Amongst blue lavender fields and slender cypresses, about 1 hour by car east of Avignon on the high plateau of Vaucluse lies Aurel, a picturesque little village, typical of southern France. Sunny landscapes delight the eye with lovely slopes where gorse, almond and cherry trees blossom in spring. For centuries, the crystal clear sky has enchanted artists from ail over the world, and astronomers claim its stars sparkle more clearly than anywhere else in Europe.
We are in the High Provence in the Pays de Sault, not far from Mont Ventoux, the majestic king mountain of this area. Looking south, the blue silhouette of the Luberon appears in the distance. At night, if the Mistral doesn’t blow and the crickets keep silent, you hear the silence of the horizon. In the evening, Aurel, with its barely 150 souls and its dreamy narrow lanes around the medieval castle, bathed in the golden light of the setting sun, is absorbed in memories of a primordial harmony between man and nature. No wonder UNESCO has declared this area, coloured by so much „soul” and archetypical beauty, a natural monument of mankind.
The training center The landscape garden of about 150 acres in the vicinity of Aurel. Two buildings built in the typical style of Provence, with an authentic well, inner court and fire place, and 25 charmingly furnished guest rooms (with bathroom and shower) offer enough space for a wide variety of seminars and conferences.
The ORTO center ( Oshadhi Research and Training Organisation) is surrounded by aromatic and medicinal plants such as lavender, sage and Rosemary.
Top: “La Combette”, 2nd building with many bed rooms and open swimming pool.
Bottom: left “Les Cypress”, with more bedrooms, lecture hall and dining hall.
A stony path, brooms, Cypresses, the Luberon on the horizon, the captivating scent of herbs de provence around, you have arrived…
Our exquisite “cuisine à la provençale”, which also specializes in a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, contributes to the welfare of mind and body of our guests.
Visiting the PrieurÃ© de Salagon, a garden of plants from High Provence
A lot of participants, especially those from Asia, are also here to discover Provence.
Spacious living room where our guests can study, connect to the internet, or just relax. This is a place for evening events as well.
“Orto de Prouvenco” is first of all a beautiful place to be. Once there, it’s difficult to not fall under the charm of High Provence.
Fabienne Weber Hozzel is the Lady of the House to create the perfect housing to support your course experience.