Spring Retreat 2022

April 23, 2022
“The JOY we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the FOCUS of our lives.”
President Russell M. Nelson

American Heritage Worldwide is proud to present their annual Spring Retreat (2022) on April 23, 2022. Come join us for some amazing presenters, classes, and beautiful music. And, as always, food is provided. We are so excited to be with you!

Keynote speakers
Dawn Hawkins
Preparing Young Hearts & Minds in an Online World

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

Brad Wilcox
The Joy of the Gospel

Brother Bradley R. (Brad) Wilcox was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men general presidency on April 4, 2020. Brother Wilcox received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) and his doctorate in education from the University of Wyoming. He is currently a professor in BYU’s Department of Ancient Scripture. He is the author of the book The Continuous Atonement and the BYU devotional address “His Grace Is Sufficient.” Brother Wilcox has served in several Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Chile Vina del Mar Mission, bishop, mission president of the Chile Santiago East Mission, counselor in a YSA stake presidency, and member of the Sunday School general board. Most recently, he served as high councilor and stake Young Men president. Bradley R. Wilcox was born in Provo, Utah, on December 25, 1959. He and his wife, Deborah Gunnell, have four children and eight grandchildren.

Mike Madsen
29 Years of Home-Centered Gospel Learning…in 45 Minutes

After graduating from BYU, Mike spent 10 years teaching Seminary and Institute for the LDS Church. During this time he received a Master’s degree in Education and then spent 3 years creating training for 40,000 volunteer teachers. While working for the Church, Mike created print and web products and oversaw large worldwide broadcasts (Come, Follow Me, Face to Face, curriculum efforts, and more). In 2021, Mike left his 29- year Church career to become the Vice President of Learning and Communication at Aptive Environmental.

other speakers
Rachelle Rasband Chase
be.YOU.tiful — Finding Increased Joy Through Self-Care

Rachelle is an inspirational and motivational speaker, teacher, author, and life coach. Her passion and purpose is to share the truths she has learned and internalized that enabled her to overcome a life-crippling 22-year-long eating disorder, and to change her internal and external world for the better. Her greatest desire is to help others create the same peace and joy in their lives that she has created in her own, which is why she highly values her role as a life coach. Rachelle considers her greatest success that of being married to her wonderful husband, Dave Chase, for 26 years. Her pride and joy are her five beautiful children, a daughter-in-law, and a precious granddaughter, with another on the way. Rachelle and Dave have been called to preside over the Illinois Chicago Mission in July 2022.

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Angie Blad
Create a micro-AHS in Your Community

A self-proclaimed educational entrepreneur, Angie’s experience and passion are creating communities for home-centered, faith-based, community-supported education.  Organizing conferences and clubs, and directing cooperatives and micro-schools, have all been a part of her mission to support and strengthen families.  Angie hopes all of these ventures are preparing her for her future dream job: assisting in creating schools in Zion!  Until then, she is content to build local communities and collaborate with others who are doing the same.

Yahosh Bonner
Joy in Christ

Yahosh Bonner was born the fifth of eight children in Las Vegas, NV. Yahosh comes from an accomplished musical heritage. He and his wife Vanessa have 3 boys and a girl. Malachi (11), Samaiah (7),  Nehemiah (5), and baby Kuregiy (2 weeks old). He currently is a cohost on BYUtv’s Family Rules. He is a motivational speaker, and actor. In addition he is a recording performing artist.  Yahosh starred in the movie called “His Name Is Green Flake”, which is an award winning film recently released and he was featured in Utah Valleys Business Q’s 40 under 40 edition. His favorite job is being Coach Yahosh for American Heritage School and AHS Worldwide! Every time Yahosh takes the stage he looks for the opportunity to bring The Spirit into every situation. Yahosh currently runs his own YouTube channel and encourages all gospel, hip hop, R&B, lovers to subscribe.

Shannon Foster
10+ Ways to Fortify Children and Youth

For thirteen years Shanon Foster taught seminary full time for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  As she was retiring at the birth of her first child, she wished that she could help parents learn the skills she had been trained and taught over her career.  So Shannon started a little blog called The Red Headed Hostess where she began sharing tips and little hand-drawn helps.  Over the years her blog has grown into a business with a team with over 100 years of teaching experience.  Together, they continually research what kind of learning truly helps fortify individual hearts and testimonies.  Come learn about some of the most important things they have learned.

Dawn Hawkins
Building a World Free from Sexual Abuse & Exploitation

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse.

Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

She is a graduate of Tufts University and resides with her family in Virginia.

Grant Beckwith
Closing Remarks

Mr. Beckwith joined American Heritage School in 2005 as principal of the American Fork campus and now serves as the Head of School overseeing the school’s three campuses. Prior to joining American Heritage School’s administration, Mr. Beckwith was an attorney practicing corporate law for the Washington D.C. office of Nixon Peabody LLP. A member of the Utah Bar, the Virginia Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar. He and his wife Candice live in Alpine and are the parents of four children. In addition to his responsibilities as Head of School, Mr. Beckwith enjoys teaching a high school seminar each year entitled “Principles of Leadership.”

AHS Worldwide Team-26
Peter Knecht

Peter Knecht is from Indiana, but never made it back after marrying a Utah girl following his mission while attending BYU. He loves anything outdoors (hiking, biking, climbing, camping, exercising, gardening), so Utah has become the perfect place to raise a family of four boys and a bookend princess. New business development for an inspired cause is his professional passion, which is what attracted him to American Heritage School in 2011. Since then, he’s directed the worldwide outreach to make the AHS experience more accessible and sustainable for families around the world.

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Maren Jones
St. George, Utah

I absolutely love the AHS retreat! I look forward to it every year–it is such a highlight! The speakers are always fabulous and seem to say exactly what I need to hear. I love getting the Homeschool and parenting tips, tricks and advice from people who share my same religious background. What a treat to feel the Spirit at a home school event! I always come home with renewed energy & focus on what matters most. Hope to see y’all there!

Raquel Davies
Colorado Springs, Colorado

All the speakers set the proper tone and foundation that built throughout the day to an amazing culmination at the end. It was life-changing for me. I’ve home-schooled for almost 10 years now, but I’ve never been more inspired and dedicated to teaching and nurturing my children’s hearts as I was after the retreat. It was such an inspiring, revelatory, almost sacred conference for me. Thank you for all the time, effort, energy, prayer, and preparation that contributed to this conference.

I loved the spiritual atmosphere and uplifting lectures/talks.

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Debra Peterson
Boise, Idaho

They were all so inspiring and much more than I can get in a church setting. I feel like I can listen to motivational speakers anywhere, but the spiritual atmosphere combined with spiritual lectures and talks all around homeschooling was just what I needed. Thank you!

There was such a great spirit throughout the event. My homeschool fire was rekindled! Thank you so much!

I would attend the retreat twice per year if available. Thanks for all you do!

Keynote speakers really need to be dynamite and you nailed it. I hope you can do it again next year, I loved the messages to remind us what matters most in our teaching.

Rosemary Pollock
Curriculum Writer

I’ve been working with American Heritage Worldwide for nearly ten years now. I’ve written History and Literature  curriculum and the daily Spotlight lessons during this time.

I also love observing the interaction among new friends who create friendships in meetings and at lunch.

It’s also a privilege to associate with my fellow workers and renew friendships.

I love the Annual Spring Retreat and look forward to attending.


New for our 10th Anniversary Retreat, we are adding a youth track! Youth 12 and older will hear from Brother Wilcox and the musical guests. Then, they will take the bus (yes . . . the school bus) down to our new, beautiful studio in Vineyard where they will workshop with our studio team, eat lunch, and even get behind the camera! When they return, they’ll hear from their favorite Coach Yahosh, and meet and mingle with several of their other teachers and learning coaches from the previous and upcoming year!!


Come enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with us! Featuring Great Harvest bread, Costa Vida, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a pricing option without food?

Although we don’t have a pricing option that adjusts for those who do not want food, retreat guests are welcome to bring their own food and can store what is needed in our campus refrigerators, if needed.

Can I bring my kids?

No, we do not allow children younger than 12 to attend, in order to preserve this as a “day away from the kids” . . . all kids. 🙂 Youth ages 12 and up will have a youth track that is geared towards their age and experience.

Can I get a refund?

We provide 50% refunds through March 31. No refunds are offered on retreat ticket purchases after March 31.

What is the add-on of "Les Miserables?"

The student production of “Les Miserables” will be performed by the drama students American Heritage School (American Fork Campus). We are offering our retreat attendees an option to add a performance ticket to their retreat ticket should they want to stay to see the “Les Mis” performance. These tickets are offered as a student discount of $8.

Are masks required?

While masking is not required to attend events at American Heritage School, we honor personal decisions on the matter.

If you have any questions, please call or text from 9:00 AM–2:00 PM, Monday–Friday. We answer all emails within one business day.
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