Rooted for Renewal Conference



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Welcome to our annual conference, where we delve into the realm of classical education, also known as the Liberal Arts. This year, I am very pleased to have Martin Cothran and Andrew Pudewa joining us; they possess extensive knowledge on our chosen topic.

Our goal is to inspire and equip you with a concise ideology and practical tools, enabling you to provide a Liberal Arts education to your children in any context.

From my perspective, our counterparts in the US are several years ahead of us in their pursuit of renewing liberal arts education in schools and homeschooling. With their generous support, we have the opportunity to learn from their experiences and lay the groundwork for educational renewal in our own country.

I eagerly anticipate the time we will spend together.

Hester VanBraeden



Martin Cothran is director of the Classical Latin School Association and is the father of four homeschooled adult children. He is the editor of Memoria Press’s “Classical Teacher” magazine and the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin.

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Hester VanBraeden was homeschooled and is the homeschooling mama to four delightful children. Several years ago she began ordering books for the homeschool co-op her family was a part of and somewhere along the way it became a thriving business. She is personally passionate about classical education but encourages the moms she meets with to find what suits them best.

Saturday October 21st, 2023


The early bird price is $95 and and will run until midnight on September 30th.
The regular pricing starts October 1st – $109
Registration closes on October 18, 2023

A light breakfast and full lunch is included.

Newlands Golf and Country Club
21025 48th Ave.
Langley, BC




8:00am – Open and morning refreshments
8:15am – Welcome
8:30amMartin Cothran

The Liberal Arts: A Vision for Education
The progressives have had a chance to change education and show us a better way. Sadly, they were not successful, and it’s time that we take the education of children back. So how do we create a future for education using time test ideas?

9:30am – Break

10:00amAndrew Pudewa

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators
Today, many of us have an intuitive sense that major changes are coming. When this happens, our lives may become very different in ways not necessarily convenient or comfortable. At the same time, we must live each day as though things will continue pretty much as they are. Resolving this cognitive dissonance requires that we carefully contemplate our circumstances because we are in a cultural war, fighting the “non-gospel” of aesthetic and moral relativism on three fronts: personal, familial, and social. What should our priorities be? How can we prepare our children to be culture warriors?

11:00am – Q&A

11:30am – Lunch

1:00pm – 2 sessions

Andrew Pudewa
From Copywork to Composition: Teaching Writing through Imitation
Join Andrew Pudewa to consider the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

Hester VanBraeden
Fairytales, Fables, and Mythology: Essential to Education
Our experience with fairytales and fables might be a cute, hour or two-hour show for entertainment. But that’s not what they were intended for. If we look at the original stories and mythologies, we’ll learn so much and it won’t be cute, it will be majestic. These stories teach us more about who we are if we are willing to listen.

2pm – Break

2:15pm – Panel/Q&A

3pm – Martin Cothran

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