Past Conferences

“Amazing opportunity to hear such an inspiring, experienced and acclaimed speaker. Attention to detail – everything has been amazing! Great value! Brilliantly organised! Easy to register. Great communication. Slick. Well thought out.”
Auckland Attendee 2018

2020 was a year of lockdowns and even more isolation from our communities and support groups.  At The Firelight Foundation we felt it was especially important to bring some encouragement to our fellow home-schoolers and so from 4-19 September we traveled to Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Oamaru, Dunedin and Winton.

Marian Lane spoke on the Spark that Motivates you and your child; Stephanie Walmsley encouraged us to relax and enjoy the Brilliant Lifestyle of home-schooling; Cassandra Shepherd reminded us that home-schooling is a Work in Progress to be viewed as a long term project; while Natalie Donaldson covered the basics of Secondary Options for teens at home.

“Thanks for coming, enlivening our communities, encouraging the whanau and sharing the awesomeness that is home educating.”

In September 2019 Julie Bogart toured the North Island from 5-14 September. Julie spoke in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay and Palmerston North.

Julie’s enthusiasm was infectious with talks on Awesome Adulting, The Most Important Person in Your Homeschool is You, How to Become a Brave Learner, The Magic of a Language Rich Lifestyle, Partnership Writing, and Big Juicy Conversations with Teens.  Julie, you injected us with a dose of energy and inspired us onward!

“I’ve discovered from both Andrew Pudewa and Julie Bogart that it’s worth travelling for a great speaker!”
“I’ve met some amazing home-school mums who have built my confidence in beginning to home-school.”
“The humour, new perspectives, seeing friends, meeting people, home-schooling encouragement and resources!”
Hamilton Attendee 2019

In August 2018 the Firelight Foundation hosted our first international speaker for several years.  From 10-18 August, Andrew Pudewa travelled through New Zealand speaking in Christchurch, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Taupo, Tauranga and Auckland.

He encouraged, inspired and motivated with talks such as Cultivating Language Talents, Reading Strategies, Teaching Boys, Nurturing Confident Communicators, Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching, Entrepreneurial Education, and Mastery Learning and Development.  Thank you Andrew for helping remind us why we are home-schooling and how we can keep going…

“Relevant, amusing, high quality, inspiring, educational. THANK YOU. Such a privilege to be able to listen to Andrew Pudewa.”
Tauranga Attendee 2018

“I loved Andrew’s talks and the chance to hang out with other mums doing education differently. Excellent event, thank you for organising.”
Auckland Attendee 2018

“Julie is a great presenter – personable and enthusiastic and real because she’s “been there”.  I came away feeling affirmed in our shared realities as home ed parents and inspired for the weeks to come.”
Hawkes Bay Attendee 2019

“Thank you, Julie.  This was my first homeschool conference and it was absolute gold! Looooove what you shared – this mama’s heart is full.  Thank you.”
Whangarei Attendee 2019


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“Fresh encouragement, inspiration, LAUGHS! Thank you so much! Feel refreshed in my home-schooling.”
Auckland Attendee 2018

Previous Firelight Foundation Conferences and Events

2015                  Tedd Tripp Speaking Tour
2012                  Graham Braddock Art Workshops
2011                  Jay Wile Speaking Tour
2010                  Terry Small Speaking Tour
2008                  Andrew Pudewa Speaking Tour
2007                  Jim Weiss Speaking Tour
2006                  Sally Clarkson and Jay Wile Speaking Tour
2005                  Steve Demme Speaking Tour

“This was exactly the injection of inspiration I needed to boost my energy, enthusiasm and passion to carry on the homeschooling path.”
Auckland Attendee 2018

This was brilliant and just what I needed to re-inspire me to keep going even though it’s tough!
Palmerston North Attendee 2018

Great conference, entertaining speaker and easy practical things to do. Fantastic! Thank you!!
New Plymouth Attendee 2018

“Practical tips for working as a teacher with my own kids. Beautiful!”
Taupo Attendee 2018

“Loved it.  It was relaxed.  It was real life talk.  It was easy to understand.  The food was delicious!”
Hawkes Bay Attendee 2019