Charlotte Mason Together 2019 Retreat

Charlotte Mason Together Retreat, July 25–27, 2019

Rest, refresh, and refocus.

Take some time to rest, refocus, and refresh for the 2019–2020 school year. Join Sonya Shafer, Richele Baburina, Allyson Adrian, and other experienced Charlotte Mason moms for the Charlotte Mason Together Retreat. This special weekend offers encouraging and informative sessions in beautiful surroundings with a relaxed schedule. It is the only event that Simply Charlotte Mason will be hosting this year, so don’t miss out! Plan to join us. You’ve earned a weekend with friends (not to mention a free retreat T-shirt)!

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Space is limited! Register now to reserve your spot at the Charlotte Mason Together retreat.
Save $50 off the full retreat price when you register early!


Sonya Shafer

Sonya Shafer

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers. At the retreat Sonya will be introducing new ones to Charlotte Mason and her methods, giving practical help for high school, and sharing her heart on using Charlotte Mason with special needs.

Richele Baburina


Richele Baburina is the author of The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, a math curriculum that is designed from the ground up to conform to Charlotte Mason’s principles for math instruction. She and her husband have now been home educating for more than a decade. At the retreat Richele will be sharing her wisdom about math and answering questions about using Charlotte Mason with boys. Richele is also the author of Brush Drawing: A Basic Course and will be hosting a demonstration and hands-on brush drawing gathering on Friday night.

Allyson Adrian


Allyson Adrian, PhD, is the mother of four daughters, ages 7-17, whom she homeschools in Arlington, Virginia. Four years ago she and her husband, Steve, founded Cherrydale Press, which is dedicated to publishing Charlotte Mason foreign language resources. She is now in her eighth year acting as the Shepherd/Mentor of the Arlington Charlotte Mason cooperative, “Cherrydale Wednesdays.” When not engaged in Charlotte Mason homeschooling duties, Allyson teaches Intercultural Communication at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. At the retreat Allyson will be encouraging us with practical help on teaching foreign language, homeschooling through high school, and leading a Charlotte Mason group/co-op.


We are offering a wide variety of activities, because different people find different things refreshing. We hope you will hand pick the ones that will be the most refreshing to you and rest during the others.

Retreat Schedule

(Subject to change.)

Thursday, July 25

Friday, July 26

  • 9:00–9:30 Retreat Registration / Meet and Greet
  • 9:30–9:45 Welcome
  • 9:45–12:00 Main Sessions A
    • 9:45–10:15 What It Takes to Homeschool Successfully, Part 1 (Sonya Shafer)
    • 10:20–10:50 Math for Persons (Richele Baburina)
    • 10:55–11:25 Q & A Session (Panel)
    • 11:30–12:00 Learning Languages with Miss Mason and François (Allyson Adrian)
  • 12:00–1:30 Catered Lunch (provided) / Leisure / Shopping
  • 1:30–2:45 Breakout Sessions
    • Breakout A: Inside a Charlotte Mason Home School (Sonya Shafer)
    • Breakout B: Charlotte Mason for High School? Yes! (Allyson Adrian)
  • 3:00–5:30 Hotel Check-in / Rest / Leisure / Shopping
    • 3:00–4:30 Personal Consultations
    • 4:30–5:30 Book Discussion
  • 5:30–7:00 Supper (on your own)
  • Evening Session
    • 7:00–8:30 Brush Drawing with Richele Baburina
    • 7:00–8:30 Leading a CM Group discussion with Allyson Adrian
  • 9:30 Laser Show at Stone Mountain Park

Saturday, July 27

  • 7:00–7:30 Guided Sunrise Nature Walk
  • 7:30–9:00 Breakfast (on your own) or go for a swim!
  • 9:00–9:30 Shopping
  • 9:30–10:30 Breakout Sessions
    • Breakout A: Charlotte Mason and Math: A Mountain Perspective (Richele Baburina)
    • Breakout B: Using Charlotte Mason with Special Needs (Sonya Shafer)
  • 10:30–11:00 Break / Shopping / Hotel check-out
  • 11:00–12:00 Main Sessions B
    • 11:00–11:30 Short Session 5 (TBA)
    • 11:30–12:00 Q & A Session (Panel)
  • 12:00–1:30 Catered Lunch (provided) / Leisure / Shopping
  • 1:30–2:30 What It Takes to Homeschool Successfully, Part 2 (Sonya Shafer)
  • 2:30–2:45 Farewell

Sessions are being planned on foreign language, special needs, leading a Charlotte Mason co-op/group, math, encouragement, introduction to Charlotte Mason, Q & A panels, and more.

