Events in Lou Calen

Lou Calen invites you to enjoy our unique and fun events based within the hotel’s three hectare estate in the heart of Cotignac, whether at the Jardin Secret restaurant, Didier’s wine bar, or the microbrewery bar, La Tuf. Engage with the many aspects of true Provencal living through these fun experiences, all the while meeting local people and discovering local practices.

Upcoming workshops & events

Saturday June 15th

Paper Moulding Workshop

Solange Battarra’s true creative self is anchored in the Upcycling movement. A local artist and a specialist in the creation of objects made from paper pulp, in this workshop she will teach an artisanal moulding technique by crafting a unique decorative object to set on a piece of furniture or to hang on the wall.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 75€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday June 19th

Clay Modelling Workshop

Sandra Dugenet models, sculpts and engraves using earth, stone or wood. While she allows herself to be guided by the material, she inspired by human beings and their philosophy. During this workshop, you will learn the principles and techniques of sculpture by creating a piece using Provence clay.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 1 pm

Cost : 75€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday June 22nd

Wood Sculpture Workshop

Artist, sculptor and designer, Mathieu Segret guides you through the meditative process of sculpting wood. After choosing one of the various options of Provençal wood to work with, you will be encouraged to get creative and abandon yourself to the craft of a personal piece of woodwork.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 95€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Sunday June 23rd

Drawing & Collage Workshop

With her rich experience in the field of art, Sophie Anais Sanderson guides her students to develop their artistic flair through the craft of drawing. During her three hours workshop, she will teach the basics of drawing as well as a study into how to create volume by using different forms of collage.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday June 26th

Creative Writing Workshop

This workshop will be a special opportunity to free your mind and express yourself in writing. French literature teacher, Jéromine Dalmasso, will guide you towards this creative escape with two thematic ideas: “Describe a place using sensory language” and “Write a description while observing a photograph”.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 10 am to 12 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday June 29th

Basket Weaving Workshop

Spiral basket-weaving craft is an ancestral technique which countryfolk have used for centuries here, in Provence, and made famous now. Julia Lebouc shares her artisanal know-how through the creation of a “secret box” basket made from wild straw.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 1 pm

Cost : 50€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Sunday June 30th

New Bistrot and Pastis Bar

These two new, long-awaited addresses are finally ready to open their doors. The Bistrot and the Pastis Bar are sure to become top meeting places where locals and tourists can mingle and the those from all four corners of the world can enjoy the pleasures of the Provençal art of living.

Location : Lou Calen

The Bistrot : 6 days a week

The Pastis Bar :7 days a week

Reservation : Available soon

Sunday June 30th

Lavender Spindle Workshop

Come and learn about the Provençal tradition of lavender spindle-crafting. Get stuck in to this charming craft that encloses the pretty lavender flowers inside their stems to preserve their wonderful scent. Discover how to gather them, how to sort them, and how to weave it all together with a beautiful ribbon.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 10 am to 12 pm

Cost : 60€ (materials provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday July 6th

Drawing & Watercolour Workshop

Provence is an inexhaustible source of creativity, where Gilles Dugenet invites you to dive in and find your inspiration. Using simple drawing and painting techniques, the artist will encourage you to create a series of small drawings and paintings in a sketchbook, that can be cherished long.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Sunday July 7th

Botanical Walk

Are you interested in learning about wild plants? Vera, local to the region, gives a tour of the Lou Calen gardens. Guided by her studies in phytotherapy and herboristry, Vera shares her passion for every wild plant. Join her to discover these celebrated Provençal plants and their forgotten virtues.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Cost : 25€

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday July 10th

Plant Painting Workshop

Did you know that you can make ink from vegetables and their tinctorial plants? Anna Piquardt is here to show you how. Come and learn how to transform well-known plants into watercolour paints, and then decorate your very own postcard with them. A wonderfully creative and personalised gift for a loved one!

