Conference East 2018

May 30th-June 1st, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton, Williamsburg, Virginia

East Conference Overview

"This conference always gets better and better. It's just what I need to encourage and inspire me!"

LDSHE has been holding annual conferences in the mid-Atlantic since 2004, but they are always fresh and new. This year's three day conference introduces...


So many great things are planned! 

  • LDSHE youth will be learning friendship skills.
  • Adults can choose from two seminars: the Self-Care Seminar or
  • the Beginners' Seminar--for those who are considering homeschooling, are new homeschoolers, or just need a refresher course.
  • Dads and Kids group will be off exploring historical sites in the area.
  • In the evening the entire family will enjoy the Talent Extravaganza and other evening activities. 

At the Home Education Conference, the adults will hear

  • a keynote by Ali Eisenach
  • special needs expert Judi Munday
  • parenting expert Nicholeen Peck
  • and many more including a special track of classes on homeschooling through high school.

The youth will kick off the day with 

  • featured speaker Eric Richards
  • a wide variety of classes and activities throughout the day.
  • Everyone can end the day with the ever-popular Family Dance, or join the discussions in the Mentor Mom Chat Room.

Enjoy fellowshipping with your new friends by selecting from

  • 18 presentations for adults
  • 15 presentations for youth
  • a special track of classes on mental health.
  • Top it off with a combined youth/adult Closing Keynote with Dr. Hank Smith.
  • Then come to our Graduation Celebration as we spotlight the achievements of our homeschooled graduates.

Learn more by clicking below:

Beginners' Seminar
Wednesday May 16, 2018

Nervous about starting or continuing your family's homeschool experience? Come hear from moms who are in the trenches of homeschooling and are anxious to encourage you on your journey!

The Beginners' Seminar is perfect for you if you are:

  • just starting your homeschool journey
  • in your 1st or 2nd year and thinking you need some calm assurance
  • just thinking about homeschooling and wondering if it would be a good choice for your family

Come and meet homeschool moms who have been where you are—at the beginning. Our Mentor Moms will discuss topics which concern every new homeschooler: scheduling, socialization, feelings of inadequacy, and many more. We will finish the day with a panel discussion, so be sure to bring your questions.

Self-Care Seminar 

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Are you losing yourself in homeschooling? Come learn how to strengthen yourself and follow YOUR passions so you have more to give when school starts!


Our expert moms will help you:

  • learn mindfulness and self-awareness to help you stay calm when the going gets tough
  • teach you how to create habits and rituals to make sure the most important things are included in your homeschool life
  • remind you of and encourage you in YOUR passions so you can grow along with your kids

Join us for a day with moms who know how easy it is to lose yourself in the homeschool journey, but also how important it is that you don't let that happen. We will be focusing on strengthening ourselves so that we can strengthen our families and homes.

Home Education Conference:

"Be of Good Cheer; Do Not Fear,
For I The Lord Am With You"  

Thursday and Friday May 17 - 18, 2018

Do you ever worry your homeschool isn't "good enough"? This year's conference is packed with classes to help you to fight that fear, be of good cheer, and rely on the Lord's hand in your homeschool.


As we work to make our homeschools what our children need them to be, we can be of good cheer and have no fear by relying on the Lord and strengthening each other. Our speakers will cover topics such as:

  • preparing your kids for college
  • keeping your children motivated
  • improving your homeschool environments and routines

We look forward to learning together how to create strong, fearless homeschools to benefit the whole family.

Youth Friendship Seminar:
"Blast Off!"
Wednesday May 16, 2018

Blast off your skills at our Youth Friendship Seminar and take them to the stars.

Launch your day with dancing, theatre and kickboxing. Explore your capabilities in blogging, running summer camps and writing resumes. Meditation and self-care will complete your day's journey.

  • Learn beginning kickboxing using the Keysi Fighting Method
  • Get your Latin rhythm on with the Merengue and the Bachata
  • This year we have four classes with limited enrollment. You may sign up for two of them (if available) on the Registration page--scroll to the bottom.
  • #1 - Ryan Clemens will help you perfect your acting. Come prepared with a one minute monlogue and sign up for "Acting with a Monologue."
  • #2 - Adventures with Python--two part programming class on Wednesday and Friday
  • #3 - Sign Up for a two-part Poi Class. Make your own poi balls in class one, then return to learn how to dance with them.
  • #4 - Cast Away Your Fly Fishing Fears - a 90 minute class going through part of the lunch hour

Return after dinner for "Homeschooler's Got Talent," our annual Talent Extravaganza. Stay for the After-Party where everything is neon.

Youth Education Conference:
"Spread Your Wings and Soar!" 
Thursday and Friday May 17 - 18, 2018

The LDSHE conference is a great place to learn, be inspired, and set big goals. Spread your wings and soar with featured speaker Hank Smith.

Soar through two days of making lifelong friends, playing games, eating snacks and soaking up new knowledge.

  • Hank Smith's "Smart Dating" class will set you up for success.
  • "Don't Look Back" with Eric Richards.
  • Let the Villainous Mother instruct you on how to raise your parents.
  • Learn to draw--anyone can do it!>
  • Grab a partner and hula together.

And much more:--30 classes in all!
Then enjoy our evening activities. Explore the jungle at the Family Dance. Don't forget to wear your favorite jungle-themed clothing. Join our 2018 seniors at the LDSHE Graduation Celebration and party with cake and more dancing.

Youth & Family Activities
May 16 - 18, 2018

We've planned fun field trips and activities for dads/grandparents and kids under-12 during the day while mom is in class, and also Wednesday evening at a special storytime. There are also games and activities for youth through the day to get their wiggles out between classes. In the evenings moms are invited to unwind in the Mentor Mom Chat Room. Adults and teens are invited to end the day with yoga. Everyone is invited to enjoy the talent show, dances, and even a Graduation Celebration!

For more information visit our East Conference Activities page.