Register Now!

Space is limited! Register now to reserve your spot at the Charlotte Mason Together retreat.
Save $50 off the full retreat price when you register early!

Personal Consultations

Sold out! A very limited number of one-on-one personal consultation sessions are available during the retreat. Sit down with an experienced Charlotte Mason educator and ask your questions. If you are interested in a 30-minute personal consultation for $10, register early. These limited sessions will be filled on a first registered, first choice basis. When the time slots are full, they’re gone!

Fantastic location

The Charlotte Mason Together Retreat will be held at the beautiful Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort that sits inside scenic Stone Mountain Park. The historic park boasts more than 3,000 acres of natural beauty, including 15 miles of nature trails, and a 360-acre lake. Family-fun attractions and two championship golf courses are also on site. Bring the whole family and enjoy some together time. There are plenty of great activities for dad and the kids to do while you soak up the Charlotte Mason encouragement during the scheduled sessions. Or come a few days early and enjoy Stone Mountain Park as a family vacation—the $20 gate fee to Stone Mountain Park is covered for those attending the retreat!


A limited number of rooms are being held at the resort for retreat attendees. Plan to stay in the resort so you can enjoy the indoor pool, outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, cozy conversation nooks, in-room refrigerators, onsite restaurants, quick and easy access to all retreat sessions, and stellar rooms with lakeside or poolside balconies.

Bring three friends and split the room four ways for affordable luxury. Use your in-room refrigerator for your favorite beverages and snacks. Hang out on your balcony or at the pool, enjoy the laser show, and have a sleepover! Register your hotel room for the retreat.

Stone Mountain Park Campground also offers RV & Motor Home sites, tent sites, yurt rentals, safari tent rentals, and RV rentals.

Register Now!

Space is limited! Register now to reserve your spot at the Charlotte Mason Together retreat.
Save $50 off the full retreat price when you register early!

Thursday Pre-Retreat

Go in-depth on Charlotte Mason topics with the optional pre-retreat on Thursday. The pre-retreat includes two additional sessions—focused on math and on high school—plus a buffet supper.

Pre-Retreat Schedule

(Subject to change.)


  • 3:00–4:00 Hotel check in / Registration / Meet & Greet
  • 4:00–5:30 Pre-Retreat Sessions on High School and Math
    • Math Track: Elementary Arithmetic (Richele Baburina)
    • High School Track: Guiding to Graduation (Sonya Shafer)
  • 5:30–7:00 Buffet Supper (included)
  • 7:00–8:00 Pre-Retreat Sessions on High School and Math
    • Math Track: Multiplication Tables (Richele Baburina)
    • High School Track: Mentoring for Life (Sonya Shafer)
  • 9:30 Laser Show at Stone Mountain Park


  • 7:00–7:30 Guided Sunrise Nature Walk
  • 7:30–9:00 Breakfast (on your own) or enjoy a morning swim!
  • 9:00–9:30 Retreat begins
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Children and Babies

Childcare will not be provided at the retreat.

Nursing babies are welcome. We ask only that mamas are considerate of all the other attendees and step out of the room if the baby is becoming loud enough to be a distraction. With some babies that’s easy; others have become show-stoppers. You know your baby best. If you think it will be an easy task to enjoy the retreat and not detract from others’ enjoyment with Baby present, please bring that precious little one along.


Simply Charlotte Mason will have a large display of resources available for you to get your hands on, look through, and purchase at a special retreat discount. The display will include Richele Baburina’s math curriculum and brush drawing kit, as well as Allyson Adrian’s foreign language courses.

Getting Here

The Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort is only about 35 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The airport is within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the population in the United States. So with about 2.5 hours of travel, you could be enjoying the weekend with kindred spirits!

If you are driving, you will find that three major interstates conveniently come through Atlanta: I-20, I-75, and I-85.

Register Now!

Space is limited! Register now to reserve your spot at the Charlotte Mason Together retreat.
Save $50 off the full retreat price when you register early!

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