The course is held at Institut Beaumont, a restored 18th century farmhouse in the hamlet of Les Alazards, situated in a rural valley at the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the northern Provence region near pre-Alpine tributaries of the Rhône.
The spacious conference room has stunning views of limestone mountains, with a long-distance footpath to the top of Mt. Ventoux adjacent to the building. The valley is agricultural: cherries, apricots, and vineyards of the Côtes du Ventoux appellation. Only 10 km away are vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, 20-40 km to the celebrated appellations Gigondas, Vacqueras, and Châteauneuf du Pape. The course is structured to provide some free time in which to hike through the extraordinary landscape, visit (and taste) at a Gigondas winery established in 110 AD, visit Roman traces, and otherwise explore the region. Participants may wish to come early or stay on after the course to better explore the region. The course includes four afternoon field trips to rivers in the region.
The conference site is in this hamlet.
View from classroom looking East