Slowing down, connecting, growing together


Join us for a retreat experience from your home. A place where we can slow down, connect with each other, and bring more Montessori into our lives.


This 4-week program is suitable for all Montessori parents and caregivers. Whether you are new to Montessori or have been practising Montessori at home for some time. The topics we cover will apply to any age child from baby through to teenager.


The community will be much like a Montessori school with all of us helping and learning from each other. Sometimes we'll be able to help someone, consolidating our own learning. And other times, we will take away ideas from others in the group.





I'm Simone Davies,

an AMI Montessori educator for nearly 20 years

and parent of two young adults.

I love helping you bring

Montessori into your home.


This retreat is something different.

This is not a workshop with lots of reading.

This is a space where we will cover 8 topics in 4 weeks. Each topic you will receive a short video and a prompt to focus on one aspect of Montessori for the next few days.

You'll have a cosy space on Mighty Networks where we can share with each other how we are working on the topic in our families and learning from and supporting each other.

There will be weekly 2-hour live calls to ask your questions and go into breakout rooms to have discussions with others in the community.

And each topic will have a beautiful PDF poster to download. A visual reminder to inspire us.



less reading,
more putting Montessori
into practice


The retreat will cover 8 topics - 2 topics each week which we will be exploring together. The prompts will be concrete ways to bring Montessori into your home with examples and ideas to try.

have your
Montessori questions
answered


Bonus introductory call:

Monday 16 May at 1pm ET / 7pm Amsterdam time


#1 Sunday 22 May 1pm-3pm ET / 7pm - 9pm Amsterdam time


#2 Saturday 28 May 8am - 10am ET / 2pm - 4pm Amsterdam time / 10pm - 12 am AEST


#3 Sunday 5 June 1pm - 3pm ET / 7pm - 9pm Amsterdam time


#4 Saturday 11 June 8am - 10am ET / 2pm - 4pm Amsterdam time / 10pm - 12am AEST


If you can't attend live, you'll be able to send in your questions beforehand and the recordings will be made available to all participants.

a cosy and safe
space to connect and learn together


This is where the community happens. Each topic will have posts where we can share what we are working on and get ideas from others.


There is so much we can learn from each other to help us build a stronger Montessori practice in our homes.

Testimonials



"This course was really a wonderful opportunity to see Montessori with all its grace and power! I loved everything about it! Montessori for all! The format of this retreat promoted so much enjoyment and a safe and kind place to learn and grow." - Josie



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"Before this retreat I thought that Montessori was only for a few and that it will take long time and money. How wrong I was! In these weeks I feel I have discovered the essence of the approach. Thank you for making this happened and for allowing so many people to have access to such a wonderful way of learning," - Johanna


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"Loved this retreat, thank you so much for putting it together. One of my biggest breakthroughs was understanding how to “slow down” and build routine with my son. With patience and continuous practice my then 8-month old started drinking from open cup! I love that you’re leaving it open as their is still a few topics I need to catch up on but reading so many of the comments from others on the same journey is reassuring that we’re not alone in our struggles/efforts. Thank you again!" - Liz


4-week program for Montessori parents & caregivers

US$49 + any taxes like VAT

20% of all profits go to Educateurs sans frontiers

Course overview

Starts Monday 16 May

for 4 weeks


  Welcome! What's this retreat all about?
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  A simple workbook to download
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  Live calls - dates and links for live calls + recordings
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  Topic 1: Slow
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  Topic 2: Routine and Ritual
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  Topic 3: Being the guide
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  Topic 4: Observe
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  Topic 5: Spaces
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  Topic 6: Activities
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  Topic 7: The Child in Society
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  Topic 8: Pause + reflect
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I'm delighted that Akshatha (@maanvi_and_me) and Ana-Kay (@pickneys_at_play) will be joining us to share their experiences in our live calls and in the Mighty Networks community. Dream team!


Akshatha is a mother to a 2.7-year-old toddler. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator, and an AMI trained Montessori Assistant for the 0-6 age group. She follows Montessori, Positive, and Conscious parenting approaches with her daughter and is currently following the Montessori diploma course for the 3-6 age group.

