• ⎟ Urban Retreat ⎟

    27 April 2017 - 2 May 2017

    Burgos (Spain)

     

  • Immerse yourself in the city

    History, Gastronomy & Human Evolution

    Learning a language is so much more than learning the vocabulary and grammar. It is about understanding and interiorising its mindset. How the natives are thinking is dependent on their shared history and common culture.

     

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    You need to immerse in that culture to fully understand.

    You need not only to know their history but to walk around those historical places to let its history seep in.

     

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    Spanish culture is wide and varied and is deeply connected with its history.

    A history that is present and visible in the historical centres of every city.

     

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    Some corners were scenario of major historical events.

     

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    Burgos is crowded with Gothic churches and abbeys, where many weddings of European royal family members took place.

     

    History seeps through every pore but that is not all that this city has to offer.

    Tradition, gastronomy and language.

     

    Burgos is considered the crib of the Castilian language. Here, one monastery keeps the first document containing the first words in Castilian language.

     

    Suckling lamp (cordero) and (black pudding) morcilla are the dishes par excellence. All washed down with the incredible Ribera del Duero wine.

     

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    Are you willing to soak up the urban Spanish experience?

  • What the city has to offer...

    ... and you will enjoy.

    Historical city

    Gothic, royal families, Camino de Santiago...

    Burgos a has place in history.

     

    This majestic, hometown of ‘El Cid’, is considered the Gothic capital of Spain.

     

    It has castles, Gothic monasteries and stone paved streets peppered with many traditional restaurants and bars.

    Food and Wine

    Mouth watering

    Cordero (suckling lamb) and morcilla (black pudding) are their star dishes, washed down with Ribera del Duero wine.

     

    Visit of a bodega (warehouse), including wine and food tasting.

    Human Evolution

    Crib of our last ancestor

    Visit Atapuerca village and its archeological site where the oldest human remains (Homo Antecessor) where found.

     

    And then we'll visit of the Human Evolution Museum to make sense of it all.

  • The Itinerary

    What we will do...

    Day 1 (27th April)

    Arrival

    13h - Settle + practicalities

    14h - Lunch

    15:30h - Guided Historic Walk

    19:00h - Workshop 1

    21h - Dinner

    Day 2 (28th April)

    9h - Breakfast

    10h - Workshop 2

    14h - Guided visit to a warehouse, includes explanations on the process of production of the wine and the different varieties + lunch

    18h - Walk around the city

    21h - Dinner

    Day 3 (29th April)

    9:30h - Breakfast

    10h - Guided Historic Walk

    14h - Lunch

    15:30 - Workshop 3

    20h - Theatre night

    Day 4 (30th April)

    9:30h - Breakfast

    10h - Workshop 4

    11:30h - Museo Evolución Humana + Visit to archeological site in Atapuerca.

    18h - Free time

    20h - Dinner

    Day 5 (1st May)

    9h - Breakfast

    10h - Workshop 5

    14h- Lunch

    17h - Gastro tour around the city. Including the visit of the centenary tavern "El Patillas".

    20h - Dinner.

    Day 6 (2nd May)

    Departure at 11am.

     

    Times and itinerary are subject to modifications.

  • DETAILS

    - Payment -

    Payments accepted by Paypal and wire transfer. Details on the registration form.

     

    Deposit of € 200 to secure your spot.

     

    Payment plans possible, inquire for options.

     

    - How to get there -

    We are staying in Burgos city.

    The most convenient airports are Madrid or Bilbao.

     

    The best way to get here is by bus. There is a direct bus from Madrid Airport to Burgos. You will be collected in the bus station right in the city centre.

     

  • You love all things Spanish

    ...the culture, the country, the history, the people, the sun...

    Learning a language is so much more than just learning the grammar and the vocabulary.

    Learning a language means communicating and expressing yourself fully in it. It is not about translating word by word from your mother language into Spanish, but to be able to express an idea without translating it.

     

    One of the beauties of learning a foreign language is that you express yourself differently in each language. You are capable of becoming a different person with a different voice.

     

    This happens when you understand the culture behind the language you are communicating in. You understand "their" ways. That understanding in confluence with your personality create a whole new you.

     

    This alchemy is a magical process that creates a wonderful sense of expansion. You grow. You unfold.

  • This retreat is for you if:

     

    1. You are learning Spanish

    2. You love the Spanish culture

    and you travel to Spain whenever you get the chance.

    3. You want to fully grasp the culture, the mindset

    and create the alchemy within you

    to finally express who you are in Spanish.

     

  • Practicalities

    We are staying in El Bolao, a gorgeous town in Guadarrama Mountains (Madrid), surrounded by a shrubby landscape, Spanish wild goats and Imperial eagles .

    The closest airport is Madrid (Adolfo Suarez - Madrid Barajas Airport). You will be collected from the airport and brought to our homestay.

    I am having a 1:1 call with everybody who is interested in order to assess your level of Spanish and make sure you will benefit the maximum of this experience, so send me an email and I will get in touch shortly.

  • You want in...

    Then, send me a message and I will get back to you shortly

  • Spanish Writing

  • About the Organizer

    Certified teacher

    • Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language, by Instituto Cervantes, Dublin (Ireland). 2011.
    • DELE Examiner, Instituto Cervantes, Dublin.

