At CiRCE we believe that learning is best done in community and in a setting that supports energetic conversation. That’s why every summer for more than a decade we’ve hosted our annual summer conference, each year a contemplation of a new theme. It’s also why we’ve consistently promoted a communal aspect to teaching the Lost Tools of Writing, with tools like our LTW Mentor Yahoo! group. It’s why we attend and host as many conventions and workshops as we can.

And it’s why we’re glad to announce the third annual CiRCE Summer Institute, a weeklong immersion into the books that lead us to what David Hicks called, “Streams too deep for taint.”

Hosted by the beautiful Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC and led by Andrew Kern, this discussion-based retreat is offered to just fifteen participants who will discuss intensely a single Great Book each year.

In 2018 that book is Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet

Join us as we discuss one of the world’s greatest books in one of the country’s most beautiful spots.

For more information on this retreat, please see the links to the right. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Note: registration is all-inclusive and includes lodging, all breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, and two evening feasts.


Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, a co-author of The Lost Tools of Writing and of Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Veith. Since establishing CiRCE in 1996 to serve classical educators through research and consulting, Andrew has trained and apprenticed innumerable home and school teachers, heads of school, and school boards. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI in 1993, Foundations Academy (now Ambrose School) in Boise, ID in 1996, The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2001, and Regents School of the Carolinas in 2006. He and his wife live in North Carolina, and their five more or less classically educated and more or less home schooled children and ever more grandchildren live in various places depending on when you ask.