Learn Portuguese Residential Immersion Course

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Practise speaking with the locals in a Portuguese village


Struggling to learn Portuguese? Perhaps you've been living in Portugal for a while and are finding it hard to get beyond the basics on your own. Or you're moving to Portugal and want to get a head's start on learning the language. Studies have shown that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture and practise speaking and listening with native Portuguese speakers.

This 5-day (6-night) residential course combines classroom teaching in the morning with Emma Sherratt, a languages teacher of 20 years' experience who runs Portuguese Language Lessons, to help you understand the grammar, verbs and vocabulary. And in the afternoon, we'll go out and practise speaking with native Portuguese people, with various activities organised for you with local villagers so that you familiarise yourself with daily Portuguese life such as going to the market, ordering drinks & food in a café or restaurant, learning to cook Portuguese recipes and other opportunities to chat with native Portuguese speakers.

If you already live nearby and would just like to come for the 5-day immersive learning experience without staying at Relaxscape overnight, this is also an option.

Dates for 2020:

2 - 7 March (Elementary)

23 - 28 March (Intermediate)

11 - 16 May (Beginners)

tbc possible additional date in September

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation in private rooms with en-suites at Relaxscape, a beautifully restored 100 year old house on an olive farm in rural Portugal
  • 3 mornings and 2 afternoons of classroom language lessons with Emma
  • 3 afternoons and 1 morning of activities to practice your Portuguese with locals
  • 1 day out in Tomar, including lunch and a treasure hunt! (optional extra day for non-residential pupils)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Relaxscape for residential guests (including wine & beer at dinner)
  • Lunch at Relaxscape for non-residential pupils
  • Tea & coffee throughout the day

What's not included

  • Flights, travel and transfers to Relaxscape (these can be arranged for you on request)
  • Swimming towels (can be hired at the venue)
  • Toiletries (we're into sustainability here, so don't provide disposable toiletries like some other places you may have stayed, but we do sell handmade natural shampoo and soap bars that you can then take home with you - we also host workshops throughout the year where you can learn how to make your own!)
  • Snacks and alcohol outside mealtimes (but you are welcome to bring your own or buy them from the café 100m away)
  • Optional massage, reflexology, Reiki or yoga session

Read what other guests have said about their stay at Relaxscape.

Guide programme

Monday

  • Travel day. Arrive at Relaxscape by 14:00
  • 14:30 - 17:45 - Lessons with Emma
  • 19:30 Dinner for residential guests

Tuesday

  • Breakfast for residential guests
  • 9:30 - 12:45 Lessons with Emma
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • Afternoon activity: In the Kitchen & Portuguese Cookery with Fatima
  • Dinner for residential guests

Wednesday

  • Breakfast for residential guests
  • 9:30 - 12:45 Lessons with Emma
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • Afternoon activity: In the Café & Portuguese Traditions with Anabela
  • Dinner for residential guests

Thursday

  • Breakfast for residential guests
  • 9:30 - 12:45 Lessons with Emma
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • Afternoon activity: In the Horta & Adega with Luisa & Susete
  • Dinner for residential guests

Friday

  • Breakfast for residential guests
  • Morning activity: At the Market with Belinda
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:45 Lessons with Emma
  • Dinner for residential guests

Saturday

  • Breakfast for residential guests
  • Day out in Tomar to practise & consolidate everything we've learnt, including Treasure Hunt & Shopping Tasks in Portuguese, and lunch out in a Portuguese restaurant
  • Dinner at Relaxscape for residential guests

Sunday

  • Breakfast for residential guests
  • Checkout and travel home (or onwards to explore some more of this beautiful country and to practise what you've just learnt!)

Accommodation & Prices

I created Relaxscape as a place for you to escape from the stresses of your everyday life. It offers a tranquil environment to reconnect with nature and recharge your body and mind.

You'll stay in my lovingly restored 100 year old home that combines traditional style and modern comforts, set in a peaceful olive grove surrounded by trees and amazing views and walks leading down to a beautiful river lagoon.

The price for the accommodation includes the activities and meals as listed above. All rooms have a a private en-suite toilet with shower or bath+shower.

For the 6-night residential option the cost is €550 per person, on a shared room (with one other person) basis, with an additional €100 payable if you would like a room to yourself.

For the 5-day Monday - Friday non-residential option, the cost is €200, with an additional €50 payable if you would like to join in the Saturday activity day in Tomar as well.

This special price is valid only until:

2 February 2020 for the course that starts 2nd March.

23 February 2020 for the course that starts 23rd March.

11 April 2020 for the course that starts 11th May.

The price will increase by 15% after these dates.

If you book and pay in full by the end of January 2020, we will also include a 3-month Portuguese Self Study course worth €65 (which you can start at any time/no expiry date.)

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Relaxscape and to sharing with you the special calm and beauty of this wonderful area of Portugal.

Simply complete the form below to reserve your place

We will then send an invoice with a secure online payment link for you to pay the required deposit.

If you have any enquiries about this retreat, please feel free to email us your questions.