Barcelona, Spain • July 4 – 7, 2024

Immersive English Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Immersion Retreat

LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain

DATE: July 4-7, 2024

MAX GROUP SIZE: 16 Participants

REGISTRATION: $725 USD

Join Annemarie and fellow members of the CWC for 4 days of learning, conversation, connection, exploration, good food, and fun — all in English! Join an intimate group of 15 fellow Confident Women Community members for a 4-day immersive English retreat in Barcelona, Spain.

Experience life in English through small talk, deep conversation, a guided walking tour, and a cooking class with guidance and support from Annemarie at every step.

By the end, you’ll have renewed confidence in your English skills along with lasting memories and meaningful relationships with women from our the world.

What’s Included

✅ English language workshops, practice, and support with Annemarie

✅ Learning materials include worksheets and guides for vocabulary and skill-building

✅ Exclusive retreat meeting location with ample space for learning and conversation, natural light, and facilities located in the vibrant artistic neighborhood of Poblenou

✅ Lunch (x4) and refreshments

✅ Happy Hour on our first day with drinks and light snacks

✅ Guided walking through Old Town as well as the Gaudi masterpieces with a professional tour guide (tour is 2.5 hours)

✅ Professional cooking class followed by a 4-course lunch with wine in the heart of Old Town

✅ Private transportation to the walking tour and professional cooking class (if desired — activities are centrally located and may available by walking distance if your accommodations are in the central part of Barcelona)

✅ Access to a private group in the CWC with Annemarie and other retreat participants in advance for connections, planning, questions, and more

Not Included

❌ Airfare/train travel

❌ Hotel accommodations

❌ Travel insurance

❌ Breakfast/dinner

❌ Other expenses you might incur (i.e. shopping, extra activities, etc.)

During this retreat, you’ll discover the joy of speaking English in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Annemarie will guide you through starting and continuing conversations with fellow members of the CWC to build deeper relationships, helping you find connection and confidence in English.

You’ll also sharpen your listening skills and ability to seek clarification and expand your vocabulary through workshops and guided activities such as a historical walking tour and cooking class. 

During the retreat, you’ll learn:

  • The fundamentals of English small talk
  • The natural progression of a conversation and meaningful follow-up questions
  • How to reduce anxiety in English conversations
  • How to seek clarification and listen for key details
  • The ability to describe experiences, including feelings and responses, to what you’ve seen, heard, tasted, etc.
  • The vocabulary needed to feel confident for a historical walking tour in Barcelona and a private cooking class
  • The pure joy of connection and building relationships with women you’ve met in the CWC
  • …and much more!

Beyond your daily workshops, you’ll explore Barcelona — its sights and sounds, history and culture, cuisine, and more.

For a daily itinerary, you can download and review this PDF: Barcelona July 2024 Itinerary

The primary meeting venue for our English retreat is located in the El Poblenou neighbhood of Barcelona.

We have an exclusive meeting space with seating for learning, comfortable lounge furniture, a small kitchen, WC facilities, natural light, and more.

The El Poblenou neighborhood is a former industrial area that has now become a creative and cultural hub with some of Barcelona’s best eating and drinking spots, according to an article in The Independent. It’s also a quieter location, which is ideal for the learning and conversation portion of our retreat.

Meeting Venue Address

The specific address will be provided only to those who register to attend.

To reach the El Poblenou neighborhood from the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, you can take the metro (45 minutes) or drive by car (20-25 minutes).

If your hotel is in another area – for example, in the Gothic Quarter – you can arrive on foot (perfect for those who enjoy walking) or by Metro. The closest Metro Stations include:

  • Marina (L1)
  • Bogatell (L4)

Accommodations/Lodging

For this retreat, we aimed to keep the cost of registration low. And we understand that everyone has different hotel preferences. For that reason, participants are welcome to make hotel accommodations based on their location and budget preferences.

If you would like to coordinate hotel reservations with fellow members, we welcome you to do so in the private group in the CWC for retreat participants.

Coffee/Refreshments

We will have coffee/tea available every morning at our retreat venue (except for July 6, when we attend a private cooking class).

Lunches

During the retreat, we will provide catered lunches at the retreat venue each day except Saturday, July 6.

On July 6, we have a private cooking class organized. During that class, we will prepare a 4-course lunch together at the private kitchen where we will take the class.

The menus will depend on the availability of seasonal ingredients.

Regular / Vegetarian / Vegan / Diabetic / Gluten-Free / Lactose-Free meals

All diets are catered for if announced in advance.

Dinners

Dinners are not provided. However, that doesn’t mean you will be alone.

In previous retreats, participants enjoyed exploring the city and getting dinner together in the evenings.

Who can attend this retreat? 

