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Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Indigenouse people, and People of Color (BIPOC) families who practice unschooling and other forms of Self-Directed, decolonized living and learning. Each weekly episode examines a particular way that we’ve accepted coercive, emotionally and physically damaging habits as a normal part of adult-child relationships. With a focus on deschooling one’s self, decolonizing education, and exploring radical self-expression, this podcast both challenges and informs us to push past coercion and fear, and walk toward a model for living with children that centers community, addresses social justice issues, and believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves. #BIPOCinSDE #raisingfreepeople
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We’re so excited to share our Feel Trip recap and final episode of Season Six. We will be playing some snippets from a live conversation that Akilah and Kris had with some of our listeners and Make It Happen Family members. They reflect on trust, language, destination peddling (nope, that ain’t a typo), and how all of those things affect our most important relationships. They also chat about the opportunities for facing and resolving our struggles with attachments. Watch the video of the entire convo on our Youtube Channel. Raising Free People Está Disponible en Español!Shout out to the 25 people who helped us reach our goal, because now Raising Free People will be available in Spanish too! As soon as we get more info we’ll let you know, for sure, but in the meantime, some members of the translation team put together a superdope Spotify playlist you can vibe to! Check it: Raising Free People en Español.Thank you so much for joining us on this amazing journey so far! For Season 7, we will stay on our three-part flow, and include solo episodes like Fare of the Free Man Child and Plant It Up Podcast episodes. In the meantime, here’s what to expect in the coming months:Stay tuned for inbetweenisodes (episodes in-between seasons)Remember that in addition to Fare of the Free Child, more podcasts are produced in our Raising Free People Network mix:  She Said We Shed with Aja; How She Got Free Podcast with Katrina, which will launch right when we are taking a little rest; Grief, Growth and Goals with Lou Hollis; Plant It Up with Val; and P.O.U.R. (Purposely Opening Up to Relationships) podcast with Leslie Bray. Subscribe to get all this goodness!LIBERATION WALKDon’t miss Raising Free People Workshop 2021!In August Chemay Morales from My Reflection Matters will be offering open house eventsJoin our Podcast Village and don’t miss any of our Feel Trip invitationsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
It’s the second-to-last episode of  Season Six, and today we’re going back in time to our Season One intro while we reminisce for a bit. Later this week, on July 10th we’ll play a clip from Episode 0 to celebrate our 5th anniversary! Today though, you’ll hear what some of our listeners had to say about last week’s episode Episode 225: Deschooling Our Marriage (Pt 1) and about Episode 224: Deschooling Adulthood with Tony Galloway. And one listener, Dani McClain has a great book you should check out titled We Live for the We.4 things happening in-between seasons Tweenisodes (episodes in-between seasons)Card deck playdates Newsletter “The Monthly Sevens”Raising Free People Workshop 2021!! Tune in this Saturday for our finale episode, 227, to hear clips from our feel trip with Kris and Akilah. and members of our Make it Happen Family. Make sure you don’t miss any of our Feel Trip invitations by joining our podcast village.LIBERATION WALKWe are so excited to share with you that we reached our goal! Thanks to all of the people that contributed to translate Raising Free People book to Spanish, we did it! / ¡Estamos súper emocionados y queremos compartir con ustedes que logramos nuestra meta!. Gracias a quienes nos ayudaron en la traducción del libro Raising Free People al idioma Español, ¡lo logramos!Press that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side and speak upSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week on #fofcpod: We are now all up in Part 1 of this 3-part season finale flow! Listen to this insightful conversation between Akilah, her partner Kris, and their oldest daughter, Marley. They process their feelings out loud about how trust, language, and "destinations" help us move from performance and fake-assness over to practicing authenticity and partnership in our relationships. Stay tuned for our Feel Trip with Kris and Akilah on July 6, 8:30 pm EST. Make sure you don’t miss any of our Feel Trip invitations by joining our podcast village. Here are some of the gem-drops you’ll hear:Trust happens over time.Akilah and Kris share their experiences with relationship-building and how many of the normalized processes and practices in marriage leave us with dynamics that have prefabricated structures around marriage role models that don’t fit actual people in real life. They also point out the ways that we replicate these roles and expectations without taking into account the quality of the relationship. Deschooling helps us question these structures and the way we live and face reality and relationships over time.We can deschool our language.You’ll hear the trio’s take on the importance of naming and speaking up about feelings and insecurities when we want to be held accountable and also be supportive. Communication and language are key components for a partnership, so consider the benefits of madd question askin’ like:How is language useful? How do we nurture our feelings while trusting the process?LIBERATION WALKThanks to all of the people that have contributed to translate Raising Free People book to Spanish, we’re just $230 away from our goal. Please donate! / Gracias a quienes han colaborado para traducir el libro Raising Free People al idioma Español, ¡estamos a 230 dólares de llegar a nuestra meta. ¡Por favor dona!Press that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side and let us know what you think!See clips from this episode on Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
