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 kristina@labonneetoile.com 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.

2018 Meet the new girl

Ann Dodys

Kippy Hammond

I can’t believe we are entering into our 17th year of La Bonne Etoile workshops. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of someone who has brightened my life as a result of their stay at LBE. So, we are finally completing the details for another great summer with […]

2018 This is the year for YOU!!

Come join us at La Bonne Etoile Artist Retreat for your 2018 artistic and magical adventure. Margaret Dyer will return in July and Nancy Tankersley in August……and a special surprise in May for La Bonne Etoile Alums.

To be the first to get details….reserve your space by emailing Kippy at khstudios4@gmail.com or kristina@labonneetoile.com.

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The Secret Garden

Peggy Prugh artist and author from Jackson Hole, Wyoming

While on our way to La Bonne Etoile, our driver and host, Jerome, was posed this question: “Why did you choose this place?” He politely responded with a “You will know the answer after you see La Bonne Etoile”. We drove up onto the sidewalk […]

Michelle Wells Grant Blog – France – Part 3 Paris and Provence Excursion

michell in paris

For those that are still on the fence on whether a stay at La Bonne Etoile is in your stars for the summer of 2015….pull up a chair, and have a good read.

It is always a blessing to experience La Bonne Etoile through the eyes of our guests. Please welcome Michelle Wells Grant […]

Michelle Wells Grant Blog – France 2014 – Part 2

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For those that are still on the fence on whether a stay at La Bonne Etoile is in your stars for the summer of 2015….pull up a chair, and have a good read. It is always a blessing to experience La Bonne Etoile through the eyes of our guests. Please welcome Michelle Wells Grant […]

Michelle Wells Grant Blog – France 2014 – Part 1

Guest Contributor, Michelle Wells Grant

For those that are still on the fence on whether a stay at La Bonne Etoile is in your stars for the summer of 2015….pull up a chair, and have a good read.

It is always a blessing to experience La Bonne Etoile through the eyes of our guests. Please welcome Michelle Wells Grant […]

Rehearsal Sighting at Basilica Saint Remi

Honey Hilliard

This video gives me chill bumps every time I watch it. The actual experience was far better, walking into this eleventh century Basilica and chancing upon this a capella rehearsal was moving, beyond words, immediately transcending. There was a tangible buzz of a higher frequency in the air. The […]

A Sea of Red

But not the Red Sea‚Ķ as most of you know, France is well known for it’s beautiful wild poppy fields that scatter the countryside like smears of red paint. However, a solid red field is harder to find than one might think because they are quickly covered up with crops, leaving only a hint […]

The Dyer Disciples Have Arrived

And just like that, I find myself in workshop number two of the summer. This workshop features Margaret Dyer, a highly acclaimed pastellist and La Bonne Etoile veteran. This is her fifth workshop here and the word must have really gotten around because we are FULL. Ten women from across the globe (some quite […]

Birdsall Workshop Wrap-Up

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I now feel like I can truly comprehend the meaning of the phrase “gone in the blink of an eye.” I feel like I blinked and the workshop whizzed right past me. What an amazing two weeks we have had. Through rain and shine, this group of women painted everywhere and everything. […]