France Study Tour 2018

24th – 30th June 2018

  • France Study Tour 2017
  • French Study Tour 2017
  • France Study Tour 2017

This is a tour of a lifetime opportunity for all those who are interested or trained in aromatherapy. The sheer beauty of the area is spiritually uplifting and refreshing, while the sunny weather and sunny natures of the French people is welcoming, relaxing and charming.

Accommodation with full board (including wine of the area) will be provided at the Ancien Monastère de Sainte Croix, which is situated in the heart of the peaceful Drôme valley, approximately 7km west of the ancient market town of Die. The cost does not include the journey – we suggest flying to Nimes, St Etienne, Lyon or Marseille and hiring a car. Travelling by train is cheap but making all the connections is not everyone’s cup of tea. We will put students in touch with each other for car sharing during the week. Husbands, partners and children over 10 welcome.

The visit usually coincides with the harvesting and distillation of both lavender and clary sage – and not only includes lectures on the history of the area, the plants growing there and their therapeutic uses, but the opportunity to distil your own essential oil in our own small still.

The group will be harvesting flowers at the beginning of the week and will see how they are macerated a few days later. It will be possible to see other medicinal plants which grow around the local river, including wild lavender, St John’s Wort, chicory, walnut, lime blossom and many more. Field study trips will probably include a visit to a distillation plant, walks around herb fields and a botanical walk complete with picnic, revealing magnificent vistas over the Drôme valley.

A shopping trip will be made to the local market town on market day, also a visit to one or more caves to taste (and buy, if you wish) Clairette de Die, the natural champagne (no added bubbles!) of the area.

We usually have a party on the last night, so if you can act, sing or dance or recite, you can volunteer.

The course is based at the old monastery in the tiny village of Sainte Croix in the Drôme valley in south-east France. The local area is called the Diois (pronounced Dee-wa), based on the name of the nearby town of Die (pronounced Dee). Wonderful food and copious wines are provided by the manager (Thierry) and chef (Bernard).

The incredible energy of the atmosphere is also a contributory factor to a very relaxing and spiritually uplifting week.

Mid July to first week in August is the average time for the harvesting of lavender and clary sage. However, there are other aromatic plants we can see being distilled, should the tour miss lavender and clary sage.

 If you are interested in attending our France Study Tour in 2018 please email:

or via phone on 01455251065