First, a special Thank You to all of the people that have contributed to translate Raising Free People book to Spanish, we’re almost there! / Gracias a quienes han colaborado para traducir el libro Raising Free People al idioma Español, ¡ya casi llegamos a la meta!--Welcome to Anthony “Tony” Galloway, Jr’s second Fare of the Free Man Child episode. Missed the first episode? We gotchu... Episode 215: Fare of the Free Man Child (A Tony Galloway Ting). Tony is co-founder, director, and facilitator of The Heartwood School, a local (Atlanta) Agile Learning Center, and one of our Presence Counselors at Raising Free People Network.On this episode, Tony covers the topic of childhood and adulthood from the perspectives of how childhood and adulthood coexisthow adults tend to relate to childrenhow parent-child relationships change over timethe importance of nurturing emotional intelligencehonoring and cherishing childhoodHe goes on to offer insights and reflections on how childhood and adult-child dynamics play out in a Self-Directed Education framework, and he speaks to some of the aspects of adulthood that sit within the confines and expectations of certain structures of power that center production and achievement over all else. LIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and tell us what you think about Fare of the Free Man ChildLearn more about The Heartwood SchoolFollow Tony on InstagramGet podcast clips and replays of video events on our Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week’s #fofcpod episode is a solo jawn, mainly because Akilah wanted to share the local community spotlight segment that will be part of Season 7. So, expect for the 3-part episode flow to be accented by single episodes like this one and Fare of the Free Man Child with another ATL local, Anthony “Tony” Galloway, Jr. who you’ll hear next week. Today’s guest is brilliant entre/edupreneur, Karema Akilah Greene from The Genius School. So much goodness in here!Karema shares how she got interested in Self-Directed Education, and how, as a detail oriented person, she struggled with some habits from her schoolish mindset, and eventually arrived at some of the tools that helped her to support learning with her children and other ways of connection.She also speaks with us on how her deschooling process evolved into the offering of a supportive community that focuses on education as something that we build up together, allowing for space where children can be themselves, and get to know their strengths and weaknesses in order to nurture their independence and confidence, giving the tools for them to excel with a trust-based foundation.LIBERATION WALKDon’t miss any of the Genius School events and check on The LOL Portfolio App details hereJoin our co-learning for liberation village inside the My Reflection Matters CommunityThanks to all of the people that had contributed to translate Raising Free People book to Spanish, we’re halfway there! / Gracias a quienes han colaborado para traducir el libro Raising Free People al idioma Español, ¡ya recolectamos la mitad!Share and question by pressing that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site!Subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube ChannelSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
Welcome again Fare of the Free Child community! In episode 222 you’ll hear excerpts from our feel trip with Iris Chen, author of Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent along with our fellow unschooler, Tiersa McQueen. Iris and Akilah talk about multigenerational learning and unlearning, the differences between respect and relationship with the elders, collective change, cultural distance, relationship skills and how we can feel honored and honor other people too, learning to coexist and grow together. Tiersa joined the discussion, and poured her usual awesomesauce all in the mix. If the excerpts just ain’t enough, you can watch the entire conversation here.In case you haven’t listened to the previous elements of this three-part flow, here’s Episode 220: Iris Chen on Culture, Childhood, and Consent, and Episode 221: Untigering with Iris Chen (Pt. 2) where our listeners shared their feedback. Join our podcast village to make sure you don’t miss any feel trip invitations.We are just a few episodes away from the end of this season, including two more episodes and a feel trip with Kris and Akilah to close out the season and celebrate the five year anniversary of Episode 0. So exciting!Need to knows:In an effort to bring all of you more deschooling resources and liberation tools Raising Free People Support Suite which includes the Card Decks has a Workbook material coming up in collaboration with Leslie Bray from P.O.U.R Podcast (Purposely Openly Up to Relationships) Thanks to all of the people that had contributed to translate Raising Free People book to Spanish, we’re halfway there! / Gracias a quienes han colaborado para traducir el libro Raising Free People al idioma Español, ¡ya recolectamos la mitad!LIBERATION WALKShout out to Val Sinclair from Plant it up podcast, who’ll join us once more at the end of the season!Feel free to share and question by pressing that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site!While you’re there, subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube ChannelSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
