Group Workshops

FRANCE

2020 – 23rd to 30th September, Mas de Jammes, Aveyron

We hold two workshops a year, one is a long weekend in the UK in the summer and the other is a week long kora retreat in France in September; an immersion into kora playing from absolute beginners to advanced players.  It is in Aveyron, in the south of France.  Mas de Jammes is the venue, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

GROUP WORKSHOPS IN FRANCE
The week long workshops each cost 525€ and include

  • a week’s tuition
  • shared accommodation
  • loan of a kora – if necessary
  • buffet breakfast and homemade lunch everyday

There are work-exchange places available for those on a budget and it is always worth asking us for a discount if you are on a low income but absolutely serious about learning the kora.  If we can help we will.  Returning students also get a €50 euros discount on the week long workshops.

… a full-on Kora retreat among other Kora enthusiasts.

Mathias, Denmark


Tuition:

After a group warm up session in the morning, students then find a quiet corner to practice and are visited on regular intervals from one of our expert teachers.  Some people opt to work in pairs or a small group, others  work alone.

Individual sessions run up until lunch after which is free time. You can use this as extra practice or to explore the beautiful natural surroundings and local towns.

Mas de Jammes is an ideal spot for walking, hiking and just a short drive to nearby cafés and restaurants in the lovely bastide town of Villeneuve d’Aveyron.  Lots of local attractions mean we will arrange trips out if encouraged to do so!  Any excuse for a cup of coffee out and about in this beautiful part of the world is fine with both of us…

Harp being played with koras
One student brought her harp as well as her kora

Accommodation

1 x large dormitory, shared.  Camping also available.  Both included in the price.

Also available:
Twin rooms
Double rooms
Family rooms
1 x Small private gîte
1 Luxury mobile home

All bedding provided. Towels provided on request.
Non-kora playing guests are very welcome.

N.B. The private rooms have a surcharge.

“Pro level teachers, amazing wonderful place, lovely kora students and friends, super support for managing the daily order (necessities, dinners, arrivals, departures)”

Carlos, Catalunya


Food:

Breakfast; cereals, toast, jams, juices etc

Homemade lunch spread: salads, quiches, dips, bread, cheese + cured meats etc.
Let us know about any specific dietary requirements.

Dinner: main course, cheese, dessert + wine
N.B. Dinner is an optional 10 euros a night extra allowing guests to have the opportunity to eat out.

Tea/Coffee Breaks: all day long!


Transport:

Contact us regarding any part of your journey for help or information.  Co-ordinating all the meeting places and lifts is a major parts of the workshop preparations for Kath 🙂

Flights: Our nearest airports are Toulouse, Rodez and Brive.  We arrange collection from Toulouse.

  • Flights to Toulouse from many destinations with Easyjet, British Airways, Flybe and many more
  • Flights to Brive from Stansted with Ryanair
  • Flights to Rodez  from Dublin with Ryanair or from Paris with Eastern Airways.

Trains: Stations are Villefranche de Rouergue, Salles-Courbaties which are close, then Figeac and furthest is Toulouse Matabiau – we arrange collectio from Toulouse airport.

Buses: Various services such as  Ouibus, Flixbus, Eurolines, etc come to Brive, Montauban or Toulouse.

Car Sharing: Advertise your trip through us or on car sharing websites such as BlablaCar