Rusticatio Omnibus is a full-immersion Latin workshop offering high-energy conversation exercises and readings from Latin literature. In a supportive, intimidation-free environment, Rusticatio Omnibus participants live together for seven days while they speak, read, cook and relax—all while communicating entirely in Latin. Through a variety of exchanges, including instructional sessions, a common kitchen, daily shared tasks, downtime, and excellent food, participants in Rusticatio Omnibus enjoy a feeling of camaraderie while they experience first-hand various teaching methods that are directly applicable to teaching Latin in the classroom.

Rusticatio Omnibus is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate speakers. First-time Latin speakers who already know the language will find the activities both enjoyable and appropriately challenging. For more experienced, intermediate-level speakers the environment offers the opportunity to improve their speaking ability by taking part in various activities guided by our experienced staff, the repetitores. Rusticatio Omnibus offers a welcoming environment where a range of Latin speaking abilities are present, allowing participants to find their own level of Latin conversation.

Participant Reviews:

“Rusticatio is the best way to learn spoken Latin.”

“Everyone who has even the smallest interest in learning to speak the Latin language should experience a week of Rusticatio. The amount one learns in a single week here is immeasurable.”

“There is no professional development more useful to teachers of Latin. The experience is profound and superlatively useful and applicable.”

For more reviews please visit our page of Rusticatio testimonials.

Program Dates:

   July 8 – July 14, 2018

ARRIVAL: Sunday, July 8, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
DEPARTURE: Saturday, July 14, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

claymontLocation: We will reside and conduct our workshop sessions in the historic mansion house on the Claymont Estate, 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414. 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 from high school by the start date of the program.

Tuition:  $990 when paid in full by April 1, 2018.  After April 1, full payment is $1,090.

Tuition includes housing, food, and beverages (including wine and beer for those over 21) but does not include transportation to or from Claymont.

How to register: Complete the online form below and submit the fully refundable* $100 deposit either by selecting “Deposit $100.00 USD” and clicking on the “Buy Now” PayPal button or by sending a check in the amount of $100 payable to “SALVI” to the following address:

Edie Barry

SALVI Treasurer

3445 Hicks Road

Sebastopol, CA  95472

*Refunds:  If you cancel on or before June 1, 2018, you will receive a full refund.

Within a week of receiving both your registration form and deposit, SALVI will send you confirmation by email.  If you do not receive confirmation within a week’s time, please contact us at so that we can assist you. 

If you have any questions, now or in the future, feel free to write us at  Gratias!

Omnibus Staff: Justin Slocum Bailey serves on the SALVI board and has been a fautor of SALVI since attending Rusticatio Virginiana in 2008. Justin mentors and advises teachers and learners worldwide while consulting for schools, districts, publishers, software developers, and non-profit organizations, and operates Indwelling Language, a collection of resources and habits for boosting joy and success in language learning and teaching. Raised in Vienna, Austria, he speaks German with his family and trains teachers of many languages, but provides special support for 21st-century Latin learners through endeavors such as the Latin Listening Project, the Quomodo Dicitur? podcast, and LIMEN: A Latin Teaching Portal. Off the clock, Justin thrives on Hakko Denshin Ryu jujutsu and lolling lakeside with his family in Michigan. Here are some things people say about Justin’s teaching.


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