Family Retreat: Parents - 2022, Morristown, Tennessee

Whether you have been homeschooling for years, months, weeks or only a few days, we are excited for you to join us! We have lined up some amazing speakers that range from “I was born to homeschool and have done this my whole life!” to “Yikes, how do I even get started on this homeschool adventure?”

The classes will hit the spot- choose from speakers like Ian Cox, Chris Jones, and Cristin Tillinghast that will speak to your heart and mind and help you achieve your homeschool goals. 

The dance is going to be epic – always a family favorite!

The games will be character building- laughter will fill the entire park!

Your friendships will be everlasting – come and meet “your people”!

And Graduation will be unforgettable – your kids will reach their dreams through homeschool too! Let us celebrate your families achievements with you!

And if all that fabulousness  isn’t enough…..we are throwing in a t-shirt, tote bag, and a guidebook this year! All for your homeschool wearing, carrying, and viewing pleasure!

  • Date: 12 May 2022 – 13 May 2022
  • Time: 9:00 am – 09:00 pm (EST)
  • Check in: Wednesday from 6pm-8pm
  • Registration Deadlines:
    • 19 April 2022: Guaranteed bag, guidebook, and t-shirt
    • 4 May 2022: online
    • No at the door registration
  • Venue: Cherokee Park, Morristown, Tennessee
  • Used Book Sale: held both days during lunch. Bring your used curriculums and books to sell. 

Registration Closed

LDSHE is a volunteer run organization  and we cannot run the show without your help. If you are interested in volunteering during our conference, please fill out this quick form and let us know how we can use your amazing set of skills!

9:00 am - 9:50 am Large Pavilion

Opening Keynote (Adelin and Sariah Bates)

At first glance, the adult theme, "Anchored in Christ", seems to be the opposite of the youth theme, "Rise to Your Challenge", but are they really opposites?

Sariah Bates Sariah Bates
Adelin Bates Adelin Bates
10:00 am - 10:50 am Adult Tent

Who Likes to Eat? (Cyndee Wright)

When you think of healthy snacks does the thought, “Celery, mmm. I would really love to bite into water with hair in it.”? So many memories are centered around food, whether it’s a favorite recipe passed down for generations or a failed attempt chalked up to being a science experiment. In this class there will be snacks (because, duh, the class title says it all), and we will discuss ways to make healthy snacks with our children, building memories together.

Cyndee Wright Cyndee Wright
10:00 am - 10:50 am Adult Pavilion

Self Care for Moms (Paul Clegg)

Are you tired of all the crazy in your life? Do you dream of bonbons and bathtubs? Pull up a chair, grab your chocolate, and let’s talk self care!

Paul Clegg Paul Clegg
10:00 am - 10:50 am Amphitheater

Mentor Mom Chat

Come and share all your best homeschool ideas. Fill your cup as you realize you aren't alone in this homeschool journey. It is a great time to talk about the ins and outs, good times and bad, and learn a few new tricks.

11:00 am - 11:50 am Adult Pavilion

Creating a Home Library (Nicole Freeman)

What do you get when you put Interior Design and a love for books together? A Home Library! It is so much more than a bookcase with a few copies of the classics. Imagine your home as a library! A window to learning. An open door to culture, countries, languages, and more. A staircase that leads to study and teaching. Rooms and rooms of knowledge! What is expedient for you to understand? Come and discover the blueprints to the Home Library. Then return and build your own!

Nicole Freeman Nicole Freeman
11:00 am - 11:50 am Adult Tent

Marital Intimacy: Saving & Growing Our Families One Couple at a Time (Lindy Van Komen)

Marital intimacy is not a euphemism for sex. Intimacy is an essential tool for individual growth; an aid in building a solid foundation for our marriages, our families, and our society. Come join the discussion of marital intimacy, and what that means in the framework of a family lead, church supported community.

Lindy Van Komen Lindy Van Komen
12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Lunch and Family Activities

Ready to have fun with your family? Come and enjoy activities for every age!

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Adult Tent

It's Contagious! (Adelin Bates)

There are a lot of things we experience that are contagious from a yawn to a nasty cold, from silly phrases to different kinds of behavior. But did you know that the love of learning and trying new things is also contagious!! In this class, we will learn about this “contagion” and how we can make it a part of our homeschool.

Adelin Bates Adelin Bates
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Adult Pavilion

Let Them Lead (Amy Palmer)

With an increased emphasis on giving our youth responsibility in the church, we have seen some amazing opportunities for our youth to step up. At times, it has been beautiful to watch. But sometimes it is a complete flop. And how should we be integrating these ideas into our homeschool and home life? Come learn some do's and don'ts of supporting our youth and helping them grow into the many roles of leadership available to them.

