Facilitator: Kim Hope:
+44 01903 815473 
Kim Hope is a freelance theatre practitioner and experienced workshop facilitator.
She has had a ‘portfolio career’ in journalism, public relations, education, writing and theatre. She will use her extensive experience to help bring your work alive, and to encourage your voice to appear on the page. Kim’s book, The Bullet in the Pawpaw
– Theatre, HIV and AIDS in South Africa
was published in 2019.

(optional days June  18 and 19)

Escape to the sun and be inspired to write in the beautiful setting of the Centre Quaker de Congénies, France, located in a lovely valley between the Cévennes Mountains & the Mediterranean Sea

Bring something you are already working on: give yourself time and space to linger over it and let it develop. This is a perfect opportunity to work in peaceful surroundings on a 1st, 2nd or 3rd draft.

Or come with an open mind and an empty notebook, and see where the week takes you.
Each day there will be a different stimulus for your writing which you can either engage with, or choose to do your own thing. After writing in the morning you may wish to borrow a bicycle and enjoy an afternoon ride through mediaeval villages, or go for a walk on your own or with others on the retreat. Or rest, sleep, read – or write.

There will be opportunities to read your work to the rest of the group. There will also be guidance, if you wish, to help you read in public.

5 to 7 Days at Maison Quaker: Facilitated program from Sunday evening to Friday morning. The other 3 days are optional and can be used for sightseeing or just relaxing around Maison Quaker.

Cost: The program cost will be 490€ for shared occupancy (620€ single) and includes all meals, lodging, and guidance from Kim Hope. The optional days are 70€ per day shared (92€ per day single) and includes accommodation, breakfast, dinner and some sight-seeing transportation. They can be used to attend market day in the medieval village of Sommieres or to visit local Languedoc – Provence sights. Enjoy walking, cycling…. the garden.

For Questions: Contact Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
To Book: Contact Amy (Resident Friend) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register using the form below.

200€ per person, balance payable 8 weeks before arrival. You can pay by euro currency cheque or bank transfer in euro or we can take a cheque in your own currency which we will hold and return to you in exchange for euro cash when you arrive.

For Transfers in euros:
An easy and inexpensive way to send your dollars or pounds to us in euros is to use transferwise

Contact us if you wish to use this method.


Maison Quaker
11 avenue des Quakers
30111 Congénies


+33 (0)4 66 71 46 41 or
(0)6 52 24 70 82 (mob)
English spoken

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