Sending love to all of the families and descendants of theTk’emlúps te Secwépemc community, who are dealing with the tragedy of discovering the bodies of 215 children who lived at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We share the official statement from Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir. May their families find a way to be at peace.---On this week’s #fofcpod you'll hear feedback from our community members. Regina, Sarah, and Ana Maria share their thoughts about previous episode 220: Iris Chen on Culture, Childhood, and Consent with Iris Chen from Untigering but also Ana Maria took the time to share her impressions on episode 219: All In My Feelings About Family Meetings. As we realize now, feedback won't always be about the most recent episode, people find episodes that talk specifically to them all the time (folks are still listening to season 1!). Today, members of our listening community share some realizations based on conversations and experiences with their children. They share reflections on empowerment, boundaries, rewriting our narrative, and then some. You'll also hear from a local ATL unschooler wondering about tools of oppression in the context of parents who use them on their adult children.Dr. Sundiata also shares some insights about The Theory of Indivisibility, Tools of Oppression in contrast with the Tools of Indivisibility. Head over to Sundiata's website to learn more.And we are super-stoked and grateful that Akilah’s book, Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing work, will be translated into Spanish, and that the ALC Network has launched a fundraiser to match the $5000 needed to get us published in print and digitally! Will you donate and share? Here’s the link with details.Our next Feel Trip is coming up with Iris, Akilah, and Tiersa on June 7, at 5:30 PM EST. Here’s the link to register. You'll hear a recap of that next week. Make sure you don't miss any of our Feel Trip invitations by joining our podcast village.LIBERATION WALKGot an insight or a question? Press that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and tell Akilah.Subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week’s episode opens the first segment of our three-part flow from a mindful conversation with Iris Chen of Untigering. Iris is an unschooling mom and author of Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent, an authentic and vulnerable narrative about parenting as an Asian-American with cultural awareness, consent, love, and survival all blended in. Iris will also join us next week on a Feel Trip episode and we would love to hear some of your feedback prior to that! The week after that (on Saturday) we’ll bring you a recap of that Feel Trip. Make sure you don't miss any of our Feel Trip invitations by entering our podcast village.Iris chats with Akilah about the process that led her into writing her book, a process that started two years ago as she was blogging about her family experiences. Akilah and Iris also speak about the expectations and the pressure that we sometimes create around our children by seeing them only as extensions of us and not also as individuals."We can be agents of change instead of victims to tradition" - Iris ChenIris challenges the idea that we are trapped by our culture and rules, because we can celebrate but also question. Iris asserts that we are more than our stereotypes, and Akilah agrees with that and invites us to embrace the elements that are aligned to who we are while we reject what doesn’t vibe with us as part of our evolution. Iris also talks about the importance of language and the influence that culture has to offer as a tool that enhances connection and more ways to expand understanding.They also talk about consent and emotional intelligence skills and how important it is to re-parent our inner child to heal and understand the ways we can be influencing our children's behavior, because this can shape the practices that help us unravel our schoolish mindsets as we grow together.LIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and share some thoughtsLearn more about The Homeschool Association of CaliforniaHere you can read Parenting in a Climate of Anti-Asian Racism by Iris ChenSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
In this week’s #fofcpod episode, you’ll hear the first part of a conversation that sprunt up after a family meeting Akilah, Kris, Marley, and Sage had earlier this year. Akilah is calling this episode an “all in my” situation because she sees herself as being all up in her feelings (and fully accepting the presence of those feelings) while she’s unlearning the power-over dynamic. For sure, this conversation comes from a vulnerable and intimate space, and it felt important to Akilah and Kris to share the raw feelings without trying to offer “solutions” to resolving them. Kris and Akilah point out the importance of healthy communication, change, boundaries, process, and practice. They also discuss the levels of involvement and the struggle that we might face when we want to be held accountable and supportive. What does support look like as you grow together?They talk about the layers that come with a process and the practices around recognition and listening. It’s important to be able to think beyond our reaction and ask questions in order to move away from the schoolish mindset of punishing the reaction instead of exploring the cause. Asking for help to get a different perspective can guide us through a better solving process.Stay tuned because we have nine more episodes in Season 6, including one of Fare of the Free Man Child with Anthony “Tony” Galloway, Jr. Also, get ready to listen to Iris Chen from Untigering who will be joining us on the next edition of our three-part flow.LIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and share some thoughtsRemember that SDE Weekend (Self-Directed Education Weekend) is coming soon! From 21st till 23rd of May 2021 “The SDE weekend is an “all you can (L)earn,” 3-day, international, online event in which you choose the sessions that match your intentions and participate as much as you want.” Subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
