Six (Wide Sky) Days Together
In case you didn’t see from my Instagram stream, we spent 6 entire days at the Wide Sky Days conference in San Diego. (WSD is an unschooling conference: a long weekend to gather with other “crazy unschoolers” and play, laugh, connect, ask, answer, realign, inspire, support, and laugh with one another.)
What you probably noticed from said Instagram stream is an almost total lack of photos including children.
Zeb spent most of his time in the game room and prefers not to have his picture taken much anyway, but I did manage to nab one photo of him:
We got to see him find his own comfort level with meeting new people and balance it with plenty of quiet time to himself. (Yes, he’s still in his Caveman phase, and it’s so wonderful to be around other teens and adults who have “been there, done that” and meet him where he is with love and acceptance and trust.)
But let’s be real: These conferences are just as much – if not more so – for the adults.
Parents whose children are way too tiny to acknowledge the room come. Parents whose children are grown and gone still come. Adults who don’t have children come, too.
Because we need these convergences like we need air.
We – as mindful, organic, radically unconventional, and sometimes freak-others-out people – need our people. We need to breathe in the environment that we breathe out into our homes. We need to replenish ourselves, realign ourselves.
We need community.
Especially community not afraid to play.
Justin and I hardly attended a single discussion, workshop/funshop, or circle the entire weekend.
The things we didn’t miss:
- SSUM’s (Secret Society of Unschooling Moms): Connecting with other moms about our relationships to ourselves and our partners. What happens in SSUM’s stays in SSUM’s.
- Justin’s juggling funshop: he taught about a dozen or so adults and kids to juggle!
- Filling Your Cup: This one was my very own circle to facilitate! More on that soon!
- SSUD’s (Secret Society of Unschooling Dads): Dads connecting with other dads about who knows what (same thing: what’s discussed there stays there).
- Firepit conversations, hula hooping with friends, shopping trips, playing at the beach, more firepit conversations, cocktails, good food together, more good conversations around the fire, lots of laughter, and giant hugs.
For us, we’re not going to learn more about unschooling.
The talks are always wonderful, but that’s not our need anymore.
For us it’s about culture immersion: surrounding ourselves in the one environment that is so full of love, acceptance, support, and a shared view of the world that your heart goes all pitter-patter as you celebrate life and family and love…simply by living it together.
I can’t get that in the world at large. Yes, we have our caravan. Yes, we connect with amazing people on the road.
But to be IMMERSED in a lifestyle of mindfully creating joy, connection, peace, passion, fun, laughter…a lifestyle that embraces you and your family as wonderful and whole and worthy of trust…a community that nudges you toward your own highest good (while simultaneously passing the margaritas)…a tribe of all ages, all backgrounds, all creeds, all preferences that meets you where you are, embraces you and helps you laugh…
Where else does this exist?
That’s why we go to these conferences (at least once a year, although we’re feeling the pull to make it a bigger part of our life).
We need to fill our hearts with these kinds of interactions to counter all the craziness that can happen in the conventional world.
We need love like this in the same way that we need air.
If you haven’t been to an unschooling conference…can I make a strong recommendation towards it? Whether you’re new to unschooling or a veteran, or just considering it, nothing changes you like immersion in an environment of love, peace, joy, acceptance, and trust. Nothing.
The Organic Parenting E-Course Starts Monday, Sept 17th!
We’ve got so any participants, some DIYers and many, many more joining through the Tribe to get it on the small and large group calls and the forum goodness.
The first module starts Monday, but the Getting started goodies are available immediately!
I hope you’ll join us!