Playing with Fire:  Exploring Intense Emotions in Unschooling ***Limited Time Only*** 5 We Shine talks for $15***
    Among the joy and the life learning, there are sometimes moments when somebody in the family screams or cries so loudly that we feel like our ears and souls will bleed. Or, conversely, somebody shuts down so thoroughly that it feels like we will never break through again. It can be scary for all involved.
   Like everything in life, these terrifying moments can be incredibly useful to unschooling. We can make space in our relationship-based learning for intense emotions, and our families caqn come through with a not only a measure of grace, but even joy and deeper connection, which leads to deeper learning.
   Join Ames Carpenter, fiery unschooling parent, as they invite these intense emotions out into the soft light. We'll explore the role of these feelings through fairy tales and other stories, and see if they might, in fact, be child's play. 

Wholeness:  In Search of Our Children's Gardens (also see deal below)

 Where can children in today’s world go to find their whole, true, full Self? Where can families go to find their true center, their guiding principle? Join Ames Carpenter as they explore unschooling as a place — a surprising land of both fairy and fact, a homeland and a place of adventure, where the splits and opposites of our modern lives can come together into wonder-filled wholeness.  Delivered at the 2009 Toronto Unschooling Conference and the 2010 We Shine Conference.  

  ***Special Deal***2 talks for the price of 1***

As unschooling parents, we have the tremendous honor to witness our children’s learning as it grows into true awareness. Awareness of self, society, the world and their link to it — all of these and more pour forth as our children make connections and build their unique vision of reality. In traditionally schooled society, the word “learning” often carries the connotation of an intellectual process, separate from body and spirit. But the word “awareness” describes how much more substantial and soulful the unschooling life can be. How can unschooling parents tap into the rich and flowing meanings of “awareness”? It begins with an abiding respect for the child’s soul, that mystery that lies deep within them and makes them who they are. The soul of a free child is a wondrous thing — a complex river that rushes, swirls, cascades, twists and bends around back on itself. Are we up to appreciating this gift?

Delivered at the 2007 Toronto Unschooling Conference.