As a homeschooler who spends her days with children,
you want to bring them the best learning experiences possible.
But it's hard!
Sometimes it seems like you spend so much time and effort but still fall short.
And you're left feeling exhausted, lonely, and drained.

Come to Taproot to be surrounded by people who are encouraging - and return home confident rather than mired in doubt.

Taproot brings together Waldorf homeschoolers from all over North America for workshops in the main lessons and lively arts.

Together, we will sing, create, share stories, learn, hike, and play.

Immerse yourself in the lively arts so that you can then take them back home to your children.

WHEN: August 10-13, 2017

WHERE: Shaw Retreat Center, Hiram OH 44234

WHO: Homeschooling Moms (or Dads or teachers)

WHY: To experience the lively arts & know that you are not alone.

Here's What You Get When You Register:

  • Three days of workshops with EXPERIENCED PRESENTERS all of whom have worked with Waldorf homeschoolers.
  • All workshops, accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend. Your registration is ALL-INCLUSIVE!
  • TWO EBOOKS on Waldorf homeschooling which will be sent in May: Homeschooling with Waldorf: Getting Started by Barbara and 6 Steps to Planning an Awesome Waldorf Homeschooling Year by Jean.
  • Subscription to a special TAPROOT NEWSLETTER that will be emailed bi-weekly leading up to Taproot with tips on how to begin the planning process in small, do-able steps.
  • MP3 RECORDINGS and song sheets of all the songs we sing at Taproot to take home.
  • All sorts of goodies including on-site GIVEAWAYS, and COUPONS from Waldorf suppliers.
  • Small, intimate workshops providing HANDS-ON TRAINING and support.
  • Membership in a private FACEBOOK GROUP where you can coordinate travel plans before Taproot, and ask questions after you return home.

PLEASE JOIN US!

Come enjoy the beautiful Shaw Retreat Center to learn alongside other Waldorf homeschoolers. You'll leave with new friends!

The magic of Taproot is the warmth and community, support, great conversations and laughter that emerge during this three-day weekend. This training is designed for you as a homeschooling parent or teacher of a small group to help you apply Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy to your unique needs.

The REGISTRATION FEE includes all workshops, dormitory accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend, Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

The Camp Asbury staff provides a delicious menu of meals using local and/or organic ingredients where possible. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options will be available. Let us know about food allergies and we will do our best to work with them. For other special dietary needs, you may need to bring food to supplement what is offered.

The Shaw Retreat Center is set in the woods, surrounded by a spacious deck, hiking trails, and an outdoor fire circle. Our Friday night hike will be to a beautiful water falls.

Nursing babies are welcome with a participant caregiver who can step out if the child becomes disruptive. We are unable to provide childcare. Think of Taproot as a learning retreat for Mom (or Dad)!

    Taproot Registration

    TO REGISTER FOR TAPROOT: Choose one of the three payment options below. You will then receive your Welcome Letter right away via email. Inside the letter, you will find a link for choosing your workshops.

    Payment can be made via PayPal (balance or credit card) or by check.
    To pay with PayPal, please click on the appropriate button below.
    To pay via check, please send an email to jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com.

     

    1. REGULAR: $495
      Includes ALL workshops, meals & accommodations.
      Breakdown: $275 for 10 workshops + Morning Circles
      $220 for 3 days & nights lodging + 9 meals & snacks

    2. TAPROOT ALUMNI: $475
    Includes everything in Regular Registration above.

    3.  COMMUTER: $375
    Includes ALL workshops, lunch & dinner each day.
    (You arrange your own lodging elsewhere.)

    Our Location

    Shaw Retreat Center at Camp Asbury

    Dormitory Rooms

    Dining Hall

    What Past Participants Say...

    I loved the fellowship, the positive, uplifting energy, and being surrounded by so many like minds.

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed making all the new connections, learning new verses and songs, all the time in nature. I left feeling like my cup was finally full again.

    Mary

    Thank you for putting your heart and soul into this training. I left feeling so inspired and capable.

    Laura

    Schedule

     

    Day/Time Thurs 8/10 Fri 8/11   Sat 8/12 Sun 8/13
    6:45 am   Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up
    7:15 am   Walk, Yoga or Meditation Walk, Yoga or Meditation Walk, Yoga or
    Meditation
    8:00 am   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
    9:00-9:45   Morning Circle Morning Circle Morning Circle
    10:00-11:30   Morning Session* Morning Session* Morning Session
    Noon-1:00   Lunch Lunch Lunch
    1:30-3:00   Afternoon Session* Afternoon Session* Departure
    3:00-3:30  Arrival Snack Snack  
    3:30-5:00 " Late Afternoon Session* Late Afternoon Session*  
    5:30-6:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
    7:30-9:00 Evening Program Evening Program Evening Program  

    *For these sessions, please choose from among the options listed below.

