About us

Enjoying a Chinese meal on a weekend retreat in Scarborough in July, 2022

Learning Chinese from outside of Chinese speaking countries can be a challenge. It’s hard to find opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the language without travelling abroad.

We’re a group of Mandarin language learners who believe that full language immersion is the best way to learn. We organise language retreats bringing native speakers together with learners of all levels for a weekend of activities, fun and cultural exchange – all in Mandarin Chinese.

Founders Esther, Karl and Ryan spoke about Mandarin Retreat on the I’m Learning Mandarin podcast.

Our retreats are an opportunity for Chinese learners to practice their language skills and learn Chinese in a supportive Mandarin speaking environment without the need to buy a plane ticket to China. They also enable native Mandarin Chinese speakers to experience British culture, see beautiful scenery and sample delicious local food.

You don’t need to be an advanced or intermediate learner to participate. Beginner and intermediate learners will be fully supported and are encouraged to take part.

We’re organising a series of these events to enable more people to take part and benefit. If you are a Chinese learner living in the UK you can stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter.

Our Partners

LTL Language School

LTL are a world leading language school offering immersive Mandarin learning programmes across East Asia. Like us, they believe the best way to learn Chinese is to live and breathe it to the greatest extent possible. Their unique programmes offer students the chance to study Mandarin abroad while living with a homestay family in a totally Chinese speaking environment. Meanwhile, with their 24/7 online Flexi Classes you can pick a convenient time to attend Mandarin classes from anywhere in the world.

LTL will be sponsoring our next weekend on April 21st – April 23rd and are offering anybody who books on that date ten Chinese Flexi Classes as part of the package. If you book on any of our other dates you will receive five Flexi Classes. To find out more about LTL and how their Flexi Classes work visit: Flexi Classes 24/7 Online Study (Mandarin, Japanese & Korean)

Hack Chinese

Hack Chinese is a spaced-repetition-based vocabulary learning tool built specifically for Mandarin Chinese. It’s simple, specialized for Mandarin Chinese, and really effective. Think ANKI, but easy to use! Anyone who books on one of our retreats will receive two month’s free access to Hack Chinese!

Any questions? Please contact us!

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