Thursday, October 30, 2014

Images, in Maine in September 2014

Me at the symposium (by Laurie Wolfrum), and below that, in a photo by Amy Bradstreet, me and Laurie Wolfrum at the Common Ground Fair.

I don't have photos of the presentation at the Camden library, or the potluck in NH, but that's okay. :-) I'm not very photogenic, but these are for the record, for memories for those who were there (including myself).

Monday, October 27, 2014

May 30, Portugal (by teleportation of image and sound)

European Unschooling Symposium: The Unschooling way: Trusting, Learning, Partnering, Connecting

Marta Pires and Rippy Dusseldorp are hosting a symposium near Lisbon May 29-31, 2015, and I'm speaking "on the wall" by Skype.

Alex Polikowsky will also be "skyped in," from Minnesota.

The conference will be in English.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Albuquerque ALLive 2014 site

Hema Bharadwaj (India/New Jersey)

Julie, James and Adam Daniel of Ashford, in Surrey (UK)

Jill Parmer and Luke Davidson of Fort Collins, Colorado

Sandra Dodd (Albuquerque)

Go here for links to information about the speakers: Speakers

Registration is open; hotel reservations may be made.

Maine / New Hampshire


In a week, I've spoken with Laurie Wolfrum at the Camden library, at the Common Ground fair, and went with Keith through Vermont (where we heard Susan Gaissert read award-winning writing, and we went to the Shelbourne Museum), and spoke to a group in New Hampshire, and drove back up to Camden.

For anyone who reads this before the weekend, one-day rates are $30 and $50 (for Friday and Saturday repsectively).

Sunday, July 6, 2014


I have added two recent comments about the conferences, to a page linked at the top of the blog.
Attendees wrote...

There have been other very positive comments in the past, but I didn't collect them. If anyone remembers having written one (on a blog, if you have a link; in e-mail, or in a discussion) if you can remind me where, I could add a quote here.

If any reader who has attended an Always Learning Live symposium and would be willing to write something that would help someone else decide whether they might benefit from the experience, I would appreciate it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

ALLive in Maine site is up

Registrations can now be made for the September 26-27 event in Maine. Keith and I will be visiting Laurie Wolfrum's family and some other parts of New England for a week, culminating in two days of presentations and discussions, and the details are here:

ALLive in Maine

My topics, HSC 2014, Santa Clara, California

Where were you before (intellectually, emotionally, philosophically)? Where are you now? Where might you be next year, or in five years?
Cognition and retrieval systems—the mysteries of our minds, and the benefits of the unfolding future, explored a bit.

Personal knowledge is a web inside us of images, ideas, feelings, memories, fantasies and experience. Learning happens when we take in something new and connect it to what we already knew. There are ways to enable that in yourself and to facilitate it in your children.

There is a web outside us, too, of people, ideas and information.
Seven Years of Learning Nothing (workshop)
Attendees who have participated in "Learn Nothing Day" can share with those who have never heard of it, and Sandra will explain the history of the event.

I will be on a panel of unschoolers, too.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

December in New Mexico: Top of the Mountain

We are going up here:

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The symposium will be at the Ramada Albuquerque, same as the last two times. But we will have an outing at no extra cost for anyone who wants to ride the tram up the mountain and look back down!

Hema Bharadwaj, who was in Albuquerque a few years ago, will be one of our speakers in 2014. To see more about her first visit, here are some old notes and photos. Her name is pronounced like "HEYmah".

Her children are older now, and you can read a bit about them here. She will be coming to Albuquerque without her family this time.

(Hema is not always as colorful as in the photo—not to look at, anyway, but inside she is!!)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A recommendation (a testimonial!)

Kirsty Harriman wrote this recently, on Always Learning:
We attended one of the Australian gatherings and can say without doubt that seeing and listening to Sandra in person (instead of on the computer from the other side of the world which can feel quite remote) and meeting other unschooling families and making some friends who we are now in contact with has been absolutely invaluable to getting close to what radical unschooling means, and we are pretty new to this way of life. We drove for two days to get there because we live on the edge of outback queensland which is far from, well, everywhere, and was totally worth the money and time away from work. We can now carry that experience with us now. Its so much better to have had that personal contact. Highly recommend getting along to an ALLive event!

Minnesota, Maine, New Mexico. Those are the only three planned.
I'm getting old. Don't wait too long.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Minnesota, California, Maine, New Mexico!

I'm back from Australia, and back from Texas. Fun events, rich experiences, exhausting.

Home is very comfortable and I would like to relax and eat familiar food and do as close to 'nothing' as I can for a while.

Next stop: Rochester, Minnesota! End of May, early June.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Australia, Texas, Minnesota and beyond

Tomorrow I leave for five weeks in Australia. I'll stay with Schuyler's family a while, visit unschoolers in Cairns, and then do a circuit of Always Learning Live events, in Adelaide, Melbourne and the Gold Coast (back to Schuyler's for that).

We're taking registrations even at the site for those.

Four days after I return, I'll be in Austin with Kirby, on our way to the Texas Unschoolers Campout Conference.

Registration is open for Minnesota ALLive, in Rochester, May 29-June 1

In late April I will open registration for September's activities in Maine, and the end-of-the-year Albuquerque symposium.

Thanks for reading!