Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
An avid mountaineer, certified paragliding instructor, and professional camerawoman and writer, Mariska Mourik alternates periods of writing with travel, outdoor sports, and guiding. In 1984 she joined the Dutch National Everest expedition as a radio reporter and camerawoman, and climbed 500 feet short of the summit. The daughter of a Dutch diplomat, Mariska has been submerged in different languages and cultures all her life. Her home is currently the South of France, where, in between writing and sharing her passions as a guide, she is renovating a stone house in an abandoned hamlet.
Pierre Luneau studied at a renowned art school in Paris before joining his brother in a ceramics studio. The ultimate adventurer, Pierre used to drive his vintage car 450 miles across France and back, only to enjoy a weekend of extreme climbing in the Alps. Later in life he left his art venture to become a certified paragliding instructor. He now combines his love for flying with walking the paths of southern France. Pierre is known to share his passion for wildflowers, history, travels, and storytelling with an insatiable youthful energy.
Stuart Sommers is Canadian by birth but Provençal in his heart, having spent the 15 years of his life exploring and leading groups along the trails of Provence. With broad knowledge of the region, he is delighted to share the many aspects of the countryside from human and natural history, to wine and cuisine. When he’s not with guests, he’s most likely out scouting and writing about new routes.
Anne Charlotte Luneau
From a family of mountain guides, Anne Charlotte Luneau grew up with an appreciation of nature, walking and hiking, and translated this to guiding walking tours in Corsica and in Provence. Her carpe diem outlook has led her to travel the world and try out a range of jobs from dental hygienist to lumberjack. She is thrilled to share her passion for the natural world with guests, especially her knowledge and love of botany.
Magali Faugères grew up in Arles and Beziers, in the south of France. She studied philosophy, art history, and environmental issues and has worked for environmental education centers that offer children and young adults weeklong residential programs. When she’s not leading tours she works as a website translator for a Nepali agency that organizes treks. She has lived throughout France and now resides in Avignon.