“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Morning Time Immersion”  with Dawn Garrett 

Dawn Garrett will briefly discuss Morning Time in a Charlotte Mason homeschool, the pluses and minuses. Then she will lead through a Morning Time as we set our feet on the shoulders of great thinkers and ideas at the beginning of our retreat. 


Dawn Garrett, aka ladydusk, lives with her husband Jason and homeschools their three children in Delaware, Ohio. She came to CM late in the game, but continues to learn and grow and apply the principles in her homeschool as best she can. She is a member of the '@charlottemasonirl' team on Instagram; has blogged for 17 years at ladydusk.blogspot.com; and is the Community Manager for pambarnhill.com. 

"Geography: A Path Toward Knowledge of God, Man, and the Universe," 

with Camille Malucci 

The study of geography is an intersection of so many disciplines, and a broad subject ripe with delight for those who learn it well.  We will explore the broad nature of geography, how it fits into the Mason model and her thoughts on the subject matter, and how to expose our children to its wonders.  I hope that our time together helps us each "realise ourselves as persons whose great business it is to get in touch with other persons of all sorts and conditions, of all countries and climes, of all times, past and present." V.3, p. 84 


Camille Malucci is a mother of five and besotted wife of Jason, living on a few acres of Ohio just outside of Dayton. She has been reading about, implementing, and deeply grateful for the Charlotte Mason methods and principles for seven years. What she appreciates most is the wholeness - it is a way of life for the whole person, the whole family, a whole civilization. Diving more deeply into different subject areas or principles each year brings new richness and refreshment to the mind, body, and soul. This year, she has been diving into Geography and is looking forward to discussing the whys and hows of learning geography with children of all ages, from 2-102.

"Nature Study,” with Jeannette Tulis 

In the first part of the session we will look at Nature Study in general, why Charlotte Mason thought it was important, and how it prepares children for further study in all the sciences. We will also look at what resources you have, some helpful books and how to plan and what to take on a nature walk all different times of year. In the second part of the session, we will focus on keeping nature journals - what they might look like for different ages of students, what are the best supplies. I will have a list of favorite resources for nature study in general, wildflower study in particular and nature notebooks as well as favorite science and nature authors for picture books and chapter books. Lastly we will talk about potential barriers to nature study in your homeschool and how those might be overcome. 

Jeannette Tulis was first introduced to the ideas of Charlotte Mason when her fiance (now her husband!) gave her a copy of For the Children's Sake and said, "This is how I would like for us to educate our children!" Twenty-eight years, and four children later, Jeannette counts herself blessed to be part of the local (Chattanooga, TN) and larger CM community in her involvement with CM co-ops, support groups and tutorials. She is a moderator the AO fb group, taught workshops for CMI, participated in ASI training and has spoken at various CM gatherings including LER, Grace To Build, and AO Camp Meeting.

“Charlotte Mason & Special Needs,” with Amber Young

Addressing some of the most frequent questions she encounters, Amber will encourage you to plan and implement Charlotte Mason's philosophy in your days with grace.

Amber Young was introduced to Charlotte Mason in graduate school while completing an assignment about alternatives to public education. She is the mother of three children, and they reside at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA. She has spent more than 20 years dedicating her time assisting families with both visible and invisible disabilities. She has been a special needs leader for MomStrong International, she leads a prayer group for food allergic families, and spends time on Capitol Hill advocating for families with rare diseases. She is currently one of the administrators for Charlotte Mason Special Needs Homeschoolers. She has an ambitious goal and is actively working on developing a website devoted to Charlotte Mason through the lenses of exceptionality to provide resources for Charlotte Mason families on how to use therapeutic approaches through the curriculum of Charlotte Mason to be used in homeschools, coops, cottage schools, and private schools.

“'Mothers Work Wonders,'” with Blossom Barden

"Mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them." This Charlotte Mason quote is both inspiring and overwhelming! What did Charlotte mean by this? We'll look at the context of the quote and also, relying on principles found in Mason's volumes, talk of how we work wonder in our homeschools, in our children's lives, and our own.

Blossom Barden first learned of Charlotte Mason when searching for a curriculum to use with her two upper elementary kids. Both of her kids are graduates, live on their own, and are pursuing their interests. Blossom started the non-profit, Wildwood Community School (WCS), in 2017 with the vision of spreading the educational and life-giving philosophy of Charlotte Mason to all. She is an AO forum moderator (NorthLaurel) and has also been affiliated with CMI through facilitating book study groups online. Currently she teaches history classes online to middle and high school homeschool students through Empowered Online Academy.


“Laying the Table: Looking at Menu Plans & Selections for a Feast of Living Books,”

with Mandie Lewis

An attempt to answer some recurring questions about book choices. Questions such as: What is "twaddle" and "living books"? How do I use Charlotte Mason's 20 principles to guide book choices? Where can I find suggestions for alternatives to a chosen curriculum? How can I avoid over-scheduling? 

Mandie Lewis discovered Charlotte Mason as a highschool teacher frustrated with "the system" and wanting something better. She lives with her husband, Mike, and their 5 kids in Xenia, Ohio. When not homeschooling or changing diapers, her hobbies include reading, book shopping, cooking, lesson planning, talking about homeschooling, and teaching Sunday School. Mandie is an active member of the AO Facebook group and forum (as carpeaeternitatem).

“Dry Brush Drawing,” with Jeannette Tulis

This will mainly be a hands on tutorial in one way to keep a nature journal. We will start by finding something outdoors to paint. I will then lead you step by step in using brushes, watercolors, watercolor paper, a palette, and water to render your found object using the dry brush technique. Please bring the supplies you have and your own nature notebook if you have one so you can learn to work with what you already have on hand. We will supply what you do not have. Keeping a nature notebook is something anyone can do with some simple instruction. My hope is that you will be able to go home and pass this lesson on to your children.

 Set Your Feet 2019

Sessions & Speakers 

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