The third annual "LIFE is Good" Northwest Unschooling Conference will be taking place just outside of Portland this year, May 21-24th, 2009.
This is truly an unschooling conference - there are no "experts" lecturing, and no "curriculum" or "educational" items being feverishly pitched. Families are the experts and fun is the name of the game - every activity is for the whole family, children are the feature of the event and everything is open to them. The speakers are either parents of unschooled children, or grown unschoolers themselves. There are also more intimate interactive circle chats on a wide range of topics, and loads of "Funshops" - like workshops, only so much more FUN - where you can discover new talents and skills, or share one of your own! The unschooling talent show is always a huge hit, as is the big family barefoot boogie dance! Folks of all ages can hock their handmade wares at the "Un"trepreneurial Fair. And Amy Steinberg, who performed a fabulously energetic concert last year will be back to do it again this year:
And because we cannot bear to part at the end of all this fun, we spend the Monday picnicing at a terrific nearby park.
Dads are a huge part of the event too, speaking, leading funshops, and having gatherings of their own that are sometimes referred to by the beverage-inspired moniker "SSUD"s (the Secret Society of Unschooling Dads).
It is a pretty cool feeling just to be surrounded by families of all ages who live unschooling every day, and totally get your life without you having to explain a thing! We literally take over the hotel, which is a sight in itself.
For a sneak peek at what the conference looks like, check out these videos from past years.
En route, Seattle and Portland both offer amazing museums, science centers, zoos, and children's museums. It is the perfect excuse for a road trip!
Check out the conference website for all the details on speakers, main presentations, circle chats, funshops, registration, hotel reservations, FAQs, etc. (http://www.lifeisgoodconference.com/).
There is also a Yahoo Group set up for questions, chatter, intros, ideas, etc. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LifeisGoodconference/)
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