Amy Palmer Amy Palmer
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Adult Tent

529 Tricks for College Savers (David Spigarelli)

College can be so expensive! It’s a wonder that anyone can afford it! Don’t panic! A 529 account can help virtually anyone who has a college-bound student, even if your student has already started college! I’ll walk you through both the basics of 529s and advanced strategies and tricks. I’ll finish it off by connecting the dots with realistic 529 scenarios.

David Spigarelli David Spigarelli
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Adult Pavilion

Is Christ YOUR Center (Candice Gwilliam)

Feelings of low self worth, the weight of your world, and the miracles that happen when we become spiritually centered.

Candice Gwilliam Candice Gwilliam
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Amphitheater

Mentor Mom Chat

Come and share all your best homeschool ideas. Fill your cup as you realize you aren't alone in this homeschool journey. It is a great time to talk about the ins and outs, good times and bad, and learn a few new tricks.

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Amphitheater

Dance Class (YCT)

You wanna bust out some awesome dance moves when you get to the family dance? Come to this dance class to learn line dances and have a blast!

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Youth Tent

Tips and Tools for Time Management for Home and School (Jen Altman)

As humans we wear so many hats which can be hard to juggle at times. Come learn some tips and tools to better manage our time and accomplish more throughout the day.

Jen Altman Jen Altman
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Small Pavilion

The Joy of Failure (Chris Jones)

We're all aware of the great failures in history--Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Darth Vader--but is a failure really a failure if he gets his own six-movie arc? What about the real failures--like us? We can't even get the kids to read Little Women, let alone take out the trash. What hope is there of a "well done, thou good and faithful servant" when we haven't seen our ministering families in church since the Benson Administration? Well, good news. Our failures are a feature, not a bug. And remember, we voted for this. We knew something then that we've forgotten. Let's remember it together.

Chris Jones Chris Jones
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Adult Pavilion

How the Old Testament Made Me an Optimist: From Doom and Gloom to Looking Forward with Hope (Ian Cox)

“I used to be a full blown pessimist. However, the more I’ve studied about freedom and the worse the crisis has become, the more of an optimist I’ve become. We are in hard times and facing great struggles, there are definitely more to come. I don’t believe optimism means hard things won’t happen. It means we keep a proper focus, maintain a proper mindset, and continue proper actions.”

Come and dig into the definitive steps of a crisis. Discuss the nature of humanity and learn the indomitable power of personal mission and purpose.

Ian Cox Ian Cox
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Adult Tent

The Importance of Family History and Temple Work in the Last Days (Cordell and Miriam Crawford)

As we see the world swirling with confusion and people living in chaos, we find ourselves searching for peace and ways to bring our families closer together.

As we take time to step away from the world and enter the doors of the temple, we find the peace we are searching for.

As we purposefully search out our ancestors and bind them to us eternally, we strengthen our faith and build our family relationships with those we see and love everyday and extend that strength to our family that has gone before us and those who are yet to come.

Join us as we discuss the Importance of Family History and Temple Work in the Last Days.

Cordell and Miriam Crawford Cordell and Miriam Crawford
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Amphitheater

Family Dance

No gathering is complete without a dance. And ours is even better because it's with your family. Come for the party of a lifetime! We wish it would last a lifetime, but it's only two and a half hours... sorry. Don't forget to bring your cowboy boots and hat!

9:00 am - 9:50 am Youth Tent

Creating More Meaningful Photographs (Melanie Mauer)

Let's have fun unlocking the magic of photography together so your images are infused with more care and intention. We'll walk through dozens of tips that will help your photographs sing!

Melanie Mauer Melanie Mauer
9:00 am - 9:50 am Small Pavilion

Debate: Arguing About Your Beliefs, or Defending Them With Style? (Jess Snyder)

Come one, come all! Together we will cover the in’s and out’s of Parliamentary Debate. We will discuss the debate rules, how to prepare for a debate, what to expect during a debate, hold a mock debate to show you how it’s done, and then turn the floor over to you. Watch out mom, your kid just might mop the floor with you!

Jess Snyder Jess Snyder
9:00 am - 9:50 am Amphitheater

Choose Your Own Adventure (Chris Jones)

Stories from history are fun to listen to. Know what's more fun? Playing one. Wanna play?

Chris Jones Chris Jones
9:00 am - 9:50 am Adult Tent

The People, The Mindset, and the System: American Heroes (Ian Cox)

Why did the American Experiment work? What made the difference? How did it produce one of the most prosperous and free eras the world has ever seen? Can this legacy be continued today? There are three key aspects we must understand to fully answer these questions:
1) The culture of the general people
2) The mindset and education of the people
3) The systems that are for and by the people
Join Ian Cox as we explore the fundamental aspects of American Heroes that have produced more freedom and prosperity for more people than ever before in world history.

Ian Cox Ian Cox
9:00 am - 9:50 am Adult Pavilion

Lights, Camera, Testimony (Cristin Tillinghast)

We all have moments when we feel we have to "perform." This class looks at finding our hot spot, looking straight into the camera and declaring who we are, no script needed.

