Rusticatio Virginiana is a full-immersion Latin workshop offering high-energy conversation exercises and readings from Latin literature. In a supportive, intimidation-free environment, Rusticatio Virginiana participants live together for seven days while they speak, read, write, cook and relax—all while communicating entirely in Latin. Through a variety of exchanges, including instructional sessions, a common kitchen, daily shared tasks, down-time, and excellent food. Rusticatio participants enjoy a feeling of camaraderie while they experience first-hand various teaching methods that are directly applicable to teaching Latin in the classroom.
- Week 1: July 2–9, 2014
- ARRIVAL: Wednesday, July 2, 3:00–6:00
- DEPARTURE: Wednesday, July 9, 12:00–3:00
- Week 2: July 17–24, 2014
- ARRIVAL: Thursday, July 17, 3:00–6:00
- DEPARTURE: Thursday, July 24, 12:00–3:00
Location: We will reside and conduct our workshop sessions in the historic mansion house on the Claymont Estate in West Virginia. Built in the 1830s by a nephew of George Washington, the Claymont Mansion remained in the Washington family until the Civil War.
Eligibility: You are eligible to attend this workshop if you have already learned Latin on paper and are interested in
developing active command of the spoken language. Please note that Rusticatio is not an introductory Latin course and
thus it is not for people who have no knowledge of the language. Typically, participants have completed, at a minimum, the
equivalent of two years of traditional college Latin or four years of a high school Latin program. It is not necessary
to have previous experience speaking Latin.
Age Eligibility: Participants must be 18 years old AND have graduated high school by the start date of Rusticatio. Anyone under 18, we are proud to invite high school students to apply for our SALVI summer experience aimed at that age group: Academia Aestiva.
Cost: Tuition for Rusticatio 2014 is as follows: early registration (by February 15) $925, regular registration
(by May 1) $975. The price includes housing, as well as all food and beverages (including wine). NOTE: The cost of Rusticatio does not include transportation to and from Claymont Estate.
Payment is due with registration. You may pay for Rusticatio through PayPal (below), or by sending a check payable to SALVI to:
1020 E. Main St.
Flushing, MI 48433
Nancy E. Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, an M.A. from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (where she also studied at the Gregorian University with Reginald Foster), and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Since 1998, she has led numerous workshops on spoken Latin for students and teachers in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Virginia.