The plenaries, workshops and conversations taking place here are unequivocally not "given in the form of 'Do' this and that, but rather as an invitation to 'Consider' this and that." After all, Charlotte tells us, "action follows when we have thought duly."
Though it is a time to be with like-minded Charlotte Mason educators, we are gloriously not all alike. This is a time of building new relationships and deepening existing ones both with each other and in the knowledge of God, man and the universe. It is why --when asked for a quote to go with my biography-- Charlotte's words reverberated within me:
Once we see that we are dealing spirit with spirit with the friend at whose side we are sitting, with the people who attend to our needs, we shall be able to realize how incessant is the commerce between the divine Spirit and our human spirit. It will be to us as when one stops one's talk and one's thoughts in the spring-time, to find the world full of bird-music unheard the instant before. In like manner we shall learn to make pause in our thoughts, and shall hear in our intellectual perplexities, as well as in our moral, the clear, sweet, cheering and inspiring tones of our spiritual Guide.
Much of what we were asked to consider is exhilaratingly provocative and evoked Watchman Nee's assertion in "Twelve Baskets Full:"
If God leads you to walk a way that you know, it will not benefit you as much as if He would lead you to take the way that you do not know. This forces you to have hundreds and thousands of conversations with Him, resulting in a journey that is an everlasting memorial between you and Him.