2019 St. Kosmas West Conference
Homeschool Family Retreat

An all-day, family-oriented event designed to help Orthodox homeschool families meet and connect with one another, and be strengthened on the journey of home education.

Location: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, Central California

Speakers/Workshop Leaders:

Presv. Ana Coman , Anne Van Fossen , Dn. James & Katherine Hughes , Gorgonia Lewis , Ginny Silva
and others

Homeschool Family Retreat
Friday, November 15, 2019

before noon:

Family free-time

noon - 1:00 p.m.

Homeschool Retreat Check-in

Sack lunch given at check-in. Free time.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Children’s Program Recreational Activities

Children’s Program for Friday, November 15 (from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) includes boating and kayaking on the lake. Parents have the option to participate in recreational activities with their children, or to attend the workshops offered. More detailed information on the Children’s Program coming soon. (Horseback riding is scheduled for Saturday, November 16. Ropes Course is scheduled for Sunday, November 17. See Conference home page.)

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.


Session 1A: Learning All The Time: Re-thinking the Compulsory Education Paradigm (Ginny Silva)

Session 1B: Dispelling the Myths of Homeschooling High School (Presv. Ana Coman)

Session 1C: Introducing the Classical Languages into your Homeschool (Anne Van Fossen)

Session 1D: Math Manipulatives Workshop (Dn. James & Katherine Hughes)

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.


Session 2A: Life is Beautiful: Treasuring the Gift of Being at Home with Your Children (Gorgonia Lewis)

Session 2B: Learning Environments: Seeking Balance between Online Learning and "Real-Life" Learning (Anne Van Fossen)

Session 2C: Raising Teens: Making the Faith One’s Own

Session 2D: Math Manipulatives Workshop (Dn. James & Katherine Hughes)

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.


Session 3A: Reflections After 20 Years of Homeschooling: Q&A with Gorgonia Lewis

Session 3B: A Childhood Unplugged: Evaluating the Advantages of an Early Childhood without Screens (Presv. Ana Coman)

Session 3C: Sabotaging Yourself: How Comparison Can Undermine Your Homeschool

Session 3D: Math Manipulatives Workshop (Dn. James & Katherine Hughes)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Homeschool Retreat BBQ Picnic Dinner by the Lake

(fast-worthy for Friday)
4:47 p.m. is sunset.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Homeschool Retreat Session 4

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Outdoors by the Lake

Family-centered Evening Activities:


plus hot cocoa and s’mores

(Parents are responsible for their children from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. All children must be accompanied by at least one of their parents during this event.)

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
meeting room #2

Homeschool Retreat Session 4:


Interviews with Orthodox adults who were homeschooled

5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
meeting room #1

“Technology & Orthodoxy” Conference Early Arrivals

Meet and Greet

coffee, light snacks, desserts

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

“Technology & Orthodoxy” Conference Begins

  • 7:00 - 7:15 p.m.

    Children’s Program Check-in

    All children — including teens — must be accompanied by a parent to check-in to the evening children’s program.

  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Outdoors

    Girls Night Hike (age 8-17)

  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Outdoors

    Boys Night Hike (age 8-17)

  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - meeting room #2

    Children’s Program (ages 3-7)

  • 7:15 - 9:00 p.m. - meeting room #1

    Technology COnference: Session 1

    “How Technology Reaches Deeper Than We Think”