Childhood Redefined: An Unschooling Summit

Dive deep into the world of unschooling and explore ways to live and learn more joyfully, more inspired, and more connected with your children.

Journey with Us to a New Way of Seeing Your Child

Whether you are new to unschooling or more experienced, if you aspire to learn more about this wonderful path or are looking for a boost of inspiration, then this Summit is for YOU!

Between them, Anne Ohman, Pam Laricchia, and Anna Brown bring more than forty years of unschooling experience, insights, and stories with them to help you dive deep into the world of unschooling.

We will share with you the experiences, insights, and tools that we've found most helpful on our unschooling journeys and walk with you from where you are now, to where you want to be. We want to help you deepen your connections in the areas of life that mean the most to you: home, family, and community.


Hi! I’m Anne from Shine with Unschooling.

Redefining Childhood begins with truly SEE-ing our children and Celebrating them for Being Who They Are … and our ability to do that comes from truly SEE-ing and Celebrating ourSelves. I will help you focus on what you need for this journey within, and we’ll also discuss excess baggage that you’ll want to leave behind.

Anne Ohman has been an active voice in the online unschooling community since 1998, back when there was only one online unschooling site. She began speaking at unschooling conferences in 2002, and in 2004, at the urging of those who asked her to share more of her unschooling experiences and perspectives, she created the Shine with Unschooling online community and, more recently, on Facebook, with more than 7,000 followers. She also has a website, shinewithunschooling.com. Her always-radically-unschooled sons are 23 and 27 years old.

Hi! I’m Pam from Living Joyfully.

Children don’t need to be taught how to learn—they are born curious, creative, and learning. They are wired to engage with their world, and—when supported—develop a wonderful sense of self-awareness and a deep trust in themselves to figure things out. I will walk you through an ordinary unschooling day, exploring how all these elements weave together. Living and learning.

Pam Laricchia discovered homeschooling in 2002 and her three children left school soon after. Within weeks she found unschooling and they never looked back. She was soon actively engaged in the unschooling community, creating her website, livingjoyfully.ca, around 2004, hosting an unschooling conference from 2006-2011, publishing her first book in 2012 (and three more books since then), and starting a podcast, Exploring Unschooling, in 2016. Her three children are now all in their twenties as well.

Hi! I’m Anna from Choosing Connection.

I will explore how we can proceed when opportunities arise to dig deep and how to get out of our own way. The faster we peel back the layers and deal with our own issues, the faster and more authentically we can be there for our children.

Anna Brown is mom to two daughters, in their late teens, who have always unschooled. Anna has been an active member of the Shine with Unschooling community from the beginning and has spoken at a number of unschooling conferences. Her most treasured topic is consensual living: a process, a philosophy, a mindset by which we seek to live in harmony with our families and community. And she has learned that, at its core, connection is key. You can find her and some of her writing at her website, choosingconnection.com.


We bring you right into our homes and our hearts and share our stories, our experiences and our insights with you. We will be your companions on this journey you’re about to embark upon—your journey to the Summit!

Join us in the Summit and you will get:

  • Over eight hours of video content, all focused on living unschooling with YOUR family. The videos are divided into bite-sized pieces so you can watch and ABSORB them at your convenience. Over and over.
  • Because people have varied learning preferences, ALL the content is available in video, audio, and text format. Learn the way YOU like to learn.
  • All the content is downloadable so you can easily take it with you. Imagine having the audio of all the sessions on your phone, at your fingertips, to listen to anytime.
  • A private Facebook group for Summit participants only. Take what you're learning to the next level in the group by posing questions, pondering insights, and engaging with the other Summit participants. Anne, Pam, and Anna will be there too.
  • The opportunity to submit your most pressing questions to Anne, Pam, and Anna, who will answer them in a private, recorded Q&A session available to Summit participants only.
  • And as a BONUS, you'll also get a free copy of Pam's book, Free to Learn: Five Ideas for a Joyfully Unschooling Life.


Here is some of the great feedback we received from people who attended the in-person Summits:

“I feel so much more confident in our decision to embrace unschooling.”

“Calling it a Summit seemed sort of odd to me before we started. Now that I have had this experience, I feel that it is the MOST appropriate word! It was a journey to an incredibly high place.”

“I feel like I’ve got a secret inside of me that makes me sweeter.”

“I feel like what I gained from this weekend will powerfully and joyfully impact the rest of my life and the lives of everyone around me!!!!”

“I figured I knew lots about unschooling, and I can’t even remember if you talked that much about unschooling. It was so much more.”

Connect with an unschooling community right where you are—in the comfort of your own home. This online Summit came from YOU letting us know that it wasn’t convenient for you to travel to an in-person Summit. Now you can save that time, life’s energy, and expense, and immerse yourself in the online edition of the Summit in the way that works best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a registration period?
The Summit content is completely self-paced but we want to close registration so we can focus our efforts on supporting the participants as they work through the content. The Summit will open again next year for a new group of participants.
What's the difference between the Summit and an unschooling conference?
In some ways, the online Summit is like a conference in that we’ve recorded for you the mainstays of that experience: an extended welcome; our three in-depth sessions, or talks; two panel sessions where the three of us discuss the challenges we often face on the climb as well as how our perspective changes as we reach the Summit; plus a closing session where we share some final thoughts. But it’s also NOT like a conference in many ways. Most obviously, because you can revisit all the sessions, over and over. By revisiting the sessions, you will make new connections and gain new insights a few weeks—and a few months—later as you bring your now more-experienced self to the sessions. In another way, the content is available in various formats; absorbing ideas through different mediums can also spark new connections! Maybe you watch the video of a session one day, then the next week you listen to the audio version while you’re out for a walk or doing the dishes, and the week after that you read the transcript in the early morning as you have a coffee (or tea!) before the kids wake up. Over time, you will come to more deeply understand the ins and outs of living unschooling with your family.
How long do I have access to the Summit content?
After registering, you have unlimited access to the Summit content for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. You are free to follow your own flow, learn in your own time, and in your own way: video, audio, and text.
Is there any specialized software needed to participate?
None! Just internet access. It's compatible with any current browser, Mac, PC, or mobile device. And if you have slower internet access that makes streaming difficult, you can download the content once and work through it at your own pace.
What if I am unhappy with the Summit?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Journey with us to a new way of seeing your child.

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