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*One-day tickets now available for EdYOUfest Van Gogh*

What is EdYOUfest?

EdYOUfest is an international community of change-makers in education who come together in beautiful retreat settings to ignite, develop, and launch new ideas. Whether you apply to attend a 2017 EdYOUfest retreat in France, Japan, Ecuador, or Tunisia you can expect hands-on workshops and start-up style collaboration in a relaxed environment where everyone’s on a first-name basis.

An EdYOUfest retreat isn’t a conference. It’s a transformational experience you’ll share in community with fifty or so other innovators who come from a wide range of backgrounds. Local organizers thoughtfully curate each EdYOUfest retreat community to make sure there’s the powerful collaborative mix of people.




Raving reviews from our attendees 

"if you want to socialize and share your knowledge with colleagues from different countries- then EdYOUfest is the right CHOICE for you"

- Biljiana Stojanovska (Macedonia)

"If you are burned-out or unmotivated, or if you are not sure what you go to work for every day, EdYOUfest will help you rethink your profession and the way you look at your life, and lead you on to a healthier and more satisfied and satisfactory teaching experience."

- Roberta Barbisilova (Bulgaria)

"When at EdYOUfest, you never have the feeling of being at a conference. You feel yourself part of a community of innovators. You will notice some changes in you before even saying goodbye."

- Chaouki M'kaddem (Tunisia)

"EdYOUfest is a dream come true for me — a group of teachers from around the world who come together in order to be better teachers for their students. This is how change happens."

- Micaela Cangemi (Italy)

Although each EdYOUfest retreat is different, at all EdYOUfest retreats you will …

  • Begin your day with optional yoga or mindfulness activities
  • Gather in community for a light breakfast
  • Spend your morning in hands-on workshops
  • Join the community for lunch where you’ll continue to share ideas
  • Spend afternoons or evenings in start-up team building activities
  • Participate in activities that highlight the local area
  • Get together in groups for dinners featuring local cuisine

EdYOUfest Van Gogh

July 7th - 11th

Auvers-Sur-Oise, France

Church of Auvers-sur-Oise 

Only 50 places available 

About Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur-Oise is a scenic, small village located on a river and surrounded by wheat fields. It became most famous for being the place where Vincent Van Gogh created 70 paintings in 70 days during the last months of his life. Because Auvers-sur-Oise has been designated an eternal village that cannot be altered, things look pretty much the same as they did when Van Gogh lived there in 1890. Even so Auvers-sur-Oise is less than 30 kilometers from Paris and is on main rail lines. For more information see:

EdYOUfest Van Gogh Ticket Price

An all access ticket to EdYOUfest Van Gogh is 220* Euro. This includes all workshops, events, morning coffee, and a light lunch each day.

If your application to attend EdYOUfest Van Gogh is selected, you will be billed 220 Euro.

Accommodation is not included in the EdYouFest Van Gogh ticket price but we will help you book a room at one of the many hotels and AirBNB properties in the area. Expect to pay 20 to 100 Euro per night for accommodation.

​*Not able to come for the whole weekend?

€79 Day-rate now available​ 


Confirmed workshops

Dorothy Zemach


Dorothy Zemach has taught ESL for over 18 years, in Asia, Africa, and the US. She holds an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont, USA. She currently concentrates on writing, editing, and publishing ELT materials and textbooks and conducting teacher training workshops. A frequent plenary speaker at international conferences, her areas of specialty and interest are teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, curriculum design, testing, and humor.

Jason   Levine

Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has eighteen years of experience as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He has led student workshops and teacher training programs in sixteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

After earning a master’s in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jason taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development at Embassy English. In 2002, he co-founded a business English and test preparation school in New York City.

Steve Dantoni

Great Teacher Steve is all about bringing happiness to the world. He teaches life through games in and out of the classroom, showing that there is another way to teach that will bring fun back into learning.

