Group Workshops

We are holding our annual week-long workshop in the beautiful Aveyron, in the south of France, in September.  Scroll on down for details.    I’m afraid this year we have decided it is simply too complicated and uncertain to arrange one in the UK but will be back in 2022!   In Kafountine Senegal we do not hold group workshops in the same way, we don’t have set dates – people come and go on dates to suit them.

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 FRANCE – Wednesday 15th – Wednesday 22nd  September 2021
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

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

IN THE UK-  Not for 2021 I’m afraid.  The August 2022 date will be announced later this year.
Details to be confirmed but as a guide previously a long weekend workshop cost £190 and included:

  • three mornings kora tuition, plus afternoon support
  • loan of a kora – if necessary
  • optional singing and mbira sessions with yoga thrown in for good measure!
  • all meals (vegetarian) and hot drinks

N.B. Accommodation is extra, see below.  Non-residents welcome too!


All tuition, instrument loan and meals included.

Kora every morning with Adam and Jali Bakary Konte, afternoon support as needed.

Optional extras

  • Introduction to the Mbira with Andy Fowler
  • Singing with the lovely Jess Ryan-Philips and Neil Pigott.

No experience needed.

Places limited to 15 course participants. Partners/friends welcome


Camping £12 per night (second person £6, family £20)

Yurt £60 per night.  Gorgeous furnished yurt, double bed. Outside covered kitchen area and comfy seating.

Cabin £60 per night.  Mezzanine double bed (not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties) kitchenette and verandah. Set in the orchard, with its own compost toilet.

Bedrooms (3x double rooms available) in  Dai’s beautiful barn conversion £50 per night per room or £60 for two people sharing.


All meals are vegetarian and home-made.

Example menus:

Breakfast – Mueslis, toast, jams and juice

Lunch – Soup, bread, houmous, cheese and salad

Supper – could be a curry, a vegetable stew or pizza fresh from the open oven.

Tea/Coffee Breaks – plentiful!
Morning coffee and biscuits, afternoon tea and cake.
Help yourself to hot drinks as and when you need them.

Let us know in advance of any intolerances.


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 Bristol and Cardiff, then it’s train or coach.

Trains: Nearest stations are Hereford and Abergavenny.  Pickups can be arranged.

Buses: Plenty of coaches and buses to Hereford or Abergavenny but limited or non-existent from there. Pickups can be arranged.

Car Sharing: Advertise your trip through us or on car sharing websites such as BlablaCar

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