ceramics and cuisine week en Provence

Ceramics. Cuisine. Time. Immersion. Authenticity.


Fall 2023 dates coming soon!

The South of France has drawn artists and cooks, writers and weary travelers looking for respite. A place out of time and yet very much of its time, the Mediterranean is known for its crystal blue waters and rich terroir: Along the rocky white cliffs of the calanques buzz bees raised by eco-conscious beekeepers; just a few miles away, deep black Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvedre grapes are grown for the region’s dry, pale pink rosés. 

In the heart of historic La Ciotat, meanwhile, young entrepreneurs including organic produce vendors, winesellers, cheesemongers, and, of course, artisans like the ceramicists of ICI l’Atelier flourish, as the small city regains new life. TERRE/MER invites you to be a part of this space, with Emily and Camille as your guides. 

TERRE/MER is not your typical vacation – nor your typical retreat. If you are passionate about art and cuisine and looking to discover the South of France in a small group of women and non-binary individuals, then Bienvenue – we’ve been waiting for you.


Emily Monaco et Camille Drozdz

Your Guides

Your Guides

Camille and Emily have forged a friendship around their shared passions for local terroir, art, and gastronomy. The former a French product designer and ceramicist, the latter a culinary tour guide and journalist for such publications as the BBC and Food & Wine, they are the ideal duo for this atypical retreat.

The Place

The Place

La Ciotat is a typical seaside village in the South of France, just a half-hour's drive from the bustling port city of Marseille. Filled with tiny, colorful alleys and impressive views of cliff-lined Calanques, it also boasts a lively Mediterranean port ripe for discovery.

Ceramics Intensive

Ceramics Intensive

If you've always dreamed of working with earth to make your own art objects, you've come to the right place. For five days of our retreat, join Camille for a four-hour intensive ceramics class each morning. You'll learn modeling techniques and come away with your very own ceramic tableware, hand-crafted by you!

Terroir-Driven Cuisine

Terroir-Driven Cuisine

It wouldn't be a French vacation without some excellent local food, and Emily and Camille have got you covered. Each day, we will prepare typical local recipes using seasonal produce. Join Emily in the kitchen for a daily atelier to learn the ins and outs of French cuisine, or simply join us at the table for a family-style meal.

Lodging with Sea View

Lodging with Sea View

The beating heart of your stay will be a beautiful shared house in the heart of La Ciotat: la Maison, a typical harbor home. With four bedrooms, this is where half of our cohort will stay. If you prefer a cocoon to retire to in the evenings, our second house, Les Chambres, is just up the road. It, boasts three private bedrooms.

Activities and Excursions

Activities and Excursions

La Ciotat is surrounded by a bountiful richness we will more than take advantage of. Depending on the season and local availability, a variety of activities will be built into your days. From morning yoga on the beach to afternoon boating outings, from hikes along the Calanques to discovery of local wines and cheeses, whet your palate for even more discovery of the richness of this region.

Price includes


Meals and wine

Ceramic workshop

Cooking ateliers

Daily afternoon excursions and activities 

It does not include

Transport to or from La Ciotat

Optional restaurant meals

Optional additional activities (contact us for more details)

Given the small nature of our experience, reservations are non-refundable

Given the nature of the housing options for this retreat, we regret that we may not be equipped

to welcome those with certain mobility-related disabilities. 

We love your pets but this retreat isn't designed to welcome them :) 

La Maison  (Shared House with Sea View)

Camille Claudel Room Single Bed, Street View, and Shared Bathroom - 2500 euros

Nikki de Saint Phalle Room Double Bed, Ensuite Pocket Office, and Shared Bathroom - 2550 euros
Louise Bourgeois Room Double Bed, Street View, and Shared Bathroom - 2550 euros

Germaine Richier Room Double Bed and Private Bathroom - 2600 euros

Les Chambres  (Private Rooms)

Juliette Billard Room - Double Bed and Private Bathroom - 2700 euros

Charlotte Perriand Room - Double Bed and Private Bathroom - 2700 euros

Adrienne Gorska Room - Double Bed and Private Bathroom - 2700 euros


Book before January 1 st for a discount!

Coming with a friend? We'll knock 100 euros off the price for each of you. (Contact us for a promo code.)


La MaisonShared House

La Maison is the convivial shared house, boasting our kitchen and shared living space. Whether you're staying in La Maison or the more secluded Chambres, you're welcome to come exchange with your hosts and participants here.

Les ChambresGuest Rooms

Les Chambres are the more secluded guest rooms just up the road from La Maison – the perfect quiet cocoon to retire to when the day's activities are done!
Whether you're staying in La Maison or the more secluded Chambres, you're welcome to spend time in the shared living spaces at La Maison. 


How can we help?

TERRE/MER project

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ICI l'atelier agency

9 rue albert et georges Arnoux 13600 La Ciotat, France


Tel. Emily +33637823150 Camille +33648000603


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