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April 26-28, 2024 | Rockaway Beach, OR

Afternoon check-in for optional Thursday night guests.

FRIDAY, April 26

9A to 3P

Optional High School Immersion Day, includes lunch

8:30a        Check-in


9a to Noon    High School Immersion


Noon to 1p.    Lunch provided


1 to 3p.    Q&A/Discussion

Learn more about the High School Immersion.


Main Retreat Check-in at Hadley Hall between 3-5 p.m.


Plenary Session #1: 

Learning to Live


“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.’”

~ a new student at Charlotte Mason’s teacher training college  

If you thought you were here to understand how to homeschool using this philosophy, you will soon see that Charlotte had much more in mind. What did Charlotte Mason mean by "learn to live"? How did the House of Education training teach students how to live?  What patterns does Mason's own life offer us? No matter if you are at the beginning of your homeschool journey, in the thick of it, or an empty nester, we will examine how this living philosophy is for life and not solely for homeschooling.

Book Discussion & Fire

SATURDAY, April 27


Plenary Session #2:

Getting Rid of Weeds and Fostering Flowers: The Vital Role of Habits

This talk will examine the important and balanced emphasis of habits in a relational education. Charlotte Mason elaborates on the role of the parent when helping our children develop the type of habits that form fine character while weeding out the habits that will do them harm. As always, her advice is based on the whole child, not just outward expressions. We will look at the types of habits in a child’s life and Mason’s wise, commonsense approach to fostering the good.

Optional Breakout Groups I

  • Crafting the “Just Right Challenge” for You & Your Students with Amy Nyvall

  • Nature Hike 

  • The Habit of Notebooking with Erin Underwood & Jenna Harmon


Optional Breakout Groups II

  • Habits in the Early Years with Bethany Davis

  • The Habit of Nature Journaling with Ale Kauffman

  • The Habit of Observation/Twin Rocks Outdoor School Class with Twin Rocks Staff

Afternoon Occupations/Beach Time


Plenary Session #3:

Parentcraft: Courage

Charlotte Mason exhorts parents to have confidence and courage in their parenting, yet courage is not the first thing we usually pray for or think we need when it comes to raising our families. Learn how a fuller understanding of this virtue can make all the difference in your parenting through story, picture, and etymology! Be of good courage!

Shakespeare in Action

SUNDAY, April 28


Morning Worship & Devotional


Plenary Session #4:

The Importance of Peace

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” – Goethe The Charlotte Mason philosophy and method of education has a unique source that encourages shalom in the home. This talk will explore the meaning of peace, how a CM education helps develop peace, and why parents are called to be peacemakers. Nancy will share insights from her own experience as well as some extremely helpful direction from Mason and other solid PNEU teachers on peace in our homes, schools, and lives.


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