Group Workshops

Plenty of opportunity to start learning kora or or to develop your skills this year!   In August we have our UK workshop August 11th-14th in the South East of England .   We are holding our annual week-long workshop in the beautiful Aveyron, in the south of France, September 7-16th – FULL.   Scroll on down for details.     In Kafountine Senegal we do not hold group workshops in the same way, people come and go on dates to suit them as we are open for 6 months a year.

Teaching mixed abilities together works well and ultimately each player needs to find a place to sit and play on their own. At times people often pair up with others at a similar level or a more experienced player will offer to support a beginner – everyone benefits.  Group work is supportive but it is a balance of individual tuition with a little group work.  Language or lack of it has never been a problem, native English speakers are often outnumbered  and communication somehow always works beautifully!

IN THE UK – at Sadeh Farmhouse near Orpington, South East England BR6 7QA  11th-14th August 

Residential, 3 nights shared room with ensuite  £439
Camping/camper van, 3 nights £347
Non-residential – (excludes breakfast and evening meal)  £275

  • three days kora tuition starting Thursday pm, ending with lunch Sunday.
  • loan of a kora – if necessary
  • if all goes to plan there will be optional singing sessions with maybe morning yoga thrown in for good measure!
  • all meals (vegetarian) and hot drinks

All tuition, instrument loan and meals included.

Students of all abilities welcome from absolute beginners to advanced players needing a boost to their learning and repertoire.  Adam is the principle teacher, supported by other teachers – plus mutual support is all part of the learning process.

Places limited to 15 course participants. Partners/friends welcome subject to accommodation availability


There are currently two 4-bed rooms reserved for us, plus limited camping and camper space.  Each of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom.


Sadeh Farm All meals are vegetarian and home-made.  Here is a sample menu.   Having great food at our workshops is a really important aspect and was a major consideration for Kath when choosing a venue 🙂

Let us know in advance of any intolerances.


There is detailed information on  getting to Sadeh Farm Guesthouse by public transport or car here.   If you need any help let Kath know.
Car Sharing: Advertise your trip through us or on car sharing websites such as BlablaCar

IN FRANCE – FULL  Only Non-residential places available.  We have a reserve list in case of  accommodation cancellation. Contact Kath for details
Wednesday 7th – Wednesday 14th  September 2022
Dates set for 2023 workshop are Saturday 9th to 16th. Please contact Kath if you would like to book a place.
A week-long workshop in the Aveyron costs 525€ which includes:

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

Three course dinner with wine is available at an extra 10 Euros per night (to be 12 euros a night in Sept 2023)

There are work-exchange places available for those on a budget and it is always worth asking us for a discount if you are on a low income but absolutely serious about learning the kora.  If we can help we will.  Returning students also get a €50 euros discount on the week-long workshops.

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

Mathias, Denmark


After a group warm up session in the morning, students can find a quiet corner to practice and are visited on regular intervals from one of our expert teachers.  Some people opt to work in pairs or a small group, others  work alone.

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

Mas de Jammes is an ideal spot for walking, hiking and just a short drive to nearby cafés and restaurants, in the lovely bastide town of Villeneuve d’Aveyron.  There are lots of local attractions nearby and if you don’t have transport we don’t need much persuading to head for a little sight-seeing or a cup of coffee in this part of the world!  The weather in September is perfect, the heat of summer is fading, but dry and warm and the pool is perfect.


Included in the price, you can stay in a large shared dormitory or camp.

Also available, with a surcharge, are:

  • Twin rooms
  • Double rooms
  • Family rooms
  • 1 x Small private gîte

All bedding is provided and towels can be provided on request.

Non-kora playing guests are very welcome.

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

Carlos, Catalunya


Cereals, toast, jams, juices etc

Homemade lunch spread
Salads, quiches, dips, bread, cheese + cured meats etc.  All dishes except the charcuterie platter are vegetarian.   Let us know about any specific dietary requirements.

Dinner – optional and is 10 euros per head per night.
Main course, cheese, dessert + wine. 

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. Our most popular pick-up.
  • Flights to Brive from Stansted with Ryanair. Transfer from there expensive unless shared.
  • Flights to Rodez  from Dublin with Ryanair or from Paris with Eastern Airways. Transfer from there expensive unless shared.

Trains: Stations are Villefranche de Rouergue, Salles-Courbaties, 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