Imagine Blending Practical Homeschool Tools with Creativity

Step into the flow so you can navigate the challenges of homeschooling with more ease.

Imagine four days of engaging hands-on workshops, personal development, and summer camp all in one...

Taproot is a place where you’ll find the support and inspiration you need. So you can craft your homeschooling journey with freedom, flexibility, and flow.

Circle time, singing, storytelling, painting, drawing, recorder, main lessons, handwork, inner work.

At Taproot, you’ll experience engaging workshops throughout the weekend.  Along with time in nature, campfires, conversations over meals and so much more.

Ready to tune in, train up, and tap into your flow?

No right. No wrong. No checklists. No shoulds. No shame. 

Taproot is an immersive homeschooling experience

Choose small-group workshops to complement our whole group and evening programs. 

Plus yoga, hiking, swimming in the lake, three meals a day, snacks, and tea. 🍵

Rest and recharge, or stay up late into the night singing, laughing, and telling stories. 

Soak in the energy of a community of like-minded homeschoolers.

We’ve been doing this for 18 years ~ this may be YOUR year to join us at Taproot!

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This year's theme is...
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Finding Your Flow 
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You Deserve This Experience!

  • Personal Retreat

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

  • Homeschool Training

    Taproot is the place to learn all about a Waldorf-inspired approach 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.

STEP INTO THE FLOW

Picture yourself standing at the edge of a tranquil river, the water gently flowing downstream.

You step into this flow, feeling the current guide you forward, and then…you let go and surrender.

You get to do this as a homeschooler, dear parent.

You can surrender to the natural journey of learning that unfolds for each child. 

You don't have to follow a formula or even a fixed curriculum.

“I step into the flow and then I let go…”

Homeschooling invites us to discover our place in the stream of life. 

We embrace the twists and turns, the ebbs and flows, and find beauty in the journey itself. 

We learn to allow space for creativity, curiosity, and connection.

At Taproot, we invite you to join us on the riverbank of discovery. 

Through skill-building workshops, conversations, laughter, and song, we'll practice trusting life as it unfolds. To spark joy and bring you more peace.

Get into nature ~ and into your own flow ~ by joining us at Taproot!


WHEN: August 1-4, 2024

WHERE: Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio 44234

WHO: Homeschooling Parents & Teachers

WHY: Experience hands-on main lessons & the lively arts. And know that you're not alone!

COST: $747, all-inclusive of lodging, meals, snacks, and all workshops for the whole weekend, Thursday through Sunday 

Sign Me Up for Taproot 2024

We have a limited number of spots. Once we're full, we're full!

Join for one payment of $747

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

For commuters staying offsite, the code to get $100 off is tap2024commute.

PAYMENT PLANS

Join for 2 monthly payments of $374

Join for 3 monthly payments of $250

With the payment plans, your credit card is charged the first installment when you register. Each additional installment is automatically charged at 30-day intervals until you've paid in full. 

If you need to discuss an alternative payment plan, please email [email protected]. This includes alumni or commuters who want a payment plan.

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 a learning haven and communal family 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 don't just apply to homeschooling my children but enrich 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 read so many books and 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 want 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 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

In our weekend together, you'll discover..

The joys of learning alongside other heart-centered homeschoolers in immersive hands-on workshops at the beautiful Camp Asbury.

You'll leave with a renewed spirit!


The magic of Taproot is the warmth and community, homeschooling support, great conversations, and laughter that emerge during our four-day weekend. 

Taproot provides a unique opportunity to gather with like-minded parents. Plus unparalleled access to the Taproot Team of 7 presenters all with holistic homeschooling experience. 

The Taproot Team shares lived experiences of homeschooling not just theory or dogma. 

This training is designed for you as a homeschooling parent or teacher of a small group so you can bring a Waldorf-inspired approach to your own unique family or situation.

The registration fee is ALL-INCLUSIVE: it includes all workshops, accommodations, meals, and snacks for the entire weekend, Thursday through Sunday.

For accommodations, each retreat center room has 3 bunk beds that will house 4-6 people per room. Or you could bring a tent and camp out on the grounds of Camp Asbury. 

The Camp Asbury staff provides delicious family-style meals with gluten-free, dairy­-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available.

Let us know about food allergies and we'll do our best to work with them. You're also welcome to bring your own food and snacks to supplement what's offered. 

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

Gathering in person is so powerful! 

OUR LOVELY LOCATION

Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio

OUR SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 1st to Sunday, August 4th

Our long weekend together begins on Thursday afternoon. On Sunday, we finish up after lunch.

We have small workshops on Friday and Saturday. Participants select their workshops after registration. 

THURSDAY 8/1

Arrival & Snack Time (1:00-3:30 pm)

Opening Workshop (3:30-5:00 pm)

Dinner  (6:00-7:00 pm)

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

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8/2 & 8/3

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 am)

Lunch (12:00-1:00 pm)

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

Snack Time (3:00-3:30 pm)

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:30-5:00 pm)

Dinner (6:00-7:00 pm)

Evening Program (7:30-9:00 pm)
Group Activity, Campfire & Sing-Along ~ Friday
Sharing & Giveaways ~ Saturday


SUNDAY 8/4

Morning Walk or Yoga (7:30 am) 

Breakfast  (8:00-9:00 am)

Morning Circle (9:00-9:30 am) 

Workshop & Closing Circle (10:00 am-12:00 noon)

Lunch (12:00-1:00 pm) 

Departure (1:30 pm)

WORKSHOP OPTIONS

You'll Choose Your Workshops in June or July

  • Kindergarten at Home
  • Learning to Read with Waldorf
  • Language Arts & History for Grades 1-4 
  • Language Arts & History with the Book Hearth for Grades 5-8 
  • Math for Grades 1-4  
  • The Art of Math, the Math of Art for Grades 5-8 
  • Science for Grades 1-4 
  • Science for Grades 5-8
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Making Standing Puppets
  • Introduction to the Flute Family
  • Origami: Gateway to Geometry
  • Crayon Drawing
  • Practical Inner Work Practices
  • Handwork Projects for Grades 5+
  • Handwork for Grades 1-4
  • Flow through the Seasons & Festivals: Candle Dipping & Wreath Making
  • Reading Circles for Middle & High School
  • Introduction to Guitar
  • Keeping Educational Theory & Practice in Balance
  • Taking Waldorf Into the Community

Sign Me Up for Taproot 2024

We have a limited number of spots. Once we're full, we're full!

