Sample Daily Schedule
Group Workshops and Study Sessions
Followed by lunch served on the premises
Organized Group or Individual Activities like:
Visit of Lourmarin
Visit of Luberon Medieval villages
Yoga class (optional)
Trekking in the Luberon Mountains
Cycling in the Valley (extra charge for bikes)
Relaxation at the Villa or the pool
And of course your own free time to write
Social time, literary conversation & cocktail hour
Dinner at Le Galinier (5 nights)
Guest Author Reading and Discussion
Public Reading by the participants
Night Excursion to the cities (extra charge)
Marseille Provence Airport
Aix-en-Provence TGV Train Station
Pick-up and Drop off: Our remote piece of paradise is not easily accessible by public transportation, which is why we have arranged a complementary shuttle service to take us to and from the retreat as a group. Our pick-up spot will be at the Airport of Marseille Provence in front of the Starbuck, and at Aix-en-Provence TGV train Station, in front of the PAUL Bakery. Be aware that the TGV Train Station (Super Fast Train) is located at at 18 km (11 miles) from city center of Aix-en-Provence.
Please plan to be at our pick-up spot by 1pm and 4 pm on September 26th, 2021
If you are coming from overseas, we suggest arriving in France at least 2 nights before the retreat. We highly encourage you to take a few days to visit the lovely cities of Marseille, Avignon or Aix-en-Provence while acclimating. Even if you have visited before, it’s absolutely worth every minute.
Round-trip transportation from Marseille and Aix TGV to the Villa is included in your registration fee. If you are unable to arrive at the pick-up spot on time, you’ll need to arrange and pay for your own transportation to the Villa. In this case, please let us know as soon as possible.
On our last day (Sunday), we plan to leave the Villa in the morning and after lunch to bring you back to the airport or the Train Station.
Travel insurance is required for this trip. It needs to cover any medical expenses that occur during your trip and should also cover trip cancellation, in case of illness, workshop annulment or injury prevents you from going on the trip.
Most companies require that you get the insurance soon after signing up. If you do not buy your insurance soon after you book the trip, pre-existing conditions may not be covered. Depending on your needs, most policies cost $100 to $650.
More information about trip insurance will be sent after you register.
A passport is required, valid six months from date of entry. No special visas are required for US or Canadian citizens.
CAGIBI was co-founded in 2017 by NYC literary collaborators and educators Sylvie Bertrand and Christopher X. Shade. Cagibi is now an established literary community of editors, teachers, and published authors curating and producing journals and retreats. CAGIBI’s retreats are held in the US and abroad. The first retreat took place in the Hudson Valley in October 2018. CAGIBI’s journal is bundled online in quarterly issues in addition to one print issue each year that includes the annual Macaron Prize and Omnibus anthology. For more about Cagibi, visit cagibilit.com.
Founded in 1998, Artecom has been developing creative projects in Canada and Europe for more than 20 years. The company creates cultural and artistic events in various fields, from theater to cinema, and from television to performing arts. Artecom wishes to promote creation in all its forms of expression. The organization of Writing Workshops is a new field of creativity for Artecom.
All prices are based on single occupancy. From 3495$ to 4695$ for Single occupancy. If you wish to share a room, the price is 500$ less. From 2995$ to 4195$ for double occupancy based on two people sharing a twin-bedded room at the Villa (or a Queen bed for couples). Accommodations are European style; if you’re not a couple and want to have two beds, you must notify it when you register. All prices are in US dollars.
There are four types of room. The first (basic room) is a 2 twins or queen bed with a shared bath or a shared shower. The toilet is also shared with another room. The second type (Superior room) is a larger space with a queen or king bed and a private bath or a private shower. The third type (Deluxe room) offers a larger room with a queen or a king bed, and a private toilet. The last types (Suite and Logis) contains a private bathroom with a bath or a shower, a toilet, a living room and some with a fireplace. Most of the toilets are typically outside of the bedroom, private or shared with one other rooms. All kind of rooms are available in double occupancy.
If you're traveling alone and would like a roommate, we'll do our best to find you a compatible person. If we can't match you up with someone, you'll will be placed in a single with a shared bath and charged you the normal single occupancy price.
This is an intimate vacation, limited to 20 people, with a minimum of 12.
A deposit of 50% of tuition is due with registration (of which $495 is non-refundable). The final balance, plus any supplements, will be due by July 31st, 2021. The balance can be paid on the website or by check labeled to Artecom inc. and sent to Artecom at 790 Ch. des Berges, Stratford, QC G0Y1P0, Canada.
To undertake this trip you must get the COVID 19 vaccine. Vaccination is mandatory to travel to France. By registering for the writing workshop, you acknowledge having received the anti-COVID 19 vaccine. Otherwise there is a risk that you could get stuck at the border. If governments put back restrictions on travels or if French or US borders are closed again, the Cagibi Retreat will be canceled and you will receive a full refund of your payments.
Cancellations and Refunds
The initial $495 non-refundable deposit will be forfeited in all cases. You are welcome to cancel the booking any time up to June 30th. From July 1st, there will be no refunds. Exceptions to this cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including personal emergencies. Travel protection insurance will provide your only option for recouping your investment in the trip.
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum or governments put restrictions on travels. If we cancel, everything you've paid will be refunded.