Testimonials

Our own visit to a private museum in Perigord Noir FranceTRAVEL PROGRAMS

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“Thank you for a trip full of miracles. Every day was full of pleasure, discovery, surprise, and warm connection within our group and with the people we met. With grace and great love, you supported each of us in fulfilling our intentions for the trip. All the while we enjoyed wonderful meals, great conversation (I’m now dreaming in French, as you suggested might happen), and generous fellowship. It’s been a privilege to travel with you. Anyone would be lucky to do so.” — Lisa, Asheville, NC   –Dordogne June 2010 –  http://lisasarasohn.com

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“My sense of this woman — artist, dancer, actor, singer, and toner — is that she’s indeed a great spirit. I’ve rarely witnessed someone with such depth of understanding and so much compassion in action. And, with her open heart and free spirit, she’s a walking invitation for serendipity — happy coincidences that provoke experiences richer than one might imagine to be possible.”‘ — Lisa, writing to a friend inquiring about the Cultural Immersion Trips

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“Kindred Voyages” is not just a clever name for a touring business. The moment we met our guide, MayaJoëlle, I felt a comfortable sense of the familiar; a “kindred” spirit” welcoming us with a gracious smile and a warm heart.  And our voyage was no ordinary tour.  From the pre-travel meeting where we explored our personal desires for our trip, to our last night at a quaint restaurant in the countryside in Dordogne, with it’s delectably authentic multi-course French meal, MayaJoëlle struck a wonderful balance of offering just enough structure and flexibility for us to experience what was important to us, and rest when we needed.  Her passion for France; the food, the charm, the language, the beauty, the ancient history; imbued each meal and adventure with almost a childlike sense of wonder and pleasure.  I can’t imagine getting acquainted with the French appetites and sensibilities with anyone more appropriate than MayaJoëlle; she so beautifully embodies them! — Mary Davis, Asheville, NC  -Dordogne October 2011–   www.mary-davis.com www.marydavis.massagetherapy.com

“Thank you for this truly wonderful adventure. So many discoveries: France, the caves, the castles, the villages, and the discovery of a new “family” whom you nurtured and pampered with your dedication beyond measure. I will always remember fondly this street, this home, so welcoming and so full of history.” — Denise Odell, Asheville NC -Dordogne June 2010-

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“I traveled in France with a small group led by MayaJoëlle during the summer of 2009.  We spent two weeks in a lovely villa in Aups-en-Provence, in the Var region, becoming part of the community, taking day trips to beautiful medieval villages, going to the marchés (open air markets), meeting local people, dining out and cooking our own wonderful French food.  MayaJoëlle was the perfect facilitator.  Her love for and knowledge of the area and the culture, and her tireless enthusiasm for sharing the best of it with us made for a most memorable experience.” — Rachelle Rogers, Asheville, NC -Var Provence 2009- www.rachellerogers.com www.rachellerogers.etsy.com

“My first trip to France and it was not only enjoyable but I learned so much. MayaJoëlle explained things and really helped me to feel comfortable in a new country even though I didn’t speak french. She is so delightfully friendly and eager to share information that is was the best trip ever!” — Karen Noel, Asheville, NC  -Var Provence 2009-

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IMMERSION COURSES

First of all, I wanted to THANK YOU for such an amazing Immersion! This three days were absolutely pleasant and useful, I couldn’t ask for anything better. You are an absolute master in Presentation, there is nothing that you should be improving in your performance in my opinion. Your professionalism in teaching, the level of your knowledge, your charisma and charm are just on the highest level !! Your energy kept the whole group included and present the whole time, great job! ~ Yulia, Asheville – 2012

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I had a great time with you and the group. One thing is greatly evident about you, you embrace life and encourage others to do likewise. I enjoy you. ~ Jeff McKibben, Asheville -2012

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The method of Mme Aubry MayaJoëlle is most excellent, fun, engaging and rewarding! A very comfortable and highly interesting way to learn French. ~ Ernie Miller, Asheville -2012

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…I loved everything about the class. It has inspired me to go full force on my quest to learn and love the French language. ~ Jim Slautish, Asheville – 2012

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I loved it! I took French for many years throughout middle and high school, + 1 semester of college, but I have spoken more French in just one of the 2 weekends than I spoke all 6 ½ years put together. Your presentation was fabulous! Fun, energetic and creative and you always made sure we understood before you moved on. ~ Telle King, Asheville – 2010

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Thoroughly appreciate having to think and practice speaking French in class. Found it more helpful than reading or listening to French language discs. The overall program helped me remember and retain more French than prior programs because I was encouraged to use it in class … It was a treasure to meet the students in your class and to learn how beautiful and poetic the French language is. You are a gifted teacher. Merci.
~ Shelley Pereda Camp, Asheville – 2010

