HEART South Speakers

Gwenda Smithies

As the homeschooling Mother of twelve children, and more than 25 years of non-stop nappies (true) and teaching, Gwenda Smithies knows what it’s like to be stretched as flat as a flounder and utterly dependent on the grace of God to make it through the day with optimism and sanity still intact!  

Her greatest joys are her friendship with the God of the universe, seeing her adult children all walking with Him, evangelism, and encouraging mothers as they serve the Lord by loving those around them. In recent years she has also been enjoying the fun of writing their family story and experimenting with homesteading.

Rosie Boom

Well known inspirational speaker and author Rosie Boom has a wealth of wisdom and experience in home-education and raising godly children, with her own six adult children all successfully carrying the fruit of the seeds she has sown in them. 

Rosie’s passion is to encourage and inspire others through song writing and singing, public speaking and writing. 

Come soak in all the warmth, humour, love and life lessons Rosie has to offer at HEART South. Be prepared to be blessed and encouraged in your home-schooling journey. 

Lauretta Dunkirk

Back again by popular demand, but this time as a speaker in addition to a workshop leader, is Lauretta Dunkirk. 

She lives with her husband and four children, with whom she has many adventures – in daily life, in the books they read and the wild Outside. For fun, she loves gardening and playing classical music on the piano.

Through the daily drudgery of life, Lauretta fights to tenaciously hold onto Jesus Christ, only to find that He is the one holding onto her.


For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20