Rest, refresh, and refocus.
July 22–24, 2021 • Stone Mountain, GA
Take some time to rest, refocus, and refresh for the 2021–2022 school year. Join Sonya Shafer, 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! Make plans to join us (and enjoy a free T-shirt!).
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.
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 is also the creator of Brush Drawing: A Basic Course and has been home educating for more than a decade.
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.
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.
Sharon Hofer is a professional artist and teacher. She has taught art to hundreds of homeschool families in the past 24 years and has made her excellent teaching available online. She has developed a curriculum called “Creating a Masterpiece” that is widely used and loved. This award-winning curriculum is unique in that it uses online instruction that works for students of all ages. The students are challenged with each project and gain a feeling of confidence and accomplishment as they complete each of the lessons.
Sharon, a homeschool mom, is also a pastor’s wife who has a passion for encouraging others. At the retreat she will be presenting a session on understanding your artistic child and leading us in creating our own masterpieces with pastels on Friday night.
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. At the retreat, Jennifer will be participating in a session that explores about how she and Joy Kim have incorporated multicultural learning into their homeschool co-op. Later that afternoon, Josh, Jen, Joy, and Jaewoo will be leading us in a time of multicultural worship.
Joy and Jaewoo 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. Joy, with her husband Jaewoo Kim, is part of Proskuneo Ministries and works as an arts advocate for her community.
Joy will be joining Jen Davis to talk about their multicultural homeschool co-op in a session on Saturday, then both Joy and Jaewoo will team up with Josh and Jen to lead us in worship together later that afternoon.
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. Karen and her husband Doug will be leading morning nature walk sessions. Karen will also present a breakout on nature study.
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. Doug will be leading a session just for the men at the retreat.
Thank you for such a beautiful location, uplifting messages, and informative sessions. I was refreshed and renewed!Ivette H.
This retreat has been a wonderful balance of encouragement, inspiration, and beautiful practicality in each session.Valerie R.
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.)
Thursday Pre-Retreat Sessions
Thursday Pre-Retreat, July 22
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||Keeping a Good Perspective (Sonya Shafer)|
|2:30||Putting It All Together (Sonya Shafer)|
|4:00||Math Facts & Table Work (Richele Baburina)|
|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 23
|7:00||Guided Nature Walk (Karen and Doug Smith)|
|9:30||Welcome & In a Large Room (Sonya Shafer)|
|11:00||Breakout 1A: Books as Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors (Amber O’Neal Johnston)||Breakout 1B: Understanding Your Artist Child (Sharon Hofer)|
|1:30||Breakout 2A: The Simplicity of Nature Study (Karen Smith)||Breakout 2B: Charlotte Mason’s Picture Study (Richele Baburina)|
|2:45||Breakout 3A: Worldschooling: Taking the Show on the Road (Amber O’Neal Johnston)||Breakout 3B: An Excellent Education (Doug Smith)|
|4:00||Personal Consultations / Meet Ups||Shopping|
|5:30||Supper Break (on your own)|
|7:00||Pastel Art Event (Sharon Hofer)|
Saturday, July 24
|7:00||Guided Nature Walk (Karen and Doug Smith)|
|9:30||Learning Together (Sonya Shafer)|
|10:30||Check-out / Break / Shopping|
|11:00||Breakout 4A: Keeping a Nature Notebook (Richele Baburina)||Breakout 4B: Inside a Multicultural Co-op (Jennifer Davis and Joy Kim)|
|1:30||Worship Together (Josh and Jennifer Davis, Joy and Jaewoo Kim)|
|2:45||3 Life-Changing Keys to a Great Year (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. 2–Feb. 3): $199
- Regular Registration (Feb. 4–May 31): $239
- Late Registration (June 1–June 30): $279
Main Retreat Spouse Ticket
Early Registration (Dec. 2–Feb. 3): $159
- Regular Registration (Feb. 4–May 31): $199
- Late Registration (June 1–June 30): $239
- Regular Registration (Feb. 4–May 31): $99
- Late Registration (June 1–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.
If you would like to book additional nights before or after the retreat at the discounted event rate, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you make those arrangements.
Stone Mountain Park Campground also 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.
What about COVID and masks?
The retreat will be held at the end of July. We are hopeful that life will be more back to normal by that time. As we get closer to the retreat, we will announce the retreat’s COVID policy based on current circumstances. Because of the uncertainty, we are allowing everyone to cancel tickets for a full refund up to the day before the retreat so you can register with confidence.
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. Creating a Masterpiece will also be on hand to walk you through their fantastic library of art instruction.
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.