Virginia Beach | October 14-15, 2016

HEAV’s first-ever Mom’s Retreat for moms struggling to find encouragement without condemnation was held at the beautiful oceanfront in Virginia Beach on October 14-15.2016!

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The Sheraton Oceanfront was the location—and golden days at the seashore were the backdrop—for this unforgettable weekend of spiritual and emotional nourishment and refreshment combined with practical helps, inspirational worship, and so much more.

Geared toward the homeschooling mom but open to all, Sally’s wisdom and encouraging words brought a renewed sense of hope and purpose during a weekend filled with life-giving biblical discipleship, inspirational anecdotes and illustrations, and wise spiritual insights borne out of her own experience in life and ministry.
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About Sally

sally-clarksonSally Clarkson, the mother of four children and wife to Clay, has—over the course of 20 years in public ministry—earned a reputation as a champion of Christian motherhood. Veteran homeschoolers will recognize Sally as co-author of the classic book, Educating the Wholehearted Child, which she wrote in 1994 with her husband, Clay. Since that time, Sally has written numerous books centering on themes of motherhood, God’s grace and love, beauty, joy, and intentional living. During her time with us at the beach, Sally will draw heavily on two of her most recent books, Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love, and, The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming.

Before marrying Clay in 1981, she earned a degree in speech/English, ministered to students and executives, and was a missionary in communist Poland. After Clay completed seminary, they went on to serve as missionaries in Austria and as staff with several churches before starting Whole Heart Ministries in 1994. Sally and Clay home educated all of their children through high school.

She has encouraged mothers since 1998 through annual Mom Heart Conferences and through speaking nationally and internationally. She also blogs regularly for Christian women on her personal website,, and personally trains and disciples mothers online and in her home through her Mom Heart Intensives.

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Because of the cost of acquiring the venue and other conference necessities, we regret that we cannot offer scholarships.

The first session will begin on Friday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The last session ends on Saturday, October 15, at 4 p.m.
The optional tea will be held Friday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Sheraton is located on the exclusive northern end of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk with direct beach access. The address is 3501 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Yes. Your conference registration does not include a hotel room. You need not register for a room if you choose to stay elsewhere.

Daughters aged 16 may be registered at the regular conference price. However, be mindful that workshops will relate specifically to motherhood. Please be sensitive to the maturity of your child around other adults if you wish to register a daughter.

Nursing infants (lap babies) are welcome. Mobile (crawling or toddling) children are not allowed in the conference area for safety reasons and for courtesy to the other mothers. Infants must be in a carrier on the floor or in the mother’s lap. Strollers and floor blankets are not permitted.

You can cancel your registration until September 14, 2016, and get a refund minus a $20 cancellation fee. After September 14, we are unable to refund cancellations, but you may transfer your registration to a friend or family member. Call the office at 540-278-9200, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to request a cancellation or transfer.