Portuguese Language Village

Bem-vindo a Mar e Floresta, Concordia Language Villages’ Portuguese immersion program where aldeões (villagers) wade boldly into the language, culture and traditions of the Lusophone world, especially those of Portugal, Brazil and the southern African countries of Mozambique and Angola.

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Portuguese Language Village

Learn Portuguese

Learn Portuguese

While there is no confusing the North Woods of Minnesota with the Atlantic coast of Portugal or the tropics of Brazil, at Mar e Floresta we do our best to recreate a bit of the ambiance of both. From the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed at night, villagers find themselves constructively engaged in a variety of community and cultural activities, all geared toward having them listen, speak and eventually even start to think in Portuguese, the world’s sixth most widely spoken language. Learn more

Authentic Cuisine

<p>Sunday dinner features <i>churrasco </i>(Brazilian-style grilled meat).</p>

Sunday dinner features churrasco (Brazilian-style grilled meat).

Authentic Cuisine

Villagers at Mar e Floresta have the opportunity to travel the Portuguese-speaking world each day from the comfort of their lakeview bandejão – from top-it-yourself Brazilian Rodizio de Pizza to Bibinka of East Timor. All meals are prepared onsite by Mar e Floresta’s dedicated kitchen staff and feature fresh and healthy, locally-sourced ingredients. Learn more

Music and Dance

<p><i>Mar e Floresta</i> villagers: The Rhythm is with them.</p>

Mar e Floresta villagers: The Rhythm is with them.

Music and Dance

Few countries anywhere in the world are more known for their music and dance than Brazil, and villagers at Mar e Floresta get to tap into that vibrant and pulsating tradition on a daily basis. But that’s only partof the artistic Lusophone culture that awaits you. Learn more.

Sports and Activities

<p><i>Futebol </i>is huge in the Lusophone world…and at <i>Mar e Floresta!</i></p>

Futebol is huge in the Lusophone world…and at Mar e Floresta!

Sports and Activities

Each day at Mar e Floresta also includes numerous outdoor activities, many of them distinctly Portuguese in nature. In addition to burning off calories and energy, they also allow for additional hands – and occasionally feet – on language acquisition. Learn more

Art

<p>Make a mask…choose your influence…come see how at <i>Mar e Floresta!</i></p>

Make a mask…choose your influence…come see how at Mar e Floresta!

Art

Create art inspired by the dynamic culture surrounding the Portuguese language at Mar e Floresta. Learn more.

Programs

Day Camps

Family Weeks

Unplug from the bustle of your regular life and spend quality vacation time relaxing and laughing in another language with your family. ​

Portuguese Family Weeks

Meet the Dean

The dean is the on-site director of the Language Village. Kirsten Addison is the dean of both Mar e Floresta, the Portuguese Language Village, and El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village at Cass Lake. She goes by Salome at Mar e Floresta and Cristina at El Lago del Bosque. Kirsten has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages for over 25 years, serving as dean in various capacities since 1996.