Thackara Residency

Residency (or Meet-Ups) between les Cévennes and the Mediterranean

In the south of France in the centre 
of the market town Ganges, a perfect starting point 
for focus on work to finish. 
Bring the team! (sleeps 5 to 8 ppl)

This light and airy duplex apartment (86m2) on the second and third floor is reached via a beautiful old stone staircase. It faces onto the pedestrian only street. The space contains a lovely light kitchen/dining room divided by glass-paneled doors from a living area with its working "insert" fireplace, and a writing desk. There is also a separate toilet on this floor. An open staircase leads to the newly renovated third floor which has a high ceiling and old wooden beams. Here you'll find the bathroom with a second toilet, a small room (sleeps 1) and a large open space - sometimes called "family room" - with a double bed (two matrasses) and a single bed. The space is big enough to add another temporary bed if needed. For the hot summer nights there is a ceiling fan and airconditioning. For winter lodging it's important to note that the bedroom floor is not heated (good for sleeping but not for writing).

About us

English writer John Thackara and Dutch designer Kristi van Riet landed in Ganges in 2001. Over the years we've hosted many collegues, students and guests which triggered the idea of starting a Thesis Retreat, Off Site venue, Writers Sanctuary, Summer School and/or Holiday Nest. We both have experience in organising conferences (Doors of Perception), workshops and other content driven gatherings. John is an internationally known author and lecturer, frequently coaches master - and phd students and hosts summerschools. You can read his profile at

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About us

Who's who
Kristi van Riet
Kristi van Riet

Kristi runs Thackara Retreat

    John Thackara
    John Thackara

    If required John will help you tighten your thesis. (check out his profile here)

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