April 15–22, 2018, or
April 18–22, 2018
For the third time in a row we have been gathering fragrance lovers in the most beautiful places of France where we’ve been able to please all our five senses – from smell to taste and vision.
Senses&Vacation is an educational project aimed at introducing its participants to new ideas and sharing experience while visiting the most picturesque places.
Our first course was dedicated to the science of smell. It took place in October 2016 in Luberon; our lecturers were the renowned Luca Turin and Victoria Frolova, the author of Bois de Jasmin perfume blog. The course was very successful, according to both its participants and the press.
The second course was held in Grasse in April 2017 (you can learn more about it following this link). The course was taught by Victoria Frolova, and the best guide in Provence Genya Cartoso took us over the local sites.
Now we are happy to introduce the new Art of Perfume course with Victoria Frolova in April 2018. This time it will take place in Burgundy and will be dedicated to fragrances and wine. Victoria Frolova will teach the participants to explore the scents of wine and perfume and to enhance the enjoyment of aromas in food and drink. The participants of the course will also visit several wineries where the famous burgundy wines are produced.
Victoria Frolova is a journalist and a fragrance specialist. After pursuing her graduate degree in political science at Yale University and later at Duke, she stepped into the labs of International Flavors & Fragrances and received an opportunity to learn the intricate art of perfumery at the source. Inspired by her mentor, Sophia Grojsman, the creator of legends like Yves Saint Laurent Paris and Calvin Klein Eternity, she studied fragrance chemistry, history and composition.
Frolova’s writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, Red Magazine, Marie Claire, and Flair. She’s a longstanding contributing writer to Perfumer & Flavorist and The Financial Times “How to Spend It” Magazine. Her explorations of scent touch upon all elements that make this subject rich and complex — science, art, literature, history, and culture.
The editor of boisdejasmin.com, a website devoted to sensory pursuits, Frolova is a recipient of three Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards for Editorial Excellence and is a member of Société Française des Parfumeurs (French Society of Perfumers). She lives in Brussels and conducts scent seminars around the world.
Natalia has lived in Burgundy sinse 2005. She is a Certified tourist guide and a Wine expert in France. She received a Specialised Master's degree in Wine Sciences and International Trade (AgroSup: Higher National Institute in Agronomic Sciences in the Food Industry, Dijon in partnership with the CFPPA, Beaune) in 2009.
In 2016 she became a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology and History of Art), having graduated form the University of Dijon.
Natalia guides tours in Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, Franche-Comte, Rhone-Alps and Bordeaux. She also organizes gastronomic and wine tours. Natalia has always been in love with France and French culture, and having lived in Dijon for eleven years she is still amazed with the beauty of this land.
We are happy to offer you two different options:
A 5-day course (April 15-22), or a 3-day course (April 18–22).
For participants from the US and Canada we recommend the week-long course: the three days of relaxation will help them to overcome jet lag before the start of the educational program.
Visiting a Dutch ware factory and Church of St Etienne - one of excellently preserved cathedrals built in a Romanesque style.
Its main attraction is the Notre Dame Church built in the beginning of the 12th century by the Cluny Benedictines, an object of UNESCO World Heritage.
The schedule for the next four days is the same for both groups (see bellow).
Participants will master the language of fragrance as they draw on their personal experiences. They will also perform exercises to sharpen their sense of smell.
Together with the lecturer they learn the evolution of perfume history by studying some of the most iconic examples of the perfumery art in their original formulations.
Participants will explore scents found in wine and in perfume. They will learn about raw materials, notes, accords and examples of fragrances in which they’re used. They will learn about ways to enhance the enjoyment of aromas and flavors in food and drink.
Guided tour of the region and visits to wineries
The participants will have a chance to apply their knowledge to wine tasting.
Selecting the right fragrance is often one of the most complicated aspects of enjoying perfume. To help participants hone their skills at smelling and recognizing interesting fragrances, they will learn about some of the key materials used in perfumery as well as the basics of fragrance composition.
They will also explore classical and contemporary niche fragrances and draw their own fragrance map. The session will be concluded with smelling exercises tailored for every participant so that they can practice at home to keep their sense of smell sharp.
This schedule may be slightly modified depending on the number of participants, the weather, and other conditions. The changes will affect neither Victoria's lectures and workshops nor the visits to the wineries.
of the Course
The event will be held in Сhâteau Le Sallay , some buildings of which go back to 1506. In spite of its considerable age, the château is in excellent condition, has been certified as a four-star hotel and is perfect for combining courses and rest.
Single, double, triple and quadruple rooms are available in the château.
The hotel is located in a 2,5 hours’ drive from Paris, or a two hours’ ride by train (from Paris-Bercy railway station). The train goes as far as Nevers, Burgundy, where you take a taxi, and for only 20€ and in 20 minutes you will be in the hotel.
An individual transfer is very expensive, but if five or six people arrive in Paris approximately at the same time, at your request we can try to organize a group transfer.
Some participants of our course in Grasse chose to come for a week to learn more about the region. This time we are planning an additional program for those who would like to spend in Burgundy more than three days – a week from 15th to 22nd of April. We will announce later about it.
€2,500 for 1 person occupying a double room.*
€4,300 for 2 people sharing a double room.*
€3,700 for 1 person occupying a double room.*
€5,800 for 2 people sharing a double room.*
*This cost includes accommodation, courses, breakfast.