Program

The full 2017 conference schedule can be found here.

It’s a joyous weekend with lots to do!

group shot at picnicThe possibilities are endless. Some folks will pull up a chair and just enjoy talking to supportive, like-minded people. Some kids may passionately play board games, chess or Lego for hours. You may take advantage of the computer room or join together to make music in the lobby. Your family can swim in the hotel’s pool, explore the city streets, stay up late with old and new friends and connect with kindred spirits from across the region. Hugs, snuggles and smiles are always available for the asking.

Presentations, Panels & Discussions

Presentations: Found in the Main Ballroom, each presentation is based on the perspective, insights and experiences of each speaker, shared from the heart in their own unique voice. Expect to laugh, cry, be challenged, and inspired, as you hear more about each person’s  journey and what they have learned along the way.  Parents are welcome to attend with their children. See our Main Presentations page for details.

Panels & Discussions: Panels give you the opportunity to ask  experienced unschoolers your questions relating to the basics of unschooling or a specific topic that many parents have found challenging. A moderator will keep the questions flowing. During panels you will hear from parents who have been there, done that, and come out the other side with a greater understanding of the application of the unschooling philosophy.  See our Panels & Discussions page for details.

Funshops

website tape playFunshops will be set up for kids and adults alike who want to play, learn and share their interests! Drumming? Hide and Seek? ATC’s? Arts and Crafts? Minecraft? Music? Bananagrams? Jewelry Design? We hope to have a little bit of everything.

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All Weekend-Teen Scene

We have lots of new activities planned by and for our teen and young adult unschoolers!   See our Teen Scene page for details. Whether you are new to LIFE is Good or a seasoned conference goer, we hope you will join us. Hang out with your peeps, meet new friends, have some fun, chill, dance, play, ENJOY. *As with all activities at LIFE is Good, there are no set-in-stone age requirements. But as a guideline, the Teen Scene activities are geared toward independent young people in the 13-22 year age range.*

Art Studio

Open Art Studio is created for you and your family to relax and be artful. High quality art supplies will be at your finger tips to explore and create with. Plenty of art supplies and inspiring ideas will be available for the entire family. You will also be able to purchase art supplies during the conference.

This spaces is hosted by unschool mom Spramani Elaun, natural art teacher, author of several art education books and founder of Nature of Art For Kids@ School & Art Supply Company. Spramani will also be available throughout the conference for Q & A.

Kids earth-friendly high quality supplies will be available:

Acrylic paint
Watercolor paint
Watercolor pencils
Watercolor crayons
Color Pencils
Pastels
Oil pastels
Dry watercolor cake palettes
Gouache
Sketching Supplies
Non-Harden Modeling Clay
Handcrafted crayons
Beeswax crayons
Beeswax Modeling clay
Artist quality paper
Origami paper

art studio

Nature of Art For Kids® Store 

will also be open for art supply purchasing during exhibiting hours:

High quality art supply sales, Art Education books, Art lessons, and Art Kits
Earth-Friendly & Non-toxic designed just for homeschooling & unschooling families.

Computer Gaming Room

The computer room will be open throughout the conference for Minecraft, World of Warcraft and general internet gaming access.  We can’t provide the computers, but tables and chairs and free Wi-Fi will be provided. Bring your own laptop, iPad or PC and join the fun!

Fairy Godparents

Here’s your chance to bring a little joy and *magic* to someone’s weekend. Everyone who wants to participate will write his name down on a sheet of paper, only once, and place it into a bucket. After each person has done so, everyone who placed his name into the bucket reaches in and pulls out a name that isn’t his own. Now once you have that name you MUST remember it. You can keep it in your pocket if need be. If you don’t know who this person is, ask people you DO know to find out. But do it stealthily! Once you know your Fairy God Child you can do anything you want for him as long as it’s kind and makes him feel good inside. You can make signs to hang in public places that say how wonderful he is, give him a random hug “just for the fun of it”, ask someone to play or sing a song for him, write him a letter, make some kind of special food for him, or have a group of people hug attack him. Whatever you do make sure you do it without his knowing it’s you—and be creative!! And at the end of the week you can choose to tell your Fairy God Child who you are or have him wonder forever.

