Thalia is a large double room with matching antique furnishings and a decorative fireplace with a large wooden mantle.
Two large French windows, below, overlook the valley from the room.
The room also has a newly renovated walk-in en-suite shower.
That’s American writer Katharine Whitcomb above at her writing desk.
Katharine has been to La Muse three times now to write, one with her university students and twice to write poetry.
This room shares a toilet across the hall with two other rooms at the retreat.
Retreat Room Rates
* There are no three-week retreats scheduled for September or June, but as with July and August you can book for as many weeks as you like, at the weekly rate.
** You can book for as many weeks as you like in July and August, at the weekly rate.
There is an additional 25% charge for couples.
We keep our rates as accessible as possible to be able to accept artists and writers at all stages in their careers.
We accept residents on a variety of “formulas.”
It’s possible to stay for several months, either on
- a paid retreat basis (click on the rooms above for rates).
- a partial barter (minimum four-week stay, 500 Euros per month).
- residencies and fellowships.
In regards to paid retreats we also offer reductions in the off-season and for extended stays. Extended-stay discounts even apply to July and August when booked 6 months in advance. These are amazing rates for summer accommodations in the south of France.
Please check individual rooms for specifics.
Our three-week retreats from September through June represent a roughly 30% reduction on what 3 weeks cost at the weekly rate.
That’s 3 weeks for the price of 2.
Start dates are specified on our calendar.
One-week stays are also possible in the shoulder and low seasons. We do not prorate for shorter stays.
In 2018, retreats begin and end on Tuesday.
In 2019, retreats begin and end on Wednesday, from January 9 – May 29th. From June 4 – November 5th retreats begin and end on Tuesday.
Check-in: 6:00 PM.
Check out: 10:00 AM
Transportation can be arranged to and from the retreat, with weekly trips to town for sightseeing and shopping.
Contact us with any questions.
Of all the muses names Thalia has the loveliest meaning: “the joyous, the flourishing”, from the Greek “to flourish, to be verdant.”
She was, is, the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry. Her songs are supposed to flourish through time, because they are, well, idyllic.
As with the other muses at La Muse she was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the eighth daughter born of the nine Muses.
She usually has a crown of ivy and wears boots and holds a comic mask in her hand or beside her.
Some of her statues have her holding a bugle and a trumpet. Both these helped actors in ancient comedy.
The character of Thalia Grace in Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series appears to be named after her. There’s a great Roman statue of her from Hadrian’s Villa, presently at the Prado Museum in Madrid.