Thanks to this rainy spring weather, vacation has been on the mind more than usual. But so has sewing and art and design and crafts! There’s never enough time to get to the projects after a long day at the full-time job, gym, second job, groceries, errands, blog and so on. However, here’s one solution that I’m dying to try…a craft vacation.

Craft Vacation header from Chateau Dumas on Flee Fly Flown

There are a bunch of creative options out there from which to choose; Everything from painting workshops to quilt vacations and pretty much everything in-between. Most opportunities are located in the U.S. with additional options abroad and at sea for the art and crafter who needs a creative escape.

The vacation that I’ve set my sites on is near a tiny French village, one hour away from Toulouse, at the 22-acre private estate, Chateau Dumas. You spend a week with textiles and working on a plethora of projects, taking trips to local flea markets and shops, lounging by the pool, and taking time to be inspired by the beautiful scenery. This seems like the perfect way to experience the French countryside.

Creative Vacation :: Chateau Dumas on Flee Fly Flown

Check out the itinerary for Chateau Dumas’ “Reinventing French Textiles” retreat below.

• 5 days’ tuition from Ros Badger assisted by Lizzie Hulme
• A day of woad dyeing with Bleu de Lectoure
• Complimentary apron and craft kit
• Half a square meter of 19th century fabric
• Copy of the book Handmade by Ros Badger
• Visit to flea market in Toulouse or Albi
• Visit to Sunday market
• Visit to Chapeau Rey artisan hat factory
• Full board with homemade meals using local, fresh, seasonal ingredients
• Snacks, soft drinks, coffee, tea and wine (half a bottle per person per day)
• Regional wine, cheese and bread tasting from a local sommelier
• Facilities including large outdoor pool, lounge chairs, games, Wi-Fi
• Transfers to/from Toulouse airport (9am-5pm)

They also offer millinery and silver jewelry masterclasses.

Besides Chateau Dumas, there’s a lot of other retreats and creative vacations to suit whatever it is you want to create while traveling. Below is a short list of other ideas and directories that can help you decide on your next creative vacation:

Artista: Creative vacations for women
Art at Sea
• Sievers School of Fiber Arts
Peninsula School of Art
• Fiber Art workshops with Peg Ginoux

Art, Craft & Design Vacation and Workshop Directories:

• Quilting vacation directory (This site has a lot of broken links, but I still found some interesting vacations here.)

Now who can I convince to come with me?

Happy planning,

- Colleen