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Before Disciplined registration had been opened for even 24 hours, more than half the allotted tickets were already sold. And the Early Bird registrations are continuing to fly. I think you ladies are as eager for fellowship and encouragement as I am! There was honestly a part of me that wondered if anyone would even be interested in attending the conference this year: 2020 has been such a weird (I can not bring myself to say “unprecendented,” ha!) season, and I just did not know what to expect. Well, whether it is a testament to your enjoyment of previous years, your excitement over this year’s speaking panel, your admittance of needing more discipline in your life, or your desperation for face to face community… I now know that Disciplined is going to be a sold-out event.

If I need to, I will get back in touch with the leadership of the venue, and discuss whether we can release another slew of tickets. But in the meantime, if you are considering coming to the conference, please just get registered now. Because I may or may not be able to increase allowed attendance. Snag your sisters and call your friends: send them the link, and reserve your place now.

Also… since we are not having a Friday evening bonus event this year, there are two things to note.
First, is that everyone who registers as an Early Bird will be invited (details in the works & forthcoming) to a webinar with Cindy Rollins where we will glean wisdom she pulled from Stratford Caldecott’s book Beauty in the Word, discussing the role of remembrance in education. How is remembrance different from creation? How is our culture destroying remembrance and how can we combat that?
Second, I would encourage anyone coming to the November 7th event to find a way to gather with friends or sisters or fellow mamas you meet thanks to Disciplined itself to fellowship over food or drink, ponder the place of self-control and habit in your lives, and share conversation together. This could be going out for dessert and coffee the night before the event, chatting about where you hope to gain encouragement for discipline in your own life at the event the following day; it could be grabbing a sunrise cup of coffee while walking along the Spokane River before heading to Disciplined on 11/7, praying with a friend for God to bless your day and open your heart to His Spirit moving; it could be meeting up for dinner on a patio after the event is over, to share highlights from the day and contemplate together what you gleaned (and what you wish you could remember better).

I plan to do these things myself.
This will take some self-discipline of my own. I need to have everything for the conference ready ahead of time so that I can have space on Friday evening for fellowship, prayer, and conversation. I also need to have delegated well so that after the event, I will have the freedom to leave cleanup in good hands in order to be able to contemplate and rejoice with friends after the event.

I have loved putting these conferences together the last couple of years, and am eager to continue with this good work. But as I have meditated on the idea of discipline (self-control, habits, a sound mind) in recent months of preparation, I realize that I need to practice this myself in some very practical ways. I am seeking to do this well. Please feel welcome to pray for me as I continue to plan and prep for Disciplined, as my desire is to bless and encourage and uplift dozens (if not hundreds) of Christian mamas who are bringing up the next generation for God’s kingdom. And in doing this, I ask the Lord to kindly allow myself to be one of those mamas, and my children to be pillars in that next generation.

See you in nine weeks!!

Just to get you excited and eager for Disciplined, I thought I would share the proposed schedule for our event. Things are subject to change, but this is our working document:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2020

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration & Check-In

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome & Announcements

9:15 am – 10:00 am Session One, Cindy Rollins—The Discipline of Morning Time

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break 1

10:30 am – 11:15 am Session Two, Mystie Winckler—The Discipline of Organization

11:15 am – 11:45 am Break 2

11:45 am – 12:30 pm Session Three, Sara Wallace—The Discipline of Emotions

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Fellowship Luncheon

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Session Four, Bekah Merkle—The Discipline of Femininity

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Break 3

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Session Five, Cindy Rollins—The Discipline of Remembrance

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Farewell, Contemplation, Fellowship, and Last-Call for Vendors

I am delighted that today can be set aside as a work day for me. I do not often schedule Paideia Northwest work into large blocks of time, but simply squeeze in little snippets here and there as my busy life of motherhood, homeschooling, and homemaking allows. But today I am putting my nose to the grindstone, so to speak. I have a task list, and plan to somehow crank it out by God’s grace. I am thankful that my tech-savvy hubby is available to redirect me when I lose my way on the back end of web pages and Word files! I am also thankful for the friends God has brought me to be my sounding board, accountability team, and encouragement. Thank you, Advisory Board: Mystie, Abby, Kirsti, Jess, & Ashley! You are a blessing. I also have a building liaison for the first time ever, and I am very excited about it. Thank you, Jen! Having someone else as the official lead for the building and its associated volunteer teams (cleaning and snack service) is such a blessing right now.