    Academic Career

    • Degree in Arts (Languages) by University of Burgos (Spain).
    • Masters in Scenery Arts by University of Burgos

    Experience

    Founder and Spanish teacher at Online Spanish Tutor.

    Publications

    • Ortega, Maria, Lobato, María Luisa (dir.) ​No puede ser, ed. de María Ortega; Kassel, Reichenberger, Colección Ediciones Críticas, vol. V.
    • Ortega, María. “De hombres celosos y mujeres industriosas: de Lope a Moreto (desarrollo de un tema cervantino)”. 777-786. (Sobre No puede ser de Moreto y su fuente directa, El mayor imposible de Lope, a través de El celoso extremeño de Cervantes).
    • Ortega, María. “Recepción y difusión de No puede ser en Europa: Traducciones y adaptaciones de una comedia moretiana”. En: Del verbo al espejo (ver Misceláneos general).
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  • Critical Thinking Workshop

    - Engage in a discussion in Spanish. -

     

     

    A 2h workshop

     

    Date: 29th July / 11:30h - 13:30h

    Place: Liffey Trust Studios, 117-126 Upper Sheriff Street, Dublin (Ireland).

    Price: 25€

     

     

  • Previous Retreats

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  • Urban Retreat

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    Burgos (Spain)

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    7th - 9th October 2016
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  • URBAN RETREAT

    12 - 18 February 2018 - Valencia (Spain)

  • Valencia, combines the urban feel with the relaxing sun and sea vibe. Mixes old and new, medieval castles with art deco architecture, and it is the "City of Arts and Sciences". Its riverbed has become the biggest inner city urban park in Europe.

     

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    Indulge your senses with the sweet horchata,
    sink your feet in the sand or walk in paved old streets.
    Know about its history and people while discussing the Vicente Blasco Ibáñez novel La Barraca. Experience Spain and Spanish culture in this immersion retreat where experiencing and learning collide.

  • HIGHLIGHTS

    A boat trip on the National Park of Albufera on a traditional boat and then enjoy a delicious paella onsite.

    Visit a traditional "barraca" in the Albufera. A "barraca" is the typical Valencian house, mainly built in the countryside. They are made from raw materials such woods, reeds and mud.

    We'll collect our own veggies from the veggie garden and cook them.

    Then we'll go on a horse carriage walk, visit a Barraca museum and an exhibition of farm carriages and tools from the 19th century, to finally indulge ourselves in a traditional valencian menu including mojama (tuna jerky), esgarrat, all i pebre, paella, and cocas Cristinas and mistela for dessert!

  • THE WORKSHOPS

    DAILY WORKSHOPS

    The retreat comprises five three hour workshops around different aspects of the Spanish culture. These themed workshops deal with relevant vocabulary and structures in a relaxed atmosphere.

    READING & DISCUSSIONS

    This retreat also includes two bookclub style discussions (2h each) around different extracts of the novel "La Barraca" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, set in the 19th Century Valencia. Every night, after dinner, we will also read or discuss fragments of "La Barraca" while indulging in Spanish wine.

  • THE LOCATION

    The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea.

     

    It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum.

     

    Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.

     

    Your Accommodation

    Your will stay in a five bedroom apartment in the city centre.

     

    • WiFI
    • Air conditionning
    • Heating
    • Two bathrooms
    • TV
  • THE INVESTMENT

     

    6 nights accommodation
    Full board (meals provided by a renowned catering service)
    2 x Trips to Albufera (including boat trips, typical Valencian menus and cultural activities).
    1 x Cooking class in a restaurant (Create a Tapas Table)
    1 x Guided tour about Valencia's Fallas.
    1 x Theatre Ticket
    5 x Workshops
    2 x Bookclub guided discussions
    All tickets to organised visits to museums or exhibitions.

  • Early Bird

    Available until 15th November.

    657€

    Regular Price

    740€

    Deposit

    350€

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  • Urban Retreat

    Valencia (Spain) - 12 - 18 February 2018

  • Valencia, combines the urban feel with the relaxing sun and sea vibe. Mixes old and new, medieval castles with art deco architecture, and it is the "City of Arts and Sciences". Its riverbed has become the biggest inner city urban park in Europe.

    ▽ ▽ ▽

    Indulge your senses with the sweet horchata,
    sink your feet in the sand or walk in paved old streets.
    Know about its history and people while discussing the Vicente Blasco Ibáñez novel La Barraca. Experience Spain and Spanish culture in this immersion retreat where experiencing and learning collide.

  • "En un lugar de la Mancha..."

    Quixotic Retreat

    9 - 15 Julio, Castilla La Mancha (Spain)

  • Experience this literary trip with one of the greatest novels in literary history: Don Quixote

     

    Live Don Qixote's stories.

    Meet the "giants" (or windmills) in Campo de Criptana.

     

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    Watch a play in a real Corral de comedias, literally a "theatrical courtyard" - a type of open-air theatre specific to Spain -, by one of the great dramatists in Spanish Literary Golden Age.

     

    A trip around Castilla La Mancha including:

     

    Almagro whose "corral de comedias" is 
    the best preserved example in the world of the corral de comedias of the 17th century.

     

    Ciudad Real, the capital city.

     

    Campo de Criptana with its famous windmills.

     

    Puerto Lápice where Don Qixote's first adventure took place.

  • Contact Us

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    If the answer is yes and you want more information about any of these intensive courses and retreats, please, reach out.