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

With Julie Richoz

from November 20th to December 1st 2023

The Program

Learning objectives

Two weeks to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge of natural dyeing. Two weeks to sharpen your senses, refine your perception, and see everything through the filter of color and nature, during a stay at the natural and revitalizing Campus Mana site.

Participants will learn the methodology, tools, and knowledge required to create their own palette of "natural" colors, obtained from the plant kingdom in this lush setting of Burgundy and Campus Mana.

Working with collected and harvested natural elements, participants will discover the fundamentals and experiment with tools and techniques of transforming and enhancing through natural dyeing.

By the end of the training, learners will have acquired the following skills/abilities:

  • Establishing their own color workshop
  • Building their own collection of natural dyes throughout the seasons
  • Creating written materials to support their practice
  • Preparing natural fabrics for dye absorption through the use of mordants (a key practice)
  • Dyeing using easily reproducible recipes that are respectful of living beings and the environment
  • Varying shades within the same dye bath to create nuances and reproduce them
  • Mixing colorants and playing with tannins to create shades and patterns
  • Creating a textile color chart summarizing the techniques covered during the week
  • Imagining possible developments in architecture, scenography, decoration, design, and graphic arts

Content of the program

Participants embark on a sensory and visual journey unique to each individual, and materialize it through a personal and collective scenographic installation. During this program, participants learn the methodology of natural dyeing, including extraction and application to textiles, and delve into the alchemy of natural colors.

The content of the training provides a reconnection to a forgotten dimension of nature, exploring the dye potential of surrounding plants, discovering forgotten and surprising harmonies, and reclaiming them to create unique ranges of shades applicable in various fields of design, from textiles to objects and spaces. It is an opportunity to enrich one's creative vocabulary with a distinctive, rich, and personal palette.


With Julie Richoz


Julie Richoz, designer

Julie Richoz (1990) is a French-Swiss designer. After graduating from ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne), she worked with Pierre Charpin as a project assistant.

In 2012, she set up her design studio in Paris where she developed her own style, imbued with curiosity and sensitivity, through her objects. That same year, Julie Richoz won the Grand Prix of Villa Noailles Design Parade (Hyères, France).

The designer participates in several residencies, notably at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, as well as at the CIRVA (International Centre for Glass and Plastic Arts) in Marseille. It is an opportunity for her to exploit their materials and know-how. The fruit of her work was then presented during a solo travelling exhibition at the Design Parade 8 in Hyères, at the IMM Cologne, and at the Design Week in Paris.

In addition to her collaboration with Gallery Kreo, she also works with companies such as Alessi and Artecnica.

In 2015, she received the Swiss Design Award, as part of a major national design competition in Switzerland, organized every year by the OFC (Federal Office of Culture) since 1918.

Virginie Lagerbe, colorist-dyer, garden alchemist and creator of the Pérégreen workshop

After studying communications and political science, Virginie worked for many years in tourism development in her native Burgundy. Out of curiosity, she tried her hand at natural dyeing techniques in 2012 and discovered that plant-based dyes are everywhere to be found, hidden in roots, bark, wood, leaves or the flowers of the plants which surround us.

From that moment on, Virginie was driven by the desire to reveal the hidden colours of her environment. She was struck by the beauty of the results and by the fact that natural dyes produce different shades depending on the fibres used. This phenomena reveals unexpected, soothing and timeless shades of colour which, when associated ,provide us with a connection to the natural world. Each plant produces a colour range that interior design can use to its advantage to harmoniously bring the garden into your home.

Training: introductory and advanced courses in natural dyeing with Magali Bontoux at "l'Herbier en couleurs" (Drome), a researcher dyer trained by Michel Garcia.

Heritage Prize awarded by the Institute of France (2019) at the Royal Abbey of Chaalis (61) for the work carried out in 2018 in Colette's childhood’s garden (Maison des Illustres) in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye (89) and the innovative approach to gardens by Pérégreen.

Silver Ribbon Prize awarded by the jury of the Plant Festival at the Domaine de Chantilly (2019).

Creation in 2019 of a textile color chart revealing the colorful soul of Rosa Bonheur's castle’s park (Maison des Illustres).

Exhibitions and installations at the Victor Hugo Museum in Villequier in 2020 (Maison des Illustres) (76), at the Abbey of Boscherville in 2020 (76), at the Martainville Castle in 2021 (76) on the occasion of Flaubert's bicentenary, and at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris in 2023 (75).

Curator of the exhibition (2022) dedicated to the botanist-dyer from Rouen, Dambourney (1722-1795), proposed by the Saint-Georges Abbey of Boscherville (76).


Equipped workshop, classroom, multipurpose room, materials supplied

Collection of color substances available on-site during the training.

Mini workshops will punctuate the training, focusing on open-ended questions about exploring the world of colors, with a focus on the living world, the idea of sustainable coloration practices, the heritage of knowledge about coloring various materials, and broader questions about color usage (interactions, surfaces, light, vocabulary, etc.).

  • Pedagogical distribution: 50% practical work, 50% theoretical input

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

  • Personalized follow-up of your work at Campus MaNa, regular check-ins
  • Individual and collective work
  • Active participation and experimentation by participants are essential
  • Practical exercises and written materials
  • Acquisition of transmitted knowledge (questionnaire)
  • Self-evaluation
  • Production and theoretical contributions during practical workshops
  • Experience report at the end of the training (collective presentation)


  • Attendance sheet per half-day.
  • The training is validated by a Campus MaNa certificate.

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.
Providing evidence of experience that is evaluated during the admission process. Step 1: Sending a CV and portfolio Step 2: Validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.
from November 20th to December 1st 2023
12 days
10h-13h — 14h-18h tuesday to thursday / 9h-13h – 14h-18h friday
at Campus Mana
Group size:
15 participants maximum
3900€ inc VAT
This rate includes the cost of the training, accommodation with full board, materials, and personal protective equipment.

Agenda :

Location :

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 depending on availability.
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