The objective of Great Teacher Steve is to give everyone the tools, the power and materials to build bridges between people and make us all happier

Paul Maglione

The co-founder of Paris-based Entertainment Learning - publisher of the online English language learning service English Attack! - Paul was born in New York City and is a dual national of the United States and Italy. He has lived and worked on three continents and has a deep international experience in the content, media, entertainment and technology industries through senior executive positions at companies ranging from CNN International and NBC Europe to iPlay and Vivendi Games Mobile. He studied Economics at Brown University and went on to obtain his MBA from the London Business School. He also holds a TEFL Certificate from Rutgers University.

Marie Helene Fasquel

Marie-Hélène Fasquel-Erhart is an English literature teacher at the OIB section of Nelson Mandela high school as well as an ICT and teacher trainer. She was awarded with the Innovation Prize at the UNESCO Forum in 2013 and the Barcelona Global Forum in March 2014. She has been a Microsoft Expert Educator and an eTwinning ambassador for several years. She is a 2017 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. Marie-Hélène has been a regular presenter at numerous colloquia and webinars. She has authored and co-authored five books, the next one to be published on August 24, 2017 (L’Elève au Coeur de sa réussite, Editions François Bourin)

Steve Huitorel

Stéven Huitorel teaches English as a second language in a secondary school in Britany, France. He’s been awarded the Jury’s Prize at the 2015 French Innovating Teaching Conference in Paris, and has been the finalist of the MEDEA Awards in Brussels in 2016 for his Youtube Channel “Les tutos de Huito”. Followed by nearly 30.000 subscribers, the channel keeps expanding and the videos have been viewed more than 1.500 000 times. The aim is simple: teaching English differently, flipping the classroom, engaging students in a fun and effective way. Passionate about music, he is also the lead singer of the Irish music band “Làn Mara”

Fred Schenk

TDAH Partout Pareil

. TDAH is the French acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurobiological disorder that is still relatively unknown in France and subject to much prejudice. Fred SCHENK himself discovered this disorder from one of his children who is affected by it. He observed that in France,  knowledge and information about ADHD is far behind other countries.He has there decided to get involved and has created a support group on Facebook (actually more than 8,000 members) and has founded the association TDAH

TDAH Partout Pareil

Philippe Watrelot

Philippe Watrelot Philippe Watrelot has been an associate professor of economics and social sciences for 35 years. He teaches at a lycée in Essonne and is also a timeshare professor at the ESPÉ in Paris.

He was for many years president of a pedagogical movement: the CRAP-Cahiers Pédagogiques. He was also President of the National Council of Innovation for Educational Success until March 2017
He holds a blog "Education Chronicle" ( where he offers a press review of educational news and is also very active on social networks.


Friday, 7th

2pm - 3pm

Welcoming EdYOUfesters

3:30 - 6:00

Excursion to Auvers -sur-Oise

6:30 - 8:00

Apéritif Music by Tri Bazz


Marie - Helene Fasquel video presentation

Saturday, 8th

9:00 - 10:00

Yoga session & Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

 Dorothy Zemach

"Games to Memorise Vocabulary"​

2:00 - 3:30

 Fluency MC

"Motivating Learners to Practice English"​

3:30 - 6:00

Excursion to Chantilly

6:00 - 8:00 

Elective Workshops


Wine Tasting

Sunday, 9th

9:00 -10:00

Yoga & Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

Philippe Watrelot

Innovation in Education & Motivation​

2:00 - 3:30

Stephen Huitorel


3:30 - 6:00

Free Time/ Elective Workshop

6:00 - 8:00

Panel Discussion

Monday, 10th

9:00 - 10:00

Yoga & Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

Natalie Beaulieu

"A Holistic Approach to ADHD"​

10:00 - 12:00

Dorothy Zemach

"Songs in The Classroom"

2:00 - 3:30

Great Teacher Steve

"How to Create Motivation in the Classroom"

2:00 - 3:30

Fred P, Shenck

"How to deal with ADHD"


Mohammad Abo Hassan

"Skype in the Classroom"

3:30 - 6:00

Excursion to Paris


Closing Ceremony 

Tuesday, 11th

9:00 - 10:00

Yoga & Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

Asradi Cernan

"Applying 3Cs Principle"

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