Bonjour! I’m Jen Cushman, an American and Francophile. I truly love almost all things French and, particularly, the South of France where the beauty and landscape, food, sunshine and smell is unlike any other place on earth.  When I was 20 years old, I lived in Paris for a summer taking an immersive language program through my university as part of my liberal arts degree in journalism. Truthfully I’m terrible at grasping foreign languages, but Paris ignited a wanderlust within me and I’ve done a lot of traveling over the years throughout the United States and abroad.  Much of this traveling has been as a mixed-media artist and instructor. I’ve led groups of women to the most glorious places where they ‘ve had some life changing experiences. I see the power of art and travel and adventure and healing and it always makes me want more of it!  

In 2018 Nese approached me asking if I would become the new workshop coordinator for La Cascade since I have led groups to this magical place a half dozen times over the years. Other than my own lovely home, La Cascade is the only other place on earth that when my feet touch the soil I feel like I’ve come home again. In this position, I facilitate the instructors with planning and preparation for their successful retreats. Being an instructor myself, I know nearly all the questions, concerns and needs a teaching artist has and do my best to ensure they’re well prepared and excited for their retreat. Once they arrive at La Cascade Nese is there to help feed their minds and souls with her incredible healing gifts she offers the world. 

In addition to being a self-taught jewelry and collage artist, I’ve been studying the metaphysical arts for more than 20 years and am well-versed in dozens of modalities and techniques for alternative healing. I’m a Reiki Master and energy healer as well as an empathic intuitive. When the pandemic hit last year and my art teaching and traveling was temporarily put on hold, I pivoted and began my healing arts business called Soul Stir Magic. My plan is to continue doing exactly what I love; Interweaving art, travel, energy healing, Spirit, mind/body/soul health and wellness into all that I do. 

I’m thrilled to be part of La Cascade and I’m available to help you find your own kind of magic here too. 


Imagine, you are in a tiny village of France, in an Art Retreat, detached totally from your normal daily routine, and absorbed in your creativity... What a gift!. 

Your senses are lured away by delicious fragrances wafting up from the kitchen, your body starts to feels hungry, and just then the bell rings calling you to dinner. Ahhhh, here you are at „ La Cascade “ .

Nese Pelt , is your personal chef at La Cascade :
„ Hello all dears, I hope you arrive hungry, because I love to cook and create new recipes, so I need you who love good food. Ha ha! don‘t worry, you will not gain more weight with all these fresh foods and fruits from the farmers market, eggs and honey from my neighbors, fresh meat from local farmers, the famous goat cheese from happy goats, organic olive oil, and french baguette made with local organic wheat... and you will have as well home made bread, cheese, jam, granola, yogurt, peanut butter and nutella “ (oh oh), and depending on my time, there will always be delicious surprises, but for sure my famous CARAMEL “ .
Vegetarians are welcome !
Thank you for your visit and „ bonne appétit “ .
Happy cook = happy eater

I was born October/28/1960 in Turkey, but I grew up in Germany, studied sports science and sports medicine. I have bee a french resident for ?? years, yoga teacher and massage therapist in my own healing center, Centre Melisse.
. I'll tell you the rest of the story when we share a glass of wine at the candle light dinner.