UNSCHOOLING: LIBERATION & LANGUAGE
A live, 3-hour workshop around liberation-minded parenting. Discussions center valuing every person’s right to own themselves, facing the obstacles to liberation, and developing the practices that prioritize raising free people.
Can we support young people in developing habits and tools that nurture intentional, consistent efforts toward a more socially-conscious, love-centered norm than what we’re experiencing in communities and government today? We surely can, and unschooling is one way we can do this! Also, when this Self-Directed Education option is accessible to more people—particularly the most marginalized among us—families will be able to counteract and even avoid forcing children down the coercive, emotionally damaging, anti-black nature of standard American education system.
Come learn how to use unschooling to recognize, disrupt, and shed oppressive parenting and education ideas. Participants leave with ideas and inspiration to develop more liberatory, emotionally-sustainable means of living and learning together.
4 SOLID STEPS TOWARDS RAISING FREE PEOPLE
A live, half-day version of the popular Raising Free People workshop. We will do a detailed exploration of four key terms—Awareness, Disruption, Deschooling, and Unschooling—as foundational steps in the raising free people journey. This workshop encourages dialogue with plenty of recommended resources, mad question asking, and engagement in authentic self-expression as we unlearn and discover through parenting.
Awareness: Detailed analysis of the various ways we come to learn and accept harmful relationship management tools. In this phase, we examine the colonization of our own minds, and the resulting actions. Here, you can increase your awareness of the roots beneath your patterns.
Disruption: Once you are clear on the dissonance between your existing habits/patterns and your desired approach to raising free people, we will formulate ideas on how to disrupt those patterns. In this phase, you can acknowledge your usage of the far-too-normal, harmful tactics of force, manipulation, punishment, and silencing.
Deschooling: This is where you transition from urgent disruption to a slow and steady practice of facing, naming, and shedding your “old normal.” We will explore the concept of deschooling within the context of parenting and caregiving, and we will implement tools that you will design, with support, to apply and refine your emerging approach to raising free people.
Unschooling: By this stage in the workshop, you will have identified a few specific ways to center your relationships with children on love and protection, but also respect. Since this workshop is rooted in an Unschooling (child-trusting, anti-oppressive, freedom-respecting, love-centered) approach, you will be using this stage to work through your already clearly identified barriers to actively raising free people
Raising Free People work is about transitioning from master to partner; being okay with not knowing; embracing collaboration, not coercion; being willing to listen; embodying compassionate in our efforts to raise and support confident, autonomous, happy, community-minded, fully-equipped, liberated people.
The evolution of the vision board. Whether you want to stop people-pleasing, start a business, end a relationship, stop playing mediocre, or completely change the way you spend your days, a Personal Manifesto is essential. By engaging in this contemplative practice, you name your needs, state your purpose, and become a more active participant in your own joy. In this course, we use self-inquiry, we name our emotions, we listen deeply, we explore honestly, and we use all of that to define our needs and intentions.
“This course has been confirmation for me to help me along a transition journey. Akilah offers a fresh air perspective with relatable personal experience and thoughtful promptings so that you delve into a deeper perspective that you wouldn’t have otherwise. The value she provides in her course and all her offerings far exceeds the price, imho. I am thankful that Akilah continues to offer her medicine for emotional and spiritual wellness.”
~ Tamara Pickens
Our children are young (the oldest almost 5 ), but my husband and I are starting to explore educational theories that are more in tune with our parenting than traditional school settings and curriculum. Akilah’s course blended resources with personal narrative, which helped me to visualize what this educational road might look like for us. While I appreciate having so many pieces of literature referenced (it’s nice having someone else do the homework for me! This course is the ultimate study sheet for beginning Unschoolers), hearing how the principles apply to someone with similar cultural insights as my family really helped me to figure out how to proceed. ~ Vanessa Bell
A free 9-step guide.
This Manifesto will serve as your personalized bible; the story of you, told by you, inspired by the highest version of you. I will walk you through the steps for clearly recognizing visual and verbal representations of your values, strengths, and opportunities for joy and success.
I feel more connected to myself and love myself more as I read it. I don’t know if it’s the process of writing it and digging deep, me actually doing it because I stray away from questions like this about me, seeing these facets of myself in one piece summed up, reading it and beginning to believe it, or a combination of it all. My Manifesto helped me to get behind the woman behind my vision.”