Conference Overview

Henri Rousseau

We are delighted to introduce many of you to French artist Henri Rousseau.  His works of art are reflected throughout this year's conference pages.  As a self-taught painter, Henri Rousseau was completely untrained in any established art techniques. He is best known for his na├»ve, or primitive, childlike jungle scenes. He was good at painting and music as a child, but spent most of his life in the profession of a customs officer at the outskirts of town. Because of this, he was also referred to as Le Douarneir, or the “Customs Officer.” He started painting seriously at the age of forty and by the time he was 49 he retired from his job in order to paint full time. Although the painting establishment laughed and ridiculed his artistic style, he was highly regarded by artists who were outside the establishment, such as Picasso, Jean Hugo, Leger, Beckman, and later, painters of the Surrealist style. He was unaware that he was considered untrained by established painters, and believed himself to be a great realist painter. As such, he regarded himself very highly, and in his opinion, Picasso and he were the only two great living artists.

Rousseau’s painting style was unlike that of any other primitive painter, and many of his paintings were jungle scenes. Although he had never been to a jungle (he actually never left France), many of his paintings depicted oversized plants and wild animals lurking in the shadows. He made many trips to the botanical gardens, perused illustrated books, and observed closely taxidermied animals. There is a tale that he traveled to Mexico and fought in the subtropics as he was in the army, but this legend is untrue. He did, however, interview many soldiers who had served in the jungle in Mexico about their travels through the subtropics. He also developed the painting style of portrait landscape, in which he would place a person or a couple in the foreground of a landscape painting. He may have been ridiculed during his lifetime, but he is now considered a self-trained genius, who created works of high artistic quality. His work has also been an inspiration for the contemporary animated film Madagascar.  Born: May 21, 1844; Laval, Mayenne, France  Died: September 02, 1910; Paris, France

We hope you enjoy the unique artwork as you register for this year's conference.

           The Monkeys in the Jungle 1909


How to Register:  This year you will be using the Wild Apricot Events Registration process. When you are ready to register click on the Click to Register and Pay  button located on the main conference page (click here).  Once you are on that page scroll down to the bottom and you will find the correct picture to click.  This option will take you to the Events page in which you can start the registration by clicking on the blue register button at the bottom of the page. The first page of the registration will require an email address. 

The next registration page contains the registration option that you will need to choose.  Important Note: The functionality of the registration page only allows you to choose one (1) registration option at a time.  If you want to attend one of the pre-conference Immersions or register a spouse, child, or college student you will need to complete additional registration(s).  This means that there will be separate PayPal transactions for pre-conference Immersion sessions and additional registrations.  However, you can in your first registration, indicate all the meals and lodging that you will need for those attending with you. 

After selecting your registration option, registrants will then fill out the registration form and select additional event options, if any (e.g. meal plans, lodging, transportation, etc). Once you have selected the items for purchase, click Next and you will see a summary page for your review.  Be sure to page down and review the entire summary page before clicking Pay On Line.  You can click on Back to make any changes or Cancel to start over.  You will only be able to pay for the conference and additional items using Paypal. 

If you would like to print out the directions for how to register, click here for a PDF document.  If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email:  administrator@charlottemasoninstitute.com. Thank you! 

Fees and Deadlines

Early Bird Registration ends June 15, 2017. The system will automatically transition to Regular Registration on June 16, 2017 through July 5, 2017.  All registrations require payment at the time of selection, but meal tickets, lodging, or transportation costs can be added and paid for at a later date.  Please note that the pre-conference Immersion Workshops have limited space and only a paid registration guarantees a space.

Pre-conference Immersion Registration Fee  $85.95

Early Bird Conference Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration, Individual Adult $199.95

Early Bird Registration for Spouse  $159.95

Early Bird Registration for College Students 149.95

Early Bird Child (between ages 10 and 18) Registration $129.95

Children under 10 and nursing babies attend at no cost

It is important to remember that if children under 10 are in attendance and a room is full, parents will need to make room for paying attendees to have a seat.

Regular Conference Registration Fees

Regular Registration, Individual  $209.95

Regular Spouse Registration $179.95

Regular Registration for College Student 149.95

Regular Child Registration (between ages 10 and 18)   $149.95

Children under 10 and nursing babies attend at no cost

College Student Registration - Must submit a letter of enrollment from the college or university for summer or fall enrollment in 2016.) 

Airport Transportation Fee - cost of transportation to and from the LA/Ontario  airport is $20.00 each way.  

Teens at the CMI Western Conference

We would like to particularly welcome teens to join us this year at our second CMI Western Conference.  We have several activities just for teens, and we would like to also encourage teens to enjoy the general conference sessions as well.  

Teens will have the opportunity to join a discussion with keynote speaker Dick Keyes, read and informally act in scenes from a Shakespeare play together, enjoy a coffee break with a CMI speaker, and get to know each other at a hosted evening social time.  Teens are also encouraged to bring finished handwork and work-in-progress to share during the CM Fair.  

For a tentative schedule for the teen activities, please see the general schedule when it is published. 

Our teen activities are for students who are entering or are in high school in the 2017-2018 school year.  Teens must attend the conference with a parent/legal guardian.  Younger or older students are welcome to attend the general conference with their parents, but these activities are only for high school students.

Scholarships -  the June 1st deadline has been reached.  Scholarships are no longer being accepted.

The Institute is offering two (2) partial and two (2) full registration fee scholarships for classroom teachers and home educators. This does not include lodging or meal tickets. For more information, please review the Scholarship Application page.

If you would like to donate funds for additional scholarships to enable more people who need financial assistance to attend, please click here.


Please notify us via email at administrator@charlottemasoninstitute.com of your cancellation. Cancellation fees are as follows:  1) cancellation fee for early bird registration (before June 15) is 15 per cent of the total costs which includes registration, meal plans, apartments, immersions and airport transportation  and 2) cancellation fee for early bird and regular registration between June 16, 2017 and July 5, 2017 is 20 per cent of total costs which includes registration, meal plans, apartments, immersions and airport transportation.  There is no cancellation refund after July 5, 2017 except for emergencies.  We can not refund meal plan prices after July 5th, 2017.  There is not a separate group registration.  (Note: The cancellation fee will be applied to all registrations, meal tickets, apartments, immersions and airport transportation.)

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