Guided by leading botanical illustrators & local botanical knowledge, students spend a week observing, sketching & painting seasonal wild plants growing in the open wood pastures

above Copşa Mare.


 Periods of intensive study at your desk are balanced with fieldwork in this exceptional landscape, home to over 1000 plant species &

600 butterfly and moth species. 


During your stay, you may examine the Transylvania Florilegium

 with 124 illustrations of local plants drawn by 40 botanical artists, each accompanied by the botanist John Akeroyd's informative text.  

All meals are eaten together at home, with food grown & prepared by your hosts: Lots of vegetables, buffalo milk & cream, home cured meats, sheep and goat cheese, even our own home ground flours & corn meal!


 Here is a blog by Helen Cousins

 a medical doctor & botanical illustrator who joined a recent class with us.  

Here is the botanical illustrator Işık Güner writing about the class she led in May 2019 

 Once Again - Transylvania Meadows 

 And here are botanist

 John Akeroyd's local field guides,

Indicator plants 


Indicator butterflies 


For details and prices, please write to 

 James de Candole  

​Places limited to just 5 students in each class. To be sure of yours,

please book in good time! 

 Students may bring their partners. 


 Photo by Sharon Schuster Thiollier