What If You Gave Yourself a Huge Gift This Summer?

A gift that will renew your spirit, skills, and mission for your upcoming homeschooling year...

What kind of difference would that make to your inner peace and to your children’s sense of connection with you?

Imagine re-discovering the unique spark of light YOU bring to your family.

A place where you are truly accepted for wherever you are on the homeschooling journey.

No right. No wrong. No shame. No judgement. Just a group of sincere holistic homeschoolers surrounded by loving support. 

You need that reset every summer, dear parent!

At Taproot, you will get to experience all of that self-care goodness PLUS time in nature, hands-on workshops, and so much more...

You will get to see for yourself the beauty behind the Waldorf method with fresh new eyes.

Circle time. Singing. Storytelling. Painting. Drawing. Recorder. Main lessons. Handwork.

Truly everything that brightens our world! 

Taproot is a weekend getaway for the devoted homeschooling parent who is ready to train up, tune in, and create some lasting inspiration for themselves this summer.

We’ve been doing this for 16 years - you are in for a TREAT!

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This year's theme is...
🌳 🌞 🌿 
Now I Walk In Beauty 
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WHAT IS TAPROOT?

  • Retreat for You

    Come relax and get away for a long weekend. Reconnect with yourself and your hopes and dreams for your family.

  • Homeschool Training

    Taproot is the place to learn all about the Waldorf method and how to infuse your lessons with the lively arts.

  • Summer Camp

    We gather at a summer camp in Ohio for lots of summer fun - new friends, yummy snack time, and walks in the woods.

NOW I WALK IN BEAUTY

Walking the Path of Art, Nature, and Nurture

How do we walk in harmony with the beauty that surrounds us?

How can artistic expression and the natural world nurture and inspires us as we walk this homeschooling and parenting path?

Mother Nature guides us...

Our own souls guide us...

Art inspires us...

We can walk the path of life, as messy as it is! 

In beauty.

"Now I Walk In Beauty" is our theme for Taproot 2022 - lyrics from a beautiful song inspired by a Hopi Indian chant.

We will surrender, sing, and walk in spirals and circles this summer together. With Intention.

Creating a balm for the nervous system, mind, and heart.

WHEN: August 4-7, 2022 

WHERE: 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!

Sign Me Up for Taproot 2022

* For Taproot alumni, the code to get $50 off is returntotaproot.

* For commuters staying offsite, the code to get $100 off is tap2022commute.

HERE'S WHAT YOU GET...

An All-Inclusive Weekend

  • Four days of workshops with EXPERIENCED HOMESCHOOLERS AND MENTORS.

  • ALL workshops, 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 and Waldorf Q&A in July before Taproot even begins.

  • BONUSES!
    • 10% off Mentor Sessions with Jean  
    • Inner Work Conversations with Eshanne online the 1st Wednesday of every month at 2pm EDT

WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY

“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

Come enjoy the beautiful Camp Asbury and learn alongside other hands-on homeschoolers.

You'll leave with a renewed spirit!

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, 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.

Camp Asbury is set among forests and fields in northeast Ohio with beautiful views, hiking trails, and an outdoor fire circle. 

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 (and/or Dad)!

Gathering in person this year is so exciting and also unique! Here are a few details you may want to know. 

  • You can choose to stay in one of the retreat centers with bunkbeds or bring a tent to campout on the grounds of Camp Asbury.
  • The retreat center rooms have 3 bunkbeds to a room and we will spread out so that we have 2-3 people in a room, all on lower bunks.
  • If you'd prefer to camp nearby, Punderson State Park is a wonderful place for families to stay and offers a lodge, cabins, and camping facilities within a twenty-minute drive of camp.
  • We will ask participants to test negative for Covid-19 before arriving at camp. We will follow Camp Asbury guidelines for indoor public spaces.
  • Our workshops and meals will take place outdoors under canopy tents or covered pavilions. 

We can't wait to see you in August!

OUR LOVELY LOCATION

Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio

OUR SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th

Our long weekend together begins on Thursday, August 4th. Please plan to arrive between 1:00-3:00 pm on Thursday afternoon. Our opening workshop begins at 3:30 pm.

On Sunday of our weekend together, we will finish up around 1:30 pm.

You can find our schedule and a sampling of workshop topics below. 

We build the actual schedule of workshops around the needs of participants. So you will be asked to select your workshops after registration but prior to our weekend together.

THURSDAY 8/4

Arrival & Snack (1:00-3:00 pm)

Opening Workshop  (3:30-5:00 pm)
Now I Walk in Beauty & Making Mandalas 

Dinner  (6:00-7:00 pm)

Evening Program (7:30-9:00 pm)
Puppet Show, Orientation, & Campfire


FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8/5 & 8/6

Morning Walk or Yoga (7:30 am) 

Breakfast (8:00-9:00 am)

Morning Circle  (9:00-9:30 am) 

Morning Workshops  (10:00-11:30)

Lunch (12:00-1:00 pm)

Afternoon Workshops (1:30-3: 00 pm)

Snack Time (3:00-4:00pm)

Afternoon Activities (4:00-5:00 pm)

Dinner (6:00-7:00 pm)

Evening Program (7:30-9:00 pm)
Sing-A-Long - Friday
Sharing & Campfire - Saturday


SUNDAY 8/7

Morning Walk or Yoga (7:30 am) 

Breakfast  (8:00-9:00 am)

Morning Workshop & Closing Circle (9:00-11:30 am)

Lunch (12:00-1:00 pm) 

Departure (1:30 pm)

