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Reimagine Your Future

Our carefully curated courses and cultural activities provide opportunities for inspiration, direction, and new perspectives, empowering you to make a positive impact in our rapidly changing world. Connect with like-minded individuals and leading thinkers from diverse fields, explore new ideas, and reimagine the future with us.

In addition to our courses, we offer cultural activities that inspire and challenge, including captivating concerts and thought-provoking theatre performances. Join us for a few days or several weeks and experience the profound impact of nature, the arts, and personal growth on your life. Check out our upcoming courses and events in the calendar below.

Host your course with us

Nestled against the famous city of Richelieu in the heart of the Loire Valley, Le Grippault is a charming 19th-century manor surrounded by 21 hectares of lush forest and grassland. If you’re looking for an easily accessible rural location with all services within easy reach, Le Grippault is the perfect spot for your course or event. Our manor can host 8 to 15 persons, with eight renovated double bedrooms with attached bathrooms. The salon and salle à manger with adjacent renovated kitchen are at your disposal. A third large multifunctional space is perfect for meetings or exhibitions.

On our grounds, we have a permaculture garden that provides our visitors with fresh vegetables, herbs, and berries. As seasoned course and event creators with a large local and international network, we can also help you design (elements of) your residential course at Le Grippault. If you’re looking for a course location full of personality and charm, with plenty of nature around to study, work, and relax, we’d love to discuss the possibilities with you.

Upcoming events

7-11 April
2024

Schrijfretraite met Enne Koens

Laat je onder leiding van theater- en kinderboekenschrijfster Enne Koens onderdompelen in het plezier en geploeter van het schrijven, krijg een frisse blik op je werk en hulp bij het structureren van je verhaal. Let op: deze workshop is vol.

All year through
2023-204

Volunteer with us

We always need volunteers to help in and around the house, in the garden and  the forest. Contact us for more information.

May
2024

Kookworkshops Pauline’s Cuisine

Dompel je vier dagen lang onder in de culinaire tradities van de Touraine en leer de heerlijkste Franse gerechten maken onder de bezielende leiding van Pauline.
Data: 9-12 mei en 17-20 mei. Let op: deze workshop is vol.

26-31 May
2024

Theaterworkshop Jeroen De Man

Vierdaagse theaterworkshop voor amateuracteurs en -performers. We werken aan korte scènes waarbij we ons huis, de tuin, het bos en het aangrenzende historische stadje Richelieu als onze inspiratiebron én ons podium gebruiken. Voertaal: Nederlands.

10-14 June
2024

Perfumery Intensive

In collaboration with the Los Angeles based Institute for Art and Olfaction and independent perfumer Spyros Drosopoulos, this comprehensive introduction to perfumery delves into the art and science, enriching existing practices with technical expertise. The intensives guide independent perfumers in professionalizing their work and empower beginners to explore scent-making creatively. Please note: this workshop is fully booked.

29 June-
6 July
2024

Theatre Making with Maria Kraakman &Vincent van der Valk

Renowned Dutch actors Maria Kraakman and Vincent van der Valk will join Jeroen to co-host a week of theatre-making based on Lauren Groffs’ captivating historical novel Matrix. Using Lucie Schaap’s superb Dutch translation, we’ll craft diverse scenes—monologues, dialogues, visuals, music, and more. Practice bringing characters and scenes to life, translating literary text into captivating performances, and unleashing creativity. No theatre experience required, but reading the book is a must. Join our diverse group of 8 to 12 participants with varied backgrounds. Get ready to leave inspired! Dutch spoken.

7 -12 July
and
14-19 July
2024

Singing Retreat Ease Vocal Club

Discover harmonious singing under the French sun, surrounded by like-minded individuals. Enjoy morning yoga sessions and unwind in nature.In various workshops, led by three experienced guides, we’ll focus on vocal technique, relaxed breathing, harmony, and improvisation. We’ll sing a beautiful selection of music that transports or energizes, ranging from pop to soul. No singing experience is necessary; all levels are welcome.

23-24 August
2024

Music Weekend du Grippault

Save the date! The third edition of our music Festival du Grippault will take place in the weekend of 23 and 24 August. More information to be revealed soon!

25-31 August
2024

Wood Sculpting Week

This week-long adventure revolves around the art of working with wood, suitable for both beginners and seasoned woodworkers. Choose to sculpt based on a theme or let your creativity flow freely during the workshop, all while using simple hand tools and locally sourced wood. Picture a summer dream experience – seven days of sculpting guided by sculptor Will Schropp, where even with no prior experience, you’ll craft a beautiful masterpiece from wood from Le Grippaults forest.

23 November-
20 December
2024

Artists Residency Month

Le Grippaults Artist Residency, 23 November-20 December 2024, is open to creators of all arts disciplines and nationalities!

Curated with diversity in mind, we select artists with varied perspectives and talents each week, fostering a rich and inspiring environment. Choose to work at Le Grippault for one or two weeks – not more, not less.

Your stay includes a private room with a bathroom, three communal spaces, a shared kitchen, and full access to the 21-hectare estate. The cost is €20 per day. Transportation is at your own convenience.

For more information and applications:
Please submit your short application to info@legrippault.fr, including your full name, profession, and, if you’re ok with that, your age and nationality. Specify the project you’d like to undertake and outline any specific requirements. This enables us to accommodate the practical needs of each participant. Additionally, indicate whether you intend to stay for 1 or 2 weeks, and on which dates, starting end ending on a Saturday. Longer or shorter stays are not feasible due to logistical constraints.

Please note that currently, we do not have any scholarships or other financial resources to support you, and that the daily rate is non-negotiable.