On Episode 218 we’re sharing snippets from our Feel Trip recap with Amelia Allen Sherwood (Montessori and Anti-bias | Anti-racism Educator at Elm City Montessori School and founder of Sankofa Learning Center) and fellow unschooling organizer,  Tiersa McQueen. Amelia shares her perspective on the Montessori method and describes it as a tool in which we can decolonize processes and honor our children. We discuss the need to continue to question everything related to schooling, and to nurture ideas that improve autonomy-building, community care, partnership and trust-building. Listen and watch the full conversation here.In case you haven’t listened to the previous components of this three-part flow, here’s Episode 216: Exploring Black Lived Montessori Experiences, and Episode 217: Black folks in Montessori (Pt 2) where our listeners shared their feedback.  Make sure you don’t miss any of our feel trip invitations by joining our podcast village.As you listen, you’ll hear Akilah notes the reality that most educational models focus only on the becoming (the eventual “success”) and forget about the human (the person experiencing life today, right now), and Amelia agrees with that, and notes that her center is called Sankofa because it was about a type of returning, in that it centers the learner, not the thing they’re supposed to do. Akilah sees that as a rehumanizing of learning, as does Amelia, and she (Amelia) talks about the ways that we can use Montessori tools to create environments that are supportive of our authentic selves, and how communal spaces can help us to understand how to trust learning and children.We talk about the importance of naming our internalized racial oppression in order to heal both as an individual and as a collective, being aware of the commitment that involves community care. By being present we honor the connection within ourselves and our body, going back to our intuition.Amelia talks about her vision of the African-centered Montessori program in New Haven, Connecticut, Sankofa Learning Center, and shares her gratitude for the community that has been showing up in different ways for this collective dream.LIBERATION WALKSDE Weekend (Self-Directed Education Weekend) is coming! From 21st till 23rd of May 2021 “The SDE weekend is an “all you can (L)earn,” 3-day, international, online event in which you choose the sessions that match your intentions and participate as much as you want.”Listen to Itiel’s first episode, Ep 8: Lessons in Biz-Life Bliss and Ep 131: The Transition from Homeschooling to Unschooling. Also check Itiel’s memoir, Enterprise: A Holistic Anthology of Experiences Through a Black Woman’s LensCheck out KINDEZI: The Kongo Art of Babysitting, by K.Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau and A.M. Lukondo-WambaVisit NIA House MontessoriSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
Hey y'all! Thanks for staying tuned and welcome to another Fare of the Free Child podcast episode. In this conversation we are sharing some feedback from Episode 216: Exploring Black Lived Montessori Experiences with Montessori and Anti-bias | Anti-racism educator, Amelia Allen Sherwood. Join us to hear from our listener-fam, Regina, who has a couple of questions about the history of Montessori and whether Montessori programs serve teenagers. We also have some special invitations and liberation tools that will enrich and help us strengthen our raising free people muscles.Need-to-knows:Don't miss our next Feel Trip with Amelia Allen Sherwood. We will be questioning and sharing great content related to Montessori experiences. Sign up here to join us live on May 11 at 8pm eastern. SDE Weekend (Self-Directed Education Weekend) is coming! From 21st till 23rd of May 2021 “The SDE weekend is an “all you can (L)earn,” 3-day, international, online event in which you choose the sessions that match your intentions and participate as much as you want.” In an effort to bring all of you more deschooling resources and liberation tools Raising Free People Support Suite has a Workbook material coming up in collaboration with Leslie Bray from P.O.U.R Podcast (Purposely Openly Up to Relationships) In addition to those resources we have two Card Decks: One is focused on parenting practice and the other one is an overall Raising Free People practiceLIBERATION WALKShout out to Britt Hawthorne, Montessori educator who currently works in a collective liberation workCheck out the Kulima Montessori programPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and let us know what do you thinkSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Join patreon.com/akilah and support the show!