Register for La Cascade Retreat


Join Fit for Art Patterns at the Enchanting France – Embellishing Fabric retreat August 2-9, 2022! By placing this registration item in your cart, you will be charged a non-refundable deposit of $700 at checkout.  Please read the details in the description below and in our event calendar, including the event cancellation policy, before registering.

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Please join Fit for Art Patterns at the Enchanting France – Embellishing Fabric retreat!  Spend August 2-9, 2022 with Rae Cumbie and Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns at La Cascade Artists Retreat in Durfort, an enchanting medieval artisan village in the Languedoc region of France to explore the countryside and a variety of fabric embellishing and surface design techniques. The $2700 event fee includes:

  • Mornings will be spent in the cozy third floor artist studio of our 17th century home. We will paint, stitch, collage and piece a variety of small fabric samples to spark our creative juices and create memories of our time at La Cascade.  Sewing machines and most craft materials are provided.  You will receive more information in the weeks leading up to the retreat.
  • Afternoons will be spent exploring the surrounding countryside including the flower fields, regional markets, tree lined thoroughfares, small villages and cathedral towns. Our tour guide will be Anna Cumbie, Rae’s bilingual daughter who lives and works in Toulouse as an English teacher. Daily field trips will include visits to such places as the Ravel Market and fabric store, an antique fabric dealer, the Albi fashion museum, the Soreze Tapestry Museum, and a pastel dyeing experience.
  • Room and Board at La Cascade Artists Retreat.  The simple accommodations are double occupancy with shared baths.  Most meals, including breakfast lunch and dinner, will be provided by La Cascade’s chef Nese using locally sourced seasonal foods and wines served on the terrace that overlooks a rushing mountain stream.
  • We will meet at the Toulouse, France airport on August 2 and travel together to the retreat center in the village of Durfort.  You will be returned to the Toulouse airport on August 9.  Rental cars are provided for group travel  around the countryside and on field trips.

Not included: your airfare to and from Toulouse, travel insurance (required), an occasional restaurant meal, and personal purchases.  (Leave room in your luggage for fabulous fabric and other souvenirs!)

Because this is a very old house in France, the only access to the 2d floor bedroom accommodations and 3d floor studio are by stairs.  There is no air conditioning.

The total cost of the retreat is $2700.  By placing this registration item in your cart, you will be charged a non-refundable deposit of $700 at checkout.   Fit for Art Patterns will invoice you directly for the balance which may be paid in one or two installments of $1000 due by April 15 and an additional $1,000 due by May 30, 2022.  Due to limited space, class size will be limited to 9.

Event Cancellation Policy:  Retreat deposits are non-refundable if the registrant cancels.  If the registrant cancels after April 15, the $1,000-2,000 balance that has been paid will be refunded only if Fit for Art is able to fill the vacancy.   If the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of Fit for Art Patterns, such as the host facility being closed or France closing its borders, we will offer the attendee the option to credit the full amount paid toward a future Fit For Art event or to receive a refund less a 10% service fee.

After the event fills, we will keep a wait list in the event of cancellations; please contact us or send an email to to be placed on the wait list.  Thank you!


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