Set Your Feet
A Charlotte Mason
August 2 & 3, 2019
You are invited to come be refreshed with fellowship of others following Charlotte Mason's philosophy for education and for life. We will offer encouragement, ideas, a time to reconnect - a time to set your feet in a large room.
(and Hotel Discount Link)
"Our aim in education is to give children vital interests in as many directions as possible––to set their feet in a large room because the crying evil of the day is, it seems to me, intellectual inanition." -Charlotte Mason, Vol. 3, p. 231
Speakers & discussion facilitators (will be updated):
Dawn Garrett 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.
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).
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.
Blossom Barden first learned of Charlotte Mason while searching for a curriculum to use with her two upper elementary kids. Both of her kids are now graduates, live on their own, and are pursuing their interests. Blossom helped form the co-op in Northeast Ohio (Wildwood Community Co-op) in 2015, and began 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.
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.
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.
Areas of interest will be:
-Charlotte Mason and Special Needs
-Nature study/Dry Brush
-Living Books & Planning
“And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.” -Psalm 31:8
We will have a time of active prayer so we can come together to lift up our families and homeschools.
2019 Retreat Schedule
Friday, August 2: See Session & Bio Descriptions here
9 - Registration
10 - Welcome
10:30 - Session 1: Morning Time
11:30 - Session 2: Geography
12:30 - Lunch
2:00 - Session 3: Nature Study
3:00 - Q&A Panel- "Teens"
4:00 - Session 4: Special Needs
5:00 - Dinner
6:30 - Q&A Panel- "Littles & Form I"
7:30 - Session 5: "Mothers Work Wonders"
8:30 - Hymns & prayer in small groups
Saturday, August 3:
8:30 - Early arrivals
9:00 - Session 6: Living Books & Curriculum Planning
10:00 - Q&A Panel- "Form II"
11:00 - Session 7: Brush Drawing
12:00 - Lunch
1:30 - Q&A Panel- "Mothers are Persons"
2:30 - Closing
**Please note that we will not have childcare available and request that only nursing children attend with parents.**
If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com
'On my arrival at Ambleside I was interviewed by Miss Mason who asked me for what purpose I had come. I replied: "I have come to learn to teach." Then Miss Mason said: "My dear, you have come here to learn to live."
~from "The Story of Charlotte Mason," Essex Cholmondley
Interactive Map- Grace OPC Church, Columbus, OH
5099 Postlewaite Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Our event has a Group Rate at Fairfield Inn & Suites.
(RESERVE BY JULY 12th to guarantee the discount)
If you prefer to call: 888-236-2427
Reference "Wildwood Community School Education Retreat” or group code WCS.
There are other hotels within reasonable distance from Grace OPC Church, if you prefer, but the group discount for our event is only through Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Set Your Feet 2019 is sponsored in part by Wildwood Community School, Inc., a non-profit that strives to continue the vision of Charlotte Mason of offering a liberal education to all. If you would like more information about WCS, please email