    Thursday Evening Program (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    Welcome
    Puppet Show
    Keynote: "Bringing the Lively Arts Home"
    Hands-On Project: Making Lanterns

    Friday Morning Options (10:00 - 11:30 am)

    Main Lessons for Grades 1 & 2 with Barbara

    Main Lessons for Grades 5-8 with Jean & Alison

    Holding Space for Ourselves: Inner Work with Sheila

    Watercolor Painting with Royse

    Friday Early Afternoon Options (1:30 - 3:00 pm)

    Kindergarten with Barbara

    Main Lessons for Grades 3 & 4 with Jean & Alison

    Holding Space for Ourselves: Inner Work with Sheila

    Home Music Making with Recorder with Jodie

    Friday Late Afternoon Options (3:30 - 5:00 pm)

    Math Movement Games with Barbara

    Home Music Making with Recorder with Jodie

    Creating a Puppet Play with Jean

    Crayon Drawing with Royse

    Friday Evening Program (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    Twilight Hike & Nature Study
    Campfire

    Saturday Morning Options (10:00 - 11:30 am)

    Main Lessons for Grades 1 & 2 with Barbara

    Main Lessons for Grades 5-8 with Jean & Alison

    Handwork: Felting with Alisha

    Crayon Drawing with Royse

    Saturday Early Afternoon Options (1:30 - 3:00 pm)

    Math Movement Games with Barbara

    Main Lessons for Grades 3 & 4 with Jean & Alison

    Handwork: Beginning Knitting with Alisha

    Home Music Making with Recorder with Jodie

    Saturday Late Afternoon Options (3:30 - 5:00 pm)

    Holding Space for Ourselves: Inner Work with Sheila

    Conversations with Alison with Alison

    Watercolor Painting with Royse

    Handwork: Felting with Alisha

    Saturday Evening Program (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    Waldorf Live! Panel Discussion & Sharing What We've Learned

    Sunday Morning Program (10:00 - 11:30 am)

    Putting It All Together: Hands-On Planning & Artistic Visioning

    Presenters

    Barbara, of Waldorf Without Walls, consults with homeschooling families throughout the world,  writes publications, provides training workshops, and spends her spare time enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. Barbara, a Master Gardener, and her husband Quimby, a Forest Entomologist, lead workshops and field days on the environment and backyard food production. She is the mother of four and grandmother to six. Barbara holds an M.S. in Waldorf education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. She's been teaching in various settings since 1960.

    Jean is the mother of three and has been on the Waldorf homeschooling journey for over 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has taught in public and private schools, homeschooled her own children and led small groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf methods since 1992 by attending numerous local and national conferences and trainings, read extensively, planned and implemented many lessons. Jean mentors homeschoolers and writes at Waldorf-Inspired Learning. She lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband and their youngest child, where she loves to sing, garden, cook, and go bird watching.

    Royse has taken two classes from grades one through eight at Spring Garden Waldorf School. Royse began incorporating Waldorf lessons in painting, knitting, and history into her fourth grade public school classroom in 1995. She then taught Waldorf main lesson blocks to homeschooled children in kindergarten through grade five from 1997-1999. She received her Waldorf training from the Great Lakes Regional Training Center (2000-2002) and has attended numerous Waldorf grades trainings and conferences from 1993 to today. Royse has taught at Taproot since its beginnings in 2007. She has three grown children of her own, along with two grandchildren, and loves knitting, Eurythmy and drama, and working on her art.

    Alison resides in Austin, Texas. This will be her fifth year serving as a presenter at Taproot, and before that, she attended for many years as a parent. Alison has a degree in history from the University of Chicago. Alison and her husband, Rob, have homeschooled their three grown sons with Waldorf-inspired methods, and she credits this journey with allowing her to discover and develop her passion for teaching history through stories and the lively arts. Over the years, she has led academic clubs and taught classes on a variety of history topics. Most recently, Alison and Jean collaborated on a virtual book club for teens based on Lois Lowry's Giver Quartet. She also tutors children at a refugee shelter in Austin.

    Sheila came to Waldorf homeschooling looking for some better crayons for her boys to draw with. What she found was a deep calling to explore the intersection between creativity and the Divine. Currently, her days are filled with picking up her older son at the local county STEM school, homeschooling her younger son with Waldorf-inspired methods and also teaching creative spiritual practice to adults in a variety of settings. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina and blogs at Sure As the World.

