The guest house La Clairière is run by Astrid Schmeda (certified pedagogue, certified psychologist, , writer) and Gerd Stange (pedagogue for adults, body psychotherapist, publisher, translator). In 1997 we left Northern Germany to live in Southern France. We founded the seminar and holiday centre Bastide de Font d’Ìzierès in Uzes / Gard. For ten years we hosted holidaymakers and groups of up to 45 persons and carried out holiday courses. In autumn 2006 we moved to the Luberon and ran a smaller guest house there, Bastide de la Source, where we offered courses about theatre, literature, history and the countryside of Provence.
In 2016 we left Provence to live and work in the Pyrenees Orientales , the eastern Pyrenees close to the Mediterranean Sea.
Since 2011 we have had a German literary publishing house : Edition Contra-Bass, which we use to edit and publish guide books for Southern France,stories and novels , as well as essays on political, historic and psychological topics.