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week’s #fofcpod is a sweet blend of liberation-focused invitations and an insightful conversation with Amelia Allen Sherwood, a Black Montessori educator who currently serves as the Anti-bias and Anti-racism Director at Elm City Montessori School. Amelia joins us to talk about how the Montessori method has impacted and inspired her to dream and develop communal spaces like Sankofa Learning Center. Stay tuned ‘cause Amelia will be also joining us in a couple of weeks on a Feel Trip episode. Make sure you don’t miss any of our Feel Trip invitations by joining our podcast village.What brings Amelia joy:Being outside and biking with her kidsWatching Carmeon Hamilton win Design Stars and following more Black interior designers on the gramSpending time with her partner and finding moments to love each otherVisioning out Sankofa Learning Center with her incredible Advisory CollectiveWhat has been growing Amelia:Learning from people she loves and that continue to challenge her and hold her accountableReading anything by Alexis Pauline Gumbs (right now she is reading Dub and just finished M Archived)Meet the Mother: Amelia Allen SherwoodThe Embracing Equity Leadership CohortAnything that Joy tells her to do, she listens!And of course catching up with the episodes of Fare of the Free Child!Amelia' recommendations of dope Black Montessori folks to follow on Instagram:Afrocentric MontessoriMontessori MadreJenile BrooksJamila MappLyricNicole, M.EdAhoefa| Montessori inspiredSchool at Home and Beyond™️Mothering and MontessoriWhat Dad DidCheck the Liberation Walk at https://www.raisingfreepeople.com/216/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
In collaboration with Atlanta-based Self-Directed Education profession and facilitator, Anthony “Tony” Galloway, Jr, we are so hyped to broadcast the premiere episode of Fare of the Free Man Child!Tony is one of our Presence Counselors here at Raising Free People Network and the founder, director and facilitator of The Heartwood School, a local Agile Learning Center. Throughout this series, Tony reflects on his own self-directed journey and his views on adulting and adulthood as he approaches his 30’s. Tune in to hear him riff on finances, politics, mental health, race, schooling, unschooling, manhood, and masculinity.“I was raised as an academic and baptized in the way of the scientific method. There were many creative outlets I participated in as a kid but they were just fun things to do on the side. Things like music and art were extracurriculars and hobbies to make me a well-rounded applicant but they were never a priority”. - Anthony Galloway, JrIn this episode, Tony talks about the struggles that we might face when trying to apply certain Self-Directed practices to our lives, about how exhausting it becomes to compare ourselves and our children's processes, the external pressure full of expectations, and preparations that pull us away from the present, missing the essentials. He also shares the importance of prioritizing the fulfillment of personal challenges while taking care of responsibilities.LIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and tell us what do you think about Fare of the Free Man ChildFollow Tony on Instagram!You can listen to Tony on previous #fofcpod episodes: How He’s Using His Gifts and Time for SelfSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week, we’ve got important need-to-knows to share with you, plus a feel trip recap from our conversation with Karen M. Ricks from the last two episodes, and Tiersa McQueen, who always brings the real-real! We shared experiences and stories around food and learning, and you’ll hear about our connections between food and memories, food and relationship building, food-centric education, food habits, food joy, and the many ways that food is related to our consent-based practices with children. In case you haven’t listened to the first part of this three-part flow, here’s Episode 212: Food, Play, & Mindfulness, and here’s Episode 213: Food, Play, & Mindfulness (Pt. 2) where our listeners shared their feedback.  Make sure you don’t miss any of our feel trips invitations by joining our podcast village. Resources and InvitationsPresence Counselor, founder, director and facilitator of an Agile Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia Anthony Galloway, Jr. gives us a hint of his new project, Fare of the Free Man Child, in collaboration with Raising Free People Network. Anthony reflects about his own self-directed journey, and his views on adulting and adulthood as he approaches his 30’s. He’ll be speaking about finances, politics, mental health, race, schooling, unschooling, manhood, and masculinity. His first episode airs on April 21, so make sure you’re following our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, so you can hear it. SDE Weekend (Self-Directed Education Weekend) is coming! From 21st till 23rd of May 2021 “The SDE weekend is an “all you can (L)earn,” 3-day, international, online event in which you choose the sessions that match your intentions and participate as much as you want.” The Fix Yo Face Deschooling Parenting Challenge starts soon! Get details here and save your spotLIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and tell us what do you think about Fare of the Free Man ChildCheck out Our Kitchen Classroom on Youtube While you’re there, subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
INVITATIONS: The Fix Yo Face Deschooling Parenting Challenge starts soon! Get details here.Want to join our Feel Trip with Karen next week? Register here.