Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

with  Virginie Lagerbe
June 17 > 21, 2024

The Program

Learning objectives

Virginie Lagerbe teaches basic techniques in textile dyeing. Using the surrounding flora, participants will be initiated into the gestures of this universal practice. They will leave with their textile color chart summarizing the workshop.

By the end of the training, the participant will have assimilated:

  • Creating their color workshop
  • Building a bank of colorants based on seasons
  • Preparing different easily reproducible and environmentally friendly recipes
  • Introduction to variations in shades within the same color bath to produce gradients
  • Learning colorant blends with tannins to create patterns

Content of the program

This training explores the fundamentals of natural dyeing using locally available colorants.

It includes the study of the age-old art of dyeing, establishing a personal workshop, building a bank of colorants, adopting eco-friendly practices, gaining hands-on experience, and developing a methodology to create a palette of natural hues.

Natural dyeing techniques reveal the hidden plant colors through environmentally friendly processes such as maceration, decoction, and fermentation.

The colorants react based on various parameters, unveiling surprising, elegant, and timeless harmonies applicable in architecture, scenography, decoration, design, and graphics.

Virginie Lagerbe conceptualizes the colorful essence of nature to create unique sensory experiences with bio-sourced materials.


with  Virginie Lagerbe

Virginie Lagerbe is a colorist-dyer and alchemist of gardens, a trainer, and a speaker. After studying communication and political science, she worked in the tourism development of her native region, Burgundy, for a long time. In 2012, driven by curiosity, she embarked on learning natural dyeing techniques, discovering that plant-based colorants are all around us, concealed in the roots, barks, wood, leaves, or flowers of some very common plants that surround us.

Virginie's desire was to uncover the colorful essence hidden in her natural environment. The results on dyed fibers were stunningly beautiful because natural colorants react differently depending on the type of fibers. This phenomenon unveils unsuspected, soothing, and timeless harmonies that, when played with, connect us and resonate with the natural space around us. Each plant essence offers a range of shades that scenography and design can elevate for a harmonious extension from the garden to the interiors.

Training: Virginie Lagerbe attended several training and improvement courses in plant-based dyeing (2012, 2013, 2017) with Magali Bontoux, a trainer for Couleur Garance (certified Qualiopi).


  • Collecting dye materials available at the training location, color workshop, classroom, multipurpose room
  • Materials provided
  • Pedagogical distribution: 50% practical, 50% theoretical contributions
  • Active participation and experimentation by participants are essential
  • Practical exercises and written materials

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

  • Collective and personalized follow-up of work, regular check-ins
  • Individual and group work
  • Work in the workshop
  • Self-assessment (evaluation of knowledge acquisition, questionnaire)
  • Production and acquisition of theoretical and technical knowledge
  • Collective presentation: an experience report at the end of the training (precision and clarity of oral presentation)
  • Attendance sheet per half-day
  • The training is validated with a Campus MaNa certificate.
  • La formation est validée par un certificat Campus MaNa.

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
The training is open to all adults, regardless of age, diploma
June 17 > 21, 2024
5 days
9h-13h / 14h-18h
at Campus MaNa
Group size:
Language(s) :
1580euros exc. VAT
This rate includes the cost of the training, accommodation with full board, materials, and personal protective equipment.

Planning :

Soon available

Location :

La formation se déroule sur site, au Campus MaNa, Domaine du Croisil, 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

For any disability situation, please contact us to consider the feasibility.

Access period :

Up to 15 days before the workshop and with limited seats
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