Come hear about this age group that is often forgotten in Unschooling discussions. Wild-Soul Zen will share her unique perspective on Unschooling our babies and “pre-schoolers” which combines her training in Early Childhood Development, experience working in a school which took an Unschooling approach and Unschooling her own children.
If you are looking for an easy, fun way to cook meals while camping, road schooling or ANYTIME, then look no further!
Cast iron cooking is a great way to create meals for your family in every season of life. It is portable and compact, and cast-iron does not contain the toxins that most modern cookware can leach into your food. Summer Blessed will show you how to cook with charcoal and cast iron. It’s easy, fun and has limitless potential to save you money and keep you healthy. In an era where “food” so often is actually a “food like substance”, it’s paramount to have the skills to cook your own meals. It’s the best way to ensure that your family eats well with whole food ingredients. Come try it!
Discover how embracing the grieving process fully, and learning to love the emotions of loss and grief has taught one Mother how to love completely and unconditionally, and emerge to live authentically and radiantly.
From being shattered by love, and brave enough to revel in it, to finding courage enough to continue on, Leigh Anne DuChene will share how she re-built herself and became the person she had only dreamed of being; a stronger, wiser, more courageous, compassionate, loving, humble, and open person. There is a gentle and bitter sweet beauty, promise, and hope within the pain, grief and tears of loss.
What is Peaceful Parenting? How can I move from an Authoritarian parenting style to a more peaceful (and less stressful) way of living with my kids?
This will be a very experiential, hands on joy-shop lead by Daphne “Osunlade” Edwards-Emi using Byron Katie’s The Work (thework.com) to align with our inner peace – which is where all true peace resides.
We can ACT as peaceful parents, but that doesn’t make us truly peaceful. We can act non-controlling or non-authoritarian, but that doesn’t make these things so. These strategies/philosophies are a start, but what happens to the triggers that we are suppressing while “performing” as “good” parents? What happened to the stories, the trauma, and the deep seated emotions?
Come and find out how questioning our old beliefs and inquiring into our stressful thoughts can actually bring us true freedom. Come and see how this freedom gives us clarity. And then see how this clarity gives us the ability to act from a true place of peace. No philosophies necessary. See you there, my loves, with an open mind and heart!
What are the unique challenges of switching to Unschooling when a child is older? What can de-schooling look like and how long can it take for kids (and parents)? How do making these changes in parenting and education affect the parent-child relationship when it happens “late?”
Su will share her experience and insights gained after taking her son out of school at age 13 and quickly moving from doing school-at-home to Unschooling. She will answer your questions and facilitate discussion for others to share their experience and concerns about switching to Unschooling “mid-stream.”
Ami and Russell Campbell have always had their 3 children close. As their babies grew they moved from Attachment Parenting to Unschooling and cherished the fact that home-education allowed them to spend so much time with their children. The Campbell kids thrived as they were allowed to follow their interests, enjoy friends and other activities and play all day. So Ami and Russell were a bit surprised when, at age 7, their daughter Aelish expressed a desire to go to school. Despite their concerns, the Campbell’s supported their daughter’s choice and began the search for the right school.
After looking at the neighborhood public elementary school, Aelish instead chose a very small and homeschool feeling Montessori. Her goals were to learn to read, to learn some math, to make new friends, and to see what all the fuss was about. Her parents were pleasantly surprised with her enthusiasm, and with her quick progress from total non-reader, to reader, and at her quick grasp of the concepts in the classroom. Her teacher was unsure at first how to approach and teach this freethinking, unschooled kid, but she soon became a favorite of his, and he frequently spoke to the Campbells after school about her “surprising” progress. By Spring, Aelish had learned what she set out to gain from school, and had also had enough of the school social scene and was ready to come back home. Her parents were often amazed by her thoughtful insights about how the students were treated, how the students treated each other, and how her own mind was treated while in school.
Come hear Ami, Russell and Aelish share their experiences of giving school a try. Aelish is THRILLED to share the insights she gained from her year in school and her return to home-education.
We are so pleased to announce that Donna and Luis Gonzalez will be leading several sessions at the retreat! Donna and Luis have always Unschooled their three children, ages 21, 18 and 12. They offer thoughtful and practical advice and insights regarding Unschooling, Attachment Parenting and Life in general. I am lucky to call them my friends, and am so excited to share them with you! Here’s just a sampling on what they will be presenting:
Is Early Always Better?
We live in a culture that thinks when it comes to children’s learning, “starting early is always better” whether the skills they are learning are academic, musical or physical (learning to walk, sports) etc.
Donna and Luis will share their experience Unschooling their kids who have been allowed to pursue their interests at their own speed.
Here’s one example from their family:
Donna and Luis are talented musicians, so originally their plan was for their children to start Suzuki at age 3. When this resulted in tears, stomach aches and vomiting, they decided to listen to their kids desires and follow their leads. Their oldest son, Bobby, eventually decided to take up violin at age 12. Everyone said it was “too late.” They said, “successful violinists have to start around age 4.” The Gonzalez’s decided to just go with Bobby’s interests and “trust” as best they could. As an Unschooler he had time to practice 4-5 hours a day (without coercion). He “caught up” to all the other kids who started so early and is now a junior in college majoring in music and has been hired as a full-time member for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra!
Join the discussion exploring concepts like the value of practice (or not to practice), allowing kids to quit, parental panic attacks, admitting when Unschooling is “hard” and more.
Ask questions and hear how Donna and Luis have muddled their way through this Unschooling life through the good, the bad and the ugly.
Heaps of Love,
ChristinaWester @ mac.com