Registration for Taproot 2020 is now closed. Here's a brief recap...
We were online for the first time in 14 years! Some workshops were offered LIVE (plus recorded) while others were pre-recorded for attendees to watch at their convenience.
We had over 200 people participate! A real treat for homeschooling parents who might never be able to travel to Ohio for the weekend.
For Taproot 2021, we hope to offer both an in person event and an online option. We'll have more details next spring and registration will open April 1st. To get on the Interest List, just click the button above.
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?
Imagine learning and re-discovering the unique spark of light YOU bring to your family.
In a gathering 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 through live and pre-recorded workshops, bonuses, new friends, support, and more...
You'll get to see for yourself the beauty behind the Waldorf method with fresh new eyes.
Demonstrations of 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 an online weekend experience 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... But 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 join!) need undivided time ONCE a year where you are supported, refreshed, focused, and CARED FOR.
Taproot brings together Waldorf homeschoolers from all over the world for online workshops led by a team of experienced teachers, mentors, and homeschoolers.
Together we will explore all aspects of a hands-on, engaging learning method that cultivates true curiosity.
And you get to carry those good vibes and deep connections into your life, ready for a new school year -- 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 31 - August 2, 2020
WHERE: ONLINE - both Live and Pre-Recorded Workshops
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!
REGISTRATION: CLOSED (the deadline to register was 7/25)
Wonderful workshops with EXPERIENCED HOMESCHOOLERS AND MENTORS of Waldorf homeschoolers.
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
- All sorts of goodies including GIVEAWAYS and COUPONS from wonderful Waldorf suppliers.
Membership in a private FACEBOOK GROUP where you can connect with other homeschoolers and ask questions for support.
- 10% off Mentor Sessions with Jean
- 50% off Jean's Plan It Out online course & coaching program
Our weekend together begins on Friday evening, July 31st, 2020. We'll wrap up on Sunday afternoon, August 2nd. All LIVE sessions on Zoom.
(7:00 - 8:30 pm EDT)
Welcome from the Taproot Team of Presenters
Holistic Homeschooling Talk
What to Expect this Weekend
"A Day in the Life" (9:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT)
Welcome & Warm Up Circle
Form Drawing Lesson
Lunch Break (12:30 - 1:30)
(3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT)
Group Panel Q & A
Jean is a mother of three, who homeschooled for 25+ years. She has a Master of Arts in Education, taught in both public and private schools, and facilitated small homeschool groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf educational methods since 1992. As the founder of Waldorf-Inspired Learning, Jean supports homeschooling parents with coaching, online courses, and a membership community. She also coordinates the Taproot Teacher Training for Waldorf homeschoolers. Jean lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband, Brian. They are officially empty-nesters with their youngest now in college and two older children out on their own. When she’s not mentoring homeschooling parents, you’ll likely find Jean hiking in the woods, stirring up a new yummy dish in the kitchen, singing, or reading poetry.
Robyn & Brian Wolfe
For the past 17 years, Brian has been teaching Art, Games, and Geometry in Waldorf classrooms as well as coaching middle school and high school basketball. In addition to teaching online with Waldorfish, he’s traveled as far as China to mentor parents and teachers in a Waldorf-ish style.
Brian has developed a calm, practical approach to teaching, with equal parts fun and playful sarcasm mixed in. When he’s not noodling on his guitar, you will likely find him cooking big meals for his family, practicing kickboxing with his stepdaughter, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his stepson, painting in the garage, waxing poetic about geometry & the golden proportion, and playing with the family cats.
An early career as a park ranger led Waldorfish co-founder, Robyn, to her love of illustrating and education. Trained initially as both a public school and Waldorf teacher, she has been involved in art + education for over 25 years, including homeschooling her two children.
Robyn is currently working as the manifestor of the creative vision held by the Waldorfish team. Working out of the premise that life is short (but sweet!) she empowers soul-filled teachers & families to (re)find their JOY in teaching and making art.
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.
With an artist’s eye, a mystic’s heart and a Jersey girl’s attitude, Sheila brings 12 years of homeschooling experience coupled with her spiritual direction certification to Taproot. She believes inner work to be not some secret curriculum of the soul, but rather a unique path that must be defined by us, not for us. Her own path includes walking in nature, recording her nightly dreams, exploring the mysteries of heaven and laughing like hell. You can count on her to always have a smudge stick, a pack of oracle cards, her journal and more candles than probably allowed under local fire codes. She loves poetry, collage and chai lattes.
Rebecca is the mother of four and has homeschooled her children since the beginning. The former industrial engineer discovered Waldorf the year her eldest was born when her husband, Rob, bought her You Are Your Child’s First Teacher as a Christmas gift! They have been on this incredible homeschooling journey ever since. Rebecca also teaches at Lilac Children’s Garden, a Waldorf-inspired homeschool group in Rochester, NY, as well as Confirmation classes at her church. She enjoys learning about new things, traveling with her family, reading, and yoga. She has attended Taproot many times as a participant and is excited to be teaching again this year.
Amber is the mother of five and has been Waldorf homeschooling for the past 9 years. She understands the challenge of homeschooling with a large family and working with multiple grades. Amber has degrees in history and art, and appreciates the way that Waldorf-inspired curriculum and philosophy bring such beauty to learning in the home and to family culture. In her free time, she enjoys sketching, hiking, handwork, and playing with her children. And Amber created our beautiful Taproot logo!
