How do we balance the daily needs of our families with the pursuit of scholé? How do we speak to the concerns that swirl in our heads about the sufficiency of our educational efforts and all that we long to give our children? How do we counteract the influence of the world, the flesh, and the devil in our lives and in those of our children?
Classical literature has much to say of the Sirens, monsters that entice travelers with their captivating but deceitful song. Alas, those who give ear to their song find that destruction quickly follows. As scholé seekers, siren songs abound, clamoring for our time and attention and aiming to lure us off course. The siren songs of distraction and busyness are formidable foes. Far more menacing are those spiritual forces which seek our destruction, and that of our children.
The stories of the Sirens reveal much to us about the nature of these hindrances to scholé in our own lives. But the stories also tell of how the heroes of old resisted the Sirens, providing us with examples of how we also can resist those siren songs that seek to distract us from our pursuit of scholé, and how the pursuit of scholé actually helps us to overcome the siren songs! Our retreat sessions will examine three encounters with the Sirens: Odysseus & the Sirens, Orpheus & the Sirens, and Dante & the Sirens.
We cordially invite all Scholé Groups directors and members, as well as any other scholé-seeking home-educating parents and co-op or classroom teachers, to join us for a time of refreshment and practice of scholé. Registrants will receive a packet with some brief readings that may be completed before the retreat as time permits.