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The Charlotte Mason Together Retreat
July 21–23, 2022 • Stone Mountain, GA
Take some time to rest, refocus, and refresh for the 2022–2023 school year. Join Sonya Shafer, Karen Glass, Richele Baburina, Amber O’Neal Johnston, and other experienced Charlotte Mason homeschoolers for the Charlotte Mason Together Retreat. This special weekend offers encouraging and informative sessions in beautiful surroundings with a relaxed schedule. It is a gathering like no other!
This has been the most peaceful, nourishing, and inspiring conference I have been to in a long, long time.Michelle W.
One of the best retreats I’ve ever attended!Eva L.
Sonya and her husband John have four daughters, whom they homeschooled all the way through with Charlotte Mason’s wonderful methods. Three have graduated, and now Sonya spends her time continuing to educate their youngest—who has special needs—and doing all she can to make it simple for you to use the Charlotte Mason Method.
At last count, Sonya has spoken at nearly 100 homeschool conferences, authored 60 books, produced more than 100 videos, and written more than 600 blog posts on homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way.
Karen Glass is the mother of four children, all graduated, and a veteran Charlotte Mason homeschooler who lived in Krakow, Poland for 25 years before recently relocating to the United States. She has immersed herself in the philosophy of Charlotte Mason and is passionate about bringing her life-giving ideas to contemporary educators. She is one of the creators of the AmblesideOnline curriculum, and has been writing and speaking for many years. She is the author of several books based on those educational ideas, including Consider This, Know and Tell, and In Vital Harmony.
Richele Baburina began her venture of faith with Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education as a university student, implementing picture talks as part of a museum program. As a humanities major, she found Miss Mason’s statements regarding the beauty and truth of mathematics particularly intriguing. Later, as a mother, she wanted to experience that “delightful consciousness of drawing out… new power” in her own children and she now helps others do the same.
Richele is the author of The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, and Brush Drawing: A Basic Course. Passionate about sharing how simple methods rest on profound principles throughout Miss Mason’s philosophy of education, she presents on a variety of topics and is a regular contributor to homeschool magazines.
She has graduated her eldest child using the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education and her youngest is in his senior year. They reside in the foothills of the Appalachians in NE Tennessee, where they still go on nature walks together. Read her musings on art and arithmetic on Instagram @rbaburina.
This retreat has been so amazing. The speakers have been inspiring with the presentation of so many IDEAS. I can’t wait to begin implementing this with our children.Jaime M.
Amber O’Neal Johnston
Amber O’Neal Johnston lives in Georgia nestled among pine trees, hammocks and ziplines with her husband and their four children. Her happy place is the back porch on a rainy day, preferably with a giant mug of hot tea and a good book. And although she was raised in the air conditioning, somehow the woods is where she feels most at home these days. When they have the chance, her family enjoys extended worldschooling trips to immerse themselves in other cultures. Amber chats about adding multicultural mirrors and windows to a traditional Charlotte Mason education at www.HeritageMom.com and on IG @heritagemomblog. She is also the author of the book A PLACE TO BELONG: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond (TarcherPerigee, May 2022).
Karen Smith grew up spending many hours in and around the forests, lakes, and streams of Michigan. Her passion for the outdoors and the study of nature continues to this day. Karen is Sonya’s “go to” person for all things nature related and a co-founder of Simply Charlotte Mason. She has authored Journaling a Year in Nature and several other SCM elementary science titles.
Doug Smith, along with his wife Karen, has been homeschooling for more than 20 years and is a co-founder of Simply Charlotte Mason. He and his wife have graduated four children and now enjoy a greater focus on mentoring others on their homeschool journeys. On most days you’ll find Doug working on the simplycharlottemason.com website and helping the homeschoolers who frequent its pages. He has a passion for discipling his children, enjoying nature, and making technology understandable in plain English.
Josh and Jen Davis
Josh and Jen are homeschool parents and dear friends of Sonya’s. Josh is the founder and executive director of Proskuneo Ministries, an organization that works alongside church congregations to share multicultural, multilingual worship. He is a multi-ethnic worship leader, clinician, songwriter, ordained minister, and music missionary. Jen is a homeschool teacher, wife, mother, and musician. She is gifted with a heart that can ask the best questions and listen in a way that makes people feel valued.
Jaewoo and Joy Kim
Joy is a musician, an arts advocate, and a teacher at heart. She graduated from Dallas International University with a master’s degree in World Arts. Joy co-leads a multicultural homeschool co-op with intentionality to teach her children diverse perspectives and cultures and with a purpose to empower them to engage with God and the world in the ways that honor all God’s image bearers. Jaewoo Kim and Joy are part of Proskuneo Ministries.
