurance
Extra expenses that guests may incur on their own



See accommodation, rooms offered and prices HERE

Your Instructor

Maria Grossbaum Liona Hotta
Maria Grossbaum Liona Hotta

Maria Grossbaum and Liona Hotta are a one-of-a-kind duo for creating and leading art retreats because, despite having completely different artistic backgrounds and experiences, they will provide participants with a one-of-a-kind combination of techniques, materials, and methods. Maria teaches all aspects of Mixed Media and provides unrestricted creative freedom. In contrast, Liona, a seasoned expert in meditative dotting, will demonstrate how to add elements to artworks in the form of elegant swishes and dotting.

Maria and Liona have created special exercises for this retreat to help you master and comprehend various aspects of mixed media techniques, allowing you to become a confident artist with a wide range of creative tools. Don't pass up this chance!