Group Workshops

* Next workshop: 24th to 31st  May 2017 *

Arrivals Wednesday 24th, Departures 31st pm. Extra nights possible. 

We run scheduled group workshops twice a year; a week-long immersion into kora playing for anyone from absolute beginners to advanced players. These now take place at La Bartasse, St Igest in the South of France. 

We can now offer up to 18 places on each workshop.

The week-long workshop costs 525€ which includes:

  • a week’s tuition
  • shared accommodation
  • loan of a kora – if necessary
  • buffet breakfast and homemade lunch everyday

… a full-on Kora retreat among other Kora enthusiasts.

Mathias, Denmark


After a group warm up session in the morning, students then find a quiet corner to practice and are visited on regular intervals from one of our expert teachers.

Individual sessions run up until lunch after which is free time. You can use this as extra practice or to explore the beautiful natural surroundings and local towns.

La Bartasse is an ideal spot for walking, hiking and just a short drive to nearby cafés and restaurants in the lovely bastide town of Villeneuve.  Lots of local attractions mean we will arrange trips out if encouraged to do so!  Any excuse for a cup of coffee out and about in this beautiful part of the world is fine with both us…

Group Workshops


1 x large dormitory, shared.
1 x triple; shared or private, with ensuite
1 x double private, with ensuite
1 x double with 3 singles, with ensuite

All guests receive towels and all bedding provided.
Non-kora playing guests are very welcome.

N.B. The private ensuite rooms have a surcharge.

“Pro level teachers, amazing wonderful place, lovely kora students and friends, super support for managing the daily order (necessities, dinners, arrivals, departures)”

Carlos, Catalunya


Breakfast; cereals, toast, homemade jams, juices etc

Homemade lunch spread: salads, quiches, soups, bread, cheese + cured meats etc.
Let us know about any specific dietary requirements.

Dinner: main course, cheese, dessert + glass of wine
N.B. Dinner is an optional 10 euros a night extra allowing guests to have the opportunity to eat out.

Tea/Coffee Breaks: all day long!


Contact us regarding any part of your journey for help or information.  Co-ordinating all the meeting places and lifts is a major parts of the workshop preparations for Kath 🙂

Flights: Our nearest airports are Toulouse, Rodez and Brive

  • Flights to Toulouse from many destinations with Easyjet, British Airways, Flybe and many more
  • Flights to Brive from Stansted with Ryanair
  • Flights to Rodez  from Dublin with Ryanair or from Paris with Eastern Airways.

Trains: Stations are Salles-Courbaties, Villefranche de Rouergue, Figeac or Toulouse

Buses: Various services such as  Ouibus, Flixbus, Eurolines, etc come to Brive, Montauban or Toulouse.

Car Sharing: Advertise your trip through us or on car sharing websites such as BlablaCar