New South Wales

MumHeart Conference

June 3rd – 4th 2017


New South Wales

MumHeart Conference

June 3rd – 4th 2017


“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser”
~John 15:1

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Dates, venue, location, accommodation, presenters, program, frequently asked questions and more information below.


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  • The conference price covers conference attendance, morning and afternoon tea and a buffet hot lunch on Saturday plus morning tea on Sunday.
  • Please indicate your dietary requirements on booking.
  • Conference covers one mum only. No children except breastfed babies. No child minding facilities are available.
  • Accommodation and transport are not included in this price.

Venue – Noah’s On The Beach

We had our 2013 Mum Heart Conference at this venue and now we are back again. This conference room overlooks Newcastle Beach.

Address: Cnr Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Phone:+61 2 4929 5181


There is a large parking lot available for conference guests.

Getting There

It is approximately 2 hours drive from Sydney.

Flights from Newcastle airport arrive daily from Brisbane and Melbourne. There is a Port Stephens to Newcastle public bus service that takes you to Newcastle from the airport and return. The bus terminus is only 10 mins walk from Noah’s.

Countrylink trains stop at Broadmeadow which is a 10 minutes taxi trip into town.

Noah's on the Beach Accommodation for MumHeart Conference

Book Your Accommodation – Make a Reservation

Noah’s has given us a special price starting at $170 – $200 per twin share room. Breakfast $20 extra if you pre-book.

That’s $85 each – so tell a friend and come together!

Accommodation at that price is limited, so book early. You must call the hotel and quote Mum Heart Conference to get this price.

Call Noah’s on 02 49295181.

If you would like to browse the facilities at Noah’s here is a direct link to the site Noah’s On Beach.

Cheaper Places Walking Distance From Noah’s Include:

Program of Events


  • Informal gathering for earlybird arrivals
  • Meet at 7pm in the foyer area


9:00  Registration, tea &coffee on arrival
09:40  Welcome
10:00 Speaker Session 1
10:45  Morning Tea
11:20   Speaker Session 2
12:10  Lunch
1:00 Speaker Session 3
1.45 Workshops Session 1
2.30  Workshop Session 2
3:15  Afternoon Tea
4:30  Short wrap up for the day
5:00  Conference dinner break
Saturday Evening
7.00pm Book look and regional connections
8:00pm Homeschool Graduates Panel
9:00pm Finish


  • 9:00 Arrival, tea and coffee
  • 9:15 Welcome back
  • 9.20 Music
  • 9:40 Speaker Session 4
  • 10:20 Morning Tea
  • 11:00 Speaker Session 5
  • 12:00 Conference Wrap Up and Farewell
  • 12.30 Finish




Bloom Where You Are Planted



Abide & Abode

Catherine McKay

Catherine McKay

From Fearful to Fruitful

Carol Hudson

Carol Hudson

The Seeds of Today


Top Picks – Looking in the Curriculum Cupboards – Vicki Hukka

Here is a collection of some of the favourite curriculums people use: Sonlight, IEW, Math-U-See, Mystery of History and ACE. See them, feel them and touch them and here how they are used.

Structure & Document Your Homeschool –Michelle Morrow

It doesn’t matter what method of homeschooling you use you still need some structure and documentation. In this workshop we will look at portfolios, workboxes and look at some ideas for documenting and organising your homeschool.

Going the Long Haul – Barb Somervaille

A workshop to brainstorm ideas on how to manage the marathon of home educating a family to cross the finish line without falling in a heap.  As a mum of eight with five grandchildren, it is a juggle to stay focused on the youngest children and be the best mum everyone needs me to be. In order to bear good fruit for the long term, we need to pace ourselves.

Making the Most of Books – Margaret Taylor

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” A home school without great books is like a body without a soul or spirit. This workshop aims to give ideas to transform your home school library into shelves of memorable, life enhancing treasures with grand ideas.

What defines a good book? Where do you find a good book? Let us navigate the vast and treacherous morass that hides treasures in the storerooms of booksellers. Online ordering and all its tricks negotiated! Books about books, catalogues, lists, hard copy, eBooks, audio books, fiction, nonfiction, picture books, chapter books, classics and living books, with ideas to enhance your use of books.

Teaching Character – Annette McCredie

Annette has some hysterical, creative and downright clever ideas for dealing with character issues in your kids. Come and hear what’s in her bag of tricks and join in the discussion to nut out some ideas for your own children.

More Charlotte Mason – Carol Hudson

This workshop is for those who have been using Charlotte Mason’s methods for a period of time already and have some understanding of her principles. We’ll be looking at topics such as CM through high school, home schooling boys – especially during the teen years, written narrations and living books.

Healthy Homeschool Habits – Body, Mind and Soul

A panel of mums will discuss how to keep yourself healthy during the homeschool years. Homeschooling mothers often neglect their own health and let themselves get run down. In this workshop we will discuss helpful strategies for keeping yourself in a healthy place both mentally and physically.

Special Needs Homeschooling – Trisha Button

This workshop is both for those just beginning to homeschool a child with special needs, and for veterans to share their wisdom and to offer encouragement to those just starting out. Our time together will offer a safe place to ask questions, and to talk with others who understand the challenges and sweet victories that come with parenting and homeschooling our quirky kids.

High School Graduates Panel

We are going to introduce you to a group of homeschool high school graduates. Hear some of their stories and ask them your questions.

More workshops to be announced…

Frequently Asked Question

+ Will there be any vendors?

This year but we will be having a book look of various resources that are popular with homeschoolers. This will be set up on Saturday afternoon and evening. No items will be for sale.

+ Will I need cash?

There will be a small selection of books to look at but nothing for sale.
You will need to buy your own evening meal.

+ Is there any activity planned for Friday & Saturday night?

At Noah’s there is a nice lounge area where we are planning a casual gathering for those who arrive early on Friday night; it’s a time to mingle, chat and get to know others or reconnect with friends from previous conferences.
On Saturday night we will be having an informal gathering to connect people with others in there region, we will also be having a book look so you can browse through various resources. These resources will not be for sale.

+ I am coming on my own and need a roommate. How do I book?

Once you have purchased your ticket you will be invited to join the 2017 Mum Heart attendees Facebook Page. You can try to link up with other mums there who want to share accommodation. It worked really well last year. If you don’t have Facebook we can put the details on Facebook for you and try to connect you via email.

+ Can my family come and enjoy the location while I attend the conference?

Yes they can. You can book accommodation for your family and then come to the sessions while your family enjoys the facilities. Only mum will be able to attend the conference.
There is lots to do in Newcastle on the weekend. Dad and the kids will probably like these places which are all easily accessible without a car from the conference venue:

There is more to do. Just look at the Newcastle Tourist Information Website.

Stockton Holiday and Caravan Park is across the harbour and only a short ferry trip and walk to Noah’s.

+ Will there be any free time?

All sessions are optional, so you can duck off for a walk on the beach or a nap anytime, but late Saturday afternoon is particularly open.

+ Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes it can, there is a drop down menu for you to select your dietary needs prior to checkout when you book for the conference on the website. If your dietary requirement isn’t listed, please contact us and we will see what we can do.

+ I will have a breastfeeding baby, can I still come?

Yes you are most welcome to come and bring your breastfeeding baby with you, however there will not be childcare available.

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