La Muse Writers & Artists Retreat

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La Muse artists and writers retreat in France offers you time and space to experience inspiration, transformation and well-being creating the work you love in the company of other writers, artists and creatives.

Our artist residence has been hosting retreats for individuals as well as writing retreats, art retreats, yoga retreats and creative healing retreats for groups for 15 years.

Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation: We founded La Muse, our artists and writers retreat in France, in 2001.

Why? Because we believe creativity and its pursuit is a universal need.

Giving yourself the time and space to create inspires and transforms feelings and ideas into art but also, as Wallace Stegner once put it, helps heal emotional scars.

If everyone could create a little more then the world would be the better for it.

Every day and moment we spend creating something makes living more fun.

Our residents seem to think so too: over the last 15 years we have had several couples and individuals who have now been on retreats to La Muse over 10 times and others who have chosen to come for 6 months at a time.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): JANUARY: The La Muse/Univeristy of Iowa Fellowship, offered to an alum of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.JUNE: The La Muse/University of Wisconsin Fellowship, offered to an alum of the University of Wisconsin Creative Writing Department.AUGUST: The La Muse/An Foras Feasa fellowship, a summer research fellowship offered through An Foras Feasa in Ireland, a research consortium of four institutions: National University of Ireland Maynooth, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and St Patricks College Drumcondra.NOVEMBER: Wildcard Residency, open to anyone who??d like to apply. Deadline: 31st of July.These residencies are not currently underwritten by any foundations we are simply giving a room to writers and artists who apply. What we offer is three weeks in our retreat to work on a specific project. Application requirements consist of:1. an approximately 250-word description of the work you hope to accomplish at La Muse.2. an up-to-date CV or resume.3. a one-page sample or photo of your work.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Carcassonne Airport, Salvaza, Carcassonne (
    Nearest Train Station: Carcassonne Train Station at 24 Kilometres
    How to reach by plane: The nearest major cities to fly into are Carcassonne, Perpignan and Beziers, all serviced by Ryanair.Here are the airports:CarcassonneBelgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal.Flights from Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Stansted ?? London, and Porto.Since 2009, the airport has had over 450,000 passengers every year.PerpignanFlights from Charleroi, Paris Orly, Manchester, and Southampton.Beziers Cap d??Agde AirportFrom Bristol/London/Dusseldorf, click here.From Denmark, click here.
    How to reach by train: High speed trains are available from Paris to Carcassonne on a daily basis.Check out the sncf ticket site here:, or, the TGV one here: The TGV one oftentimes has great deals!
    How to reach by car: We are very close to the city of Carcassonne so our detailed driving directions start from there.It takes about 25 minutes from Carcassonne, and it??s a charming drive, with very narrow, curvy roads.
    Street & Number: 1 Rue de la Place
    Postal Code: 11380
    City: Labastide Esparbairenque
    Country long: France
    1 Rue de la Place
    Labastide Esparbairenque 11380 France
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