---Today we’re featuring listener community feedback from Episode 212: Food, Play, & Mindfulness with Karen M. Ricks. Join us to hear listeners share their love and experiences with food and how it all intertwines with the processes of natural learning and connecting with family and community. We’re also joined by Val from Plant It Up Podcast who tells us all about her relationship with nature and how the process of planting food can be a synergy between self-preservation and joy! We also have a special invitation for all of you to attend our next Feel Trip. Through this communal space we get to question and share some insight with you guys, our listeners! The live group meet up will be held on April 13th, register and save your spot. In case you can’t make it that day, we still got you, we’ll replay parts of it on April 17th here in the podcast. If you want to make sure you never miss our Feel Trips invitations you can join our podcast village.In addition to Fare of the Free Child, remember that we nurture Audio by Raising Free People Network with shows by Black women in podcasting, including: She Said We Shed with Aja Marie; How She Got Free with Katrina Monique; Grief, Growth and Goals with Lou Hollis; Plant It Up Podcast with Va Sinclair; and P.O.U.R. (Purposely Opening Up to Relationships) podcast with Leslie W. Bray.LIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and speak up!Be sure to check out Ebony Janice’s content!Shout-out to Thea Monyeé from Shaping The Shift PodcastCheck out Our Kitchen Classroom on Youtube While you’re there, subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
Season 6 of Fare of the Free Child Podcast begins today, and we are so excited!! This season we’ve slowed down our listening process so that every topic can get three full episodes of conversation and connection. The first part is an invitation to deepen our perspective on a relevant topic, the second part we’ll be listening to community feedback about that topic, and the third episode will be a recap or replay from a live, group meetup (we call those feel trips), to bring our knowledge and questions together real-time. Want to make sure you don’t miss feel trip invites? Join our podcast village. On today’s episode, Karen M. Ricks of Our Kitchen Classroom, world traveler, life learner, mother, wife, chef, entrepreneur will be joining us to talk about joy, food, travelling, languages, Montessori ways, and her special take on worldschooling. Food JoyWe talk about boundaries, consent, relationship-building, and the importance of partnership between parents and children. Karen explains the way food can work as a medium through which we have a chance to connect through multi-sensory experiences, for example, the process of including the children in preparing meals. We talk about sense memory and how it is tied to a deeper personal involvement, and how this makes food a wonderful way to notice everyday learning.Montessori Ways  (The world is our classroom)Karen speaks about her experience running a Montessori school in Japan, about how this process exposed some of the drastic pedagogical differences between cultures, and the level of resistance that can live within us when it comes to trying a less schoolish approach to learning anything, including a new language. We chat about the cultivation of language as a tool that enhances communication, a tool to connect with the otherness, to share ideas and concepts, and to expand the possibilities for the richness of learning from every experience, person, and place.Building upon the CuriosityKaren shares the joy that food has given her by seeing culinary education as a cultural exchange, and a way of connecting with families and communities. With her project, Our Kitchen Classroom, Karen shares a different way of learning through the experience of food.LIBERATION WALKPress that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side of the site and speak upLearn something new at every meal! join Karen at Our Kitchen ClassroomJoin Karen at Our Kitchen Classroom on Youtube While you’re there, subscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
Welcome to the fifth season finale of Fare of the Free Child Podcast where Akilah gives a State of the Podcast (and network!). She shares resources and invitations focused on the opportunities for rest and reparations and for the deepening of this movement. Thank you all for listening and supporting, this conversation is centered on some of the healing that we've done, the healing that we are looking to do in collaboration with others and the opportunities to invest in that healing work at variant levels.Keep on sharing, shedding and questioning. In January we will be replaying some all-time favorite episodes with some new additions, so don’t miss it!What we've been able to accomplishRaising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work is out! Akilah shares her gratitude to the listeners, for the feedback she had from everyone interested in continuing on this deschooling and liberation journeyFare Of The Free Child had major coverage in the New York Times, Forbes and countless podcasts and local mediaAll the new equipment and resources to keep jamming with our dope content in Raising Free People Network is thanks to you!Voice-Ups as a safe space to talk about specific issuesDisrupting academic and corporate spaces in partnership with Black unschoolersStructure of Raising Free People Network: Three Initiatives and One Offering.Raising Free People Unschool (RFP Unschool): Online unschool with courses and coachingAudio by Raising Free People Network. Don’t forget to subscribe to all five podcasts! In addition to Fare Of The Free Child, we proudly produce She Said We Shed with Aja; How She Got Free with Katrina; Grief, Growth and Goals with Lou; Plant It Up with Val; Wait for an upcoming surprise from Leslie Bray about community care, soon!Raising Free People Book and upcoming workbooksOffering: Leadership consultations with schools or corporations looking to decolonize their environment / cultureWhere we are looking to goMentorship and other types of support with emerging community change agents, helping them to develop ways to organize around Self-Directed Education (SDE) in their communities and families.CHECK OUT COURSES, INVITATIONS AND THE FULL SHOW NOTES AT https://www.raisingfreepeople.com/201/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week on #fofcpod, Maleka Diggs from Eclectic Network and Akilah