This English retreat is open to all women in the Confident Women Community.

How many people can attend this retreat? 

To create an intimate learning and conversational atmosphere, this retreat is limited to 16 participants.

When is the retreat available?

The art retreat takes place July 4-7, 2024.

Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Please make your travel arrangements before 9:00 AM on July 4. Our retreat begins at 10:00 AM. We will finish the retreat at 3:00 PM on July 7.

How do I get to the retreat venue?

The retreat venue is located approximately a 45-minute metro ride or a 25-minute drive from Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

If arriving by train, the meeting venue is approximately a 20-minute metro ride and a short walk from Barcelona Sants Train Station.

If your hotel is in the Gothic Quarter or Parc de la Ciutadella, you can also arrive on foot with a 20-30 minute walk.

What’s the weather like in Barcelona in July?

July is the height of summer in Barcelona, with the following typical temperatures:

  • Average temperature: 29° C or 84.2 F
  • Maximum temperature: 33° C or 91.4 F
  • Minimum temperature: 24° C or 75.2 F

It is best to pack breathable, comfortable clothing.

Our meeting venue does have air conditioning.

On July 5, we have a walking tour scheduled from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM — please bring comfortable walking shoes and clothing.

Will there be a lot of walking?

On July 5, we have a guided walking tour scheduled from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Walking will be throughout different neighborhoods and pavement may be uneven in places.

Is there a local currency I should acquire before arriving?

The currency is the euro. Credit cards are widely accepted in most places. However, it might be a good idea to take out some euros from the ATM at the airport for taxis, small purchases, visiting the market, and tipping.

If you live outside of Spain or Europe, make sure you notify your bank that you’ll be using your card in Spain.

I am vegetarian/vegan. Can I book this retreat?

Yes. All diets are catered for if announced in advance.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Yes.

Do I need a visa?

Guests traveling from the US, Canada, UK, EU, and/or Schengen member states may enter Spain for tourist purposes without a visa or travel authorization.

For more details, please review these guidelines: Visa Requirements for Spain

What language is used during the retreat and other activities?

The entire retreat is in English, including the guided walking tour and cooking class.

How does registration work?

When you register, you will be charged the full payment for the retreat.

Early Registration is available from March 25-29 at $595 USD.

Registration after March 29 is $725 USD.

All registrations are nonrefundable. Once payment is made, it is considered final. No exceptions.

Will I receive a full refund if the retreat is canceled by Annemarie/Speak Confident English?

If the retreat may only be canceled due to force majeure events* or circumstances outside of Speak Confident English/Annemarie’s control. If this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible and given a refund for the cost of registration.

*Force majeure events include natural disasters (fire, storms, floods), governmental or societal actions (war, invasion, civil unrest, labor strikes), and infrastructure failures (transportation, energy).

What happens if I need to cancel?

All registrations are nonrefundable under any circumstances. Once payment is made, it is considered final. In the event of cancellation, regardless of the reason, no refunds will be granted.

Instead, you may try to transfer your registration to someone else in the Confident Women Community; however, we cannot guarantee that someone else will purchase your registration from you.

Should I get travel insurance?

Optional: Participants may choose to purchase travel or medical insurance for protection against any circumstances that might require cancellation or change of travel arrangements. This insurance should cover any potential losses incurred due to cancellation or no-show, including but not limited to medical emergencies, travel disruptions, or personal circumstances. We are not affiliated with any travel insurance providers. It is your responsibility to secure appropriate insurance coverage that includes trip cancellation and interruption protection. We highly recommend reviewing the terms and conditions of your chosen insurance provider to understand the coverage and claim process.

Booking information

◊ All prices are in US dollars.

◊ All registrations are nonrefundable. Once payment is made, it is considered final.

◊ Will I receive a full refund if the retreat is canceled by Annemarie/Speak Confident English?

If the retreat may only be canceled due to force majeure events* or circumstances outside of Speak Confident English/Annemarie’s control. If this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible and given a refund for the cost of registration.

*Force majeure events include natural disasters (fire, storms, floods), governmental or societal actions (war, invasion, civil unrest, labor strikes), and infrastructure failures (transportation, energy).

◊ What happens if I need to cancel?

All registrations are nonrefundable under any circumstances. Once payment is made, it is considered final. In the event of cancellation, regardless of the reason, no refunds will be granted.

Instead, you may try to transfer your registration to someone else in the Confident Women Community; however, we cannot guarantee that someone else will purchase your registration from you.

◊ Questions? If you have pre-booking questions, please contact us at [email protected].

About SCE

Speak Confident English is an online English education company created to inspire, educate, and coach international adults on how to build the courage and confidence they need to be successful in English—for work and daily life.

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