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Rea and Greta's Garden Soirée
Saturday August 3, 2019
9am to 4pm
San Luis Obispo, CA
third annual Soirée is just around the corner! The last two years we
have had the privilege of hosting
at the beautiful Monday Club but that lovely
creation of Julia Morgan is currently under construction, so we have
decided to host a garden soirée
in Rea’s garden! Our capacity will be more limited, so get your
ticket early. We look forward to sharing about books, family, nature and so much more in a tranquil garden setting.
*No cancellations within 10 days of event. If within 10 days of event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultivating Empathy Through the Power of Literature - Rea Berg
parents raising children in a culture of self-fulfillment and
self-gratification, we are beset by messages that insist that the
road to happiness is through fulfilling our dreams. But is it? In
this session, we will look at how we can cultivate compassion,
kindness, and empathy in our children through the power of picture
books, historical biographies, and fiction.
Cultivating a Healthy Sexual Culture in Your Home - Greta Eskridge
sexuality can be challenging or even frightening for many parents.
Greta approaches this difficult subject with grace, candor, humor and
vulnerability. In this talk she offers plenty of practical advice, as
well as books and resources parents can use with their children. Her
goal is to help parents feel comfortable and equipped to help their
children develop a healthy view of sexuality as it is designed by
Understanding the Heroic Quest in Literature and Life - Rea Berg
progressive steps of the heroic quest are embedded in all great
literature. Recognizing them in even simple picture books expands our
capacity to understand ourselves and others and deepens our
appreciation for the heroic quest we are all on. This session will
walk us through each stage of the quest with pertinent examples from
literature which will shed light on our own experiences. C. S. Lewis
says, “Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies,
let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”
Sessions: Choose one of the following by emailing Rea at
as soon as you purchase your ticket to the soirée. Each of these
sessions will involve audience discussion and participation.
Homeschooling with Confidence - Greta Eskridge
this breakout session, Greta offers encouragement for parents to
create the path that is best for them and their children, and to home
school from a place of confidence rather than fear. Greta shares
parts of her own educational experience as a home schooled student.
And she talks about how her mom’s
teaching has helped her home school her own children with confidence
for the past 11 years.
Teaching Children to Argue with Compassion, Dignity, Integrity and Good Humor - Anne Lorenzen
this session Anne Lorenzen will model how love, faith, and common
sense can activate critical thinking and civil discourse. Based on
many years of practical application in the classroom, Anne draws on
her knowledge of classical logic, rhetoric, and story to engage the
listener in the art of true
listening, which cultivates understanding leading to real
communication and civil exchange of ideas.
Applying the Heroic Quest to Literature and Life - Rea Berg
session requires preliminary reading in order to identify and discuss
the various steps of the heroic quest in literature. Working in
groups we will look at picture books, chapter books, and biblical
stories to identify the stages of the heroic quest as we also
consider how these model the steps of spiritual formation. If you
choose this breakout, email me at email@example.com
for the reading list.