What kind of difference would that make on your inner sense of peace and therefore on your children’s sense of connection to you, their teacher?
You’ve landed in a safe, beautiful environment with other parents who get it.
Imagine learning, unwinding, and re-discovering the unique spark of light YOU bring to your family.
A place where you get to simply be accepted for wherever you are on the Waldorf homeschooling journey.
No right. No wrong. No shame. No judgement. Just mutual understanding for the incredible endeavor we embark on year in and year out as homeschoolers.
You need that reset every summer, dear parent!
At Taproot, you'll get to experience all of that self-care goodness PLUS meals prepared by SOMEONE ELSE (done deal, right?), time in nature, hands-on workshops, bonuses, ongoing relationships and support, and more...
You'll get to see for yourself the beauty behind the Waldorf method with fresh new eyes.
Circle time. Singing. Puppet shows. Storytelling. Painting. Drawing. Recorder. Main lessons. Handwork.
Basically everything that brightens our world!
Yet at Taproot - YOU are the receiver, NOT the implementer of the lessons...
Sound nice for a change?!
Taproot is a weekend getaway for the devoted homeschooling parent who's ready to train up, tune in, and create some lasting inspiration for themselves this summer.
We’ve been doing this for 14 years - you are in for a TREAT! 💜
There you are, all school-year long, serving, giving, thinking, preparing, setting up, implementing, teaching, cleaning up, reevaluating - and doing it all again and again as the months go by.
Oftentimes for more than one child and grade! (You’re amazing, by the way.)
It’s truly a beautiful commitment to raise and educate your children.
AND… When you Waldorf homeschool, you’re called to bring your full presence to the lessons. Or to at least bring a story and some art materials… :)
It can take its toll though. Homeschooling parents often question whether they are doing the right thing. WALDORF homeschooling parents often feel like they’re not doing enough….
As summer comes upon us, we look forward to the break, to the chance to catch up, and to the chance to plan and address changes for our next homeschooling year.
It’s an exciting time. Summer also goes by so fast...
The mentors and teachers at Taproot are taking a stand for your family.
Our stance is that YOU (and your partner if they’d like to come!) need undivided time ONCE a year where you are supported, refreshed, focused, and CARED FOR.
Taproot brings together Waldorf homeschoolers from all over North America for workshops in the main lessons and lively arts led by a team of experienced teachers, mentors, and homeschoolers.
Together we will sing, create, share stories, learn, hike, and play.
And you get to carry those good vibes and deep connections into your life, ready for a new school year and enthused to live your life purpose!
“Before Taproot, I really felt like I had just brushed the surface of a Waldorf education. But I was feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how to move forward. This training really helped me build confidence to continue this journey.”Moriah
“Taproot has become a place of spiritual learning, a communal family learning haven where I add tools and resources every year to sharpen my skills to become a better parent, teacher, husband, and person. The things I learn do not just apply to homeschooling my children but to enriching all aspects of my life. Thank you for caring enough to make others in the world whole.”Joe
“The best part of Taproot was developing a community & renewing my spirit. So much more than I expected! I miss everyone & can't wait to go back to Taproot!”Sarah
“There aren't Waldorf homeschoolers near me, so I loved gathering with like-minded people at Taproot, knowing that there is a support network out there. The singing & self-reflection made it feel like a retreat for me, as well as inspiration for our homeschool year.”Kylie
“I was able to feel the lessons, the circle times, the finger plays... prior to this, I was reading many books and many curriculums but the way that I was educated growing up was stuck in me and creating a barrier to understanding and feeling the magic that I am to bring to my child. I was stressed and feeling like I couldn't do what Steiner had imagined for educating children. Now I feel like I get it, like it's alive inside of me. What a blessing! ”Tara
“I learned more at Taproot than I expected, and not just about my homeschool journey. This was a spiritual retreat just as much as homeschool teacher training! ”Katie
“I left Taproot feeling relieved and empowered, full of inspiration but in a completely non-overwhelming way. I have doable advice as well as a general sense of peace and excitement about these subject areas. It was all so helpful Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ”Leah
WHEN: July 30 - August 2, 2020
WHERE: Shaw Retreat Center, Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio 44234
WHO: Homeschooling Moms, Dads, and Teachers
WHY: To Experience the Waldorf Method, Main Lesson Blocks, & the Lively Arts. And to Know You're Not Alone!
Four days of workshops with EXPERIENCED HOMESCHOOLERS AND MENTORS of Waldorf homeschoolers.
- ALL workshops, supplies & materials, accommodations, meals, and snacks for the entire weekend. Your REGISTRATION is ALL-INCLUSIVE!
