Meet Jill Badonsky
Hi! I’m the author/illustrator of three books on the creative process, creator/director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training, and a creativity workshop leader who teaches retreats in New Mexico, at the Omega Institute, and wherever they’ll let me bring my crayons.
My specialty is removing the pressure behind the creative process. I make finding a creative voice and the generation of creativity, easy and addictive and experiences away from home fun and filled with creative surprises.
Arriving in the enchantment of a country you've always wanted to visit is a natural aphrodisiac to a heightened sense of creativity. I will capitalize on that energy and teach you loose and easy methods of generating sketches adding simple watercolor painting, effortless creative writing that captures the feel of the adventure, and smartphone photography.
My approach uses intuitive techniques that inspire fresh directions, free your creative voice from rigid standards, and will capture the enchantment of France with a joy-filled experience of creative flow.
We'll be based in this lovely, citrus-colored city that stretches to the Italian boarder, and has a more chill vibe than the other well-known towns along the coast. Menton has great shopping, waterfront restaurants, a lovely old town, and a big gorgeous beach! A great find, and perfect place to unpack.
Viaggio Tours offers a unique creativity workshop with Jill while taking advantage of this stunning coastline. We've included all the visits and excursions listed - even a day trip to lovely Saint-Honorat Island.
A shady little square in Menton
An easy ferry ride from Cannes, we'll visit this peaceful island. No cars, just vineyards, flat walking trails, a working Monastery, and, we'll have a picnic!
Every Friday, Ventimiglia has a huge market of meats & cheeses, produce, leather, clothing, shoes, and tons more. Even the French cross the border for it!
Villefranche sur Mer
We'll explore this charming French fishing village lined with pastel colored buildings, and enjoy wandering its lovely narrow streets full of restaurants and cafes.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
A magnificent villa on Cap Ferrat with nine gardens, and a musical fountain. We'll even have time for lunch in the Tea Room.
"The Pearl of the Riviera", Nice is a vibrant city filled with treasures like its Flower Market, cobblestones Old Town, public art, museums, and a waterfront promenade that goes for miles.
And Cannes. Need we say more?
6-Nights at our waterfront hotel in Menton
Choice of rooms with city views or sea views
Daily continental buffet breakfast
Welcome and farewell dinners
A full Creativity Workshop with Guest Artist Jill Badonsky, in locations throughout the Riviera
One week unlimited use local train pass to take us to all our destination (and use in your free time.)
Visits to Menton, Cannes, Nice, Cap Ferrat, Ventimiglia, Villefranche sur Mer, and Saint-Honorat Island
Entrance to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferret
Visits to street and covered markets in Nice, Menton and Ventimiglia
All taxes and fees, fully hosted and guided
Not Included: Flights, airport transfers, meals or drinks not mentioned, tips, optional excursions and any items not specifically mentioned as included.
September 21-27, 2020
Because it's nice to have options, Viaggio Tours offers three room types on our six night package. You choose.
$2950 Smaller Room, City View
$3100 Smaller Room, Sea View
$3250 Larger, Sea View, Balcony
Only 6 spots left
Rates are per person, double occupancy. Single supplement is available for smaller rooms, $250 for the program (larger room double occupancy only.) Programs are land only, they begin and end at our hotel. All programs are subject to change.
We offer both a "Single Share" option if you'd like a roommate to avoid the extra expense of a private room, and a reduced "Non-Participant" rate if someone wants to come with you but not take part in the art program. Contact us for details and prices.