And, please, if you put your name into the bucket and draw one, please participate. No one wants to be neglected by their Fairy Godparent!

LIFE is Good with a Buddy

Attending a conference for the first (or even second, or third) time can be overwhelming. For most of us, introducing ourselves to people we don’t know is uncomfortable at best.

That’s where the “LIFE is Good with a Buddy” program comes in. We’ll match up more experienced conference-goers with people who are new to the conference experience. That way, no one needs to feel isolated or alone. Even those of you who are new to the LIFE is Good family will have a friend right from the start!

There’s no gift giving involved (this is entirely separate from the Fairy Godparents program). It’s just one person reaching out to another, offering a helping hand.

If you want to be involved in the buddy program (and we hope you do!) please send an email to Emily Troper at emtroper <at> gmail <dot> com  with the following information:

  • Would you consider yourself an experienced, new, or somewhere in between conference attendee?
  • Are you an experienced unschooler or are you just starting your unschooling journey?
  • Do you consider unschooling a lifestyle (radical unschooling) or an educational philosophy?
  • If you have any questions please contact emtroper <at> gmail <dot> com.

UNtrepreneurial Fair

Unschoolers are often budding entrepreneurs! We provide space and a time for displaying and selling goods during the LIFE is Good UNtrepreneurial Fair, open on Sunday and Monday evenings 6-8pm. This gives everyone an opportunity to sell their wares and not have to stand at a table all weekend. It also gives shoppers a set time to know when the shops are open for business!

SSUDS

The Secret Society of Unschooling Dads is guaranteed to host a round of lively discussion. This is a ‘dads only’ session to allow the menfolk extra freedom to talk, share and get those questions out in the open. Beverages, support and honest discussion will be provided.

SSUMs

Moms-only gathering for conversation, questions and friendship in a casual setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know other unschooling moms and what they’ve learned on this incredible adventure. If you can’t come to the evening Moms-only get together or have more to discuss, there will be a lunch time meeting as well (SSUMs More).

GNC Parent Club

An informal opportunity for discussion and fellowship with other parents who don’t neatly fit into or feel comfortable in the Mom/Dad box. All gender non-conforming, transgender, nonbinary, agender, gender outlaws, or questioning parents or guardians are welcome.

Picnic in the Park

Stay through Wednesday and enjoy more time with friends at the post-conference picnic. The location is still in the planning stages, but we’ll have plenty of space for our LIFE is Good tribe to spend the afternoon together. Bring a picnic lunch, play games, play music, wind down and get all those hugs in before taking off.

Conference Schedule

Day 1-Saturday, May 27 

noon – 2:00 registration, check-in
2:45 – 3:00 Welcome address
3:00 – 5:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
5:00 – 7:00 dinner break
7:00 – 10:00 Movie Night & Pokemon Tournament

Day 2-Sunday, May 28

9:00 – 12:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
12:00 – 2:00 lunch break
2:00 – 5:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
5:00 – 7:00 dinner break
7:00– 10:00 Talent Show

Day 3-Monday, May 29

9:00 – 12:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
12:00 – 2:00 lunch break
2:00 – 5:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
5:00 – 7:00 dinner break
7:00 – 8:00 Setup for Prom
8:00 – 12:00 Better-than-Prom Extravaganza!

Day 4-Tuesday, May 30

10:00 – 12:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
12:00 – 2:00 lunch break
2:00 – 4:00 presentations, panels, and funshops
7:00 – 9:00 Ultimate Tag!

After Conference-Wednesday, May 31

12:00 Post-conference picnic at Beaverton City Fountain Park