If you would like to attend Paideia Northwest‘s third annual conference, Disciplined, but can not find a way to fit the $35 Early Bird registration into your budget, please let me know (paideianorthwest@gmail.com) and I will find a way to get you hooked up with a volunteer team or a sponsored ticket – both of those are limited options for reduced-cost tickets. But I am eager to be creative with anyone who wants to attend, rather than let finances be keeping you away.

I am paying speaker travel expenses right now. I am getting insurance and catering payments made as well. I am organizing swag bag items and planning building set-up in the map of my mind. I am preparing registration pages and packets of information to invite specific sponsors & vendors for Disciplined. All while sipping Bubly and listening to the chaos of my children, with the freshly-crawling baby tugging on my toes. This is a beautiful day, and this work is a gift.

It is going to be such a delight to open registration tomorrow, and see your names ~ I pray for each registrant, and can’t wait to see what blessing & encouragement our Lord has prepared for us this year.

I am delighted to finally be entering the phase of summer where conference planning invades my daily routine. Especially with this year being full of so many unknowns, unease, and change, I have been holding Paideia Northwest conference plans fairly loosely. But now is the time to dig in and make decisions! I plan on opening Early Bird Registration on August 30th, and encourage you to jump on that $35 deal (it includes the full day of live sessions, face to face fellowship, a catered luncheon, a curated vendor hall, and the audio recordings afterward) before it expires on September 30th. For the month of October, we will have Registration for $45 (including the same things). Due to needing to make more space and cleaning plans than in previous years, I will be closing registration at the end of October 31st. So please encourage your friends to plan ahead! As long as you have registered, you will receive the recordings – so even if something unforeseen happens to keep you from attending the live event on November 7th, you will still be able to download the sessions and glean encouragement & wisdom from Cindy Rollins, Mystie Winckler, Sara Wallace, and Bekah Merkle.

Please read all about Disciplined 2020 here.
And please check out our Policies page for information on refunds, precautions, etc.

My heart longs to see each of you, and I am eager to glean wisdom alongside you! Never before has fellowship with Christian mamas been so close to my heart. Never before have I felt such a longing to be exhorted and filled. Never before have I needed self-discipline more.

It’s August! That means I finally get to reveal this year’s conference theme, and introduce you to each of the speakers. I can also share a general rough schedule so you can mark your calendars appropriately.

Announcing this year’s Paideia Northwest conference theme~
LIVING STORIES

How do we use stories in the educating, training, & loving of our children?
How do we teach our children to see themselves as characters in God’s narrative story?
How do we recognize our own part in the stories of each child’s life?

Even as we desire to use stories to help shape the culture of our own homes and characters, we can realize that we are living out our own stories each day.

Please join us in November 2019 to explore these themes, fellowship with other regional Christian mamas, and pool ideas & resources in conversations around coffee cups & tables.

@iew@apudewa@mystiewinckler@centerforlit
@litlady42@ndwilsonmutters@canonpress@jasonfarleys

Location: Opportunity Pres at 202 N. Pines in Spokane Valley

***Conference Day***
Saturday, 11.9.19
8:30am-5:00pm

Come hear Mystie Winckler, Jason Farley, Missy Andrews, & Andrew Pudewa speak on the idea of living out stories and using stories in our lives.
We will provide drinks, snacks, and a catered lunch with your registration (registration will open here on our website in late August).
We are also curating a small vendor hall for you to browse & shop.
***Optional Events***
11.7 – 8am-5pm IEW student workshops
(@iew register ASAP for your spots! www.iew.WA2019)
11.7 – 7-8:30pm IEW presents Andrew Pudewa (no registration required, but rsvp appreciated at www.iew.WA2019)
11.8 – 7-8:30pm Paideia Northwest presents ND Wilson (included as a bonus event with your Paideia Northwest registration – opening here on our website in late August)

Please share this info with your friends, moms’ groups, MOPS, co ops, PTA, churches, small groups…. anywhere there are Christian mamas in the Pacific Northwest, let’s spread the word about this conference for filling up the vessels of these women who are pouring themselves into raising and shaping the next generation for Christ!

I’m thoroughly delighted to bring this year’s event to you right here in the Spokane area.
Mark your calendars now! It will be a delight.

I know November is still five months away, but along with spring fever comes conference fever for me this year! While last year’s planning scheme didn’t begin until the middle of summer, I have the joy of being able to do some earlier planning. (I’m also welcoming a new baby very soon, so I will be juggling all the things!) I would love pray for all the details to be smooth and sweet so that we can provide every attendee with a day of rest, refueling, fellowship, joy, and encouragement for the good (& hard) work of raising their children for the Kingdom of God!

