La Bonne Etoile Artists Retreat was specifically developed to assist artists and writers who would benefit from an experience in another culture, along with a time of seclusion and solitude. But through the years it has developed into more....a community of friends. La Bonne Etoile Blog has been designed to expand the richness of that community by continuing the quest to create and recreate together.
La Bonne Etoile workshops are ALL-INCLUSIVE, starting and ending with hospitality shuttles to and from any Paris airport. Our workshop instructors are well known for quality, patient instruction for all levels of students. contact for full information. Be sure to visit the individual websites of the artists, you will find links to La Bonne Etoile workshop information there as well.

About Us

La Bonne Etoile was established in 1999 as an artist retreat in France but over the years it has become clear that the shared experience of time spent at La Bonne Etoile is not only for personal enrichment. There is also something special happening that forges long lasting friendships.

La Bonne Etoile Blog, while open to anyone to read and enjoy, has been created as a platform for those that have spent time at the retreat. There may be times and places to showcase guests or their work; but for the most part, the contributions in writing, artwork, demos and photos are from those that have spent time at the retreat.

Join us in this adventure.

Kippy Hammond, a professional portrait artist from the state of Georgia, maintains her clientele and business primarily in the United States, but her heart has stayed in France, turning her initial three month visit into ten years. Her experience in painting and living in a foreign country has given her the opportunity to expand personally, as well as professionally. At the same time, it has been a path of trial and error learning to navigate in a different culture.

Jerome, a native Frenchman, graciously shares his stories, history, and life growing up in France. A walking encyclopia of french culture, his soft spoken manner and gentle hospitality sets a welcoming tone for each and every guest.

Together, Jerome and Kristina (Kippy), provide an expanding experience for all who walk in the gate at La Bonne Etoile.  The friends and staff of La Bonne Etoile immensely enjoy providing a fun, productive time for those that choose to create and recreate at La Bonne Etoile.