2018 Refresh Retreat
Mar 09, 2018, 4:00 PM
Alabama 4-H Center
a weekend of encouragement and inspiration, challenge and motivation to finish the year strong, and a time of REST

Registration ends February 4!

Our mission at Refresh is to minister to moms who give of themselves daily, so that you return to your families encouraged, rejuvenated, and better equipped to serve them. We listen to moms, then plan carefully to ensure that we accomplish this goal through various activities and options so that this weekend is what YOU need.

If you need fellowship, quiet time, activity, or rest -

we have you covered!

At Refresh 2018, we are retreating back to nature. Our location this year is a lovely property featuring a serene lodge, surrounded by woods. A lake for canoeing, fire pits, and outdoor activity options all promise to be a real break from the work of homeschooling.  Come join us!


"Had such a great time with you ladies this weekend. I really did come home refreshed!"  Pam from GA


"So thankful for YOU! It was an amazing weekend of rest, fellowship, encouragement and validation! Such a blessing!"  Erica from AL


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AIMEE SMITH and her husband Aron are second generation homeschoolers who desire to cultivate a lifestyle of learning in their home. As homeschool mom to four children, Aimee lives in the daily tension between God's call to the hard work of homeschooling and His call to rest as His daughter. As a homeschool community leader, her message to moms is to receive rest by clinging to Jesus and His promise of victory. Aimee is passionate about utilizing academics as a tool for discipleship, encouraging moms to seek rest in our busy days, and seeing our culture transformed through families committed to Jesus. Check out Aimee's website at restinthetrench.com to learn more of her passion for teaching what it means to truly rest.

Darby is wife to Mark, mother to five guys and a girl, and "Honey" to her four grandchildren. Having graduated her six children, this is the first school year in 24 years with no students gathered around the family table. She reilshes opportunities to encourage others in the Lord and is always ready for a good, deep conversation. She and Mark serve together with Turning Hearts Ministries and have been married for 33 years.


As a previously homeschooled student, Dr. Grace Mooney is excited about the opportunities that home education provides. For her Ph.D. research, she studied teachers' experiences in using Charlotte Mason's approach and enjoys sharing how this approach can be inspiring and refreshing for teachers.


Hettie received her B.S. Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University in 1970 and her M.A. from the University of Montevallo in 1972, both in speech-language pathology. She was a trainee at Duke University and at the Birmingham, AL Veteran's Administration Hospital during her graduate training. She scored in the top one percent nationally on the speech-language pathology certification exam.  Hettie has been on the faculty of three university speech-language pathology programs as well as in private and public school settings, hospitals, nursing homes and home health care; she has primarily been in private practice since 1980.

She published “Teaching Chaining to Unintelligible Children” in Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, describing an original approach for severe intelligibility and language disorders. Hettie developed the Amygdala SPA strategies to reduce brain shut-down which she presented at the British Dyslexia Association as well as at state and regional conferences in the U.S. She co-founded the Dyslexia Education Group of Central Alabama. You can see Hettie on her YouTube channel, sharing strategies to improve school and life success.


As a school administrator for homeschool families and a coordinator for a large community support group, Kristy has found many parents needing encouragement and counsel in their homeschool journey.

Her personal blog is kristytrent.com and it is focused on educating and encouraging home educators.  Kristy's mission is to help parents feel confident in their educational choices for their children. She writes about homeschooling, educational resources, home management, life with twins, and her faith experiences.


Here is our confirmed schedule for this year's retreat:

Friday March 9th:

  3:00    Check-in

  4:30    Breakout session 1

  5:30    Dinner

  7:00    Main Session 1

Saturday March 10th:

  7:45    Breakfast

  9:00    Main Session 2

11:00    Breakout 2

12:00    Lunch

  1:30    Breakout 3

  2:45    Downtime or Activity of Your Choice

  6:30    Dinner

  8:00    Special Event


Sunday March 11th:

  8:00    Breakfast

  9:00    Final Session

11:00    Check-out



2018 Refresh Retreat
Mar 09, 2018, 4:00 PM
Alabama 4-H Center


We need YOU! We can't put on our retreat without the help of our amazing sponsors!

We are in the process of choosing a select number of homeschool-related sponsors for our upcoming retreat.  If your business has something to offer to the homeschool community, we would love to hear from you!  Table space is limited and selective.  Get your request in soon!  We look forward to partnering with you!

Sponsorship comes in 3 levels:

Level 1

We will include your information in the bags handed out to each attendee.  You will also be able to submit items to be given out as door prizes in our main session.

Level 2

We will include your information in the bags, and you will be able to submit items as door prizes.  You will also have use of one of our very limited vendor tables set up for the full length of the retreat.  The vendor tables are very centrally located to all retreat activities.

Level 3

As well as a table, information in the bags, and door prizes, you will also be able to post a logo on our website as a sponsor and will have an opportunity to come on stage for a short statement about your business.

We also have opportunities for sponsors to directly sponsor our table decorations and our dessert night.

If you are a mom with your own work at home sales business, we would also love to hear from you.  We are planning a special time for moms to set up and share your products and business with our attendees.  It will be a fun time of shopping and pampering, and we would love to include you.  We will only accept one table from each type of business, so contact us soon!

Email us directly at refreshhomeschoolretreat@gmail.com with your questions!


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