The registration information has been officially posted at Antiochianvillage.org! My husband printed out all the information for me.  The dates are April 23-26 and the days are full of great sessions and activities! It looks like it's going to be a fantastic year with Keynote Speaker Rev. Fr. Andrew Steven Damick as the evening keynote speaker.  I'm reading one of his books now 🙂

In addition, there are many other speakers scheduled on various topics including The Making of an Orthodox Homeschool, Reading as a Work of Love & Repentance: Critical Reading Across the Classical Curriculum, Homeschooling High School, Charlotte Mason, and many others.  There's even a session this year that is just for Dad's presented by someone who is very dear to me 🙂  Yes!  My own dear husband!

I will be determining which sessions I'll be attending soon- it's usually a hard decision to make!

If you haven't ever been to the St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference, you may want to check out my post from last year -

2014 Saint Emmelia Homeschool Conference

or feel free to ask me questions in the comment section below OR drop by Facebook and join the group Saint Emmelia Homeschool Conference Association and ask the many other members that have been there through the years!

If you are an Orthodox homeschool family, this is a wonderful conference to go to and well worth the price to gather with like-minded parents and other Orthodox children for your own kids to hang out with!  Let me know if you are planning on attending so I can keep a look out for you!  See you in April!

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The Orthodox Homeschool Conference, to be held this year on March 27-30,  is named for the holy and righteous St. Emmelia. Who was St. Emmelia?  She was the mother of  ten children, including St. Basil the Great and four other children who later became saints of the Church: Thus it is obvious that she instilled the Orthodox faith in her children, teaching them to pray and devote their lives to the service of the Church and this is why it is this saint we choose to commemorate by name and association with the St. Emilia Orthodox Homeschool Conference.

After Emmelia's children had all left home, Emmelia was persuaded by Macrina, her daughter to forsake the world. The two women founded a monastery (for women). Emmelia divided her property and possessions among her children. Retaining only a few meager possessions, she and Macrina traveled to  Pontus and took up residence on a family property there  on the banks of the Iris River.  Several liberated female slaves  joined the pair, and a convent was formed. Living under one roof, the women of the convent held everything in common. They ate, worked, and prayed together regarding fasting as food and poverty as riches, living together in harmony

Living in this manner for many years, Emilia reached old age. When  illness struck Emmelia , her son Peter came to attend her in her last days. Before she passed, she spoke aloud to the Heavens saying, "To you, O Lord, I give the first fruits and the tithe of the fruit of my womb.  The first fruit is my first-born daughter, and the tithe is this, my youngest son.  Let these be for you a rightly acceptable sacrifice and let your holiness descend upon them!"

The  Churches of the Russian tradition keep her feast on January 3 as well as her son Basil. The Greek churches keep her feast on May 30, along with her husband Saint Basil the Elder and her mother-in-law, Saint Macrina the Elder.

Here is a St Emmelia 2014 flyer002 for the St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference.  Our family has been fortunate enough to attend every year but one (due to the due date of my youngest child) of the St. Emmelia conferences held at Anticohian Villiage in Ligonier Pennsylvania.  This year's speakers include Dr. Christopher Veniamen. Andrew Kern, Barbara Shukin, Lori Peterson Branch, Robert and Angela Weaver, Monica Klepac,  and Donna Smith.

If you are an Orthodox Homeschooling family and have never attended this conference before, now is the time to start!   Orthodox families from all over our nation come together in the beautiful mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania (I should know , I grew up near there!) and find fellowship and strength in the joining together of other homeschool families as we share information and worship together.

See Antiochianvilliage.org for more information!