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.
Who are we?
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 her 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.
What can you expect?
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:
Is it like an unschooling conference?
In some ways, it’s like a conference. We’ve recorded for you the mainstays of that kind of event: introductions, talks, and panel discussions.
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, months, and even years 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 both yourself and the ins and outs of living unschooling with your family.
There’s also the private Facebook group where you can connect and engage with other participants. Anne, Anna, and Pam are in there regularly too, and with two expeditions complete, there are already some amazing threads. Plus, you can ask your questions as you work through all the content.
What do participants say about the Summit?
Here is some of the great feedback we've received from people who have participated in the online Summit:
“Nothing has impacted our unschooling lives, our family relationship, and my connection with mySelf more than the Summit. Every bit of content was so thoughtfully and warmly prepared and I feel so nurtured knowing that I can go back to it at any time.
My intuition about the many glorious benefits of unschooling has always been strong but it is very soothing to also have radical validation from these three women who I respect so much and who have taught me how to tap into that radical validation for me to extend to mySelf and others.
I am so grateful for this invaluable resource. I've never began a New Year feeling so nourished and grounded.”
“What a wonderful journey this Summit has been and will continue to be because I can keep going back to learn more as my understanding of myself and of each of my family members deepens. I am now more capable of honoring who my children truly and wholly are, connecting with them where they are and without expectations, blocking out “outside noise” such as societal pressures, and keeping my focus where it belongs--on my children. This was so much more than a “How to Unschool Well” training. There is still much work to be done, and I have the tools to do it. Thank you for pouring yourselves into this!”
“The Summit online workshop was a very deep dive into discovering, accepting, and celebrating who I am and who my children are. Pam’s podcasts, online discussions, and unschooling conferences have been incredible tools for me to understand myself, my child, and unschooling, but this summit is the only place where I have been held by the hand as I worked through those feelings and beliefs that limit my growth and hinder unschooling. It was especially helpful to have the three different voices, each with their own experiences and strengths, sharing their own perspectives of what it is like from the summit. I did a lot of healing of myself and my own childhood experiences that was (is) so necessary for being able to see and appreciate my son for who and what he is. And the experience and the three of you have inspired me to just go for it, embrace possibilities, and believe in myself, my family, and love.
The format was great, allowing me to move along at my own speed when I had time. Your quick and thoughtful responses to our questions on the FB page were very helpful! Since we were all moving at our own pace and the whole thing was stretched out over a period of time, we had opportunities to ask about things that came up, as they came up. I would have loved to meet everyone in person, and obviously we miss out on something by not being together physically, but this extended time-frame to go over everything and ask questions is an advantage that would not be available in an in-person format.
Anne, Pam, and Anna, I so admire your joy for life, your passion for your children and constant personal growth, and your courage for being willing to share so much of yourselves with us strangers online!”
“The Childhood Redefined Summit is just such an incredible experience. No matter where you are on your unschooling journey, whether just starting out or many years in, you will not regret taking advantage of the opportunity to have these 3 amazing women at your fingertips. The combination of their experience and insight, together with their open hearts and the ongoing support they provide is truly priceless. The sessions will bring you to the next level of connection with your children, which ultimately is what unschooling is really about, and then the Facebook group allows you to ask questions and receive support and input from such a place of love and acceptance. If you allow it, this will change your life.”
“While I am not finished with the summit, I am enjoying it at my own pace. Taking bits and pieces and trying them on, listening deeply. The group is my lifeline on our unschooling journey. Not many understand unschooling and I find it challenging to converse with others in person about it. But with Anne, Anna and Pam, they are my partners, co-conspirators and mentors. They have my back and come with the highest level of encouragement. I feel so inspired and supported from their knowledge, stories and history. I appreciate them greatly.”
— Mary Ann
“Just wanted to thank you for putting together the online summit. I have listened to the whole summit twice - I listen on my phone with ear buds while cooking, cleaning, walking and driving. I am a busy unschooling Mom of 3 beautiful young men ages 14, 17 and 20. The undoing of our culture's expectations at each age is a lifetime process. When the culture starts to creep back into our lives, I turn to Pam, Anna and Anne for affirmation of our family's journey together.”
What you'll find inside ...
The Summit does NOT include how-to resources. Our focus is on the deep, personal work needed to shift away from the conventional “wisdom” around learning and parenting that so many of us grew up immersed in. It’s about helping you peel away the layers that so often get in the way of creating a thriving unschooling environment in our families.
The Summit starts with an in-depth welcome where Anne, Pam, and Anna share their personal stories.
Session One with Anne Ohman: The Journey Begins Within
Session Two with Pam Laricchia: The Flow of Unschooling Days
Session Three with Anna Brown: It's All About Me
Session Four: When the Climb Feels Steep
Session Five: The View From the Summit
Journey with us to a new way of seeing your child.