Thursday is the one year anniversary of Charlotte Mason Soirée, and we are celebrating by opening early bird registration for the upcoming Retreat next year! Registration will open at 12 CST this Thursday, August 31, and in addition to getting early bird pricing, the first 50 people to register will get their name in the hat to win a complete set of the beloved Pinks!
Wondering who should come to this retreat?
Everyone should come to this Retreat! Newbies who are interested in learning a little more about Charlotte Mason should come as well as longtime practitioners of this educational philosophy. And did you know that “soirée” is a French word meaning an intimate party or gathering for discussion and music? This retreat will have both!
And in addition to this wonderful atmosphere, you will experience for yourself some of the delectable dishes that a Charlotte Mason education offers. You will leave the retreat rejuvenated and refreshed, and you will go forth in confidence with practical help in the “how to” of setting this feast before your children!
Why should I pay to go to a retreat?
Charlotte Mason says in Volume One (pp 2-3) about mothers,
And they will take it up as their profession–that is, with the diligence, regularity, and punctuality which men bestow on their professional labours. That the mother may know what she is about, may come thoroughly furnished to her work, she should have something more than a hearsay acquaintance with the theory of education…
Charlotte Mason is saying to be diligent to your professional labour! You have every reason to invest in continuing your own education. This is your job! Public and private school educators must do so, and it is my belief that we as home educators are not exempt. Your children deserve a teacher who does not come to her work with just a hearsay acquaintance with the theory of education but rather a teacher who comes thoroughly furnished! And plus YOU deserve a couple of days off from your regular duties so that you can recharge while equipping yourself!
Funny side note– My husband jokes with me about how I don’t think twice about spending money on going out to eat (insert here whatever extra fluff you tend to waste money on) yet I dillydally over the decision to spend money on going to a retreat/conference that helps me with the education of our children! He speaks much truth!! That meal from the restaurant goes in the toilet in less than 12 hours 😉 but the education of my children lasts them a lifetime!
What if I don’t know much about Charlotte Mason?
I’m thrilled that you are interested in learning more about her philosophy. The freedom and peace I have experienced since implementing it in our home and homeschool have been nothing short of amazing! It will be well worth the time and effort to come to this retreat, and you will be learning from the best of the best in the Charlotte Mason community.
I used to have SO many misconceptions about the Charlotte Mason method, but these misconceptions were because I was reading blogs, books, and online information that claimed to CM. And most of it was INCORRECT. I am not sure why I didn’t think to “go to the source” and read about her philosophy using her own words (she wrote six books about it!), but now that I’ve started to read her own words and listen to the A Delectable Education podcast, I can see how grossly misinformed I was. I truly hope you haven’t experienced such misguidance as I have! But if you have, I highly recommend listening to the first 4 or 5 episodes of the ADE podcast before coming to the retreat. It will help you gain an introductory understanding of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and aide you in being able to better grasp the things that will be presented during the retreat.
What if I’m a longtime practitioner of Charlotte Mason? Will this retreat be too basic for me?
Absolutely not! The Charlotte Mason method is like a beautiful, hand-dyed tapestry made of handspun wool. One strand doesn’t make a tapestry. One color of hand-dyed wool doesn’t make the picture of the tapestry. It takes multiple strands and multiple colors lovingly handcrafted by the artisan to become a tapestry. You are the artisan for your children’s education, and by coming to this retreat, you will be honing your skills. A Charlotte Mason education has many layers like this South American handcrafted tapestry pictured below. So, yes, you should come to this retreat because there is always something else to be learned from the principles and implemented in practice!
What will we be doing at the retreat?
Well, besides having an absolute BLAST…there are several things in which you will have the opportunity to partake. Here is the tentative schedule. There will be several brand new sessions at this retreat, too!
You will be able to attend Plenaries, large group sessions, at the beginning and conclusion of each day. These are lectures that are presented to all attendees.
You will also have various choices of Workshop Blocks that will be scheduled throughout the day. The Workshops are smaller breakout sessions, and there are four choices for each of the three Workshop blocks. There will be time left for attendees to ask questions at the end.
Each afternoon you have the opportunity to choose from a variety of Immersions. An Immersion is a hands-on session where you will participate in the capacity of a student in order to learn how a subject and lesson are taught in the Charlotte Mason way.
On the last day of the retreat, before the closing Plenary, you will have the chance to ask the speakers questions during the Panel Chat. We will also share snacks and meals together as this lends itself to wonderful impromptu discussions. We will update the schedule as session choices are added.
OH! And I almost forgot! You’ll be able to shop for books (yes, living books like you’re always on the hunt for!!) on Thursday night at a Pre-Retreat Book Sale!
Here is a link with important information about the Retreat. Do you have questions that I didn’t answer here? You can email the Retreat Hostess Team, and one of us will try to get back to you within 2-3 business days. I’m so glad you’re considering coming! You won’t regret it!