Scholé Retreat 2020 | Texas

How do we balance the daily needs of our families with the pursuit of scholé? How do we speak to the concerns that swirl in our heads about the sufficiency of our educational efforts and all that we long to give our children? How do we counteract the influence of the world, the flesh, and the devil in our lives and in those of our children?

Classical literature has much to say of the Sirens, monsters that entice travelers with their captivating but deceitful song. Alas, those who give ear to their song find that destruction quickly follows. As scholé seekers, siren songs abound, clamoring for our time and attention and aiming to lure us off course. The siren songs of distraction and busyness are formidable foes. Far more menacing are those spiritual forces which seek our destruction, and that of our children.

The stories of the Sirens reveal much to us about the nature of these hindrances to scholé in our own lives. But the stories also tell of how the heroes of old resisted the Sirens, providing us with examples of how we also can resist those siren songs that seek to distract us from our pursuit of scholé, and how the pursuit of scholé actually helps us to overcome the siren songs! Our retreat sessions will examine three encounters with the Sirens: Odysseus & the Sirens, Orpheus & the Sirens, and Dante & the Sirens.

We cordially invite all Scholé Groups directors and members, as well as any other scholé-seeking home-educating parents and co-op or classroom teachers, to join us for a time of refreshment and practice of scholé. Registrants will receive a packet with some brief readings that may be completed before the retreat as time permits.

“The Scholé Groups Retreat came at just the right moment. In a season when I am prone to listening to the tempting lure of siren songs, the chance to counter these in the midst of the camaraderie and wisdom of this unique group sent me back into my home and co-op with a newfound confidence and peace that truly silenced the sirens.”

Kamela Anderson

“I would highly recommend attending a Scholé Groups Retreat as a way to learn by practicing scholé—reading closely, thinking deeply, and discussing intentionally with like-minded, classically educating parents and teachers.”

Jenn Smith

“It was a liturgy for the classical educator and I left reinvigorated.”

Julie Fisher

“Scholé Groups Retreat: The optimal investment of time and resources for a busy homeschooling mother.”

Araceli Day

Scholé Retreat Speakers

Kobi LeBlanc is a homeschooling mother of three, ages sixteen, fourteen, and twelve. She teaches high school humanities at Paideia Homeschool Fellowship, a once-a-week co-op and Scholé Group. Kobi graduated from the CiRCE Apprenticeship in 2018 and is currently participating in CiRCE’s graduate-level Republic Gathering. A native Texan, Kobi now resides in Concord, NC, and has been married to her gregarious husband, Brandon, for eighteen years. She enjoys hiking, bird watching, dancing, playing games, and reading while sipping a hot cup of black tea.

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.

Kristen Rudd lives in Cary, NC, and has been homeschooling her children for over ten years.

She offers online and in-person high school Great Books and writing classes and writing and teaching workshops. She also currently teaches logic to high school students at Sola Gratia Classical Academy, a Scholé Group.

Kristen graduated from the Circe Institute Apprenticeship program in 2019 and is a Circe-certified master classical teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double minor in communication studies and religion studies from the University of North Texas.

An established writer, Kristen is a regular contributor to The Circe Institute, and her published work can also be found online at The Torrey Gazette, The Center for Lit, and Fathom MagShe also runs #100daysofDante, #everydayOvid, and #ThisIsEpic, Facebook groups designed to help people read classics in community. 

In her spare time (ha!), she writes fiction and poetry, lifts weights, eats tacos, and defends Dido, Queen of Carthage, to anyone who dares smack-talk her, may her memory be eternal.

“The Scholé Groups Retreat was a delightful time of learning and growing together with home educators from around the country. Centered around truth, goodness, and beauty, the retreat modeled scholé with interactive learning, wonderful speakers who pointed our eyes to Christ, and time for reflection and conversation in an environment that was not rushed. Our group came home with new friends, a bigger vision, and great excitement for what God is doing among His people. We can’t wait to bring more of our staff from Montana next year!”

Jane Turner

Session Descriptions

Overcoming the Sirens of the Odyssey, by Kobi LeBlanc

Description forthcoming… 

Orpheus and the Sirens, by Brooke Diener

Description forthcoming… 

Dreams Before the Dawn: Awakening to Reality in Dante’s Divine Comedy, by Kristen Rudd

Description forthcoming… 


Thursday, February 20

  • Check-in

Friday, February 21

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Morning Session
    • Discussion Groups
    • Scholé Muses Q&A
    • Private Reflection
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • Afternoon Session
    • Discussion Groups
    • Scholé Muses Q&A
    • Private Reflection
  • 5:30 Dinner

Saturday, February 22

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Morning Session
    • Discussion Groups
    • Scholé Muses Q&A
    • Private Reflection
  • 12:00 Lunch
    • Scholé Contemplation: Composer Study: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, by Edvard Grieg
    • Scholé Muses Q&A (Open Forum)
    • Private Reflection
  • 3:00 Departure
Lodging & Travel

Camp Cho-Yeh
2539 Highway 59 S.
Livingston, TX 77351


  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 60-minute drive
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 90-minute drive


Registration & Meals Only: $153.69
Includes registration and 5 meals

Large Group Option: $249.69
Includes registration and 5 meals; 2-night stay; 8 people per room (4 bunk beds)

Small Group Option: $279.69
Includes registration and 5 meals; 2-night stay; 4 people per room (4 bunk beds)

*Linens are provided and include a pillow and pillowcase, a blanket, a set of sheets, a towel, and a washcloth.

Refunds & Cancellations
Refund Requests: Jessie Smith, Scholé Groups Retreat Consultant; E-mail classicaleducationsimplified@gmail.com 
Refunds and cancellations prior to January 31, 2020: Full refund, less a $10 cancellation fee
Cancellations after January 31, 2020: 50% refund

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