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.
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Un belle vie


Author: Kathryn Nichols, writes on her third visit to La Bonne Etoile

Author: Kathryn Nichols, writes on her third visit to La Bonne Etoile


Everything is beautiful at La Bonne Etoile. Every flower, every crack, every corner. Every crumb. Enter – buzzing with an intoxication of the senses. A choking thick sweetness, you swallow it drunk. I remember my first visit here… neck sore from craning in every direction – trying to take all in at once. The flowers, the food, the wine, the incredible people.

When surrounded by so much beauty one might find themselves contemplating the concept. What makes this place, this experience, so very beautiful? What is it, really? And how did I arrive here?
Is beauty a place, a thing, a feeling? Is it a chemical reaction? Is it old, or new? Or just a perspective maybe? And how do I create beautiful things?
Watch an experienced painter compose a picture.  To start, a blank canvas, then, the emotion of a first stroke. Excitement buzzing as the story unfolds – ever changing – until suddenly, an incredible scene appears like magic before you. “It’s beautiful!” you might say.
Perhaps you approach the finished piece, and the process, with a purely aesthetic attitude… appreciation. Or, maybe you hear your ego (its ok… everyone’s got one). “I wish I could create something as beautiful…”
But wait, you can!  You do! You create with your every thought, right? (Hint: think good ones.)
If you’re a believer that every experience is happening just as it should – that you are in the exact moment and at the precise place you should be; and perhaps that every moment is a reflection, a reflection of yourself in that experience… then you might say that you, yes you (!), are the epitome of beauty.
La Bonne Etoile just helps you see it a little more clearly…
Creativity allows us to shape our emotions into reality. Which is why LBE is such a genuinely sweet place to create… relax, retreat, let us take care of you.
Come. Indulge. Create your own belle vie.


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