I am still getting some contracts finalized for speakers, and look forward to releasing the details soon! It is a joy to get emails from people asking about the conference theme, who the speakers are, what the topics will be, etc. I’m chomping at the bit to share some of the news with everyone! Soon, soon. 🙂

In the meantime, make sure you are following Paideia Northwest on Facebook or Instagram, because that is the easiest way to get our information as it is released. Of course, it will also be posted right here on our website.

I heard recently from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and the day workshops for November 7th and 8th have begun to fill up, so if you or your friends (or your school or co op) still want to get your kids signed up for those writing workshops, head over to the registration page with IEW and get that done. You don’t want to miss out!

Just a couple more months until we will begin Early Bird registration for the Paideia Northwest conference! If you have input or feedback to share as I am finalizing details for the event, please feel free to contact me with ideas. You never know when you might be the one with a creative answer to a confounding question. 🙂

God bless your spring fever (and conference fever!) and summer activities ~ there are beautiful things in the works, and our God is faithful indeed.

Are you interested in sponsoring a portion of our upcoming Paideia Northwest conference?! This is the spot to find information about that! Read on, and feel free to contact us if you would like to receive the Sponsor Packet with all this information sent directly to your inbox.

Although having a conference for the specific encouragement of Christian-educating moms/families in the Spokane area had been overdue, this did nothing but strengthen our zeal: enter Paideia Northwest LLC, now putting together an annual conference right here in Spokane to encourage, uplift, & build community among moms who are raising their children in the nurture & admonition of the Lord.

The idea for the event itself came from a hunger to see a Spokane-based conference for the encouragement, community-building, and fellowship-forming of Christian homeschooling moms, Christian day-schooling moms, and Christian moms with public schooled kids in our region. The primary audience for Paideia Northwest will likely be the Classical Christian homeschooling niche, but our desire is to break down barriers and nurture camaraderie across methods, to sharpen iron together, to lift one another up as we each endeavor to raise children for Christ and His Kingdom. Most of the opportunities for this type of event happen over on the west side – Portland, Vancouver, Bellevue… and for a lot of us on this side of the Cascades, taking the time & money to travel that far just isn’t feasible—especially when we are busy educating our children for Christ in the first place. So we stick to our pioneer roots, pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, to get it done. We fall into individualistic, isolated practices far too easily. While we may have our kids engaged in all kinds of things like  speech club, chess club, team sports, music lessons, and weekly co op classes, the need for specific encouragement for the moms (who are in the trenches doing the daily labors of educating the intellects & fattening the souls of their children) remains. This is the gap Paideia Northwest seeks to narrow. Our vision is to provide an annual conference right here in Spokane (with the possibility of branching out eventually) which would highlight speakers, vendors, companies, and products with roots right here in the northwest region of our country—but also beyond, showcasing things that people around here love to use regardless of whether they are homegrown or not.

Our second annual event on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 will feature keynote speaker Andrew Pudewa, along with supporting speakers Mystie Winckler, Jason Farley, Missy Andrews, and ND Wilson. Our theme this year is Living Stories, how we use stories in raising children & creating culture, and how we see ourselves & our children as characters in God’s story.  Registration is now open. Each of the five conference sessions on 11.9.19 will be 45 minutes in length, with a minimum of 15 minute breaks between, and a 90 minute catered luncheon – finally, the day will wrap up wi0th a 60 minute roundtable Q&A session. The conference itself will run 9am – 5pm, but we would like vendors open by 8:30 and to remain open until 5:30. Additionally, we are able to offer two optional special events at 7pm on November 7th & 8th! These will each be a 90 minute session, followed by fellowship. Our current projection estimate is for 250+ attendees this year, but we will have a better idea of numbers once registration has continued for a while.

Costs for the event will include speaker fees, speaker lodging & food stipends, event location, event insurance, catering, janitorial service, printed materials, website domain and development, and PayPal fees, which leads us seeking to partner with a small number of Generous Sponsors to help offset the cost—especially because many of these things need to be paid for upfront before we have access to ticket registration funds.

We have multiple sponsorship levels to share with you, each with an increasing amount of exposure (on social media, in print at the event, and from the podium at the conference itself) for your company or family, if you wish it—although we are also happy to take anonymous sponsorships, if you prefer.

Would you be interested in partnering with us to prayerfully and financially support the work of Paideia Northwest LLC in this way?

While all applications for sponsorships are subject to approval from Paideia Northwest LLC, and we will contact you after your application is approved to make further arrangements, we are eager to open our hands to whatever gift the Lord has put upon your heart to share with us, to extend toward this group of women in our region. (If you are sponsoring through a company, we are seeking to keep things on a Christian/education/parenting emphasis, with missions in line with biblical principles.)
Beyond financial needs, we would love to have you partner with us in prayer for all the many details that are required to bring together this event.

