Lake Geneva
The World of Jane Austen and the Regency Period
The works of Jane Austen come alive as you discuss her most popular characters and themes, and enjoy activities such as a lakeside promenade, archery and evening theater.
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Program No. 22358RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the world of Jane Austen — her novels, her life and the Regency period in which she lived — on an instructive and imaginative learning adventure at gorgeous Lake Geneva. In Austen’s “Emma,” Miss Bates proclaims, “It is such a happiness when good people get together.” Get together with a few good people as you cast yourselves in the roles of members of the English gentry to discover or rediscover Austen’s works, and discuss their themes of gender, social hierarchy, courtship and gossip. Learn how Austen’s keen insights created enduring characters like Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” and the Dashwood sisters in “Sense and Sensibility,” and partake in a variety of activities suitable for well-off ladies and gentlemen, including a lakeside promenade, lawn games, archery and evening theater.
Activity Level
Significant walking on both level ground and up and down hills.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delve into the history of England during the Georgian era at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Immerse yourself in leisure activities highlighted in Austen’s novels, including archery, croquet and poetry.
  • Take part in a special Regency-themed dinner and an evening of English country dancing.
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Nancy Walczyk
Dr. Nancy Walczyk received her Ph.D. in Irish literature from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was the associate director of the Center for Celtic Studies, and served as a senior lecturer in the English department. She has been a coordinator of Milwaukee Irish Fest's cultural area more than 25 years.
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Nancy Walczyk
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Christine Brookes

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