Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference 2015

We just returned from the Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference last night and I wanted to share some pictures here. I know not everyone is able to attend a conference and that was the case for me for years. This was the first year I have been able to attend any conference for many years of homeschooling.

View of Puget Sound from Dash Point

Shells of a mature and juvenile clam - these were spitting water here and there from their holes

Tiny mushroom

Banana slug on some kind of stinky cabbage plant.

More mushrooms!

The dining room at the conference

The beautiful table displays put together by Christine - her children gathered natural things for each table. Isn't it lovely?

There were two scheduled book discussions, one on the Living Page, and the other on this book written in 1903 discussing the "nature study movement" which resonates many CM's truths.

First nature walk group with the beautiful sound behind.

What someone believed was a sapsucker was making holes in this tree.

Someone identified this as a locust. It is so camouflaged, can you see it?

Nature walk through the forest

More fun things we saw on the walk

Tea time

The beautiful view

Nature journaling

Late night chats with neighbors :)

Glorious light through the forest greenery

More tiny mushrooms

Can you spot the spider?

Walking down to the sound on the closed storm damaged stairway - this is as close as we got

A beautiful flower

Catherine Levinson's interesting new book that asks a multitude of people from various walks of life what they thing the imagination is to delve deeper into their thoughts.

A view of the sound on takeoff

Flying by Mt. Ranier

More nature journaling... at 30,000 feet :)

Landing back home with the sunset and the blood moon on the drive home

Captain America picking me up at the airport.


  1. Ah, it was a blast! So glad you got that teapot pic, mine was blurry and I wanted to show ds. He is quite jealous of our teatime!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful presentation and for leading the nature walk. Such lovely photos! I, too, had a fabulous time. <3

  3. It was such a pleasure to meet you! I love your zeal for nature. I feel like I've met a kindred spirit. I just love that pic with you all nature journaling on the airplane!! Hope to see in you Sacramento next year!!!

  4. I love the picture of you ladies journaling on the airplane--talk about mother culture!! :) Looks like a wonderful weekend.

  5. I saw a yellow bellied sapsucker for the first time in person last week! I've only ever seen the holes it makes in my apple tree. I just blogged about how much more successful our nature walk has been since I've been following your example. Thank you for your presentation last weekend, it was so helpful!

  6. I enjoyed meeting you and our late night talks. Thanks for taking us on a nature walk and being willing to stand up and talk about nature study. It was a very enjoyable weekend!

  7. Enriching time indeed!!! Your pictures capture the essence beautifully!


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