Chateau le Mont Epinguet

The Normandy Experience

Gap Year and Summer Programs at Chateau Le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France

Welcome to Normandy, France

With over two-thousand years of history, Normandy has many stories to tell. This is the land of Viking invasions, the birthplace of William the Conqueror, the home of royals and the site of a brutal Nazi occupation. Famed throughout France as a nature lovers paradise, Normandy boasts pristine beaches, ancient forests, pastoral landscapes and the best coastal hiking in all of Europe. At the heart of this stunning place sits the home of our programs, Chateau le Mont Epinguet. A world frozen in time, life at Epinguet moves more slowly. Here you are encouraged to take in your surroundings and connect to yourself and the world around you. History, culture, nature, time, space, connection...this is The Normandy Experience.

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Our Story

We are a team of artists, educators, travelers, meditators, storytellers, cooks, filmmakers, writers, adventurers and deep lovers of all things Normandy.  We’ve been running successful programs at the Chateau le Mont Epinguet since 2008 through our sister organization, Berridge Programs. Our mission is to share our love of this region through meaningful, hands-on experiences that empower our students with broader skills, confidence and a wider perspective on the world

Our Programs

Our programs offer an opportunity to engage with the history, culture, language and people of Normandy, France through unique, hands-on experiences. We offer a blend of cultural and community engagement, outdoor learning and leadership skills development interwoven with reflective and creative practice. The program is taught entirely in English with optional French language learning.