Jodie is the owner of Living Music. She is known for her Waldorf-inspired music and music curriculum, The Magic Flute. Before children, she and her husband made a living performing original American blues rock, releasing two CDs. Once she and her husband became parents, they started teaching music lessons so they could be at home with their children. Jodie homeschooled them based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. During that time she made CDs, song books, and filmed music lessons for her children and other families. She continues to create new products and her newest release is called Playful Pentatonic Piano with American Folk Songs which is a gentle and fun way to begin piano. She and her husband are currently in a family band, called Southside Reunion, which includes her brother, Jacob on drums.
Eshanne is a homeschooling mother of two primary school children. Many years ago before falling in love with Waldorf education, she taught as a second grade teacher in a small private school and also taught acting at night for fun at the local college.
Her academic background in religious studies has helped pave the ground for her love of exploring inner work. Her true love and passion is deeply investing in tremendous humans and helping them along their own inner growth path.
She equally enjoys traveling to the mountains or big cities and is always ready to lead the way into frivolity or general anarchy. When not dreaming of long adventures or doodling with words and pictures...she is adoring her hilarious husband and beautiful children and making a home that welcomes her friends and family to stay and laugh and sing awhile.
After 20 years in corporate training, Joe found his passion in homeschooling. A father of four who currently spreads his love of being outside in nature through teachings his own kids, children in his local Waldorf Cooperative, and the future generation of athletic scholars on his soccer/ basketball teams. Joe has taught Pre-K through 2 Grade for the last 6 years. He is easily found in the woods or along the beach playing Pied Piper to a group of inquisitive muppets as they absorb the wonder and beauty of Mother Earth.
Taproot has been a very big part of Alison’s life for many years, providing her with both precious support as a homeschooling parent as well as a welcoming place to share her experience as a presenter. She is thrilled to be returning to Taproot 2020. Alison discovered yoga in the midst of homeschooling her teenage sons and credits her practice with her helping her navigate these very rewarding, very demanding years. Alison currently teaches yoga at Fusion Academy, an alternative high school in Austin, Texas, where she prior to this year also taught English and History. Alison also serves as the director of the Little Angels Service Team’s hearts for teachers initiative, whose aim is to lift up struggling teachers in rural India by helping them earn a living wage. Alison is counting the days until this year's Taproot and looks forward to gathering around the virtual book hearth with you all during the workshop she is presenting with Jean.
In addition to our LIVE event, you'll get over 30 workshops! All available to you through March of 2021. You can find all workshop descriptions here.
- Morning Circle Time for Multiple Ages
- Kindergarten at Home
- Making Standing Puppets
- Celebrating Festivals
- Language Arts & History for Grades 1 & 2
- Language Arts & History for Grades 3 & 4
- Language Arts & History for Grades 5-8
- Math & Science for Grades 1 & 2
- Math & Science for Grades 3 & 4
- Math and Science for Grades 5-8
- Watercolor Painting
- Crayon Drawing
- Chalkboard Drawing
- The Four Temperaments
- Rhythm to the Rescue
- Planning Blocks for the Whole Family
- Book Hearth for Middle & High School
- Handwork: Knitting for Beginners
- Handwork: Beginning Crochet
- Handwork for Grades 3 & 4
- Handwork for Grades 5+
- Shadow Puppet Theater
- Movement Games & Music
- Nature Study
- Creative Journaling to Map Your Inner Journey
- Knitting for Beginners
- Inner Work: Lenses to Look Through
- Inner Work Journey Conversations
- Using Poetry to Answer the BIG Life Questions
- Creating Intentions and Nourishing Practices for Ourselves
When is the deadline for registration?
The registration deadline for Taproot 2020 was July 25th. Registration is now closed. Hope you can join us next year!
How is Taproot 2020 Online different from year's past?
This year, we are taking Taproot online due to the coronavirus and our commitment to keeping families safe. Taproot 2020 will have both a LIVE weekend of virtual workshops Friday-Sunday plus over 30 pre-recorded workshops from 10 amazing presenter. All workshops will also be recorded and you will have access through March of 2021.
Are there any scholarships or discounts?
This year, we gave out six full scholarships to Taproot 2020 in June. We also offered an early bird discount through June 21. We offer a discount for returning Taproot alumni, so if you're an alum, please be in touch for the discount code.
Can I pay by check rather than credit card?
Yes! You can pay by check. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll respond with the address for sending the check. Then we'll email you details for joining the live workshops and creating a login to the learning platform for all of the recordings.
What is the Refund Policy?
Due to this being an online event, there will be no refunds. You will have access to all of the workshops including the live ones through March 2021 so that you can watch at your convenience.
What if I can't make it live? Can I watch after the event?
Yes! Everyone who registers will also have access to all replays and recordings through March 2021.
How do I get access to the ebooks, replays, and recordings?
As soon as you register, you'll receive a confirmation email and a link to login to our learning studio where you'll find your ebooks ready and waiting for you. After the event ends on August 2nd, we will be uploading all replays and workshops for you to access. You'll have access to all the recordings through March 2021.
What are the times for the LIVE sessions?
We'll begin on Friday evening at 7:00 pm EDT. Saturday runs 9:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT with an hour break for lunch. And Sunday afternoon, we'll meet at 3:00 pm EDT.
What's the best way to plan for joining in LIVE?
Since this is a virtual event, you will see the presenters on screen but no one will be able to see or hear you. You'll be able to join in with comments and questions in the Chat. BUT, that doesn’t mean you can’t see and hear your kids or be distracted by whatever is going on at your house! So we recommend you plan ahead and treat this like a learning retreat for YOU. Do your best to minimize what you can, find a quiet space, and ask for help if you can. Remember, you’ll get the replays, too. You can come back to anything you miss or even listen again.