are chopping it all up about this year. Get ready for an insightful conversation about what they’ve been noticing around deschooling, self care, pervasive whiteness, movement, decolonizing, and then some.WHAT WE DISCUSSSelf care practicesMaleka shares aspects of her decolonizing journey, the harmony between working and playing and defining priorities around self care practices. Akilah talks about deschooling her leadership practices.They also talk about the power of stillness and silence, how necessary it is to be more aware of ourselves, our thoughts and our bodies. Akilah shares her experience of reconnecting with herself through dance and movement, the way she gets information about herself from her body and paying attention to what she is noticing.Unravelings - The joy of failureThey chat about Maleka’s projects and what they have been noticing around pervasive whiteness. Akilah speaks about the sense of responsibility that comes as a Black woman who unschools and advocates for her community, also about her experience working in predominantly White spaces.Maleka also talks about her love of cooking, and the real roots of curry. She tells how food can be a way of resistance and decolonization, and how every dish has its own journey and meaning.Then they talk about failure and how it can be understood as an opportunity to pivot and learn, not seeing it as the end of the path but as a direction. That’s one of the skills that we root with self directedness, “the joy of failure”, this will show up differently and will evolve depending on each person’s processes.Consumption and SchoolishnessThey reject the notion of metrics, and connect most forms of measuring and data with consumption and standardization.LIBERATION WALKGet your tickets so you don’t miss The Parenting Decolonized Conference. “The mission of the summit is to provide parents and caregivers with action plans, resources, and tips for conscious parenting during stressful times, reimagining education during the Coronavirus, and the radical shifts required to be more confident, conscious, intentional parents.”Check out Eclectic Learning Network’s merch!Here are some dope music producers, check out their material!: Jamie a.k.a, Serotonin, Jared Akeem, Rhyan (Richie Flex) and Only Black CosmonautOur growing community is part of the My Reflection Matters ecology, in our own Fare of the Free Child village! Come through if you're on that raising free people journeyHosting, or are part of, a Raising Free People Book Club? Tell us by emailing Fatima@raisingfreepeople.com with the details about that book club. Akilah would love to come through, right quick!Raising Free People Network’s Presence Counselors Leslie Bray and Anthony Galloway, Jr. are here to support unschooling and deschooling processes for families and organizationsSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week on #fofcpod we are talking about prioritizing wellness amidst entrepreneurship and unschooling with one of our #fofcpod repeat guests, Kim Hester (with the big, beautiful smile!). Kim is co-owner of Life Strength & Health holistic center, and she co-hosts Akilah’s favorite wellness podcast too! In episode 195: Black Unschooling Dads, Kris Richards (Akilah's partner) and Jamal Hester (Kim's partner) had the chance to chat about Black fatherhood and unschooling. In this episode Akilah talks with Kim about the importance of awareness as part of a wellness process, and how all of that is connected to natural learning, deschooling and our capacity to thrive.WHAT WE DISCUSS:When you feel good you move through life differentlyKim speaks about pivoting away from toxic environments and the changes that came with that shift. She also touches on the importance of being aware of her feelings and decisions, being consistent with the changes she applied in her routines, and how that all of that showed up in her relationship with her husband, her daughter (SaHura), and in her own mind and body.Kim and Akilah also speak on decolonizing parenting styles and how they had to question themselves by identifying schoolish patterns in their parents and in themselves that were/are directly influenced by the colonial narrative. They give examples of that, and chat about their experiences with their children and how they felt at a certain point in their adult lives about not having developed the tools to overcome certain realities, like being afraid of making a mistake, that sometimes blocks them from seeing the whole spectrum of possibilities in a given situation.Awareness and deschoolingAkilah talks about awareness and how it is intrinsically connected with deschooling behaviors that disrupt patterns in order to build up healthy, consent-based, autonomy-nurturing practices. Kim is caring for her partner’s elderly parents, and brings up the way that our awareness of the stressors can be helpful if we acknowledge them and do little things to manage those feelings in our bodies and in our minds.Kim brings up the importance of movement and changes in environment when possible, especially at this time where we’re more sedentary at home. She talks about unschooling during COVID-19 with SaHura, and the things that give her joy like dancing, summer camp and sharing with her friends. She also describes the deschooling process of her and her family and the ways she and her husband work at being supportive and helpful.LIBERATION WALKHosting, or are part of, a Raising Free People Book Club? Tell us by emailing Fatima@raisingfreepeople.com with the details about that book club. Akilah would love to come through, right quick!Our growing community is part of the My Reflection Matters ecology, in our own Fare of the Free Child village! Come through if you're on that raising free people journey.Raising Free People Network’s Presence Counselors Leslie Bray and Anthony Galloway, Jr. are here to support unschooling and deschooling processes for families and organizationsSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube Channel!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