Thank you for considering partnering with us in this endeavor for the furthering of God’s Kingdom!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

We have five sponsorship levels to share with you, each with an increasing amount of exposure (on social media, in print at the event, and from the podium at the conference itself) for your company or family:

Daisy • (six available) • If your company/family would donate $100 to Paideia Northwest for this event, we will be able to provide a goodie for the swag bags to bring joy to these hardworking mamas raising children for Christ.

Tulip • (four available) • If your company/family would donate $200 to Paideia Northwest for this event, you will sponsor gift tickets to six women who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Iris • (one available) • If your company/family would donate $300 to Paideia Northwest for this event, you will provide a sound technician for the event, to amplify the sessions as well as record them, for distribution after the event to those unable to attend Living Stories on November 9th, 2019.

Peony • (one available) • If your company/family would donate $400 to Paideia Northwest for this event, you will be sponsoring our coffee & snacks table to lift the bodies & hearts of these hardworking mamas raising children for Christ as they listen to sessions which challenge them to courage in their daily tasks; we will include a poster on the table giving thanks for your sponsorship & honor your contribution from the podium, as well as gladly have a stack of your business cards available on the coffee table or included in the swag bags (per your choice). We will also highlight our thanks for your sponsorship on social media. (Spoken for!)

Custom • (unlimited availability) • If you would like to tailor your sponsorship, or sponsor anonymously, we will happily discuss options with you.

And YES, if you would like to sponsor more than one area, you are welcome to combine options to suit your heart’s desires.

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Sponsorship Market Opportunities

CONFERENCE JOURNAL AD PAGE

Each attendee will receive a journal at registration.
You may apply to purchase an ad for your company in the conference journal as a form of sponsorship.

Fees & Details for Journal Ads:

  • $25 (half page ad)
    4.5 in. [wide] x 3 in. [high]
    NO BLEEDS, NO CROP MARKS. COLOR CMYK and/or grayscale files are acceptable
    All resolutions should be 300 dpi
    PDF or JPEG
    Final art 20 MB max
  • $50 (full page ad)
    4.5 in. [wide] x 7.5 in. [high]
    NO BLEEDS, NO CROP MARKS. COLOR CMYK and/or grayscale files are acceptable
    All resolutions should be 300 dpi
    PDF or JPEG
    Final art 20 MB max

All ads must be sent to Melissa at paideianorthwest@gmail.com by October 25th, 2019 to be included in the conference journal. Each ad will be subject to approval.

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ONLINE APPLICATION:

Visit this link to apply for these various sponsorship opportunities

The link will go live on Monday, August 26th, 2019, and all applications must be submitted by Friday, October 25th, 2019

Are you interested in being a vendor at our upcoming Paideia Northwest conference?! This is the spot to find information about that! Read on, and feel free to contact us if you would like to receive the Vendor Packet with all this information sent directly to your inbox.

Although having a conference for the specific encouragement of Christian-educating moms/families in the Spokane area had been overdue, this did nothing but strengthen our zeal: enter Paideia Northwest LLC, now putting together an annual conference right here in Spokane to encourage, uplift, & build community among moms who are raising their children in the nurture & admonition of the Lord.

The idea for the event itself came from a hunger to see a Spokane-based conference for the encouragement, community-building, and fellowship-forming of Christian homeschooling moms, Christian day-schooling moms, and Christian moms with public schooled kids in our region. The primary audience for Paideia Northwest will likely be the Classical Christian homeschooling niche, but our desire is to break down barriers and nurture camaraderie across methods, to sharpen iron together, to lift one another up as we each endeavor to raise children for Christ and His Kingdom. Most of the opportunities for this type of event happen over on the west side – Portland, Vancouver, Bellevue… and for a lot of us on this side of the Cascades, taking the time & money to travel that far just isn’t feasible—especially when we are busy educating our children for Christ in the first place. So we stick to our pioneer roots, pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, to get it done. We fall into individualistic, isolated practices far too easily. While we may have our kids engaged in all kinds of things like  speech club, chess club, team sports, music lessons, and weekly co op classes, the need for specific encouragement for the moms (who are in the trenches doing the daily labors of educating the intellects & fattening the souls of their children) remains. This is the gap Paideia Northwest seeks to narrow. Our vision is to provide an annual conference right here in Spokane (with the possibility of branching out eventually) which would highlight speakers, vendors, companies, and products with roots right here in the northwest region of our country—but also beyond, showcasing things that people around here love to use regardless of whether they are homegrown or not.

