February has a reputation in the homeschooling world for being the month when the feelings of wanting to quit are at their peak. It can be a time of year when many families are tired of being trapped indoors (and facing at least a month more of it), moms and kids are sick of the same old routine (which is still not producing results), and many bad habits are solidly ingrained.
This is one of many reasons why the Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat is just about perfect for homeschooling moms to get a recharge. It’s always scheduled in the early part of February – just in time for the mid-school-year doldrums. My wonderful friend, Dawn, is the mastermind behind all of it and she and the rest of the CMER team spend a great deal of time, energy, and effort planning, coordinating, and praying for this weekend. It’s a wonderful time of Charlotte Mason goodness, including meeting and getting to know other Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, obtaining tools that help us feel motivated to stay the course or try something new, offering tried-and-true ideas for how we can improve our homeschools, as well as a way for us to reflect on what we really want our homeschools (and families!) to look like.
I’ve attended the last two years and I can honestly say that, especially after last year at The Hideaway, this is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I have grown as a mom, an educator, and I’ve cultivated friendships during these weekends. I have felt welcomed and loved and have gone back to my family on Sunday night ready to tackle the rest of our school year with renewed energy. If you’d like to read a little more of my thoughts on last year’s retreat, you can find them here.
If this sounds like something in which you might be interested, registration for the 2019 Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat is now open! It’s being held at The Hideaway again next February which is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and provides a wonderful, peaceful, and inviting atmosphere in which to recharge yourself. If you’ve ever thought about attending a Charlotte Mason retreat, please come! You will not regret it!
All of the sessions look fantastic, especially as there are quite a few new ones. I’m particularly interested in Sarah Lancaster’s talk on Mother Culture, Karen Canon’s brush drawing workshops, Dawn Rhymer’s immersion on Pilgrim’s Progress, and Gary Alan and Jennifer Taylor’s talk on the liturgy of the ordinary.
If you’re planning to join us, I’d love to meet you! 🙂