Thursday, April 16, 2009

Catholic Liberal Education Retreat

Many parents who get into home schooling find a strong emphasis on a classical, Catholic liberal education. Not having had one themselves, they find it hard to implement one for their own children, especially high school. Books like Laura Berquist's Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum help, but nothing beats participating in a truly liberal education.

To that end I'd like to suggest the Academic Retreat for Teachers (July 12-17, Fr. Wayne, Indiana) put on the the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, whose president is Dr. Andrew Seeley, of Thomas Aquinas College. I have been on this retreat (as a presenter), and I can tell you, the participants are immerced in a genuine culture of Catholic liberal education, with an emphasis on the trivium and quadrivium, literature and religion. You can't help but "get it" after this experience. The cost is reasonable, $450, considering what you get out of it. Of course, the closer you live to Indiana, the more convenient the travel is. The campus of St. Francis is very warm and refreshing and the building in which much of the retreat is held is an old, beautifully appointed, stately Victorian mansion.

Here is their blurb:

The Institute for Catholic Liberal EducationInvites You to its 2009
Academic Retreat for Teachers
“Truth and Joy in the Catholic School”

IMAGINE a week of uninterrupted time to:

  • Explore the foundations of Catholic education with colleagues from around the country
  • Discuss the history and integration of Western education, the Trivium, Mathematics, Science, Literature, Theology and Music, Read and discuss authors such as Newman, Dawson, Shakespeare, Euclid, John Paul II and more
  • Discuss these writings with an intimate group of peers
  • Refresh and revitalize your sense of wonder and joy of learning!

THIS is truly an Academic Retreatlike none other...


Register and Pay by Check Now!

DATE: July 12-17
LOCATION: University of St. Francis - Fort Wayne, Indiana
COST:EARLY BIRD (by June 1): Registration Only $450
AFTER June 1: $495Includes room, board and materials
Questions? Call 805/625-1817

"What made this experience unique was that we did more than simply talk about the merits of a classical curriculum, we experienced them for ourselves, first hand.... I am writing to thank you for putting together a wonderful and carefully thoughtout conference. It provided a much-needed respite from the stress and chaos of becoming assistant principal at a new high school."—Peter Fletcher, Assistant Principal, St. Michael the Archangel, Baton Rouge, LA

To sign register online, click here, or write to:Summer Academic RetreatsInstitute for Catholic Liberal EducationPO Box 4638Ventura, CA 93007

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