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 10 am to 12 pm

Cost : 60€ (materials provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Friday July 12th

Drawing & Collage Workshop

With her rich experience in the field of art, Sophie Anais Sanderson guides her students to develop their artistic flair through the craft of drawing. During her three hours workshop, she will teach the basics of drawing as well as a study into how to create volume by using different forms of collage.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday July 13th

Ceramics Making Workshop

Potter and ceramics artist in Cotignac, Inès Ciccone practices throwing pottery with the aim of giving life to stoneware pieces, always drawing her inspiration from natural plants and minerals. During a 3 1/2 hour workshop, Inès will share three modelling techniques to make a cup, a plate or a bowl.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 85€ (materials and apron provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday July 17th

Sound & Vibration Journey

This auditory and sensory journey accompanied by Laetitia Ferrero will throw you into a vibrational symphony. During this inner dance, the vibration of the instruments and the songs will soothe your mind, release any tensions your body is holding, and set your inner soul in motion.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost : 45€

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Friday July 19th

Paper Moulding Workshop

Solange Battarra’s true creative self is anchored in the Upcycling movement. A local artist and a specialist in the creation of objects made from paper pulp, in this workshop she will teach an artisanal moulding technique by crafting a unique decorative object to set on a piece of furniture or to hang on the wall.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 75€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday July 20th

Lavender Spindle Workshop

Come and learn about the Provençal tradition of lavender spindle-crafting. Get stuck in to this charming craft that encloses the pretty lavender flowers inside their stems to preserve their wonderful scent. Discover how to gather them, how to sort them, and how to weave it all together with a beautiful ribbon.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 10 am to 12 pm

Cost : 60€ (materials provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Sunday July 21st

Basket Weaving Workshop

Spiral basket-weaving craft is an ancestral technique which countryfolk have used for centuries here, in Provence, and made famous now. Julia Lebouc shares her artisanal know-how through the creation of a “secret box” basket made from wild straw.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 1 pm

Cost : 50€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday July 24th

Clay Modelling Workshop

Sandra Dugenet models, sculpts and engraves using earth, stone or wood. While she allows herself to be guided by the material, she inspired by human beings and their philosophy. During this workshop, you will learn the principles and techniques of sculpture by creating a piece using Provence clay.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 1 pm

Cost : 75€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday July 27th

Wood Sculpture Workshop

Artist, sculptor and designer, Mathieu Segret guides you through the meditative process of sculpting wood. After choosing one of the various options of Provençal wood to work with, you will be encouraged to get creative and abandon yourself to the craft of a personal piece of woodwork.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 4 pm to 7 pm

Cost : 95€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday July 31st

Plant Painting Workshop

Did you know that you can make ink from vegetables and their tinctorial plants? Anna Piquardt is here to show you how. Come and learn how to transform well-known plants into watercolour paints, and then decorate your very own postcard with them. A wonderfully creative and personalised gift for a loved one!

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 10 am to 12 pm

Cost : 60€ (materials provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday August 3rd

Drawing & Watercolour Workshop

Provence is an inexhaustible source of creativity, where Gilles Dugenet invites you to dive in and find your inspiration. Using simple drawing and painting techniques, the artist will encourage you to create a series of small drawings and paintings in a sketchbook, that can be cherished long.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Friday August 9th

Paper Moulding Workshop

Solange Battarra’s true creative self is anchored in the Upcycling movement. A local artist and a specialist in the creation of objects made from paper pulp, in this workshop she will teach an artisanal moulding technique by crafting a unique decorative object to set on a piece of furniture or to hang on the wall.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 75€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday August 10th

Ceramics Making Workshop

Potter and ceramics artist in Cotignac, Inès Ciccone practices throwing pottery with the aim of giving life to stoneware pieces, always drawing her inspiration from natural plants and minerals. During a 3 1/2 hour workshop, Inès will share three modelling techniques to make a cup, a plate or a bowl.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 85€ (materials and apron provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday August 14th

Sound & Vibration Journey

This auditory and sensory journey accompanied by Laetitia Ferrero will throw you into a vibrational symphony. During this inner dance, the vibration of the instruments and the songs will soothe your mind, release any tensions your body is holding, and set your inner soul in motion.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost : 45€

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday August 17th

Wood Sculpture Workshop

Artist, sculptor and designer, Mathieu Segret guides you through the meditative process of sculpting wood. After choosing one of the various options of Provençal wood to work with, you will be encouraged to get creative and abandon yourself to the craft of a personal piece of woodwork.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 95€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Sunday August 18th

