German Residential Adult Weekend | Concordia Language Villages

Waldsee Adult Weekend | Ages 21+

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Oktoberfest Workshop

Have some Waldsee fun this fall and join us, on-site, for Oktoberfest, a beer-themed German immersion weekend!

Whether you have German language skills to refresh and expand, or are just starting out in the language and want a culturally thematic introduction to it, this residential adult weekend is perfect for you.  Activities and discussions will focus on brewing and the historical importance of beer in German-speaking lands while also including a sampling of various types of beers from Bemidji Brewing Company.

Oktoberfest Workshop Weekend Schedule:

Time Activity
2-3 p.m. Arrival on Site, Registration, Cabin Assignments, Unpacking, Introductions
3-4 p.m. Group Welcome, Mixers
4-5 p.m. Language Lesson, Site tours
5-6 p.m. The history and importance of Oktoberfest & beer in general in German culture
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-9 p.m.  Oktoberfest Evening Program 
Time Activity
6-7 a.m. (optional) Trail Run
7-7:45 a.m. (optional) Breathing Exercises, Biking or Canoeing
8:15-9 a.m. Breakfast
9-9:50 a.m. Session 1 (Language / cultural activity)
10-10:50 a.m. Session 2 (Language / cultural activity)
11-11:50 a.m. Session 3 (Language / cultural activity)
Noon-2 p.m Oktoberfest Lunch
1:30-2 p.m. Free Time
2-4:30 p.m. Afternoon Activity
4:30-5:30 p.m. Group Game
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-10 p.m. Visit Bemidji Brewery
Time Activity
6-7 a.m. (optional) Trail Run
7-7:45 a.m. (optional) Breathing Exercises, Biking or Canoeing
8:15-9 a.m Culture lesson and activity
9-9:50 Session 1 (Language / cultural activity)
10-11:30 a.m. Brunch & Conversation
11:30 a.m. Departure

Program Leader

Angela Schneider sitting at a table with a classic-style ice cream, smiling with a spoon in hand.

Angela Johanna Schneider is a leader of Waldsee, the German Language Village, during year-round programming. Johanna has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages for 15 years, working with summer High School Credit, Credit Abroad, winter Weekend programs and Family programs.

Johanna received her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after studying in Bonn, Magdeburg and Minden. She has taught German at both high school and middle school levels. She has professional experience in Europe as a camp counselor, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant and leader of exchange trips. She loves dancing, gardening and sharing Waldsee with her own family.


Concordia Language Villages reserves the right to consolidate or cancel sessions that are below minimum enrollment levels.