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I was amazed at my level of comprehension level after the first weekend. I feel excited to learn more. Yes, – the experience was- very close to class description. I appreciate the lack of pressure to speak and participate and I appreciate MayaJoëlle keeping the material fresh by always keeping the excitement/play-acting even when repeating the stories many times. It never seemed dull. Thanks for a great experience. …I really enjoyed the little extra about France itself. I really am amazed at how much I absorbed and learned in just 2 weekends. Merci! ~ Kimberly Hodges, Asheville – 2010

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Great at creating a relaxed and non-intimidating atmosphere. ~ Eric, Asheville – 2010

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According to the course description, …it was better than expected… and the presentation of the materials was excellent. ~ Jey Hiott, Asheville – 2010

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When I first started lessons with you, I was afraid to speak because I did not believe that I could make myself understood. You helped me to recognize that I do have some interior understanding of the basics of the French language. I do see my progress. I really enjoy lessons and am encouraged to keep improving. ~ Lucy Tirk – Asheville – 2008

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I want to thank you for allowing me to renew the French that has been living inside of me! I am very excited! You are a wonderful teacher. I have been able to share my “français” with my daughters (who pretty much think I’m crazy, but they are enjoying me being excited about it!).
~ Cheryl, Asheville – 2008

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MayaJoëlle has a gift and passion for teaching the French language that makes learning exciting and rewarding. Her classes, which are entirely in French, allow for total immersion into the experience. A generous, caring facilitator, MayaJoëlle creates a “safe,” enjoyable atmosphere that invites participation no matter what your conversational level. I recommend her without reservation. ~ Rachelle Rogers – Asheville – 2008

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MayaJoëlle is the best teacher I ever had. She makes learning so fun. She has us USE the language, which is the only way people REALLY learn. ~ Volarte, Asheville – 2008

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Last weekend, I learned a great deal, and I feel I integrated a number of rules. You have a gift for teaching language. You are able to provide students with a road map to understanding how the language is assembled without taking each sentence apart. You provide excellent criticism without dampening a student’s desire to try. You create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, all the time ~ ~ ~ Didn’t leave a name – Asheville – 2008

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The teaching style is the best I have seen. You make me feel very comfortable. The class environment….. was very pleasant … very nice refreshments…. Learning languages does not come easily for me but I was amazed at how much I learned and how easily I picked it up. I also especially liked the colloquial expressions and the every day use of the French language.~ Pat Johnson, Asheville – 2008

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…very helpful in reducing fear… especially since others had so much more experience than me. Thank you MayaJoëlle. You are lovely and funny and kept the weekend interesting. I hope to continue with you. ~ Lynn Hendrick, Asheville – 2008

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MayaJoëlle is a wonderful teacher. Classes are fun and my progress is amazing. ~ Dale Karl, Asheville – 2008

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Lively, interesting, engaging, supportive. Great experience. I was terrified on Friday but quickly was very comfortable. This is the perfect way to start learning fresh. Comprehension level was high. ~ Mike Teeter, Asheville – 2007

 

VOYAGE INTO SOUND

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I am pleased to unequivocally recommend MayaJoëlle Aubry. I can not begin to express my gratitude for her and her remarkable ability to heal. I came to her in such profound, overwhelming agony that I could hardly stand up on my own two feet. It took me 15 minutes just to get out of my bed. My lower back was so bad that I could not do anything other than to pray that I didn’t get another spasm. How I made it to see her I’ll never know. Maya took one look at me and knew that I was in serious trouble. She started having me make sounds. Small and light at first and then deeper and deeper. I couldn’t tell where the sounds were coming from exactly. Somewhere very deep within, and then deeper. Within 20 minutes I was on my feet dancing. I danced for a long time, pain free. I will never forget that day and I will never forget Maya for her miraculous healing help. She is truly a gifted healer and a beautiful human being as well – Ken Sprano – Waterbury, CT

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During the time with MayaJoëlle, I was relaxed and felt completely at ease. Her touch is so gentle and nurturing and her voice was a balm for my over-stimulated senses. Immediately afterward, I realized that I felt “rooted,” connected to the ground, and this sense of being grounded has continued for the past 5 days, since the Dream Weaver session. I will definitely do another soon. Karen Dunn -Asheville, NC

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You have a gift in using your voice to convey a beautiful melodic sound that permeated deeply into my soul. I felt spiritually moved and alive. The experience brought me to new heights.” Susanne Bennett – Asheville, NCthumb_small_Bullet_black_hollow_10

“This was a great, great gift. I reached a place that I am longing for, and found I could stay there, and was very grateful to be given permission to not respond to everything… Thank you, thank you, thank you. If I could I would cry from love, beauty, sadness, fear, relief”. Nick – Asheville, NC