I am so far behind updating about my experience about Rethinking Everything, that I decided to post the final two days in one post.
Our third day was great, we opened with a family intention circle, something I learned about from Nova, a road schooler who I have a lot of respect for. The intention model we utilized was sitting in a circle, each person saying what they are grateful for, then saying what we want or hope for the day. After each person has gone, you take 3 deep breathes as a group, then do 3 “oms” as a group. This is something we have tried to do on a daily basis since discovering the process. It helps you to set your day off right, so you can support each other’s goals.
This day we had ZERO presentations, so we took a slow relaxing day. There was a really fun bizarre bizarre where kids and adults sold items they had created. I got some knit wrist warmers (gloves with no fingers) and got Aliana an awesome green tape bag with a painted Rock Lobster inside. Watching the kids create art so they could run a micro business was adorable and really exciting to see.
The kids raced through the hall, cruising around on the riding toys from Kids’ Village. When Aliana got rug burn on her tow, some kind mothers helped supply her with bandaids. She completely forgot about the boo-boo when she heard the teen dance taking place in the cafeteria. Of course, we busted in and danced our little hearts out. Bill had a blow out all over our friend, Ellen, which I felt bad about but still found funny :p
It was a great day! John attended the dad’s circle (SUDs – Society of Unschooling Dads). He said it was great connecting to the group of dad’s on a similar journey.
The last full day we had two presentations – one was Bitcoin and Unschooling, John presented that and the crowd LOVED it. We introduced the idea of the “uncoin”, a crypto currency for unschoolers, build on top of the Bitcoin Blockchain. The second presentation was DIY Advocacy, I presented this one. It wasn’t as well attended as the other 3 presentations we did, but it was dynamic none-the-less. See a pic of my marker board in the gallery below.
We went swimming as a family and watched the boat making competition from the pool. Check out the pics of kiddos making cardboard boats! Several actually floated with kids in them!!!!
That evening was the family dance. Aliana was the first one on the dance floor, cutting it up. She exhausted herself and was asleep by 9pm. Something that is rare in this family!!! Before the dance she hung out in the sewing room with some pre-teen girls who made her a fancy skirt. There is a pic of her getting “measured” by her dress maker, Ruby.
We woke up sad to leave – others were staying for a retreat, but we had to get home. This Rethinking Everything was yet again life changing. We came home with a new practice (morning Intention Circles), new and closer friendships, and my daughter learned to beat box. How cool 😀
Enjoy the photos, we are already excited for next year.