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Circle of Misse Creative Holidays & Courses

Rue de l'Abbaye, Thouars, France
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Thouars
Type: Educational Sites, Classes
Owner description: The Circle of Misse house sits on one branch of the historic Pilgrim’s route to Santiago de...
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Type: Educational Sites, Classes
Owner description: The Circle of Misse house sits on one branch of the historic Pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostelo. We continue the ethos of the Pilgrim’s way by being a way-station offering succour, guidance and encouragement as you venture out into your creative pursuits and projects. So come Cook, Write, Paint or just Be.

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Perth, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What can I say, that I haven’t said already. This was my fifth visit to this very special writers' retreat in the Loire Valley. This time for three glorious weeks. I will continue returning until I am too feeble and old to fly from Australia to France. The food is luscious with many local specialities. The “lunch box” is a... More 

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Clonmellon, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It does what it says on the tin. A retreat where if you want peace and solitude, you can get to grips with what you are doing - in this case writing a novel ( there are also painting and cooking courses ) The food is sublime, you will be part of a "family", you will shed a tear when... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Loved every moment! Artistic life can only be at its best when edited by Wayne and fed by Aaron and Allison.

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Describing Circle of Misse as a writing retreat is as inadequate as describing The Queen as posh. It's peaceful, remote and very lovely, but so much more. From the moment you are met at the airport, responsibilities are removed like a coat, and every care is given to ensure there's nothing to interrupt your writing. You are made to feel... More 

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Stamford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Amazing .... it was the most wonderful weekend from the moment we were picked up from the airport till we were dropped off. The area is stunning and the house were we stayed and the circle of misse were the course was, made us feel home from home. I went with my husband and we both learnt loads in lots... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I have recently returned home from my 4th visit to Circle of Misse where I spent my time writing, thinking, and indulging myself in the luscious meals prepared by hosts Wayne and Aaron. Superb. Some evenings Wayne held literary salon – it’s like a book club with wines and local food. Friday was movie night with freshly prepared pizzas. What... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I arrived home last week after spending a month in Europe. During that time I had 16 glorious days at the Circle of Misse – my third visit - and how I wish it had been longer. I love Paris and Florence, but Misse, where creativity links with gastronomy, is the perfect place where writers can relax, think and dream.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Circle of Missé offers writers and artists the perfect conditions to discover and develop their creativity in a relaxed and beautiful environment. Aaron and Wayne's farmhouse in the Loire Valley is relaxed, comfortable and beautifully decorated, and the gardens and fields around are ideal for working outside, a post lunch-nap or a stroll to reactivate the little grey cells. Guests... More 

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Amazing time on A Writer Progresses course at Circle of Misse. The tuition from Annie Kirby was superb, only to be surpassed by her daily 1:1 mentoring and feedback on each day's submissions. She never made one observation I disagreed with! This was then complemented by Wayne's input, who was available each afternoon for a further writing surgery. He provided... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

This was the third time I had stayed at Circle of Missé and I can honestly say it gets better every time. In the last two years I have completed two week-long writing courses, a two day cooking course and most recently a week's writing retreat (some courses are shorter). They take place in an old stone house in the... More 

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