Drawing & Collage Workshop

With her rich experience in the field of art, Sophie Anais Sanderson guides her students to develop their artistic flair through the craft of drawing. During her three hours workshop, she will teach the basics of drawing as well as a study into how to create volume by using different forms of collage.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday, August 21st

Clay Modelling Workshop

Sandra Dugenet models, sculpts and engraves using earth, stone or wood. While she allows herself to be guided by the material, she inspired by human beings and their philosophy. During this workshop, you will learn the principles and techniques of sculpture by creating a piece using Provence clay.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 1 pm

Cost : 75€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday August 24th

Lavender Spindle Workshop

Come and learn about the Provençal tradition of lavender spindle-crafting. Get stuck in to this charming craft that encloses the pretty lavender flowers inside their stems to preserve their wonderful scent. Discover how to gather them, how to sort them, and how to weave it all together with a beautiful ribbon.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 10 am to 12 pm

Cost : 60€ (materials provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Wednesday August 28th

Basket Weaving Workshop

Spiral basket-weaving craft is an ancestral technique which countryfolk have used for centuries here, in Provence, and made famous now. Julia Lebouc shares her artisanal know-how through the creation of a “secret box” basket made from wild straw.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9 am to 1 pm

Cost : 50€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

Saturday August 31st

Drawing & Watercolour Workshop

Provence is an inexhaustible source of creativity, where Gilles Dugenet invites you to dive in and find your inspiration. Using simple drawing and painting techniques, the artist will encourage you to create a series of small drawings and paintings in a sketchbook, that can be cherished long.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost : 55€ (material provided)

Reservation : Booking is mandatory

September 6th to 8th

Classic en Provence

The Fanny Mendelssohn Artists have prepared an innovative programme to fit the unique atmosphere of the hotel surrounded by nature and steeped in history. Be it during a musical breakfast at the Jardin Secret or a concert in the conservatrory, the five young musicians will enchant you with their talent.

Location : Lou Calen

Times : Available soon

Cost : Available soon

Reservation : Available soon

Saturday Sept. 28th

Soap Box Race

Hear ye, hear ye! There’s a huge dollop of fun on the way with the return of the soap box race. The race will barrel down the Notre-Dame de Grâces road across two timed runs, and the finish line will offer a refreshment bar with DJ and a prize giving ceremony at Le Tailleur de bière. Let your imagination run free!

Location : Lou Calen

Times : Available soon

Cost : Available soon

Reservation : Available soon

Past workshops & events

Gong & Sounds Session

Come and try the “Gong Bath” a soothing sound therapy straight from Nepal, led by Daniela, a Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga instructor. You will discover the benefits of sound vibrations through gongs, Tibetan bowls and voice, to prove a wonderful musical experience.

Location : Lou Calen

Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat

In India, every spring season is welcomed with “Holi”- the festival of colour. It celebrates the expansion of light, the end of winter. This 4-day and 3-night retreat, combining yoga practice, meditation and Ayurvedic treatments, is an opportunity to  revitalise yourself in the heart of the Var region.

Location : Lou Calen

Eastertide Buffet

The weather’s not cooperating on this Sunday, March 31. Initially scheduled to take place in an olive grove not far from Notre-Dame de Grâces, the country-style Easter buffet will be held in the cosy bastide of the Jardin Secret restaurant, where fireplaces crackle and hushed music lulls the meal to sleep.

Cooking Wild Plants

Wild plants are a key cooking ingredient for our chef Benoit Witz, who opens his kitchen to teach you how to work them in a creative culinary way. Vera, our favourite herbalist, guide you to pick these plants in Lou Calen’s gardens from 2pm to 4pm, before joining the chef for a cooking class.

The Secret Song of Plants

Did you know that all the plants emit vibrations to communicate? And did you know that this electrical activity can be converted into musical notes? Botanical music therapist, Sabrine SC&YOU can guide you towards a meditative state and fully experience this sensory opportunity.

Location : Lou Calen

Cooking Lobster

Lou Calen now offers a cooking class with our fantastic chef! Benoit Witz invites you into his Jardin Secret restaurant kitchen to learn how to cook lobster. You will leave full of culinary ideas, as well as a hands-on three-course menu for two people… and more precious cooking advice.

