JULY 21-22, 2023 || Traverse City, MI


featuring guest speakers



 A Delectable Education


Author of Truth Quest History

and Living Books Librarian



Awaken 2022
Be Inspired and Awakened to the Living Books Lifestyle

schedule of events

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22

We are pleased to be offering FULL DAY Immersions!  Spend an entire day with one of our speakers as you "immerse" yourself fully in the passion and wisdom that they have to share in their respective topics.

8:30-9 AM

9-3 PM
Full-Day Immersions
(Lunch 11:30-12:30pm - explore local lunch options on your own)

Liz Cottrill 

Emily Kiser

Nicole Williams

Michelle Howard


2-4 PM

Small group tours of the Children's Preservation Library 

There is a VERY limited number of tickets available. Tickets are available at the time of online registration.


There are many lovely parks and restaurants in and around the Traverse City area.  We highly recommend meeting up with fellow conference attendees at the HAVEN RETREAT CENTER for a picnic dinner on the patio.


Or perhaps you would prefer a peaceful, relaxing, solo evening on the beach before Saturday's amazing lineup of Keynote sessions and workshops.  


7:30-8 AM

Registration, light refreshments

8-9 AM


9:15-10:15 AM

Workshop A

10:30-11:45 PM


11:45-1:00 PM


Join us for a fresh catered lunch (included in registration),

created for unique and allergy-conscious diets, 

to give you a taste of the gourmet side of Traverse City.

Additional time may be used for shopping

at our vendor tables, or enjoying a

relaxing conversation on site

1:00-2:00 PM

Workshop C



Workshop D

3:15-3:45 PM

Final break and shopping 

3:45-5 PM

Closing Plenary



Bible Baptist Church

1915 Cass Rd.

Traverse City, Michigan



This beautiful estate is set in the middle of a maple forest and features meadows, woods and pond views. Only a few miles from the conference location, this huge home has 9 rooms. We are offering spaces in each room. Choose to share a room with a friend, a spouse, teen or even family, or treat yourself and book the whole room!

For room details, click on the Buy Tickets Button.

Tickets are listed as a space in a room and the price listed is a TOTAL for THREE nights, Thursday-Sunday morning. The price is incredibly low, from $125-$175 per person, TOTAL COST. You do NOT need to stay all 3 nights! Cost is about $41-58/night. WOW!


Bathrooms are shared between rooms but there is ample space for all. To make it even more frugal, you can store or prepare your own food here. There are two kitchens, several lounge areas, a baseball/soccer field, paths for nature walks and PEACE. This truly is a HAVEN!

Photos of each beautiful room are featured on our app in the Lodging Group.


When it comes to food, Traverse City is known world wide for their unique local fare,  niche restaurants and wineries.  Visit our fleet of food trucks for a memorable (and quick) meal, or take your time and dine in a cafe or restaurant near the Bay.  

Brilliant Idea: share a meal with new friends on the patio at the Haven Retreat Center, overlooking a field of sunflowers and a gleaming pond amid green fields that stretch into the woods.






$55 | Advance Rate

(March 1-2)



$100 | Advance Rate

(March 1-2)

$150 | Regular Rate

(March 3- July 16)

$90 | Teen Regular Rate

$25 | Babysitter/Lunch & Shopper tickets

Only includes lunch and shopping

Excludes ALL plenaries, workshops and demos

All tickets are transferable but non-refundable.  If you are not able to attend the conference and plan to transfer your ticket, please email us.

Please email us if you have financial needs and would like an application for a scholarship.



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Emily Kiser

I am the mother of three boys, and a girl, and the wife of a literature teacher/aspiring writer. I was homeschooled for the first three years, attended public school until high school graduation then went to a private Christian college where I majored in studio art. I’ve always loved books and when I moved home after college I caught my mom’s enthusiasm for out-of-print children’s literature. A few years of collecting later we opened Living Books Library. My aim in life is to spread beauty; teaching others about Charlotte Mason, writing the Picture Study Portfolios, putting lovely books into the hands of eager readers, and seeing the world through my children’s eyes, all help bring me closer to this goal. 

