La Muse Writers & Artists Retreat

General information

Brief 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


Brief description of residency program

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 program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Screenwriting, Poetry, Web Optimization,
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 3 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other

There are adjacent houses for residents with children.

Grants available

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 artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Exhibitions
  • Book Swaps (see our Blog), Readings, Communal Meals, festivals, Land Art,

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!

By plane

The nearest major cities to fly into are Carcassonne, Perpignan and Beziers, all serviced by Ryanair.

Here are the airports:


Belgium, 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.


Flights from Charleroi, Paris Orly, Manchester, and Southampton.

Beziers Cap d’Agde Airport

From Bristol/London/Dusseldorf, click here.
From Denmark, click here.

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.

Nearest airport

Carcassonne Airport, Salvaza, Carcassonne (

Link to Google Maps

Find us on Google Maps

Contact information

La Muse Writers & Artists Retreat
1 Rue de la Place
11380 Labastide Esparbairenque

Phone: +33 (0)4 68 26 33 93
Fax: +33 (0)4 68 26 33 93

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