The Ultimate Boon: Unschooling with Confidence and Grace

We made it! We have achieved the goal of our quest, the ultimate boon: we are unschooling. Our relationships with our children are strong and connected and we are confidently living and learning together as a family. We are enjoying life, with its ups and down and twists and turns. This moment isn’t lit up […]

Apotheosis: Moving to Compassion

Apotheosis was a new word for me: it’s the highest point in the development of something; the culmination or climax. The highest point? Let’s take a moment to look around at the path we took to get here. We chose to undertake this unschooling journey and have travelled the road of trials, working to get […]

Interview: Jamie’s Unschooling Journey

A bit about you … What’s your name? Jamie Maltman Where do you live? Richmond Hill, ON, Canada What does your family look like? We’re a family of four, with my wife and two boys (6 and 3.5). Currently I write and work from home and my wife is home full-time. The departure phase of […]

Atonement with the Father: Accepting Others Where They Are

With this stage we have reached the midpoint of our journey, so let’s get right to it! Now we’re confronting “the ogre aspect of the father.” (p. 105, Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces) This one’s all about power, with the father representing whatever the hero (that’s you!) feels holds the ultimate power […]

Woman as the Temptress: Accepting Our Nature

The whole sense of the ubiquitous myth of the hero’s passage is that it shall serve as a general pattern for men and women, wherever they may stand along the scale. (p. 101, Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces) I’ve been quite amazed so far at how well the unschooling journey has aligned […]

Interview: Susan’s Unschooling Journey

A bit about you … What’s your name? Susan May. I blog at Together Walking. Where do you live? Arlington, VA What does your family look like? We are a family of 4 that includes me, my husband of 11 years, our 8 year old daughter, and 5 year old son. We also have a […]

The Road of Trials: The Heart of Deschooling

Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials. (p. 81, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell) We are in the world of unschooling now, finding our way. We have removed our conventional filter—well, at least the […]

The Belly of the Whale: Transitioning to a Learning Mindset

The hero, instead of conquering or conciliating the power of the threshold, is swallowed into the unknown, and would appear to have died. (p. 74, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell) What? After confronting the guardians and crossing the threshold, we don’t just show up in the new world, raring to go? Nope. […]

The Crossing of the First Threshold: Confronting the Guardians

We’ve decided to answer the call to our unschooling adventure. With our children by our side to guide us, we are publicly declaring our choice to step away from the conventional education system—we certainly don’t need to shout it from the rooftops, but people will eventually notice that our children aren’t going to school. We’re […]