More info at www.adelectableeducation.com

A Delectable Education

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A Delectable Education

Liz Cottrill

My own education began when I was born into a family who loved and valued books, and books have been my greatest teachers.  Twenty years later, I married and along came six children.  Our decision to homeschool was based on my husband and my desire to give our children a deeper experience with learning, but we never guessed how much learning we were to begin ourselves, especially after we discovered the educational method of an English educator named Charlotte Mason.  Today four of those children are married and homeschooling my seven grandchildren, and I am still int he thick of it with two boys who are at home.  Ten years ago, my oldest daughter, Emily, and I blithely ventured into the private lending library world to be able to share our large out-of-print book collection with other homeschool families and increase the use of living books and our opportunities to share about what we were learning about Charlotte Mason.   Understanding who Mason was, and slowly over the years, how her method works, has made education a truly delectable experience for us and the increasingly growing circle of other families who have joined us in this adventure of living out her ideas.  We founded Living Books Library in 2006 and you can read my weekly blogs at LivingBooksLibrary.com

A Delectable Education



Michelle Howard

Michelle is a veteran homeschooler, author, columnist, speaker, consultant, and founder/operator of two large "living books" libraries, rich resources for both areas (ChildrensPreservationLibrary.com in Michigan & LivingLearningLibraries.org in Florida). TruthQuest History was born from her own yearning to teach deep truth through history to her children, and from her work with the many families who learn through her libraries. She is available to give private consultations on implementing TQH for a family's unique children, or other home-education issues, and she also aids those founding "living book" libraries, or wanting access to her "living books" database, at LivingBooksLady.com. Michelle's children are now grown, but she has seven cute grandsons!


Truth Quest History

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Nicole Williams

I began homeschooling when my oldest child started kindergarten. I had a toddler at the time, and one on the way, but for those simple years it was just my little boy and me at the school table. Things became more complicated three years later, when a string of my siblings began homeschooling with us, all of them older than my kids, all of them damaged learners, and several with learning disabilities as well. Homeschooling all of these children (up to 7 at one time,) was like a trial by fire, and because of their various issues, I realized quickly that the only way to homeschool them successfully was by embracing Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods. Sometimes that meant venturing into areas that the CM community seemed to be avoiding, like high school science done in a “living” way, and adhering to a weekly schedule. Both of which I talk about extensively on my  blog SabbathMoodHomeschool.com.

A Delectable Education

Kelsi Rea

Kelsi Rea

In 2019,  Kelsi founded Heritage Christian Academy,  Indiana's first Charlotte Mason micro-school  in Mishawaka, IN on the campus of Bethel University.  The Academy has since tripled in size and in 2022, Kelsi and her husband Rusty opened Heritage Meeting House, which is also the home of Heritage Children's Library, an 8,000+ volume Preservation library that is now open to the public, as well as a cafe + coffee shop and homeschool resource center.

Kelsi travels extensively, speaking at conferences and churches and consulting with schools and co-ops nationwide, offering leadership development and teacher training workshops in the Charlotte Mason Method.

The Reas live in South Bend, IN with their four children. Learn more at kelsirea.com

Heritage Christian Academy

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1000 Hours Outside

Ginny Yurich

Ginny Yurich

Hi! I'm Ginny.  My husband Josh and I are parents to five children ages 12 and under and we reside in Southeast Michigan.  Throughout our journey of parenthood we have consistently seen city, county, and state parks, as well as trails, campsites, and nature-scapes in general, nearly devoid of children most of the time. About five years ago we started to ask ourselves a simple question: Why? With so much natural beauty all around us it seemed counterintuitive that so many outdoor spaces were just empty.
With that question of “why” still unanswered, we did some research and read that striving for a goal of 4-6 hours of outside time within a day (what!?!?) was an ideal amount of time for children to spend, well, outside. This seemed excessive to us and quite frankly, way too long - most children's activities are at most an hour (like a library program) and, many times, much less. BUT, we tried it. And you know what? We have not looked back. Our greatest times as a family, and my most successful times mothering almost exclusively point back to these fully immersive nature days. In time, we began to find that there is benefit upon benefit to this wonderful time outside. 


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