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Annandale, VA • Feb. 19-20, 2024

"The Mind of the Maker" Conference

“. . . the only way of ‘mastering’ one’s material is to abandon the whole conception of mastery and to cooperate with it in love . . .”
--Dorothy Sayers, The Mind of the Maker
“For all she did and was, for delight and instruction . . .let us thank the Author who invented her.”
--C.S. Lewis,
A Panegyric for Dorothy L. Sayers

Who will benefit:

  • Preschool through high school teachers

  • School administrators

  • Homeschooling parents

  • Prospective educators


Feb. 19-20, 2024

Mon., Feb 19th (Presidents Day) 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb 20th 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.



Calvary Church

8220 Little River Turnpike

Annandale, VA 22003


“The Mind of the Maker” conference draws on the work of Dorothy Sayers to inform and equip us as Redemptive Educators in our homes and schools.

Workshop topics include:

  • “Mind, Maker, and Meaning” - keynote by Amy Imbody, M.Ed.

  • “Can We Measure a Mind?” - panel on assessment in Redemptive Education

  • “Science and the Mind of the Maker” - Carolyn Balch, Educational Materials Writer, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute

  • “Little Children, Big Hearts, Big Minds” - Janine Buser, Boots & Roots instructor

  • "Here We Go! Leading Children in Outdoor Learning Spaces" - K-5th faculty team from the Scent of Water Learning Community: Dinah Steele, Kristen Tamulonis, Tess Quinn

  • "God in the Garden" - K-8th faculty team

  • "The Middle School Mind" - Maggie Dean, middle school teacher Scent of Water Learning Community

  • Redemptive Leadership - Amy Imbody, M.Ed.

Daily Schedule


9:00 - Plenary Session - Mind, Maker & Meaning

10:00 - Workshops: 

             Redemptive Leadership

             Here We Go! Leading Children in Outdoor Learning Spaces

             The Middle School Mind

11:00 - Workshops:

             Sound Mind Strategies

             Little Hands, Big Minds, Big Hearts

             God in the Garden


Digest & Dialogue - ample time for reflection, conversation, prayer, reading, nature walks, exploration.


2:15 - Workshops:

           Science and the Mind of the Maker

           Mind of the Maker Stations

3:30 - Plenary Session

4:30 - Close


9:00 - Plenary Session - Mind, Maker & Meaning

9:25 - Workshops:

            Can You Measure a Mind?

            Music and the Mind

10:25 - Workshops:

             Little Hands, Big Minds, Big Hearts

             Sound Mind Strategies


11:35 Final Plenary Session - "To Wonder . . . "


Center for Redemptive Education (CRE) conferences take the same approach with adults as with students enrolled in CRE programs:

Biblical content;

Relational interactions with content and fellow attendees;

Integral, multi-disciplinary content;

Experiential, hands-on learning.

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How much

$150 per person includes conference attendance and lunch both days.

Staff of REACH member schools and parents of students currently attending CRE programs receive a $25 discount.

Transportation, other meals and lodging are on your own.

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Who will present

  • Amy Imbody, MEd, Founder and President of the Center for Redemptive Education (CRE)

  • Redemptive Educators from CRE's outdoor educational programs

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National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Travel, food & lodging

The venue in Annandale is in northern Virginia near Washington, DC and within easy access to air, rail and car transportation. Taking Metrorail from an airport places you within 5 miles of the conference site. Distances to event site:


Lunch each conference day is included in your registration fee.

Lodging is on your own; you can find many hotels nearby through Priceline and similar travel search sites.

Participants from out of town may wish to arrive on the weekend and visit the many attractions in and around Washington, DC, such as the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Museum of the Bible and many more.


Register today to assure that you secure your place. 

You will receive more details as the event draws closer.

NOTE: If you are unable to pay using the PayPal page you are sent to after completing the form, please send a check for the full amount and noting, "Mind of Maker Conference" to:

Center for Redemptive Education
8220 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

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