    Alisha is the mother of four and was a Waldorf-inspired homeschooler for over ten years. She has a profound appreciation of the Waldorf curriculum and how it speaks to the development of the child. She also understands the beauty and challenges of teaching from home. Alisha attended the Applied Arts program at Sunbridge Institute and taught handwork at Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is eager to share her love of handwork with you.

    Jodie has been a performer since she was 13. She studied music composition and performance at Clayton State, and later became a professional musician with her husband in Atlanta. They have three children. Their children were homeschooled during the early grades. At the time, there was no Waldorf-inspired music curriculum, so she created Living Music From the Heart. Today, she teaches her music program locally through schools and private lessons. She has written music and taught workshops for Waldorf Essentials, The Waldorf Connection, Little Acorn Learning, and the Living School in Orlando. She also enjoys camping, sports, and art.

    Taproot Registration

    TO REGISTER FOR TAPROOT: Choose one of the three payment options below. You will then receive your Welcome Letter right away via email. Inside the letter, you will find a link for choosing your workshops.

    Payment can be made via PayPal (balance or credit card) or by check.
    To pay with PayPal, please click on the appropriate button below.
    To pay via check, please send an email to jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com.

     

    1. REGULAR: $495
      Includes ALL workshops, meals & accommodations.
      Breakdown: $275 for 10 workshops + Morning Circles
      $220 for 3 days & nights lodging + 9 meals & snacks

    2. TAPROOT ALUMNI: $475
    Includes everything in Regular Registation above.

    3.  COMMUTER: $375
    Includes ALL workshops, lunch & dinner each day.
    (You arrange your own lodging elsewhere.)

    What to Expect After You Register

    • Once you register, you will be sent an EMAIL CONFIRMATION of your purchase via PayPal right away.
    • Soon after, you will receive an email with a link to download the WELCOME LETTER. If you pay by check, your letter will be emailed to you after your check has been received. PLEASE NOTE: this letter is sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account.
    • Please be sure to download and read your letter right away because it is full of IMPORTANT DETAILS!
    • Inside the letter, you will find the link to the SURVEY for you to SELECT YOUR WORKSHOPS to complete your registration.
    • Also inside the Welcome Letter, you will find an invitation to join our PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP where you can meet alums and coordinate rides and travel plans.
    • In May, we will send everyone LINKS to your two eBooks via the Taproot Newsletter.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: CAN I BRING MY FAMILY AND CHILDREN WITH ME TO TAPROOT?

    A: Unfortunately, we do not have a children’s program or childcare. Think of Taproot as a retreat for Mom (or the primary homeschooling parent)! Nursing babies are welcome with a registered participant familiar with the child who can step out if the baby becomes disruptive. With a very active or vocal baby, or with a nursing toddler, it is best to come with a companion (think Grandma or Dad) and register both of you so that your child also gets the attention he or she needs. If you wish to travel to Ohio with your family, please look into other accommodations nearby and then register at the commuter rate as we do not have sleeping accommodations for families or children. Another possible scenario is for the family to stay elsewhere together, register Mama at the commuter rate and register Papa (or Grandma) for Meals Only and have them join us for meals (a good time for nursing the baby!)

    Q: CAN I PAY BY CHECK RATHER THAN PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD?

    A: Yes! You can pay by check. Just email jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com and she will respond with the address for sending the check. Then the registration materials will be sent to you via email.

    Q. WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

    A. If you need to cancel your registration, your registration fee will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee up until August 1st. After August 1st, 50% of the registration fee is refundable. 

     Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I PLAN ON FLYING TO TAPROOT?

    A: You have two choices of airports. Both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) are good choices, and both are less than an hour from Camp Asbury. To get from the airport to the Shaw Retreat Center at Camp Asbury, we suggest you rent a car or share a ride with other Mamas who will be coming. You could share the cost of a rental car or arrange for a driver. We suggest posting in the Facebook group your desire to share a ride from the airport along with your arrival and departure times.

    Q: DO ATTENDEES EVER DRIVE TO TAPROOT TOGETHER?

    A: Yes! We have had participants meet new friends this way! If you would like to try coordinating rides with others from your area, please post in the private Facebook group.

    Q: ARE THERE CAMPING FACILITIES NEAR THE RETREAT CENTER?

    A: There are not any camping facilities on site, but there are two campgrounds within a twenty minute drive. Punderson State Park is a wonderful place for families to stay and offers a lodge, cabins, and camping facilities. You can contact Jean for more information.

    Q: ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS OR DISOUNTS?

    A: We offer an early bird discount until March 15th. And a discount for returning Taproot alumns. We also have two spots available for Weekend Assistants for a reduced fee. Please email Jean if you are interested in applying for one of the Weekend Assistant spots.