Ana-Kay is my go to person for raising Montessori twins. A self-taught Montessorian, she discovered this approach to parenting while researching how to best support her premature twins’ development. Now three years into practicing at home with her sons, she is furthering her passion by becoming certified as a Montessori Guide for ages 0-3.

Frequently asked questions


1. Do I need to attend live?

No, each topic you will receive a short video and a prompt to work on for the next few days. This is something for you to practice in your daily life. You will have lifetime access to the course to come back as your child grows.

There are weekly live calls but these will also be recorded and placed in the learning area as soon as they are ready. You will also be able to submit questions if you can't be live on the call.


2. Is it suitable for someone new to Montessori? Is it suitable for someone who has been practising for some time?

The retreat is for beginners through to those who have been practising Montessori for some time who would like a refresher or to go deeper.

The retreat is designed to meet you where you are at. The prompts will introduce you to Montessori ideas for you to put into practice, but the learning will come from trying it out during the week and sharing in the Mighty Networks group what you are learning and, in turn, learning from others.


3. Is there a particular age group?

The topics we cover can be applied to any age child from baby through to teenager. And would also work well for families with more than one child.


4. Will we have access to the program after the 4 weeks?

Yes, you will have unlimited access. The private Mighty Networks group will remain open for an extra month after the course finishes.

You can work at your own pace but you will get the most out of the program by participating in the Mighty Networks community each week.


5. Do I need to join Mighty Networks to participate?

As this is a community-based program sharing with and learning from others, you will benefit the most from this program if you take part in the Mighty Networks community.


6. How much time will it take each week?

The beauty of this retreat is that there is only a small amount to read for each topic and a short video to watch. The rest is by putting it into practice in your regular week and sharing with the Mighty Networks community. So you can spend 5 minutes a topic just watching the video, 20 minutes a topic if you read the prompt too, or up to a few hours a week if you participate in the calls and the Mighty Networks community.


7. What if I miss the Early Bird pricing?

I'm sorry if you miss out on the early bird window which ends promptly on Sunday 15 May, midnight PST. But you get to pay full price and that is appreciated too and 20% of the profits will go to Educateurs sans Frontiers.


8. I have done The Montessori Retreat before. Is this the same?

It can be wonderful to sign up for the retreat again. The topics will be the same but you always take away what you need right now. There will be new live calls and a new community to connect with. Hope you will join us again!

Note: this is a 4-week version of the 8-week retreat. It covers the same amount but we cover 2 topics a week to make it easier for people to stay the full length of the retreat.


More Testimonials


"This retreat was incredibly helpful, and supportive - especially at a challenging time for all of us. I loved how each week built upon each other, and already plan to go back and start from week one soon :) One biggest take away for me: the power of just stepping back and truly observing your child! This simple reflection created space to see where he is at, what he is interested in, and how best I can guide/support him - knowing where I can offer more or less." - Shehla

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"During this retreat, we have come to realize that Montessori is based on relationship, communication, respect and trust rather than just toys and activities. Before starting this retreat, we were a bit stressed that we were not always updated with so called Montessori activities as you can see on social networks, and felt overwhelmed and worried for our son’s progress. Through these weeks, we feel our bond of family has got stronger than ever, and now we have a core value of these 8 topics we always refer to from next week." - Rieko



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"Where to begin? I loved the Montessori Retreat so much and I’m so glad and grateful that I was able to connect with parents and families worldwide during a time when I felt very isolated and anxious in yet another lockdown. Thank you for all your valuable comments, questions, and food for thought. I’m a bookish person and read Simone’s book a while ago and thought I got this. However, the retreat has shown me again how different it is to just read and cognitively understand something to observing, doing and trying and pausing and trying again is. And doing it in a community is such a privilege. I learned that you can do Montessori with the things that you already have at home and that at the core it’s all about being calm and taking time to pause and observe. I’m so happy that our children get this beautiful childhood and will face the challenges of their time with an open heart and compassion. Thank you." - Annika



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