WORKSHOP POSSIBILITIES

  • Language Arts & History for Grades 1-4 
  • Learning to Read the Waldorf Way
  • Language Arts & History for Grades 5-8 
  • BookHearth with Jean & Alison
  • Math for Grades 1-4  
  • Science for Grades 1-4
  • Astronomy for the Whole Family 
  • The Art of Math, the Math of Art for Grades 5-8 
  • Skills Development Through the Grades
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Kindergarten 
  • You Can Teach Music
  • Experience Songwriting
  • Gardening & Food Production with Children
  • Celebrating Festivals
  • Practical Inner Work Practices
  • Storytelling + Art
  • Handwork Projects
  • Poetry for YOU
  • Making  Calendula Salve & Dipped Beeswax Candles
  • Homeschooling High School
  • Conversations with Rebecca and Amber

OUR PRESENTERS

Jean Miller

As the homeschooling mother of three now grown children, Jean has loved sharing stories through the years – reading, telling, and dramatizing stories. Over almost 25 years of homeschooling, she’s savored the stories as the vehicle for teaching new content, the stories integrated into teaching history, and all of the creative ways of combining stories with the lively arts. Plus of course time outdoors and circles of song and movement. Jean spends her time these days mentoring homeschooling parents at Art of Homeschooling.

Jean’s Workshops: 

  • Language Arts & History for Grades 1-4 
  • Language Arts & History for Grades 5-8 
  • BookHearth with Alison
  • Homeschooling High School




Barbara Dewey

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, grandmother to six,  great grandmother to two. 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. 

Barbara’s Workshops: 

  • Kindergarten
  • Learning to Read the Waldorf Way
  • Astronomy for the Whole Family
  • Gardening & Food Production with Children



Rebecca Christie

Rebecca has always had a passion for numbers, patterns, sequences, and art. A former Industrial Engineer turned homeschooling mom of four, she found the one course she never had the opportunity to take in school, “The Art of Math, the Math of Art," inside the Waldorf curriculum! She will integrate the lively arts into math and science and will give you tips on combining lessons for multiple grade levels.  

Rebecca’s Workshops: 

  • Math & Science or Grades 1-4
  • Astronomy for the Whole Family
  • The Art of Math, the Math of Art for Grades 5-8
  • Conversations with Rebecca and Amber



Alison Manzer

Taproot, Waldorf inspired homeschooling, and working together with Jean have been a very big part of Alison’s life for many years. Their collaborations and friendship continue to guide and inspire her as an educator. She is excited to take part in this podcast and to talk about one of her very favorite things - books - and how to use them as "main lesson containers" (more on this concept to come). 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’s Workshops: 

  • BookHearth with Jean
  • Homeschooling High School 
  • Yoga 


Amber Sharipov

As a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling mother of five children, Amber has loved the teaching and incorporation of art and handwork into every subject and lesson block, as well as teaching weekly Waldorf-inspired art lessons to neighborhood children. Amber has taught kindergarten at home three times, and this year coming up will be her fourth. 

Amber’s Workshops: 

  • The Art of Math, the Math of Art for Grades 5-8
  • Handwork Projects
  • Celebrating Festivals
  • Watercolor Painting 



Jodie Mesler

Jodie Mesler of Living Music brings teaching music to life with her hands-on workshops. Learn how to play a starter wind instrument, write songs, and make a music plan while making lots of music together. 

Jodie’s Workshops: 

  • You Can Teach Music
  • Experience Songwriting



Eshanne Anderson

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.

Eshanne’s Workshops: 

  • Poetry for YOU (& your children)
  • Storytelling + Art
  • Practical Inner Work Practices



Sarah Etheridge

Sarah is a homeschooling mother of four with a degree in Elementary Education with Reading Endorsement. She has many years of teaching experience in early childhood, cooperative, and home education settings.  Sarah has been a Waldorf-inspired homeschooler for fifteen years. And she seeks inspiration from sustainable living, fresh air, homegrown food, creative work and play, so many books, and her sweet pets.    

Sarah’s Workshops: 

  • Skills Development Through the Grades
  • From the Bees: Making Calendula Salve & Dipped Beeswax Candles

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your question is not answered below, please email support@artofhomeschooling.com

  • Can I bring my family and children with me to Taproot?

    Unfortunately, no. 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 partner) 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.

  • When is the deadline for registration?

    The registration deadline for Taproot 2022 is July 21st. Or when we fill up, whichever comes first. We encourage everyone to get their registration in as early 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 absolutely pay by check if you prefer. Just email support@artofhomeschooling.com and we'll respond with the address for mailing your check. Then we'll email you 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 payment will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee up until July 1st. During the month of July, 50% of the registration fee is refundable. There is no refund within seven days of the event. If you can find someone to take your spot, we can transfer your registration to them.

  • What are the sleeping facilities like? Can I bring a tent and camp out?

    You can choose whether you stay in one of the retreat centers with bunkbeds or bring a tent to campout on the grounds of Camp Asbury. The retreat center rooms have 3 bunkbeds to a room and we will spread out so that we have 2-3 people in a room, all on lower bunks. Nearby, Punderson State Park is a wonderful place for families to stay and offers a lodge, cabins, and camping facilities within a twenty-minute drive of camp.

  • 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 Camp Asbury, we suggest you rent a car or share a ride with others who are coming to Taproot. You could share the cost of a rental car or arrange for a driver. We suggest posting your travel details in the Facebook group to find others to share rides to and from the airport. Please keep in mind that you'll need to pack and 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 would like to coordinate rides with others from your area, please join the private Facebook group and post there.

  • Are there any scholarships or discounts?

    We offer a discount for returning Taproot alumni and payment plans but no scholarships at this time.

Sign Me Up for Taproot 2022

* For Taproot alumni, the code to get $50 off is returntotaproot.

* For commuters staying offsite, the code to get $100 off is tap2022commute.