This week on #fofcpod we have an insightful conversation about relationships and diversity with educator, organizer and speaker Crystal Byrd Farmer, she focuses on cohousing, Black, and polyamorous communities. Crystal is a Black, queer, autistic woman whose opinions and ambitions find her in a variety of communities where she is the only one with a particular intersection of identities. This “token” status is one Crystal does not shy away from, but instead uses it to speak up and invite change in the communities she chooses.Crystal shares some of her experiences, and tells us about her book, The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization. We'll also hear about Gastonia Freedom School, the Agile Learning Center (a type of Self-directed Education center, that Crystal founded to offer support in her North Carolina community.“This is the book that is going to save you from theory and guilt trips disguised as training or solutions to issues of equity and diversity. Crystal has brilliantly highlighted her personal experiences as means of examining and learning how biases affect some Black women in particular, and many intentional communities across age and gender, among other differences. She then brings in the history and pattern of anti-Black racism in particular, and offers resources and conversation prompts to work through what she brings up in these pages. I found this book refreshing in its departure from scholarly research over real-life experiences, feelings that words often fail, and so much more in terms of nuance and layers. I loved this and I'm grateful to Crystal for adding her perspectives to the conversation about relationships and diversity without apology, and with no problem being dynamic and human in her approach. Read this book!”- Akilah S. Richards’s review.“The book touches key points like reality of bias, privilege and microaggressions, what marginalized people experience and what they might need to feel safe and comfortable in order to succeed. Crystal acts as the bridge between majority white organizations that are dedicated to social justice and "diverse" people in the community.”Gastonia Freedom School is a self-directed learning center focused on children with disabilities, the support is one-to-one depending on their interests, they work on the development of social skills respecting their agency and independence. Crystal talks about how they’re managing this SDE space since COVID started, the challenges and also the perks of it.Akilah also took some time to share her appreciation to the Fare Of The Free Child Community and invites to continue on this deschooling journey of healing and liberation work.LIBERATION WALKHere’s Crystal talking about Agile Learning Centers and how they help create equitable outcomes for students of all races and socioeconomic statusesHave heard about our very own Fare of the Free Child village? Come discuss topics from the podcast with us!Hosting or joining a Raising Free People Book Club? Tell us by emailing Fatima@raisingfreepeople.com with the details about your gathering. Akilah would love to come through!Raising Free People Network’s Presence Counselors Leslie Bray and Anthony Galloway, Jr. are here to support unschooling and deschooling processes for families and organizationsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)
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Stacey Renee

I think I've found my podcast tribe/family. These women are me!

Feb 10th
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Unique Mills

Akilah! Your child coined the term "respect the no" in your house and I coined the same term with my son when he was 1! this was 6 years ago.

Nov 29th
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Tayler Clemm

yes! thank you I felt your energy on this one

Oct 25th
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Tayler Clemm

I love your energy and simplicity with everything you say. thank you for having a podcast because we needed this. I enjoy learning with you.

Oct 25th
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Angela Jordan Perry

Thanks Monique for sharing your journey. -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

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Angela Jordan Perry

Appreciating the conversation. -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

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Angela Jordan Perry

My mind totally blown! Thanks for this podcast topic, the transparency and the terminology. -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

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Angela Jordan Perry

Thanks for the insights. -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

May 20th
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Angela Jordan Perry

Loving your platform. #Paradigm #Shift -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

May 20th
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Angela Jordan Perry

"Fear of our child's freedom." You are speaking truth. I'm facing myself here as I listen. I'm ready to kill the fear and take up the fare for my children. they deserve it. Thanks. -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

May 20th
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Angela Jordan Perry

Excellent explanation of unschooling. I appreciate your platform. -Angela, Girlfriends' Guide to Homeschooling

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