Scholé Retreat 2019

As homeschoolers, we are all faced with distractions. Some of these are everyday things: a laundry pile, the grocery list, and an ever-growing to-do list! Other distractions come in the form of thoughts or worries that are harder to overcome and keep us from seeking a place of restful, engaged learning. Perhaps some of these distracted thoughts have crossed your mind as you reflect on your work as a homeschooler:
What are other homeschoolers doing? Should I be doing more?
Will this get my child into college? Will they get a good job and make enough money?
These distractions can sabotage our journey of scholé. They disrupt our schedule and lead to busyness, a lack of intentionally planned time for learning and reflection, or a lack of intent.

In classical mythology, creatures known as the Sirens make frequent appearances, representing temptation. Their stories reveal much to us about the nature of distraction in our own lives and how this can interfere with our pursuit of scholé. These stories also show us the various ways that the Sirens—and distraction—can be resisted.

If you are in need of refreshment and a time of scholé, join us as we explore and learn from three sessions examining encounters with Sirens: Odysseus & the Sirens, Orpheus & the Sirens, and Dante & the Sirens. Short selections of poetry will also be provided to registrants to read ahead of time to discuss in breakout sessions.

We cordially invite all Scholé Groups directors and members, as well as any other home-educating parent, co-op teacher, or classroom teacher interested in pursuing scholé in the home or classroom.

Classical Academic Press/Liberti Church
515 S. 32nd Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011


Includes lunch for both days

Space is limited—register today!

Scholé Retreat Speakers

Brooke Diener has been classically homeschooling her own children and teaching in co-ops for over a decade, and has served other homeschooling families through her writing and speaking at conferences. She holds a BA in Christian education and psychology from Wheaton College and a Montessori teaching certification from the United Montessori Association. She and her husband—headmaster, consultant, and author Dr. David Diener—live in Hillsdale, Michigan, with their four energetic and eclectic children and are committed to furthering the mission and impact of classical Christian education through their lives and work. In her leisure time, Brooke loves to read the classics and discuss them with friends, and to take long hikes in the woods with her family.

Jennifer Dow is a classical teacher, writer, and speaker. She completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program as a CiRCE–certified classical teacher and has taught humanities, logic, rhetoric, and the fine arts since 2009. Jennifer researches, writes, and speaks about classical teaching; serves as the founder and director of learning and development at Paideia Fellowship  in Charlotte, North Carolina; teaches humanities locally and online; and is the co-host of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. She also works with Classical Academic Press on the Scholé Groups team. Jennifer’s published works can be seen around the web at Paideia Fellowship, the CiRCE Institute, Scholé Groups, and Afterthoughts. She has been featured on the Your Morning Basketpodcast with Pam Barnhill and has spoken to moms and educators around the country on how to teach classically and create thriving classical communities. She is currently working on her first book, a memoir chronicling her journey of becoming a classical teacher.
Kathy Weitz is the Scholé Groups administrator for Classical Academic Press. For more than a quarter-century, she educated her six children at home and also pursued a classical education for herself. Though her youngest child graduated in 2018, she is continuing to pursue her own “life well-read” as she works toward a master’s degree in Christian and classical studies. In addition to her own children, she has taught a number of other students, both online and in the classroom. Kathy continues to be involved in her local home education community as the director of curriculum at Providence Prep, a Scholé community in Purcellville, Virginia. In addition, she is spearheading an effort to open a collegiate-model classical high school in her local community. Kathy blogs about Morning Time, commonplace books, self-education, scholé, and more at The Reading Mother.
Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant, and speaker who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He cofounded and serves full-time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher is also a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He is the director at the Alcuin Fellowship with the Institute for Classical Schools and the former board vice president of the Society for Classical Learning. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world. Christopher received his BA in history from the University of South Carolina and his MDiv and PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for ten years. He is the author of The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker and Greek for Children and the coauthor of the Latin for Children series, all published by Classical Academic Press.
Friday, March 1
Morning Session: Odysseus & the Sirens—Jennifer Dow
Breakout Session
Scholé Muses Q&A
Private Reflection

Lunch with Scholé Contemplation

Afternoon Session: Orpheus & the Sirens—Brooke Diener
Breakout Session
Scholé Muses Q&A
Private Reflection


Dessert & Coffee Reception
Keynote—Dr. Christopher Perrin

Saturday, March 2
Scholé Contemplation
Morning Session: Dante & the Sirens—Kathy Weitz
Breakout Session
Scholé Muses Q&A
Private Reflection


Scholé Muses Q&A (Open Forum)

3:00 P.M. Departure

Lodging & Travel

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn Harrisburg West (10 minutes from the CAP office), at a discounted rate of $119/night. This rate is valid until February 1, 2019. Reservations will open next week (Monday, December 17)– check back for a link to make your reservation!

Hampton Inn Harrisburg West

4950 Ritter Rd

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055




There are four airports within a two-hour drive of the retreat site:

  • Harrisburg (MDT): 25-minute drive
  • Baltimore (BWI): 90-minute drive
  • Philadelphia (PHL): 2-hour drive
  • Washington Dulles(IAD): 2-hour drive
Refunds & Cancellations
Refund requests: E-mail
Refunds and cancellations prior to February 8, 2019: Full refund, less a $10 cancellation fee. 
Cancellations after February 8, 2019: 50% refund.

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