About AWS Homeschool Collaborative


Awakening Spirit Homeschool Collaborative meets on 15 acres in a single-family home outside of Stillwater, MN.  This is a meeting of like-minded families who collaborate and leverage our resources in a-family home setting. 

AWS currently operates as a membership-based educational service.  Membership fees go directly to help support the program-  field trips, food, curriculum, materials & supplies, and day to day operating expenses.  

Educator-guides are all parents who are also members of the collaborative. 

Each family is registered as a homeschooling family with the home states (MN / WI).  Individual parents are listed as ‘primary educators’ with the state.  Our educator-guides are listed as the ‘secondary educators’.



AWS Homeschool Collaborative 

My husband and I found the perfect location- a 15 acre property in the idyllic countryside of the Stillwater-Grant area.  We purchased the home knowing that it would be a perfect meeting place for our community of homeschooling families.

With the advent of COVID-19, interest in alternative education spiked.  Families who were before ‘just considering’ homeschooling had impetus to take the leap.  Our consciously-formed community of like-minded parents expanded from four families to ten, filling out our One Room Schoolhouse and starting our Mixed-Age Kindergarten Program.  

Because we functioned as our own ‘pandemic pod’, we were able to continue meeting as an Educational Service in the state of MN throughout the public school shutdowns.  Our kids, who would have suffered greatly in the world of masks, forced temperature checks, and social distancing, thrived in our family-like community where we all took responsibility for each other’s health and well-being.  

During our second year of operations, we added a few more families and rounded out our offerings by introducing an Independent High School option for homeschoolers ages 14-18.

Parents all have an active role in the school, acting as guides, volunteering to teach mini-lessons, be passion project mentors, chaperone our weekly field trips, organizing monthly family dinners, and using our Parent Room to do some work while their kids are learning.

AWS Future

We are preparing for our second year of Summer Program.  Students have been proposing, planning, and designing a school garden, as well as a chicken coop and small goat shed.  They have plans for building a meditative walking labyrinth as well as an archery range.  

I’m ready to truly bring the vision of a child-centered community to life.  It’s nature-based, family-centered, and responsive.

Amy Marotz, Founder and Director of AWS