In-Person Learning

Colaisde na Gàidhlig strives to offer one and all the opportunity to experience Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture and traditions. Get away to beautiful St. Ann’s to feel it for yourself and learn in an immersive, inclusive environment. Evolving, ever-growing and expanding, the College now offers year-round learning to locals and visitors alike with a special focus on the revitalization of Gaelic language. With the rich and thriving Cape Breton culture surrounding all who partake, students are guaranteed to leave with a better appreciation of just what makes this part of the world so special.

  • September – March
  • Intended for Youth
  • Na Gaisgich Òga / The Young Heroes is a Gaelic mentorship program for youth, run by Colaisde na Gàidhlig in partnership with Iomairtean na Gàidhlig, Gaelic Affairs.
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  • May 3 – 28, 2021
  • Intended for intermediate to advanced Gaelic language learners
  • In connection with our partners at Cape Breton University, Colaisde na Gàidhlig is proud to host two 6-credit courses on-site, An Cùrsa Bogaidh II (intermediate) designed for university students seeking second year credits, and An Cùrsa Bogaidh III (higher intermediate) designed for students seeking third year credits. These courses are also appropriate for personal development.
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  • Pending for 2021
  • Intended for all ages and levels
  • During the course of a year, the College offers three Gaelic weekends, each with its own special theme. The weekends offer instruction in the Gàidhlig Aig Baile (GAB) style of teaching, which allows students to be fully immersed, even at a most beginner level.
  • Pending for 2021
  • Intended for youth
  • This four-day Gaelic immersion is designed for youth ages 10 – 17, who express a keen interest in increasing their knowledge of Gaelic language and culture. No prior experience is needed to attend.
  • Cancelled during Covid
  • Intended for youth
  • The three-day March Break Program is the perfect addition to March Break for any youth aged 5-18. (Must be of school-age) With opportunities to learn the Gaelic arts in a variety of forms from some of the area’s top instructors and performers, in combination with the ton of fun planned, it’s easy to see why kids want to come back year after year.
  • Pending for 2021
  • Intended for all ages and levels
  • A real focal point to our annual programming, the College welcomes hundreds of students, both youth and adult, for dynamic week-long sessions. With a variety of options in classes, instructors, and levels, we hope to offer something special yet flexible for all who attend.
  • Pending for 2021
  • Intended for adults
  • In association with Alberta’s Olds College, Colaisde na Gàidhlig is proud to offer Master Weavers and Spinner Certificate Programs on-site in St. Ann’s. It consists of five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments, and provides an educational environment in which an individual can acquire the skill to become a weaver with higher understanding of the craft.
  • Pending for 2021
  • Intended for adults
  • Throughout the year, a variety of classes and workshops are available in the The Dr. Eveline MacLeod Weaving Centre. Home to our resident weaver and instructor Dianne Quimby and summer assistant Carmel Gallant, this hot spot provides great opportunity for heritage craft learning.
  • Pending for 2021
  • Intended for youth
  • A new initiative with a focus in western Cape Breton, Oideas Mhàbu is a gathering for young musicians and parents alike. Learn from a featured guest mentor, work on other elements like dance, then get a chance to socialize and make music together.