Testimonials

From Students:

Irina, Dallas, PA:

“Words cannot express the happiness I felt here. This was quite possibly the best summer of my life.”

Aidan, Pingry High School, NJ:

“I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the most incredible summer I’ve ever had… All I can say is that I feel like a much braver, knowledgeable, and open person after the month we spent together. When I was there I was the most free I have ever been to express myself artistically, and I can’t tell you how much that means. That 19 kids who’ve never met each other came together to make something so beautiful and harmonious will never cease to amaze me. Thank you for such a beautiful month filled with love and art and joy.”

Madeleine,The Chapin School, NYC:

“I don’t know where to begin so I’ll start by saying thank you. Provence has changed my life. I am stronger, more confident in myself and my own beauty. It reminded me of how much I love life. Thank you so much for all of your support and guidance, wisdom and love. You’ve helped me so much. I never thought I would fall in love with a trip so much – the people the place – but when I came home I cried because I miss it so much! Thank you for this amazing trip.”

Amanda, New York City, NY:

“This has honestly been the best, unforgettable experience ever. We all became like family and toured around to wonderful places. I’ll never forget it…a great experience with memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks Barats!”

Sabrina, Boca Rotan, FL:

“There are no words to describe what a great summer I had here. I learned so much from all the wonderful teachers here. My experience is one that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for the memories.”

Victoria, New York City, NY:

“I feel like I’ve learned and experienced so much more than I ever thought. I feel like I’ve really grown as a person here.”

From Parents:

“Just want to thank you for giving our daughter a life experience she will never forget. As soon as we got home, she threw herself on us and said, ‘I cannot thank you enough for giving me such a wonderful gift; you are great!’ Emma describes her time in Provence with you as transformative.. in short, she loved every single aspect. She is already talking about next summer with you.  The experience was more than we could have ever imagined. Emma is radiant.”

“Thank you for providing one of the most memorable and magical summers that Madeleine has ever had. I think this trip was more than great. It was life changing. We never imagined that she would return to us with such inner peace, grace, poise and gratefulness that she was able to participate. Her inner light and sense of self worth, wonder and peace are so evident. She told us with such sincerity and conviction, ‘I’m stronger.’”

“This is a quick note to say thanks to you and to all the people involved in the program.  It was a wonderful month for DeAndre.  He was proud of his French skills and how much he improved in his drawing. He also said that you are the wisest person he’s ever met.  We loved the blog; the pictures were great and gave us a good sense of his adventures. The program was everything I hoped.”

Anonymous Student Feedback:

“This was transformational for me! I am leaving with plenty of fuel in my creative fire.”

“I have been opened to the kind of person I want to be. I am wiser and more mature.”

“I am more connected to nature. I want to go home and help clean up the lakes and rivers near me. We should be able to walk barefoot on the earth.”

“I learned so much and made entirely new realizations and discoveries about myself; where I want to be and what I want my life to be like.”

“I am not the same person I was at the start.”