Mazan and Provence

The small town of Mazan nestles at the foot of Mont Ventoux in the centre of the Vaucluse region. Much of the area of is devoted to wine-growing, which produces the famous Cotes du Mont Ventoux. It is also well known for its fruit and truffles.

The gates of its town walls (dating from the 12th and 14th centuries) show the medieval past of the town, as does the church of Pareloup (12th century) which displays works by the sculptor Jacques Bernus, a native of Mazan. In the north-east part of Mazan you can visit the Allee des Sarcophages: this cemetery is surrounded by a succession of stone sarcophagi from the 6th and 7th centuries, found in the fields in the 18th century.

Perhaps the best known past residents of Mazan was the Marquis de Sade — his former family chateau will be our residence for the workshop. More recently, actress Keira Knightly chose Mazan as the site of her wedding, then the entire wedding party stayed at Chateau Mazan, which will be our home during the workshop.