Cristin Tillinghast Cristin Tillinghast
10:00 am - 10:50 am Adult Tent

STORY: The Secret to Raising a Writer (Rachel Scoresby)

The absolute best way to become a better writer is to write. Hands down. But sometimes the simple act of moving the cursor/pencil across a blank page is intimidating—for children and for adults too. But, as a teacher and a writer myself, I have discovered there is nothing quite so motivating, quite so irresistible as an untold story.

Come take a close look at story. What is it? What are its parts? And most importantly, how can you use it to motivate and empower your children (especially those tweens and teens) to develop fresh ideas on their own, build their writing stamina, analyze their own work, and actively seek instruction and criticism? Come learn why story is the best kept secret when it comes to raising a writer.

Rachel Scoresby Rachel Scoresby
10:00 am - 10:50 am Adult Pavilion

Born Again Cucumber: Cool As vs Becoming One (Bill Snyder)

Point to ponder: Is a pickle a vegetable? This question has been on the minds of great thinkers ever since pickling was invented in 2400 B.C. At what point does a bath of brine so completely change us that we become what we want, or don’t want, to become?

Bill Snyder Bill Snyder
10:00 am - 10:50 am Amphitheater

Mentor Mom Chat

Come and share all your best homeschool ideas. Fill your cup as you realize you aren't alone in this homeschool journey. It is a great time to talk about the ins and outs, good times and bad, and learn a few new tricks.

11:00 am - 11:50 am Adult Pavilion

The Fundamentals of Leadership Education: Principles and Process (Ian Cox)

Whose job is it to educate others? There are two great myths about this question we tend to ascribe to in education today. Join Ian Cox to learn the core principles and phases that are present in a great education of every individual. Discover and learn to master these principles with the TJEd--Leadership Education--processes. It’s simple, straightforward, and the activity that works long-term.

Ian Cox Ian Cox
11:00 am - 11:50 am Adult Tent

Hackers and Phishing and Ransomware! Oh My! (David Spigarelli)

In an increasingly connected world, how can you keep your family safe from the online bad guys? Whether it’s on your computer or on your phone, there’s a lot that can go wrong. In this class, I’ll teach you practical ways that you can protect your family and stop digital demons who want to hurt you and those you love.

David Spigarelli David Spigarelli
12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Lunch and Family Activities

Ready to have fun with your family? Come and enjoy activities for every age!

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Adult Pavilion

Anchored in Christ (Cara Rector)

In life we often feel the turbulence of the world we live in. The ups & downs create an adventure that can be both exhilarating and terrifying. While we bear the responsibility of steering our vessels through the storms and calms of life, we have a tool that can prevent us from "drawing". Let’s dive deeply into the "why's and how's" of being Anchored in Christ. There will be laughing, crying, and plenty of pirate lingo. We will even end our adventure together with a unique presentation of a beloved hymn turned seas shanty.

Cara Rector Cara Rector
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Adult Tent

Breaking the Mold and Breaking Free (Jessica Storey)

You can free yourself from duplicating public school at home while still having peace of mind and raising exceptional kids. Do we have the same priorities and goals as the public school system? Should we? Let’s think outside the box, employ gospel principles, and discuss proven alternatives that will save your time and sanity. Learn how to light the love of learning while streamlining, whether you have one student or many. You can experience more freedom for both you the parent and your students.

Jessica Storey Jessica Storey
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Adult Pavilion

Raising Boys and Girls to Become Men and Women of the Lord (Dennis and LeeAnn Earl)

In this class we will share what we have learned works for our kids. We are not experts by any means, but so far we have raised seven boys and two girls to adulthood. None of our kids have been the same, even with multiple sets of twins. Join us for a fun and educational hour of how you can learn from our mistakes and successes.

Dennis and LeeAnn Earl Dennis and LeeAnn Earl
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Adult Tent

How to Have a Miserable Homeschool Day (Rachel Spigarelli)

Would you like to have a miserable homeschool day? I know some proven techniques! Sometimes my frustration and disappointment is due to the actions of others, but at other times, they are self-inflicted. In this accepting and encouraging classroom, we will honestly share about our own homeschooling misery. By identifying our self-defeating patterns, we will be prepared to replace them with self-compassion, intentional action, and supportive self-talk.

Rachel Spigarelli Rachel Spigarelli
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Amphitheater

Mentor Mom Chat

Come and share all your best homeschool ideas. Fill your cup as you realize you aren't alone in this homeschool journey. It is a great time to talk about the ins and outs, good times and bad, and learn a few new tricks.

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Large Adult Pavilion

Closing Keynote

Obedience is not a four-letter word. Striving to understand the light of Christ in our lives leads us to the path of our genuine self, a magnification of our gifts that comes from obedience. The Lord blesses us at all times, even in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Cristin Tillinghast Cristin Tillinghast
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Amphitheater