Experience a full French language immersion, just as if you had come across a French seaside village. 

We offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in French food, wine, culture and language.  Join us for a leisurely yet full weekend, kicking off with a French wine-tasting on Friday evening and ending with an outdoor activity like a friendly game of Petanque on Sunday morning.

Organizers of the events are French teacher, Julia Schulz and Innkeeper, Joanne O’Shea. O’Shea and her husband bought Craignair Inn in 2010 and since have expanded its scope to incorporate diverse community groups and efforts. Joanne earned degrees in International Business and French from the University of Colorado and keeps up her language skills at Penobscot Language School in Rockland. Schulz is co-founder and past president of Penobscot School, and has taught French for over 25 years, including immersions in Maine, Montreal and the French Antilles. With her filmmaker husband, Schulz now works on heritage language preservation projects nationally and world-wide through Speakingplace.org

Participants can expect to experience typical French meals, games and activities, to meet and converse with French-speakers, and to wander the seaside with other like-minded participants. Presenters for this spring's Immersion are Kate McAleer and Crystal Robinson.

McAleer is the Founder and CEO of Bixby chocolates, who will make a presentation in French about her sourcing chocolate in Haiti. Bixby & Co. is a family owned and operated chocolate confectionery company located on the working waterfront of Rockland, ME.  Founded by Kate & Donna McAleer a mother-daughter team in late 2011, Bixby & Co. crafts organic and non gmo chocolate confectionery products.  In 2017, Bixby & Co. became the first bean to bar or craft chocolate maker in the State of Maine.

Robinson is finishing up her studies in Agriscaping,  a somewhat new technique in the landscaping field which can encompass adding edibles into a landscape design.  She will also discuss lifestyle/sustainability topics, such as locally sourced plants and native species. She previously taught high school French in the Rockland area, and lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland for many years.

FULL WEEKEND:  $300 + lodging (10% discount on lodging/book on our site or via phone call). 
MINI-IMMERSION 1:  $180 Full day Saturday:  3 meals, all activities and materials.  8am-9-ish pm
MINI-IMMERSION 2:  $80 Friday wine tasting, dinner and soirée.  Bordeaux theme.
MINI-IMMERSION 3:  $60 Saturday dinner and soirée.   Theme: French Caribbean Islands region  

All prices include tax + gratuity and a donation to speakingplace.org


le vendredi

  • 15h. - 17h.      Arrivée des stagiaires à l'auberge
  • 17h00             Accueil
  • 17h30             Dégustation de vins: la Vallée de la Loire (Chartrand Imports)
  • 18h30             Pause
  • 19h00             Dîner: cuisine de la Loire
  • 21h00             Présentation des stagiaires

le samedi

  • 8h00               Petit déjeuner et présentation de l'Auberge Craignair
  • 9h00               Atelier no. 1: Langue (Julia)
  • 10h30             Atelier no. 2: Art et Vie (Björn RUNQUIST, peintre)
  • 12h30             Déjeuner (avec Björn)
  • 13h15             Sieste
  • 14h30             Atelier no. 3 (dehors, si possible)
  • 16h30             Pause: boissons fraîches, thé à la menthe, café
  • 17h15             Atelier no. 4: Dégustation de fromages artisanaux
  • 19h00             Dîner: cuisine du Maroc
  • 20h30             Soirée Marocaine et spectacle de danse de Shalimar

le dimanche

  • 8h00               Préparation des bagages
  • 8h30               Petit déjeuner (avec Denis HEALY)
  • 9h15               Atelier no. 5: Pétanque (Denis)
  • 10h45             Evaluation
  • 11h00             Départ

Click on the worksheets we've used during the Immersions:

Le CouvertExploration Linguistique abbréviationslangage SMS, Les Vins, Carte Topo de l'Ile Clark, Titres de films en français recommandés, Titres de livres en français recommandés

Some words from our past participants...

"Je porterai une grande sourire chaque fois que je pense au weekend!"

"The teaching was excellent. Julia is personable, creative, and sensitive to the needs of her students. "

                        "Teaching was excellent and presented in an uplifting atmosphere. The pace was perfect as it allowed ample down time, which if not considered overburdens students. The variety of exercises was excellent."

"Très organisée"                      "We received so much for the price!"

                    "L'Auberge was the perfect location."

                                                             "Everyone was most kind and welcoming."

                                                                                                  "Excellent, interesting selection of teachers and themes."

                             "I didn't expect to have so much fun!"

"Couldn't be in a much nicer place! Accommodations and food and hospitality, all excellent."

"Merci beaucoup pour une expérience de très haute qualité et plein de plaisir et éducation!"

"I enjoyed the weekend and it worked very well for me. I ran across someone on the street next day and it took 2 or 3 seconds to get my mind in English mode. I would recommend this program to anyone." 

                                  "Absolutely worth the price!"           

"Perfect in every way!"