May 13, 2023
“Stand close TOGETHER and LIFT where you stand.”

American Heritage Worldwide is excited to present the 11th annual Spring Retreat on May 13th, 2023. We have an exiting new experience for all our attendees this year. As our gift, your admission this year includes a ticket to the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival and Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra Concert! See the schedule for more details, but get ready for a full day to recharge with us at the Annual AHS Worldwide Spring Retreat. Register now for 20% off. This Early Bird Discount will end on February 10th.

Keynote speakers
David Butler

David Butler’s greatest love is people. He has adopted as a life motto: “Stuff no mattah, people mattah.” His favorite people are his wife, Jenny, and their six darling children. Some of his other loves include good food, spontaneous adventures, checking things off his bucket list, Christmas morning, and the sea. David cohosts the popular YouTube scripture study channel Don’t Miss This with Emily Belle Freeman and is the author of several books–both of which are bucket list items he has checked off.

Emily Crapo

Emily Crapo is a work-in-progress mom who occasionally serves pretzels and peanut butter for dinner. She is a Well-Educated Heart mother with a passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her pioneering efforts with microschooling began in 2018 as she helped homeschooling moms across the globe form successful learning communities. She lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband, Nathan, and is the mother of four incredible kiddos. Emily currently works as the Programs Director for AHS Worldwide where she loves contributing her talents and experience to further the cause of inspired home-centered education.

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John Hilton III

John Hilton III was born in San Francisco and grew up in Seattle. He served a mission in Denver, and got a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. While there he met his wife Lani and they have six children. They have lived in Boise, Boston, Miami, Mexico, Jerusalem and China. John has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from BYU, both in Education. John is a Professor of Religious Education at BYU. John has published several books with Deseret Book, including Considering the Cross: How Calvary Connects us with Christ. He is also the author of the video course and podcast “Seeking Jesus.” John loves teaching, practicing magic tricks, and spending time with his family.

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Peter Knecht
Opening Remarks & Other Updates!

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 bookend princess. New business development is his professional passion, but new business development for a cause is what attracted him to American Heritage School in 2011. Since then, he’s been directing the school’s worldwide outreach to make the AHS experience more accessible and sustainable for families around the world. Nothing makes him happier than seeing students succeed on their journey to find and fulfill their divine mission—a unique outcome that he is blessed to witness daily in his role.

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Cherie Call
Mini Concert

Cherie Call was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She has released ten albums of her original songs. Cherie has played “in the round” at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and is a two time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Newfolk songwriting competition. Her songs have appeared in various films, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival award winning film, “True Fans”, which featured her song, “Heart Made of Wind’. Cherie collaborated with Lyndy Butler on a song called, “The Astronaut and the Mermaid’, which won the Children’s category of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2016. Cherie is a member of the Utah supergroup, The Lower Lights. She teaches songwriting at Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts in American Fork. Cherie lives in Utah with her husband and four children.

Jacob Earnest
Story Building

Jacob Earnest served a full-time mission in British Columbia, Canada and received a Bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from BYU-I. He then went on to earn a Master’s in Education Instruction from UVU and is currently getting his doctorate in Hope and Narrative within Religious Learning from USU. Jacob has been an instructor for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, and currently teaches literature and theatrical improvisation at American Heritage School. He has participated in many storytelling events and has a great passion for the art of sharing light through story.

Special INaugural event…included!
We are so excited to announce that all attendees will receive free admission to the annual Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point, AND a ticket to listen to the best in state (10 years running) Lyceum Philharmonic at American Heritage School, led by Kayson Brown.
What a beautiful way to end this inspiring retreat! Come enjoy over 750,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, poppies, and more, all in the breathtaking 50-acre Ashton Gardens. Then, grab some food at one of the food trucks, throw out a blanket, and enjoy the concert!


Come enjoy breakfast and lunch with us! Featuring a Yogurts Bar & Magleby’s Fresh.

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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.

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. Guests may use the refrigerator in the concessions kitchen next to the registration tables to keep their food refrigerated if needed.

Are children allowed to attend?

Children 12 months and younger are welcome at the retreat. Also, children 13 and older are also welcome to attend, but must be registered.

Can I get a refund if I decide not to attend after registering?

We provide a 50% refund on all registrations through March 31. No refunds are offered on retreat ticket purchases after March 31. However, you may transfer/sell your ticket. If you do transfer or sell your ticket, please email to notify him, so we can update our registration list and name badges.

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.
You may chat or text anytime but we will answer during business hours.

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