Meet in France

Meet in France2024-01-14T11:15:21+00:00

People come to explore what designing for life might mean for them. Some are working on a live project, thesis, course, or book. Others want to transform their professional situation, and only do good work. They use a time-out here to figure out how to do that.

Whether you come as an individual, or in a team, your stay here combines me-time, you-time, and we-time.

About the house

The seventeenth century town house where I live in the South of France, with my wife Kristi, is an inspiring place to meet, create, and decompress. Our town, Ganges, is in the foot hills of the Cévennes (national park), 50km north of the Mediterranean.
The house faces onto a pedestrian-only street.

thiss image links to the english translation of Alexander Dumas' story about the Marquise de Ganges
The house is believed by local historians to be where the Marquise de Ganges died on 5 June 1667. Her story, written by Alexandre Dumas, Père, is a classic text in French literature.
We do have a normal key as well

Meeting on the veranda, between the courtyard and the summer kitchen
The summer kitchen in use in the evening
the studio
The studio on the ground floor

The duplex apartment on the second floor

Evening after-chat in the courtyard
Working in the duplex apartment on the second floor
Welcome dinner in the courtyard

About the Surroundings

Our house is in the historic centre of a small (4,000 people) market town. Ganges lies at the junction of the Rieutord, Hérault, and Vis rivers. We’re a few minutes by foot or by bike from beautiful river swimming holes and waterfalls. The sea is 35 km away.

Our regional food market (small on Tuesdays and very big on Fridays) is 100 metres away through an arched stone passageway.

Shops, banks, the medical centre, a local hospital, the town hall, the cinema, the theatre – all are a couple of minutes away on foot.

Ganges also is the southern gateway to the Cévennes National Park, a world heritage ecological site; our region is #1 for ecological health and biodiversity in France. The region’s shepherds have helped shape the landscape over centuries.



Can the family come along?2023-07-14T08:48:58+00:00

I’m sorry but they can’t. But, we can point you to other rooms or apartments for rent in the area (i.e. there’s a lovely airbnb 20 meters from the house). Just drop us an email if you need our help.

On this subject, I hope you understand we can’t welcome your friends who want to come for a visit. Naturally we can make an exception, but do ask us beforehand.

Do we live in with you?2023-07-14T08:49:53+00:00

No. No need to worry. All spaces are independent of our part of the house. John and Kristi live on the first floor, the rest of the spaces are on the ground floor or on the second floor. There is a communal front door to the house, and a central staircase with doors to the other spaces.

You can come and go as you please.

All work and no play?2022-09-27T16:33:28+00:00

It would be a shame not to take time to explore the beautiful surroundings, go for a swim or a walk, or have a drink at one of the local bars. We even have a bike-rental around the corner (electric and regular bikes).

Can we come as a group?2023-07-14T08:51:57+00:00

The MeetUp and the Retreat are for individuals, but we are happy to host a single group coming to an Offsite. (contact us)

What’s the refund policy?2023-07-14T08:47:03+00:00

Sorry, no refunds.
(but we are not monsters so if there’s a really good reason, we can discuss it)

What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?2023-10-31T13:09:36+00:00
  • You can find a complete transportation page here
  • From Nimes or Montpellier Airport, there are buses going to Ganges (journey is about a hour). They are reliable and comfortable, but not frequent. If you decide to go for public transport, it’s best to email us at (meeting [@] thackara [dot] com) so we can guide you through it. (from Montpellier Occitanie: Ligne 608 direction Le Vigan. Nimes Gare Routiere: Ligne 140 direction Le Vigan)
  • From Marseille Airport get on a train to Nimes or Montpellier and there take a bus, or rent a car and drive 2 hours to get to us, or ask us to be picked up in Nimes or Montpellier.
  • At the airports you’ll find car rentals. We recommend to reserve a rental in advance (for example at rentalcars).
  • In Montpellier you can use public transport to the tram/bus hub at the edge of the city, the hub is called “Occitanie”. There you can hop on bus 608 (takes about a generous hour).
  • We can arrange to have someone pick you up. (4 passengers max, you can share the ride/cost if the arrival of an other MeetUpper can be ‘synchronised’).
    The prices are: Nimes (airport or station) 50€ | Montpellier (airport) 40€ | Montpellier tram hub ‘Occitanie’ 30€
  • parking: plenty of free street parking around (but not on the doorstep since we’re in a pedestrian street)

an extensive transportation page you can find here

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?2023-07-14T08:52:57+00:00


or send an email to meeting [@] thackara [dot] com

Food, drink etc.2022-09-28T14:23:19+00:00

We are not heavy on service, we provide a comfortable space in an historical building and quality time with each other and with John – but we don’t cook for you. There are two kitchens at your disposal. And there are various affordable restaurants nearby.

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-intollerant2023-07-14T08:47:42+00:00

The good news is that since there are kitchens in the house, you will not starve. Our organic shop is well stocked, our food market is great, but eating out might be a challenge for you.

More and more restaurants offer a vegetarian choice. Vegan dishes are rare in local restaurants however. Gluten-free only recently appeared on the shelves in the supermarkets and hasn’t inspired the local restaurant business yet.
(we are flexitarians ourselves)

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