Roya Dedeaux

Protect Their Passion – part one

Play is necessary for cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being. However many adults assimilated messages during their own childhoods that remain unresolved, messages from their parents or teachers that play is frivolous, unworthy, or unimportant. PART ONE of this two-part talk will focus on the benefits of play for children and adults and begin to delve into how you can increase your family’s well-being through valuing play in all of its forms. (It’s ok if you can’t come to part two, come anyway).

Protect Their Passion – part two

PART TWO of this two part talk will continue to discuss the importance of play, and go further in exploring your own barriers to connecting with your children’s interests. We will dive into fears and emotional roadblocks, as well as creative solutions to logistical problems that get in between you and your children connecting over their interests. We will do “hands on” exercises that help you apply this exploration to your actual life and kids! (It’s ok if you miss part one, come anyway).

Erika Davis-Pitre

Unschooling Your Teens-Is it what you expected?

This talk is for all families who either have teens, will have teens soon and/or have the pleasure of looking back on their children’s teenage years. It will be a chance to ask questions, share insights, and find support among other families with unschooling teens. Both parents and teens are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Talking About Race and Racism: A Frank Discussion

The idea of race has a difficult and complex history, especially here in the US. It has been used for centuries to categorize, reward, and penalize people based on perceived differences. And despite often being misguidedly defined by skin tone and other physical attributes, race has no genetic basis but this powerful social construction has a tremendous impact on individuals’ lives because it is often employed to establish and maintain privilege and power dynamics. Even the definitions of race and racism are themselves a product of racism’s long and conflicted history in our society. So with all of that in mind, how does one go about having a dialogue about this important topic? By coming to this informative and lively discussion! This talk will discuss Race and Racism and how it impacts us all, especially us as Unschoolers. Please come with your questions, concerns and solutions as we navigate this very important topic. All are Welcome and encouraged to attend.

Kiera Cook

Unschooling Stories

Unschoolers often get asked to talk about their “typical day.” For most of us, that is just about impossible. This talk will explore a few especially sweet, poignant, and “unschooly” moments in our family’s life, that are even more significant because of how “typical” they are for us.

Matt Cook

Deciding to Unschool: A Dad’s Perspective 

From a homeschooling skeptic to unschooling champion, this talk will explore this unschooling dad’s process in coming to terms and then embracing what unschooling meant for his family and himself.   

Carolyn Groves

A Baker’s Dozen — 13 years of LIFE is Good

While searching for a new place for her family to live after 14 years in Jackson, Wyoming, Carolyn stumbled across a Yahoo Unschooling Group in Corvallis, OR and asked to join.  She followed the group and coveted the community they seemed to share with other like minded folks.  They visited Corvallis in the fall of 2006 with their then 4.5 and 1 year old daughters, and met Mary and another long time unschooling mom at the Sunnyside Up Cafe, and peppered the women with questions — “Will our daughters be able to attend college?”  “How will they make friends?” “What about math?” and other such things.  Mary mentioned that she was going to host an unschooling conference in the spring and invited them to attend.  They did, not realizing at the time the impact the conference and friends they made there would have on their family.  In this talk, Carolyn will share some memorable moments from 13 years of unschooling with the LIFE is Good mindset, and how to get the most out of your conference experience this weekend.  

The Best Unschooling Books…That Aren’t Actually About Unschooling

Google or search a library catalog for “Unschooling Books” and you’ll get a few great lists.  But what about books that are not cataloged or classified as “unschooling” books?  From picture books to hands-on activities, to non-fiction and biographies, former librarian Carolyn will share with you a list of books sure to inspire, help you explain your choices to less-than-supportive friends and family, and guide you on your own unschooling journey.  

Rachelle McCloud

Emotional Wounds: How they affect your children and your parenting…

During this presentation, Rachelle McCloud, LCSW will talk about emotional wounds and what these mean for your children and your parenting. We’ll take a look at how the emotional wounds block your children from living their best life and block you from parenting according to your values. I will share with you the best strategies for healing emotional wounds and when to seek professional help. We’ll take some time for questions and answers so you can get some ideas for how this applies to you specifically.

Lucretia Holcomb

How Unschooling Prepared Me for the Death of my Husband

Unschooling and building a new life around the grief and trauma of my husband’s death have one major thing in common: connection. But how does that happen? In this talk, I will split the conversation into two sections: 1) The thought processes 2) The tools to implement the thought processes. I will offer two types of exercises with one exercise being an EFT or tapping round on anxiety, that we will do as a group together for those who would like to participate.

How did this work become a cohesive conversation to share with others? We (the children and myself) began intensive counseling in the fall of 2014 through December of 2016 which included art therapy, horse therapy, grief counseling and more. After awhile, the counselors starting asking me to give talks to the grief groups we were part of because, by fall of 2015, there was a clear and distinct difference between how we were progressing in our grief and trauma and how the other members of the group were progressing. Many of the children who were of the same age as mine (10 and 6 by the fall of 2015) and with a similar death experience were beginning to show destructive behaviors like cutting themselves, drug use and stealing while my children were starting to show more joy, laughter, and a return of light again in their eyes.

It was through these talks that I knew my next step in processing my grief and trauma was to share my story with others; So was born The Resilience Workshop and The Bounce Up Program. The information I will be sharing in this presentation began in these intimate talks with my grief groups and grew into both my programs. While both programs have been two years in the making, because of the intense vulnerability required on my part for designing these programs, I hope to launch both together this year.

Renée Cabatic

Unschoolers Attend College

If you are reluctant to embrace unschooling because you worry it will remove college as an option, or if your unschooled kid has expressed interest in college, this talk is for you.

I’ll share how I continued to use Unschooling principles when my kids chose college, how each of my kids approached school differently, and how to celebrate all of the different results of a schooling experience.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Relax. Seriously, it’s going to be okay. There are lots of things to be afraid of, and parents are inundated with the message that to be a good parent one must be ever vigilant, constantly looking for the next thing to worry about. But the truth is, in 5-10 years the things you’re worrying about now won’t even be on your radar, and in the mean time you are missing chances to connect and support your kids. Allow their interests to expand your world. Take it from me, a self described equinophobe, whose daughter just bought a horse: I love her. (The horse, not just my daughter….) Come hear how I am learning to relax and embrace even the scary things and by how, through loving XuMei, I came to love her love of horses and one horse in particular.

Marieke van Der Graaf

Avoid the 9-5 job: how to launch your business in 30 days

To be home and provide for your family may be a necessity or an ideal lifestyle. Or you may be an unschooler that’s very interested in starting your own business to be in control of your own life. Let’s get started! Starting a business is not hard, but there are so many things to do that overwhelm may postpone our plans to make things work. Marieke wants to show you a quick and easy way to start a business, in 30 days, that will actually bring you paying clients within a month.

This presentation is for people who would like to start a business and know how to provide an income quickly, without it taking you hours away from your family. She will show you a 30 day plan to execute and get your business launched. She will share strategies to make sure you get your business up & running quickly and how to get customers in the first 30 days since you started your business.