Learn to make beautiful travel journals and books!
The animation is focused on the image (with Michel), on the text (with Emmanuelle) but especially on the fusion of the two media in layouts presented by the two animators.
Different writing and illustration exercises are offered daily.
Retreat's language: French
The course is suitable for participants of all levels whether they have already held travel journals or not.
Confirmed notebooks are asked to bring some examples of their notebooks to enrich the subject. Training material is provided on site.
Nevertheless, we propose to everyone to arrive with his usual equipment: pencils, watercolor, ink of India, etc etc ..., what to write and, especially, to acquire a notebook before the departure. The evenings will be free, to allow time for individual writing, reading, discussion or exchange.
More specifically, the course addresses:
Retreat's language: French
Michel is a photographer and handles the sketch as others are fluent in a foreign language. Image director at the zoology museum, he is at ease with photography, India ink, crayons or charcoal. From his distant travels (India) or near (Italy, Glarus), he brings back sketchbooks.
Self-taught, he has a great curiosity for techniques and technologies. Today, it is also on his iPad and thanks to all kinds of App that he lives every day to the rhythm of the travel diary.
Emmanuelle is fond of notebooks: diaries since her childhood, thematic book on theater or family album, personal guide of Paris and travel journals. The smallest stay abroad gives rise to a few written pages, colored and animated collages.
A former journalist, she worked 10 years in museum communication before creating her own business in creative writing. Her activity is now divided between publishing life stories, travel journal, and creative writing workshops.
Bab Zouina is an ode to nature.
The workshop will take place in Bab Zouina, a beautiful traditional Moroccan villa situated in the Ourika Valley (30 km from Marrakesh) in a magnificent property surrounded by olive trees.
Far from urban stress, Bab Zouina has kept an authentic and serene spirit, respectful of the environment.
The main house is ecologically built with cut stone and the new buildings with natural mud bricks. The material used is entirely traditional: tadellakt on the wall, zellij on the floor and cedar and acacia for the woodwork.
The estate is full of terraces and peaceful places to recharge your batteries. The botanical and aromatic gardens surrounding the property give the place a poetic charm and invite to a gentle meditation.
The amazing Swedish artist and landscape designer, Catharina von Unge, conceived and designed the ornamental garden surrounding the property. She managed to combine British aesthetic taste with rusticity and simplicity of the place.
With the Mexican corner and its incredible varieties of cactuses, Catharinadares hints at the Majorelle garden by Yves Saint Laurent and the neighboring garden by André Heller.
All meals are cooked with fresh local produce. You will be served 3 meals/day - the meals are prepared with local products and fresh bread is baked daily in a traditional earth oven. The Moroccan cuisine is a delight in itself.
Meals are served on low tables (Berber style). Fruits, mineral water, coffee & tea available.