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.
Nice, French Riviera
We'll be based in this fantastic, art-filled, energizing city with its world renowned coastline, seaside promenade, wonderful pedestrian zone and cosmopolitan feel, winding cobble-stoned streets of its old town, and fabulous daily markets. A great place to unpack for our Art Retreat.
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've included a tour of the villa, an outdoor class with Jill, and even have time for lunch in the Tea Room.
Wonderful covered Provincial Market, walking the rampart walls, fantastic beaches, the Absinthe Bar and we'll be visiting the Picasso Museum. There's a lot to love in this town!
This lovely citrus-colored city, with a more chill vibe that its more famous neighbors, comes as a wonderful surprise to our guests. Some of the best sandy beaches, waterfront dining, a beautiful town for strolling and shopping, and a wonderful old town. Oh, and limoncello tasting. We do. You must!
Every Friday, Ventimiglia has a huge street market of meats & cheeses, produce, leather, clothing, shoes, and tons more. Even the French cross the border for it!
6-Nights at our perfectly located 4* hotel in Nice with rooftop terrace, pool, and jacuzzi
A full program of Art Classes by Jill Badonsky held in a variety of beautiful venues
Daily full hot and cold buffet breakfast
Welcome and farewell dinners
Transportation to all destinations listed by train or bus
A one-week coastal train pass to use on our tour, and on your free time (also included for Non-Participants.)
Visits to Menton, Nice, Antibes, Cap Ferrat, and Villefranche sur Mer in France, Ventimiglia in Italy
Entrance fee included to the Picasso Museum in Antibes
Entrance fee included to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferret
Visits to street and covered markets in Nice, Antibes, Menton and Ventimiglia
Your English-speaking host/guide
All taxes and service fees
Six Nights, Oct 18-24, 2021
$3100 pp double occupancy
$3600 private single room
For our France Art Retreat, we offer a limited "Non-Participant" rate if you have someone that would like to come along with you, but not participate in the Art classes or group activities. Contact us for details, and a list of what is included.
Extra nights are available if you would like to arrive a day or two early, or stay a few extra days after the tour. Conveniently, Nice has its own international airport.
Prices are in US Dollars, and our tours are land only, meaning they begin and end at our Nice hotel. All of our programs are subject to change and please note that space is limited. Please see our Reservation Form for our Terms & Conditions.
Not Included: Flights, airport transfers, meals or drinks not mentioned, tips, optional excursions, travel insurance, and any other items not specifically mentioned as included.