Oursinade

‘Oursinade’ is one of the most important culinary traditions of Provence. At the start of each year, sea urchins cluster around the Côte Bleue, the Rivera sea coast which stretches from Marseille to Martigues. Benoit Witz is joining the celebration by shining their culinary spotlight on the sea urchin for a buffet.

Valentine's Day

Chef Witz and his team bring their passion for local culinary delights by crafting refined and spectacular dishes that will seduce with every bite. Our menu offers langoustine, John Dory whitefish, and tender veal to celebrate the most romantic evening of the year, where love is in the air as well as on the plate.

Louisiana Style

Benoit Witz welcomes guest chef Patrick Périé for a themed evening with a four course menu. With 40 years’ experience across the world, ten of which were spent at the Méridien in New Orléans, this celebrated French chef is back in his homeland and ready to serve a delicious loiusiana cook.

The Truffle Harvest

For over 25 years, the Canut family has been growing black truffles on their farm in Aups. Every winter Patrick and his daughter Lisa wander through their oak plantation, guided by their dogs, to harvest the truffle. Take part in the fascinating art of truffle hunting, before treating yourself to tasting your finds!

Location : Aups

An Evening of Truffles

This winter, our chef Benoit Witz is dedicating several evening menus to the black truffle. They are found locally in Aups, the region’s capital of the ‘tuber melanosporum’, and are known for being particularly tasty. Come and enjoy the dishes specially crafted in celebration of this precious ‘black diamond’.

Cooking Truffle

This masterclass will take place after a truffle hunting demonstration with specially-trained truffle dogs. Meet at 2pm at the Canut family’s farm in Aups (20 minutes from Cotignac), before meeting chef Benoit Witz at 4pm in the kitchen of the Jardin Secret to learn how to cook with black truffles.

Festive Feasts

In its 19th century house decorated with the magic of Christmas, the Jardin Secret restaurant opens its doors for the end of year festivities. Chef Benoit Witz and his team have crafted special menus with seasonal ingredients and dishes enhanced by the delights of the Provencal region.

Auvergne Cheese Day

Calling all cheeselovers! This day is designed for all who celebrate good French cheese. Our chef Benoit Witz hosts Dominique Prugne – two-time world champion at the Tours International Cheese Festival – for a menu dedicated to fine Auvergne cheeses and the secrets behind the art of their cheesemaking.

The Fascinant Week-end

The Jardin Secret restaurant celebrates the 10th edition of the Fascinant Weekend. Every 3rd weekend in October, the vineyards of France come alive for this food and wine celebration festival. There will be a decade of delights to be shared in a menu specially designed for the occasion.

Dinner with Huguette Caren

Benoit Witz welcomes Huguette Caren, the previous owner of Lou Calen and valued guardian of special Provençal recipes. Huguette’s spectacular cooking contributed to the hotel’s famous reputation in the 70s, 80s and 90s. To keep this iconic legacy alive, Huguette has passed on all her secrets to our chef.

Lebanese Cuisine

Venture on a culinary journey into the heart of the Middle East. Chef Benoit Witz invites Mirna Cortas into his kitchen to explore the many rich and varied flavours of Lebanon. Mirna, of Greek-Lebanese origin, looks forward to celebrating her inherited know-how of traditional cuisine from Zahlé, her hometown in the Lebanon mountains.

Patrick Périé's come back

Exceptional opening of the Jardin Secret restaurant where we will welcome the chef Patrick Périé. With 40 years’ experience across the world, ten of which were spent at the Méridien in New Orléans, this celebrated French chef is back in his homeland and ready to serve a spectacular meal full of delicious discoveries.

Japanese Cuisine

Susana Iwase was born in Tokyo, the sushi capital, and brings her experience of traditional Japanese cooking blended with her years of working in Californian restaurants. She will collaborate with Benoit Witz to bring an evening of Japanese cuisine.

Gathering Saffron

Nestled in the midst of the restanques a unique spice grows naturally. In our region, flowering begins in October and lasts for a month while the harvest reaps rich rewards. Sabine and Jean will guide you and explore more herbs to ensure you fully understand the culture and nature of organic saffron growing.