A quick Recap of the Wonderful things waiting for us at the Conference
We've had so many new people subscribing to the newsletter so we thought we'd do a quick recap of the amazing lineup for the conference so far. And we do mean so far, because there is certainly more to come. What we can say though, is that we have an amazingly talented community that is passionate about building an authentic learning space for the young in our care.
In a quick nutshell, this family conference will be filled with inspiring talks, participant driven round table discussions, delicious food, an exquisite venue, teen specific sessions, a talent show, funshops, a free play creative zone for the younger kids, a minecraft LAN, a documentary screening with a possible Q&A with the director/producer ….
One of the overriding themes and motivations for the conference is connection. But with our focus on connection we've been neglecting something else, something way more important. Celebration!! We should be celebrating too – that we took the first steps into creating a different path – be it unschooling, homeschooling, peaceful parenting, setting up an alternative school or choosing to attend one… Some of us for have been doing this for years and others are just starting out. Of course we should be celebrating together. So do expect that there will be high levels of positive energy at the conference! Add to the mix Saturday Night's festivities of a sumptuous dinner, talent show, fire circle and yummy snacks… No more neglecting! So we will be connecting and celebrating! Does that appeal to you?
But let's get back to connection. We want to connect with inner selves, connect with our community and connect our community to the global community too. All three connections feed into each other. So by walking this path our local movement is also contributing to the global movement and global developments also influences our local paths. Don't you just love connection?
The global connection comes with having Manish Jain as our facilitator and speaker. Manish himself is globally connected. He comes with a long history of unlearning his Harvard Education Masters and of learning from his community development efforts. We feel strongly that since a) His daughter is being unschooled b) That he founded and runs an alternative space for higher learning – Swaraj University, c) That he is the convenor of the Eco- Universities Network – a network of alternative higher education spaces around the world and d) he is actively part of building a learning community in Udaipur, he would make some invaluable input to our local conversation on reimagining learning.
Then we have Worldschooling/Unschooling mother and son, Lainie Liberti and Miro Siegel of Project Worldschool who bring with them a different kind of global connection - their location independent lifestyle, their experience in running temporary teen learning communities throughout the world. Lainie is also the host of the For the Love of Learning Show - Voices of the Alternative Education Movement. Earlier this year, they spoke at TEDx Amsterdam about Worldschooling. A different perspective with a different kind of depth for our local conversation!
And then of course we have a dynamic local community of unschoolers and homeschoolers who will be pooling their experience and passions. We will introduce you to the other speakers in the later newsletters: a researcher on natural learning, some inspiring young adults that will lead a session on growing without schooling, unschooling parents etc... Watch this space!