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Food, Styling & Visual Storytelling Workshop

January 16-20 2019, Saignon, Provence
with
Aimee Twigger   Valeria Necchio    Elodie Love    Nora Jaccaud    Giuseppina Mabilia


Beautiful Chiaroscuro tablescape created by Aimee Twigger, credit Aimee Twigger

Beautiful Chiaroscuro tablescape created by Aimee Twigger, credit Aimee Twigger

Chef Giuseppina Mabilia cooking up a storm, Credit Raina Stinson

Chef Giuseppina Mabilia cooking up a storm, Credit Raina Stinson

Light food photography styling workshop with Valeria Necchio, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Light food photography styling workshop with Valeria Necchio, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Aimee Twigger kindly posing for a photo with our truffle bounty, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Aimee Twigger kindly posing for a photo with our truffle bounty, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Truffle cookery class, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Truffle cookery class, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Chiaro class styled by Valeria Necchio, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt

Chiaro class styled by Valeria Necchio, credit Ruth Ribeaucourt


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“At home, unpacking after one of the most fulfilling creative endeavours I embarked on in a long time — after a week filled with all kinds of epiphanies — I wonder how I could make that feeling, that spark, that sense of deep human connection that goes well beyond the mere act of being in the same place doing the same things for very similar reasons last longer.

I fear that by simply doing the laundry I’ll wash away much of it. That by shaking off the bits of olive branch and moss and dry hydrangeas that are still stuck to my coat I’ll somehow lose the last sensorial clue of the week past, and with it, the last tangible proof it actually happened.”

Valeria Necchio


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“Provence has been a dream, I can’t believe the workshop is over. I don’t want it to end so I can stay here forever. …

This was a little garden dinner scene we styled in Giuseppinas beautiful garden. I am so grateful that I was asked to take part in this workshop it’s been one of the best experiences of my life and I have made some wonderful friendships with the lovely attendees and the amazing team Ruth Ribeaucourt, Elodie Love, Valeria Necchio, and Nora Jaccaud, Raina Stinson and Zuza and Giuseppina, it’s been a pleasure working with you all this week, you are all incredible.”

Aimee Twigger


“…pure magic. Total beauty and inspiration with the most incredible people with the most wonderful stories. Heart and soul filled 💛”

Meg Robins

Credit Nora Jaccaud

Credit Nora Jaccaud


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“Here is one happy fellow. I can’t begin to describe the joy I feel after last week. I cooked, I listened, I learnt, I created, I fell in love and I would do it all over again. Thank you #foragefeastphotography and thank you Ruth Ribeaucourt for making our Provence dreams come true.”



“What an amazing start to 2019. Thank you Ruth for dreaming up an amazing creative adventure in Provence.

From the instructors, participants & everyone we encountered during our adventures, everyone radiated with beauty, creativity, generosity.

All of us sharing our experiences & our points of view through visual storytelling. The energy from this experience will carry me through 2019 & beyond. “

Melissa Haupt

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“What an incredible week! I’m so grateful to have spent the past five days making, creating, EATING, learning and laughing with some truly lovely people from all over the world, in such an incredibly special corner of the world. I fell in love with Provence and am coming home with treasures, memories and fully charged creative batteries.”

Amanda Reynolds, Plume Photography



One of the things I enjoyed the most about last week’s retreat is that experimentation was not just embraced, but encouraged.
Of course, we had canonically beautiful still lives set up as a styling exercise. But there was also plenty of free styling going on, each of us building scenes according to our taste, level, whim, vision. And it was crazy, and mind blowing, and different. Nothing looked like plagiarism or mimicking. It was “creation” the way it looks when it’s freed from the self-consciousness we fall into when it comes to expose ourselves on this arena — when it comes to been “liked”. And it was awesome to witness.

Among many, I was particularly entranced by Elodie’s @madame_love creative process. Her arrangements, composed using what was naturally available in January in the fields of Provence — not much, really — pushed the boundaries of traditional beauty. Yet to me they were so movingly beautiful precisely because they were so unlike anything I’d seen before...Seeing her creating them was thrilling, as though a spell were cast before my eyes. This ikebana-like composition, for one — so fragile and yet so powerful — stole my heart.
— Valeria Necchio