Our second annual event on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 will feature keynote speaker Andrew Pudewa, along with supporting speakers Mystie Winckler, Jason Farley, Missy Andrews, and ND Wilson. Our theme this year is Living Stories, how we use stories in raising children & creating culture, and how we see ourselves & our children as characters in God’s story.  Registration is now open. Each of the five conference sessions on 11.9.19 will be 45 minutes in length, with a minimum of 15 minute breaks between, and a 90 minute catered luncheon – finally, the day will wrap up with a 60 minute roundtable Q&A session. The conference itself will run 9am – 5pm, but we would like vendors open by 8:30 and to remain open until 5:30. Our current projection estimate is for 250+ attendees this year, but we will have a better idea of numbers once registration has continued for a while.

Would you be interested in setting up an exhibit to share your work, company, or products with our attendees?

We are also looking for any willing vendors to donate a favorite book, their company’s logo on an item, or other product for a drawing/giveaway—in exchange for a notable mention from the podium with our deepest gratitude.
You don’t even have to sign up as an exhibitor to donate products for a giveaway! If you would like to share something for a giveaway, in exchange for us including your business cards in swag bags for every attendee, please let us know.
We would happily include other promo items in our swag bags for each attendee as well, subject to our discretion.

We have limited space for vendors, and are seeking to carefully curate the represented companies and products for our endeavors of blessing homeschool, Christian school, and other educating families as they raise the next generation for Christ here in the Pacific Northwest.

All applications are subject to approval from Paideia Northwest LLC, and we will contact you after your application is approved to make further arrangements.

Thank you for considering partnering with us in this endeavor for the furthering of God’s Kingdom!

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Exhibitor Opportunities

The Exhibitor Area allows your information or merchandise to be displayed and purchased. Each vendor will handle all their own sale transactions.

Please indicate that you are interested in this opportunity on the application.

EXHIBIT DETAILS

  • One eight-foot table
  • Two chairs
  • Small garbage can
  • Conference registration for up to Two People
  • Catered Luncheon for up to Two People

SET-UP DETAILS
Saturday, November 9th, 8:00 am – 8:30 am at Opportunity Presbyterian Church in Spokane Valley
Conference registration & check-in opens at 8:30am
Conference runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

BREAK-DOWN DETAILS
Saturday, November 9th, 5:00 – 5:30.
Facility must be vacated by 6:00pm

FEES FOR EXHIBITORS

  • One table – $150
  • Additional tables – $50 each
  • Additional exhibitor registration/lunch – $30
  • Journal Ad – $25 (half page)
  • Journal Ad – $50 (full page)

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Marketing Opportunities

CONFERENCE JOURNAL AD PAGE

Each attendee will receive a journal at registration.
You may purchase an ad for your company in the conference journal.

Fees & Details for Journal Ads:

  • $25 (half page ad)
    4.5 in. [wide] x 3 in. [high]
    NO BLEEDS, NO CROP MARKS. COLOR CMYK and/or grayscale files are acceptable
    All resolutions should be 300 dpi
    PDF or JPEG
    Final art 20 MB max
  • $50 (full page ad)
    4.5 in. [wide] x 7.5 in. [high]
    NO BLEEDS, NO CROP MARKS. COLOR CMYK and/or grayscale files are acceptable
    All resolutions should be 300 dpi
    PDF or JPEG
    Final art 20 MB max

All ads must be sent to Melissa at paideianorthwest@gmail.com by October 25th, 2019 to be included in the conference journal. Each ad will be subject to approval.

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ONLINE APPLICATION:

Click here to apply for these various vendor opportunities

All applications must be submitted & payments made by Friday, October 25th, 2019

We are delighted to sponsor Andrew Pudewa coming to Spokane in November 2019 to bring two days of IEW workshops to families in our NW region! Last summer, I traveled to the opposite corner of our state to take two of my children to IEW workshops… they enjoyed them so much, they basically begged me to find a way to bring Andrew Pudewa to our own city of Spokane. Well, here you have it!

Please don’t make the same mistake I have made in the past… assuming that registration won’t fill up right away… because it just might. There are limited seats for each workshop, and if you want to participate, please don’t delay.

We are delighted to share with you that we finally found a wonderful artist & designer to clean up and finalize our Paideia Northwest logo!

Sarah at Doorpost Designs did a beautiful job helping our logo portray our vision and capture a clean feminine artistry that my quickly handsketched version last summer couldn’t quite nail.

Please check out Sarah’s beautiful work  in her shop  and follow her stories on instagram for how-to and fun information!

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