My French Retreat – Riviera Edition 2019

Imagine yourself on the beach, with a fresh glass of white wine in your hand, the wind of the Mediterranean lightly caressing your hair. You can already feel your French is getting better as you are developing your self-confidence. This summer, it is time for you to let your French out of your walls. For one week, put aside all the theories you’ve been learning so hard. Come with me to Nice on the Riviera and experience the mindful French immersion.

 

Transform your learning

Participate in a 5-day workshop that will transform your learning experience. I have designed this innovative program to help you bring more mindfulness into your language journey. Together with our group, we will focus on different techniques and approaches to go beyond the intermediate plateau by bringing awareness to our mindset when it comes to learning. More than « just » a French class, this 15-hour workshop will help you to:

– Identify your blockages, bring compassion and self-acceptance to your practice;
– Use journaling as a way to unlock your inner voice in your target language;
 – Experience an attitude of gratitude and non-judgment, developing a new curiosity for mistakes;
– Create the perfect environment to enter « the flow ».

 

Live the authentic immersion

* Spend every day surrounded by the French language in its natural habitat.
* Accompanied by your language tutor (meeeee!), explore the beauty of southern France and get a taste of the French lifestyle.
* Enjoy the benefits of immersion together with an exclusive group of 5 students.
* Learn in a relaxing environment, where you don’t have to think about anything else.

Here’s a small idea of the activities planned for you:

– Discovering a vineyard and enjoying a wine-tasting session;
– Relaxing on a private one-hour cruise on the Riviera;
– Visiting the surprising Russian Saint-Nicolas Orthodox Cathedral;
 

 

L’Hôtel Select

Located in the heart of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, l’hôtel Select is a small family hotel situated by a Provencal marketplace. You will stay in a superior or standard double room with private bathroom, with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Just 170m from the train station, the property is ideally located for visiting the Côte d’Azur française. Last but not least, the port and the beach are just a short 10 min-walk away.

 

Practicalities

When is it?

From the 5th to the 11th of August 2019. The participants will be welcomed anytime in the late-morning/early-afternoon of the 5th of August. You can arrange a departure after check-out on the Sunday 11th of August (11am).

Who can participate?

You should be at an intermediate level, meaning that you are able to have a conversation in French without any major break of communication. Don’t worry though, because students have a tendency to under-estimate themselves. In any case, I will evaluate your level before accepting your participation.

To ensure that you get all the attention you deserve, the number of students is limited to 5.

What’s included?

– A comfortable private bedroom for 6 nights, including breakfast;

– The innovative mindfulness program workshop (15 hours);

– Immersive linguistic activities in Beaulieu-sur-mer, Nice and Monaco;

– Spontaneous conversation practice throughout the week;

– Optional structured conversation practice every evening on the beach.

What is expected of me?

To take full advantage of this special week, you will be required to speak ONLY in French. This means that when we don’t know what a word means or how to say a word, we will paraphrase in French rather than switching to English. 

Other than that, you are expected to participate in the activities planned out for you and to relaaaaaax 🙂

How do I get there?

I will pick you up from the train station Beaulieu-sur-Mer. The quickest way to get there is to fly direct to Nice International Airport, where you can hop on a train that will take you to Beaulieu. There’s your first opportunity to speak French! Ha!

If you decide to fly to Paris Charles de Gaule instead, I would advise taking a plane to Nice, as a train journey will take about 7 hours.  If you need assistance or further information, don’t hesitate to contact me (jessica@frenchsunnyside.com)

Can I bring my significant other?

Absolutely! We can work out a special price for your accompanying significant other. Email me at jessica@frenchsunnyside.com to discuss a special arrangement.

I don’t have the full amount right now.

No worries, you will only need to send me a down payment of 30% to confirm your participation (495 US$). We can then arrange a monthly installment. However, the amount will have to paid in full before the 1st of July 2019.

How do I register?

The registrations for 2019 are now closed. But we will definitely come back in 2020! Register your interest now not to miss any updates for the upcoming retreats! 

How? By clicking the button below. This will lead you to a page where you will be required to enter your information. Thank you!

Paix et lumière

Jessica

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