Join for one payment of $747

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

For commuters staying offsite, the code to get $100 off is tap2024commute.

PAYMENT PLANS

Join for 2 monthly payments of $374

Join for 3 monthly payments of $250

With the payment plans, your credit card is charged the first installment when you register. Each additional installment is automatically charged at 30-day intervals until you've paid in full. 

If you need to discuss an alternative payment plan, please email [email protected]. This includes alumni or commuters who want a payment plan.

MEET THE TAPROOT TEAM

Jean Miller

As the homeschooling mother of three 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 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  parents at Art of Homeschooling.



Barbara Dewey

Barbara of Waldorf Without Walls has consulted with homeschooling families throughout the world, written many guides and publications, and provided training workshops for Waldorf homeschoolers. She 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. 


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 also give you lots of tips on combining lessons for multiple grade levels.

When not homeschooling, Rebecca volunteers at the local food pantry and coordinates the pantry’s holiday program.  She also hosts a parent discussion group at her church and teaches faith formation classes, both influenced by Waldorf ideas.  She enjoys yoga and traveling with her family.


Jodie Mesler

Jodie of Living Music is a multi-instrumentalist, a private music teacher for over 20 years, and founder of livingmusic.net where she has created books and courses for Waldorf homeschool families. She has been on the Taproot team for 9 years, weaving music throughout many of the magical camp moments. 

Her musical journey has included: being part of a blues rock band with her husband, director of a flute choir, a bass player/keyboardist for her church, a guitarist and singer in her family band, called Colorful Bones. She is excited to present her upcoming release this spring, Memories and Dreams, her 9th album, including 2 songs written at Taproot.

Jodie homeschooled her three children, during their early years while continuing to live the Waldorf lifestyle even after her kids transitioned to public school. She and her husband, Brian, have been married for 28 years. They are enjoying their empty nest, bitter but sweet.


Sarah Jean 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 seventeen years. And she seeks inspiration from sustainable living, fresh air, homegrown food, creative work and play, so many books, and her dear sweet pets.    


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 continue to help her grow as an educator. Alison's workshops with Jean will focus on her very favorite things - books - and how to use them as "main lesson containers." She recently taught English, History, and yoga at Fusion Academy, an alternative high school. Currently, she facilitates a literature-based Reading Circle for homeschooled teens. She also serves as the president of the Little Angels Service Team, a non-profit whose mission is to uplift through education by supporting struggling students and teachers in rural India.


Karen Whitescarver

Karen calls herself an educator and sewing/fiber artist. She started her career working in early childhood, first as a nanny, and then working in the pre-school and daycare industry. She has studied and practiced many educational philosophies from Waldorf, to Reggio Emilia, to Montessori and more. She Waldorf unschooled with her son from birth to age seven. In 2004, she accepted a position at a democratic school, where she staffed (and her son attended) for 18 years. Since retiring in 2022, she is focused on providing classes in sewing, knitting, upholstery, crochet, kid crafts, and other visual arts at a local five and dime, where she also runs the fabric and craft department.

FAQs

If your question is not answered below, please email [email protected]

  • 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 the primary homeschooling parent! Nursing babies are welcome with a participant caregiver who can step out if the child becomes disruptive. With a very active or vocal baby, or with a nursing toddler, it's 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. Two possibilities are Punderson State Park or the Hiram Inn.

  • When does registration open and when is the deadline for registration?

    Registration for Taproot 2024 is now open! The registration deadline is July 25th. 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 [email protected] 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 the details.

  • What is the Cancellation Policy?

    If you need to cancel your registration, your payment will be refunded minus a $50 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. However, if you can find someone to take your spot, we can transfer your registration to them and offer you a refund.

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

    You can choose whether you stay in the retreat center with bunk beds or bring a tent to camp out on the grounds of Camp Asbury. The retreat center rooms have 3 bunkbeds each which means there will be 4-6 people in a room. 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. Or if you want a more pampered experience, the Hiram Inn is lovely. If you choose to stay off-site, you'll want to register as a commuter.

  • Can I bring my own food to camp?

    Yes, you can! There is a refrigerator and microwave in the retreat center (but no stove or oven). The Camp Asbury staff provides family-style meals with gluten-free, dairy­-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available. We also serve afternoon snacks each day. You're welcome to bring your own food and snacks to supplement what's offered.

  • What do I need to know if I plan to fly to Ohio?

    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.

  • Are there any scholarships or discounts?

    We offer a discount for returning Taproot alumni and payment plans but no scholarships at this time. We are happy to work out a payment plan with 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 in there.

Sign Me Up for Taproot 2024

We have a limited number of spots. Once we're full, we're full!

Join for one payment of $747

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

For commuters staying offsite, the code to get $100 off is tap2024commute.

PAYMENT PLANS

Join for 2 monthly payments of $374

Join for 3 monthly payments of $250

With the payment plans, your credit card is charged the first installment when you register. Each additional installment is automatically charged at 30-day intervals until you've paid in full. 

If you need to discuss an alternative payment plan, please email [email protected]. This includes alumni or commuters who want a payment plan.