TWO eBOOKS on Waldorf homeschooling:
- Homeschooling with Waldorf: Getting Started by Barbara Dewey
- Waldorf Homeschooling Simplified: Your Toolkit for Grades 1-8 by Jean Miller
- MP3 RECORDINGS and songsheets of all the songs we sing at Taproot.
- All sorts of goodies including on-site GIVEAWAYS and COUPONS from some wonderful Waldorf suppliers.
- Small, intimate workshops providing HANDS-ON TRAINING and support. (Plus we're all at camp together! So you'll get to chat with presenters and new friends over tea, snacks, walks, and meals.)
- Membership in a private FACEBOOK GROUP where you can coordinate travel plans before Taproot, and ask questions after you return home.
- An invitation to an online Meet & Greet + Waldorf Q&A in July before Taproot even begins.
- 10% off Mentor Sessions with Jean
- 50% off Jean's Plan It Out online course & coaching program
Come enjoy the beautiful Shaw Retreat Center and learn alongside other Waldorf homeschoolers.
You'll leave with new homeschooling friends!
The magic of Taproot is the warmth and community, support, great conversations and laughter that emerge during this four-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 own unique needs.
The registration fee includes all workshops, supplies & art materials, dormitory accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend, Thursday through Sunday.
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.
Nursing babies are welcome with a participant caregiver who can step out if the child becomes unsettled or very vocal. We are unable to provide childcare.
Think of Taproot as a learning retreat for Mom (and/or Dad)!
Our long weekend together begins on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Please plan to arrive between 1:00-3 :00 pm Thursday afternoon. Our opening workshop begins at 3 :30 pm.
On Sunday of our weekend together, we will finish up around 1:30 pm.
We build the final schedule of workshops around the needs of participants. So you'll get to select your actual workshops in June.
Arrival & Snack (1:00-3:00 pm)
Opening Workshop (3:30-5:00 pm)
Centering Ourselves & Making Journals
Dinner (5:30-6:30 pm)
Evening Program (7:00-8:30 pm)
Puppet Show & Conversations About Our Waldorf Journeys
FRIDAY 7/31 & SATURDAY 8/1
Morning Walk (7:30 am)
Breakfast (8:00-9:00 am)
Morning Workshops I (9:00-10:30 am)
Morning Workshops II (10:45-12:15)
Lunch (12:30-1:15 pm)
Group Circle (1:30-2:15 pm)
Afternoon Workshops (2 :30-4: 00 pm)
Snack & Free Time (4:00-5:30 pm)
Dinner (5:30-6:30 pm)
Evening Program (7:00-9:00 pm)
Drama in Small Groups & Campfire - Friday
Waldorf LIVE! Sharing & Campfire - Saturday
Morning Walk (7:30 am)
Breakfast (8:00-9:00 am)
Morning Workshop, Closing Circle & Ritual (9:00-11:30 am)
Lunch (Noon-1:00 pm)
Departure (1:30 pm)
Robyn & Brian Wolf
- Language Arts & History for Grades 1-4
- Language Arts & History for Grades 5-8
- Math & Science or Grades 1-4
- Math and Science for Grades 5-8
- Movement Games
- Watercolor Painting
- Crayon Drawing
- Chalkboard Drawing
- The Four Temperaments
- Rhythm & Homeschooling
- The UnWorkshop
- Teaching Music
- Making Music Fun
- Nature Study
- Celebrating Festivals
- Knitting for Beginners
- Making Felted Finger Puppets
- Weaving Pouches
- Conversations with Rebecca and Amber
Can I bring my family and children with me to Taproot?
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 unsettled. With a very active or vocal baby, or with a nursing toddler, it's 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!)
When is the deadline for registration?
The registration deadline for Taproot 2020 is June 15th. Or when we fill up, whichever comes first. We encourage everyone to get their registration is as soon as possible because we build the schedule around the needs of those attending.
Can I pay by check rather than credit card?
Yes! You can pay by check. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will respond with the address for sending the check. Then Jean will send details for creating a login to the learning platform that has all additional details.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
If you need to cancel your registration, your registration fee will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee up until July 1st. During most of July, 50% of the registration fee is refundable. There is no refund within seven days of the event.
What do I need to know if I plan to fly to Taproot?
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 participants 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. Please keep in mind that you'll need to bring your own bedding and towels with you to Taproot. Or partner up with a buddy who's driving and can bring bedding for you.
Do attendees ever drive to Taproot together?
Yes! We've had participants meet new friends this way! If you'd like to try coordinating rides with others from your area, please join the private Facebook group and post there.
Are there camping facilities near the Retreat Center?
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.
Are there any scholarships or discounts?
We offer an early bird discount until March 22, 2020. And a discount for returning Taproot alumni.