I’ve just spent two full days at the Well-Trained Mind Tenth Anniversary conference in Williamsburg. Our wonderful conference manager Suzanne put this together to coincide with the publication of the third edition of The Well-Trained Mind, and invited Jim Weiss of Greathall Productions to join us (his company is celebrating its twentieth anniversary) for storytelling.

Two hundred families registered. We had attendees from Alaska, California, Canada, Arizona–and one home school parent scheduled to fly in from Hong Kong who had to cancel when her government blocked her from flying through JFK. The rest of us just washed our hands a lot.

Random images of: me speaking,

Jim Weiss storytelling,

book table,

my mother and my son preparing for a session (he ran her PowerPoint slides for her),

a notebook full of Story of the World projects that two wonderful little girls brought me to sign,

and Storytime with Ben, Rex, and Christopher–we drafted my two oldest sons and a friend to act out Macbeth to entertain a horde of children while their parents were listening to us talk.

I don’t have too many more photos because I spent the whole time talking and talking and talking, but I know that conference guests took a ton of pictures–so if you were at the workshops and have any great shots, let me know.

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  • Christina

    No pictures, but I was there and I learned a lot! This was a great conference and I enjoyed every topic. Thanks to all!

  • Congratulations on a successful conference! I tried every angle to figure out now to get myself out there, but it just wouldn’t come together. I would be happy, however, to buy any DVD’s or CD’s of at least a few of the seminars!

    Neat that the kids got involved. PHP is truly a family-run business!

  • Katie

    Incredible conference…informational and inspirational. We got the meat and potatoes and the motivation, too. Thanks to all at Peace Hill for making it happen! Here’s to 10 more years!

    (Sorry, no photos from me either!)

  • Melanie

    No pictures here either, but I was there and loved it! I really appreciate how open and honest you and your family have been about your experiences. Thank you for “talking and talking and talking.” 🙂

  • Colleen in NS

    I have a few pictures on my digital camera you might want to use, but no idea how to get them to you? If you tell me how, I’ll get Joe (who loves computers) to read this and send them.

  • Noel

    I don’t have any pictures either. I was there and learned so much! Thanks to you and your lovely mother for all of the excellent workshops!

  • Megan

    Just stopped by to say we got our new Well-Trained Mind from Amazon today (5/4)! Our son is 18mo. We’re looking forward to learning from you! Thanks for sharing your passion!

  • Jenn Robinson

    Thank you so much for all the hard work that went into the conference! I learned many new things and was inspired and encouraged at hearing again things that I already knew- maybe I’m reaching the reheoric stage of understanding classical education! 🙂

    I have a few pics of the children listening to “bed-time” stories -if you let me know how to send them!

    Thanks again!

  • melanie

    i wanted sooooo much to go. we are so close yet it is wrong timing. i just got your wtm book & is seriously reading it. we’re already a cm homeschoolers & your story of the world books are my history lover son’s most favorite books! we hope to go next time. do you do this every year?

  • Mary Marsell-Farrell

    Although we missed our friends, Di & Rex, from up the hill, it’s wonderful you all got to spend time together and extra fun to see Rex mentioned and pictured. As for Jim Weiss, we’ve been big fans of his for years as we are of you and your work. It’d be nice to get together if you’re in the Sacramento area again. I tell new homeschoolers about The Story of the World series and I’m praying for you, your family and much continued success!Mary

  • Mary Marsell-Farrell

    ps – I have no idea why my 12 yr. olds profile pic. popped up in lieu of mine here. Maybe for the laugh. Can you see he’s upside down, but it makes a whole new and ridiculous face that way. XXOX

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