Arrive at the monastery, then dinner and a relaxing evening.
A visit to La Ferme de Truchard. We will meet our farmer, Sylvie, who will show us her small farm and walk us around the crops, explaining the therapeutic benefits of each. The group is then let loose to cut and pick plants for our maceration session later in the week. Lunch at the Monastery.
A visit to Sylvie’s house, distillation unit, drying barn, laboratory and shop. Sylvie will give a demonstration and an explanation of the distillation process. Clairette de Die is provided afterwards to end a perfect day!
A visit to a nut and olive oil producer in the historic town of Crest where you will be able to watch the old-fashioned mills in progress and taste many of the different oils produced. The little shop is full of local buys after the demonstration. The visit is followed by time in Crest at your leisure, where the historic Tour de Crest, built by Simon de Montfort in the middle ages, stands proud above the town; at 170 feet this imposing building is the tallest fortified keep in France. Lunch in Crest at your leisure.
Instruction on Maceration, followed by practical maceration of your own plant material in our popular workshop.
A visit to the wonderful and diverse Provençale market in Die, where there are quaint little shops and cafes for your delectation and delight. Lunch in Die at your leisure.
Travel to the village of Barsac for a tour of vineyards with a local farmer, and tasting of Clairette de Die, the region’s naturally sparkling wine. There will also be the opportunity to taste and purchase some local award-winning wines at the end of the tour.
Today we travel to Pensee Sauvage a farm cultivating aromatic and medicinal plants. The day will begin with a tour of the gardens followed by a walk to discover the wild plants in the surrounding area and a talk on their uses. A picnic lunch will be provided.
A chance to get hands-on as you complete a Cosmetic Making Workshop at the farm. You will create your own balm to take away and enjoy!
A walk through the mountains on a field trip to discover myriads of wildflowers at the Vallon de Combeau. When you get to the top, look out at the stunning views of the Alps. Picnic lunch on the mountain.
A visit to a small, local, lavender distillery, where the owner will talk us through the different types of lavender and the latest distillation processes. There is a shop for purchases of the lavender grown on-site.
We return to the monastery for our final dinner and leaving party!
Breakfast and home time.
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Penny Price Aromatherapy
Radius Court, Maple Drive
England, United Kingdom
Tel: 01455 458099
Registered in England 04772603