Residential courses

Santa Maria Workshop Centre

 Santa Maria, originally a 12th century "Maison fort"  has been renovated to welcome groups up to 15 people for residential courses;  The spacious 75m2 oak floored workshop on the 2nd floor is ideal for dance,  yoga,  tai chi and has also proved popular for theatre and music. From 2016 we will have our new Arts workshop available for creative activities.                                   The 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms are on the 1st floor, The gîte Sutegigaraya just outside the main house can accommodate another 4 people.  Downstairs the huge fire at the back creates a superb atmosphere. At the front the dining room accommodates up to 20 when we can't eat outside on the terrace overlooking Baigura.

For groups f 8 or more we offer full board 


Located in the village of Helette in the heart of the French Basque country Santa Maria is surrounded by stunning countryside.The mountains of Baigura (897m) and Garalda are accessible by foot along with other more gentle strolls,our climate is ideal for walking throughout the year. The Basque coast and the towns & villages surrounding Helette make excellent excursions, along with the  prehistoric caves of oxocelhaya in the neighboring village.  art and craft workshops and serving all the while delicious dishes outside on the terrace or inside by the fireside.