Meetups in our 17C house in the South of France

NEW: Scholarships for Thackara Meetups
We can now offer scholarships to those of you who cannot pay the full fee. We have reserved two scholarship places each on the Meetups of: 24-31 May; 14-21 June; 07-14 July. To apply for a scholarship, please add a short explanation in the email we ask everyone to send us.

In 2019, we started hosting week-long Meetups in our seventeenth century house in the South of France. In 2020, we paused the programme. In May this year, 2022, we will start again!

Who are the Meetups for?

Designers of all kinds, curators, team leaders, professors, postgrad students, researchers, writers. The main requirement is that you’re working on a live project, thesis, course, or book.

A wonderful experience overall and a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding of my practice. I was able to develop a more cohesive story to define my personal-professional practice and goals.

– Arely (Mexico/USA)

What kinds of project did people bring to a Meetup in 2019?

  • edible forest garden (Canada)
  • knowledge sharing platform for art teachers (England)
  • launching a fashion podcast (Japan)
  • pivoting out of the consulting industry (USA)
  • future of a fifteenth century castle (Romania)
  • book about energy transitions in Africa (Germany)
  • book about ecoliteracy (USA)
  • design thesis on mending as connecting (England)
  • rural hub in a former brick factory (Portugal)
  • village revitalisation (Italy)
  • relational design masters (Wales)
  • rural social innovation (Poland)
  • municipal urban farms (China)
  • ecotourism and wellbeing (USA)
  • school in a forest (Ireland)
  • sustainable mobility lab (Pakistan)

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I was working on my first book and it was amazingly helpful to have the space to concentrate whilst getting constructive input from JT and other participants.

– Anne (Germany/UK)

What did they get out of it?

Check out their feedback in our guestbook

What happens at a Thackara Meetup?

In one-to-ones with me, I’ll cast fresh eyes on your project, plan, or thesis. In focused mentoring, tailored to your project, I’ll suggest new ways to frame the questions you arrive with. Otherwise: Ask me Anything.

In group discussions – in our courtyard, on walks, or whilst river swimming – you’ll also interact with the people from diverse backgrounds you’ll spend time with here. (Check out their feedback in our 2019 Guest Book).

You’ll have plenty of quiet and private time – in the house, at the river, or in nature. Also important: you get to shop at the market, cook in our summer kitchen, and breathe the clean air of the Cévennes.

The meet-up was truly life-changing; brilliant content, group company, accommodation, food and the waterfalls were to die for! John gave me the boost I needed and input from the group kickstarted a project so dear to my heart

– Jenny (UK)

Price

The price is €1.150,00
Early Bird price (at least 2 months ahead) €1.000,00
Alumni price is €900,00
Two Scholarships per Meetup are available on request

Price includes 7 nights accommodation and fee.

How to apply?

Send us an email


Each meet-up is limited to six or seven people, so we have to select participants. Send us a 100 word project statement that tells us: who you are; what you’re working on; and what you want to achieve during your stay. In addition to this 100 word statement, tell us which of the weeks you’re applying for.

Use the subject header: Meetup 2022 [+month] 
and send this email to:
meeting [at] thackara [dot] com



After application we aim to inform you within two weeks whether your application has been accepted. Successful applicants will be directed to an Eventbrite web page where you sign up and pay. Your spot is secured after payment.

I felt so welcomed and comfortable. The mixture of one-to-ones with JT and the group conversations provided an effective framework to push my design practice forward. I’m coming away feeling refreshed, excited to work, and with a whole new set of amazing friends.
– George (UK)

Courtyard in the evening
Courtyard in the evening

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The safety and wellbeing of visitors is our first priority. We ask for you to be vaccinated and we’ll follow French government advice on the number of places we make available, and the physical arrangements once you are here.

  • The Meetup 2022

    The price is €1.150,00
    Early Bird (<2 months ahead) €1.000,00
    Alumni price is €900,00
    Scholarship on request (2 per Meetup available)

    Price includes 7 nights accommodation and fee.

    Covid: We ask for you to be vaccinated and we’ll follow French government advice.
    (Naturally we will fully reimburse you in the very unlikely case of a lockdown)

  • Meetup Guestbook

    • Maxim Dedushkov / November 7, 2019:
      Dear Kristi and John, thank you for hosting us for our annual Holis retreat. We enjoyed our stay in your beautiful house. The nearby market... »
    • Dominika / October 1, 2019:
      Dear John and Kristi, you’ve created an amazing place, filled with peace and unique energy. A place that adjusts to the pace of the visitor,... »
    • SHUMIN LUO / September 30, 2019:
      First of all, I’m super grateful to John and Kristi who gave me a chance to have a very enjoyable time in their home. It’s... »
    • Michala / September 29, 2019:
      In the place that “chose him”, @john.a.thackara opened his house for small meetups. Not everyday you have the chance to discuss your projects with someone,... »
    • Arely / September 2, 2019:
      The Thackara Meetup 2019 was a wonderful experience overall and a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding of my personal-professional practice. After a week... »
    • Jenny from UK / August 31, 2019:
      For me, the meet-up was truly life-changing; brilliant content, group company, accommodation, food and the waterfalls were to die for! John gave me the boost... »
    • Go from Goldsmiths / August 31, 2019:
      I genuinely enjoyed the every single moment I spent during the week. Thanks to not only the fantabulous Thackara team but also amazing talents from... »
    • Georgina / August 31, 2019:
      John and Kristi, your house is an absolute dream! I felt so welcomed and comfortable. You allowed us to take everything at our own paces,... »
    • Anne / August 31, 2019:
      I was working on my first book and it was amazingly helpful to have the space (both mentally and physically) to concentrate on this whilst... »