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Below are some of the testimonials writers, artists and musicians have written about their experience on retreat at La Muse.
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I came. I sat. I wrote. La Muse not only works so well for me in thinking and writing but it’s natural ambience and friendly Musing fellows have made the few months we’ve now spent here each year a joyful period in our lives. Vive La Muse!
John Clanchy, Australian writer.
Sometimes it takes traveling to a completely different country to find people who feel like family. Thank you for the space and serenity to be creative in. I have felt free to create, like a child, and without boundaries.
Nicole Mayhew, American artist (painting on the terrace above).
Fall in love with the mountains and the forest. Thinking of selling all worldly goods and buying a place in the village, live on chestnuts and honey, grow a beard... Thank you John and Kerry – your kindly presence. Wonderful.
Andrew Miller, English novelist (reading his novel below).
Wow! Just wow. Nothing like this anywhere. For writers (and other artists), it is a privilege to share this space with all who have come before and all who will follow.
Xu Xi, English language novelist from Hong Kong.
La Muse is beyond a writer's retreat, it's a place where for a week or two or three you can simply live better. When you live better, all else can flow from that.
Richard Nash, American publisher, strategist in digital media.
Once I was installed at my desk in the monastic silence of the ancient stone house, I wrote like a dervish. After three weeks, I departed with 50,000 new words and pockets full of acorns, gathered along the forest trails I'd hiked during my desk-breaks.
Ailsa Piper, Australian writer, in The Sydney Morning Herald.
I really enjoyed my time at La Muse. What I was looking for more than anything was stillness. John, I really enjoyed our chats and was grateful you took the time to give me some very valuable advice and the benefit of your own experience.
Barry Malone, Irish journalist, online editor, Al Jazeera.
La Muse? Better to say 'Les Muses!' Kerry and John, you truly are just that! You both added a quality of magic to the sojourn.
Daniel K. Brown, (above, at the Venice Biennale where he went to exhibit after his retreat at La Muse) American visual artist.
For all art forms, finding the space to exercise your creativity is a very difficult thing. At La Muse this comes very soon after entering the house. Never in my life have I mixed and lived with people who are as engaged as I am in their own different art forms. This ignites everybody to bounce each others very different creative processes off each other while allowing them to personally develop new ideas in a beautiful room or studio.
Richard Farrell, Irish musician and producer.
In a word: Magical.
Artis Henderson, American writer.
The house, the lovely little paths of the valley – they wrote the piece for me!
Derek Ball, Irish composer.
Spring at La Muse, lucky me. Thank you for your kindness, nurture and happiness. I had such a beautiful time exploring the rose; finding new colours and new shapes. I now understand European art and motifs. I’ll always have this landscape in my heart.
Sarah Parker, Australian artist.
As always, thank you so much for the most wonderful stay. They say third time lucky, but I feel lucky every time I come to La Muse and it is so fantastic knowing I will love, love, love coming here always. I can’t wait ‘till next time.
Julianne Mooney Irish writer and TV presenter.
I feel like a Queen when I sit in Thalia! With love and many thanks to you lovely people.
Ophelia Redpath, English artist and writer.
Thank you so much for your extraordinary support and friendship. I’ve enjoyed the walks, the weather, the terrace, and the books, but most of all, the time and the mental space in which to work. My best wishes to you and yours in all your endeavors.
Edward Porter, American writer.
Et magisk sted - Det må oppleves. Jeg elsker lyset, og den fredelige og inspirerende atmosfæren, som påvirker arbeidslyst og følelsen av velvære. Man treffer så mange hyggelige og interessante mennesker, fra hele verden. Takk til Kerry og John som har gjort dette mulig. Jeg har vært her flere ganger, og kommer gjerne tilbake!
A magical place - It must be experienced. I love the light, and the peaceful and inspiring atmosphere, which affects the desire to work and sense of wellbeing. You meet so many nice and interesting people, from all over the world. Thanks to Kerry and John who have made this possible. I've been here several times and I would love to come back!
Ase Pleym Bakken, Norwegian artist.
Voila, La Muse! What an inspiration. I came to Haut Cabardes to seek tranquility and I found it. I painted for 60 days - I feel ‘drunk on life.’ John and Kerry, you’re invaluable. A true example of two people working together cultivating creativity when we most need it in this world. Merci!
Julie Baugnet, American artist.
La Muse is a haven, a magical place where positivity and creative expression flourish.
Maggie Breen, Irish writer.
The wooded hillside views from the windows, the sounds of wind in the trees and the river flowing down the valley are a constant source of calm and inspiration at La Muse. Then there is the living library, the comfortable beds with the local wool blankets to keep you warm, a well-equipped kitchen, mountain paths with a silky haired and considerate Brittany spaniel to keep you company as you climb them (considerate since he seemed to wait for me at each turn of the way to check I wasn't lost), friendly local cafes and delicious local honey and red wine. But best of all is the company of like-minded, generous-hearted writers and artists and the inspirational owners, John and Kerry.
Elizabeth Woodgate, English writer.
"Thank you so much for opening your library to us, haven’t read so much since I had to read in college – choosing was enlightening."
Anna O'Malley, Irish screenwriter and producer.
This place in autumn has been beautifully inspiring from the colour changes to the crisp evenings where the sky is littered with stars. So much inspiration for a children’s writer about fairies, dragons, and the like. Now I’ve seen where they live!
Kimberley Young, New Zealand writer.
The most valuable thing was the peace, quietness and time to write uninterrupted.
Eibhlis Farrell, Irish composer.
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Maree Kimberley is a writer from Brisbane, Australia. She has published feature articles, short stories, flash fiction and a children’s book, Curse of Fire, … [Read more...]
Richard Farrell is an Irish musician/producer and composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He released his debut album 'Lights at Sea' in 2012 with his band … [Read more...]
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Seamus Scanlon lives in New York and was born in Galway, Ireland. Seamus was our 2014, Wildcard Fellow. This autumn Seamus' plays The McGowan Trilogy, … [Read more...]
Daniel was born in the United States, but now lives in New Zealand, when he's not traveling around the world to put on amazing shows. After going to Williams … [Read more...]
John Clanchy has written seven volumes of fiction (novels, novellas and short stories). His work has won awards in Europe, the US, New Zealand, and … [Read more...]