List of Unschooling Conferences

Getting together with other homeschoolers, particularly those using like methods, can be a huge boost to your motivation and self-confidence. (And as I say that, I'm kicking myself that I've only been to ONE in the last six years. It's time for another! We're looking at the water park, or if we're lucky, the cruise.)

Many times, the homeschooling conferences being held in your state will have portions that are unschool friendly, but from what I've heard there is no substitute for a "non-con" or a unschool gathering. The good news is they are becoming more popular as unschooling numbers swell (and unschoolers come out of the woodwork).

Here is a list of events, built with help from Sumbthucker, and Unschooling Circuit Riders and IAUnschoolers Yahoo Groups. Thanks!


Pura Vida Conference, Costa Rica
November 30 - December 8, 2008

Site: http://mysite.verizon.net/reszxig2/
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/puravidaconference/

Conference Fee: $50 per adult, $40 per child, $200 per family (Under 3s free)

Mountain Retreat
November 30 - December 4, 2008
$16/person plus tax

Beach Retreat
December 4 - December 8, 2008
$90 - $105/night plus tax


UWWG - Unschoolers WaterPark Gathering, Ohio
February 2 - 6, 2009

Site: http://www.ugoevent.com/accommodations.htm
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UWWG/

No Conference Fee

Rooms (including waterpark passes): $95 - $258/night


HENA, Arizona
March 7 - 8, 2009

Site: http://www.hena.us/conferenceRegistration.html

Conference Fee: $50 - $130/family, less for individuals (many variables depending on date)

UNDER 3s and GRANDS FREE!


Great Big Happy Life, NJ
April 28 - May 1, 2009

Site: http://www.greatbighappylife.com/
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJUC/

Conference Fee: $45/adult, $30/child 4+, $160 family - Early Bird Discounts Available

Meal Fee: $92/13+, $46/5-12, $23/4 and under

Lodging: TBA


LIFE is Good, Washington state
May 21 - 24, 2009

Site: http://www.lifeisgoodconference.com/
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LifeisGoodconference/

Conference Fee: $55 - 85/adults, $40 - $50/child 3+, $175 - $200/family
UNDER 3 AND GRANDS FREE!


Toronto Unschooling Conference
May 2009

Site: http://www.livingjoyfully.ca/conference/

More Info to Come


We Shine, A Celebration of Unschooling, Ontario
June 17 - 21, 2009

Site: http://weshineconference.blogspot.com/

More Info to Come


California Homeschool Network (CHN) Family Network
July 31 - August 2, 2009

Site: http://www.californiahomeschool.net/events/expo/familyexpo.htm

Conference Fee: $40 - $75/adult, $50/couple, $30 - $50/child
UNDER 2s AND GRANDS FREE!

Rooms: $88/night @ Ontario (California) Marriott Hotel


Homeschool Association of California (HSN) Conference
August 4 - 6, 2009

Site: http://www.hscconference.com/index.html

More Info to Come


Northeast Unschooling Conference, Massachusetts
August 27 - 30, 2009

Site: http://www.northeastunschoolingconference.com/

More Info to Come


Rethinking Education, Texas
September 2009

Site: http://www.theunschoolingconference.com/

Conference Fee: $100 - $150/person, $25 Grands

Rooms: $89 - $109/night


Live and Learn Unschooling Conference, NC
September 2009

Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LiveandLearnConference/

More Info to Come


Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference, California
September 10 - 13, 2009

Site: http://goodvibrationsconference.com/

Conference Fee: $80 - 120/adult, $50 - $80/child, family discount options
UNDER 3s AND GRANDS FREE!

Rooms: $119/night

*** THANKS TO FLO FOR HELPING ME OUT WITH INFO ***


3rd Annual Not Back to School Rally ... at DISNEYLAND!
September 14 - 17, 2009

Site: http://sheadisney2009.eventbrite.com/

Wide variety of conference options and prices


Oregon Unschoolers Chautauqua
September 14 - 18, 2009
September 8 - 10, 2010

Site: http://oregonchautauqua.org/

Conference Fee (includes lodging): $150/adults, $75/children
UNDER 3s NOT ENCOURAGED, NOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS


Alphabet Soup Unschooling Conference, Alberta
September 18 - 20, 2009

More Info to Come


Unschooling Adventure Cruise, NJ (to Bermuda and back)
October 24 - 29, 2009
TBA, 2010

Site: http://www.unschoolingadventurecruise.blogspot.com/
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UnschoolingAdventureCruise

Conference Fee (inclusive): Check Costs Here

PLEASE LIST US AS A REFERRAL IF YOU BOOK A CRUISE. THANK YOU.


This is nowhere near a comprehensive list, so please chime in with opportunities as you come across them. Happy Haunting!

 

2 comments:

FLO said...

Thank you so much for promoting our conferences! Good Vibrations is my baby so can I ask you make one little change? The hotel rooms are $119, not $199! And there is a family registration option that is a great bargain.

Thanks again for spreading the word! Will we see you there?

Hilary said...

Thanks for stopping by! I changed the info. Wonder how I made that mistake? UGH. Sorry.

We have (unsuccessfully) attempted to get to a number of conferences. It's like we're cursed or something. lol The only one I've ever made it to was my first - a homeschooling conference that turned out to be mega-school-at-home religious. Hmm ... maybe subconsciously I'm telling myself, "those things are not for you"? I'll have to switch up my mantra. ;)