3/16/20: Due to the concern that many have related to the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado, we have decided to postpone the upcoming CHEC Homeschool Group Leadership Retreat until further notice. We will be issuing full refunds, which you can expect to see in the next 1-2 weeks. We will be praying that God gives you wisdom and peace as you make all of the decisions related to your group activities and support that will be required in the days ahead. We will also keep you posted regarding when we are able to reschedule the retreat!
Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (Romans 14:18-19)
Serving Christ. Creating Peace. Upbuilding. Be refreshed in these truths when you come for a relaxing weekend on the lovely Glen Eyrie grounds. Through speaker sessions, round table discussions, and plenty of networking/fellowship time, you’ll be equipped with biblical skills that will help you thrive in your role as a homeschooling parent and leader.
This retreat is a benefit for leaders who are part of groups active in the CHEC homeschool group network. (Spouses are welcome too.) Are you are homeschool leader? Join our homeschool group directory to stay connected with us.
Join the event on Facebook here!
CHEC is able to cover more than 50% of the actual cost of this event because of the generosity of families who support our ministry financially.
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All active leaders (and their spouses) of homeschool groups who are currently part of the CHEC homeschool group network are invited.
Hosted at the gorgeous Glen Eyrie Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. All buildings are located within walking distance at this getaway nestled at the base of Pikes Peak.
(Schedule is tentative and subject to change.)
Friday, March 27th:
- 2:00 – Retreat check-in
- 2:30 – Opening & worship
- 3:00 – Session #1: Avoiding Legal Surprises (Michael P. Donnelley, Esq.)
- 4:30 – Hotel check-in
- 5:00 – Round table discussion
- 6:00 – Dinner
- 7:00 – Free time for fellowship & networking
Saturday, March 28th:
- 7:30 – Breakfast & hotel check-out (by 9:00)
- 9:00 – Group devotions & worship
- 9:30 – Session #2: Resolving Conflict Biblically (Dan Wetzel)
- 11:00 – Round table discussion
- 12:00 – Lunch
- 1:00 – Session #3: Legislative Update (Carolyn Martin)
- 1:30 – Group goal planning (among your group’s leaders)
- 2:30 – Round table discussion
- 4:00 – Final discussions
- 4:30 – Retreat ends
Hotel rooms will be within a retreat lodge located near the main castle. You can register to share a room with another attendee, share with your spouse, or have your own. Rooms are equipped with two queen beds, a full bathroom, and a desk.
Prepare for some delicious food served in style! The all-you-can-eat buffet meals include Friday’s dinner and Saturday’s breakfast and lunch, served in the King James Dining Room inside the Glen Eyrie Castle.
- Individual (with your own room) – $95
- Individual (sharing a room) – $59
- Couple (husband and wife) – $120
This cost covers all lodging and meal expenses. Space is limited and we expect it to fill up, so sign up soon!
Contact us and let us know.
Speakers & Sessions
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq. (HSLDA)
Session #1 — Avoiding Legal Surprises: Strong groups are a bulwark for homeschooling freedom. But some leaders don’t know what they don’t know. You can guard your group against legal surprise. In this workshop, Mike will help you understand key issues that may impact your group, including civil rights, child abuse prevention, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
About Mike: At HSLDA, Mike helps member families with legal issues and advocates for homeschooling freedom internationally. Mike’s work on international freedom has appeared in such publications as the International Journal for Religious Freedom and the International Journal of School Choice and Reform. He helped organize the Global Home Education Conference 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mike, a licensed attorney, teaches constitutional law at Patrick Henry College and is a U.S. Army veteran. He and his wife homeschool their seven children. (Learn more about Mike here.)
Dan Wetzel (One Foundation Counseling)
Session #2 — Biblical Conflict Resolution: God’s Word calls believers to live at peace, so much as it is possible with them. It is not surprising then that the Bible contains clear instructions regarding conflict resolution. This session will provide a brief introduction to four primary biblical principles for peacemaking, found in Ken Sande’s landmark book The Peacemaker.
About Dan: Dan and his wife Iris have served the Lord Jesus in ministry for more than 50 years. Their ministry began among the Ojibway people in northern Minnesota. After fifteen years of ministry among Native Americans, the Wetzels moved to Montana and then Wyoming where they served growing local congregations. Dan has served as a district superintendent for the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) in the Southwest. He was appointed as the denomination’s vice president for Church Ministries. Since leaving the CMA national office, Dan has been serving as a church consultant and interim pastor. He is deeply committed to Christian mediation and peacemaking. The Wetzels live in Colorado Springs, CO, and they have four adult children and seven grandchildren, whose education has included homeschooling.
Session #3 — Legislative Update on Homeschool Freedom in Colorado, from Carolyn Martin (CHEC Homeschool Legislative Liaison). Learn more about Carolyn and her work with the Colorado Homeschool Freedom Team here.