Sarah Roberts of In The Quiet Hours has been teaching basic hand embroidery in all types of settings since 2016. Seventh-grade Home Economics class sparked a lifelong interest in embroidery for Sarah. Since then, she’s continued to explore the vast world of needlework from cross stitch to lacemaking. Her stitches have been featured in The Atlantan magazine and online by The Embroider’s Guild of America and international needlework publication Inspirations Magazine.
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. (Sessions and schedule subject to change.)
This retreat has been a wonderful balance of encouragement, inspiration, and beautiful practicality in each session.Valerie R.
Thursday Pre-Retreat Sessions
Thursday Pre-Retreat, July 21
Go in-depth on Charlotte Mason topics with the optional pre-retreat on Thursday. The pre-retreat includes a full day of additional sessions with lunch provided. (Additional registration fee applies.)
|10:00||A Charlotte Mason Morning of Studies (Sonya Shafer)|
|1:30||Debrief & Q&A (Sonya Shafer)|
|2:30||Putting It All Together (Sonya Shafer)|
|3:30||Shopping Break / Curriculum Consults|
|4:00||Pre-Retreat Session 5 (Karen Glass)|
|5:30||Supper Break (on your own)|
The pre-retreat was excellent–I appreciated the extra time to explore and learn.Jessica M.
Friday, July 22
|7:00||Guided Nature Walk (Karen and Doug Smith)|
|9:30||Welcome & Main Gathering 1 (Sonya Shafer)|
|11:00||Breakout 1A (Karen Smith)||Breakout 1B (Amber O’Neal Johnston)|
|1:30||Breakout 2A (Richele Baburina)||Breakout 2B (Doug Smith)|
|2:45||Main Gathering 2 (Karen Glass)|
|4:00||Personal Consultations / Meet Ups||Shopping / Curriculum Consults|
|5:30||Supper Break (on your own)|
|7:00||Handicraft Event (Sarah Roberts)||Shopping / Curriculum Consults|
Saturday, July 23
|7:00||Guided Nature Walk (Karen and Doug Smith)|
|9:00||Bookstore Open / Curriculum Consults|
|9:30||Main Gathering 3 (Richele Baburina)|
|10:30||Hotel Check-out / Break / Shopping|
|11:00||Breakout 3A (Karen Glass)||Breakout 3B (Amber O’Neal Johnston)|
|2:45||Main Gathering 4 (Sonya Shafer)|
|3:30||Farewell and Final Shopping|
At the retreat, we’ll have an opportunity for you to meet other CM homeschoolers like you! During the meet up time, we’ll help you break into groups based on number of children, location, children’s ages, and other groups so you can make some new friends.
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 $25, register early. These limited sessions will be filled on a first registered, first choice basis. When the time slots are full, they’re gone!
The friendly and helpful staff of the SCM Bookstore will be available all weekend for one-on-one consulting sessions. If you have questions about which resources to use or how to use them with your students, you will be able to sign up for a FREE curriculum consultation in the bookstore at the retreat.
I have been so encouraged this weekend and will go home excited for the upcoming year!Amanda C.
I have had a positively wonderful & encouraging time this weekend!Dana D.
Register early to get the best price! Here’s the pricing schedule for the Charlotte Mason Together Retreat.
Main Retreat Ticket
Early Registration (Dec. 4–Feb. 3): $199 Regular Registration (Feb. 4–June 15): $239
- Late Registration (June 16–June 30): $279
Special group rate: Save $25 off main retreat ticket pricing when purchasing 5 or more main retreat tickets. Bring your co-op teachers and leadership team!
Discount applied at checkout to purchase of 5 or more tickets in one order. Does not apply to spouse ticket price.
Main Retreat Spouse Ticket
Early Registration (Dec. 4–Feb. 3): $159 Regular Registration (Feb. 4–June 15): $199
- Late Registration (June 16–June 30): $239
Regular Registration (Nov. 26–June 15): $99
- Late Registration (June 16–June 30): $119
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 at a special discounted event rate. 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 online, or call the resort reservations number at 1-888-670-2250 and mention the Charlotte Mason Together Retreat.
Rooms at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott are sold out. Other nearby lodging options in the area include:
- Holiday Inn and Suites
- Country Inn and Suites
- Stone Mountain Park Campground, which offers RV & Motor Home sites, tent sites, yurt rentals, safari tent rentals, and RV rentals.
The venue is beautiful! The nature walk was great and the food was actually good!Bridget M.
We will be video recording the 2022 retreat. Your ticket includes free access to any recordings released after the retreat!
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 resources from Richele Baburina and Karen Glass.
Cancellations before June 23, 2022 will receive a full refund of the retreat registration. Lodging arrangements are subject to the hotel’s policies and not handled by Simply Charlotte Mason.
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.