30 flights (between the 2 of us ), 4 long bus rides, 2 car road trips, 5 trains, 2 cases of the flu, 9 cities, 3 sets of parents, 22 old friends, 2 new babies, 1 conference, 2 hassles with the airlines, 10 airports, 4 couch surfing experiences, 2 beaches, 100+ laughs and way too many tears.
We hope you forgive us for not updating our blog often during our travel-roller-coaster, but we are taking our time now to rejuvenate, rest and get caught up in our beloved Cusco. Miro and I are clear, we really do prefer slow travel to the quick city hopping and are so grateful to be back in the closest place we have to call home.
Both of us are busy now, focused on writing about our experiences, preparing new posts, editing photos and video for you. But that takes a little time too. So this, being our first update post since we’ve returned from our 6 week travel marathon, we wanted to share with you some quick updates and ask for your assistance with one of our projects.
For us the Life Rocks Unschooling Conference was a whirlwind of life rocking experiences. Both Miro and I learned so much and feel so much gratitude that we are both forever changed. We each connected with the most incredible people and made some lasting friendships. I can’t even express how incredibly satisfying it was to be among hundreds of people who simply “get it”.
And dare I say, Miro finally found his “tribe”.
At the conference, we presented our story and introduced our inspired vision to create our pet project called Project Unschool Peru, which we introduced here on our blog in December, last year. During our talk and in private conversations, we shared the inspiration behind creating a “temporary learning community” in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Every single person we spoke with was so excited to learn more about Project Unschool Peru retreat, and wanted to participate!
We were blown away by the response!
But the retreat was scheduled for just one six weeks later, and most could not make month long plans to get away and to be able to afford it with such short notice. However, the feedback we received has been so valuable to us from those authentically interested in participating.
But when all was said and done, the retreat was only half full (not half empty) with bookings, so we opted to postpone and reschedule the Project Unschool Peru and integrate some the feedback we received.
Then, I thought, I need to ask you, our readers what you think!! You all have been here for us for the long haul supporting us and your thoughts & feedback are so important to us!
So, since the retreat is being rescheduled and we are going to try to integrate the suggestions we’ve received so far, we are asking for your input to help us design and produce the most amazing event possible. I’ve put together a survey to help us reshape the rescheduled event. The survey consists of 10 simple questions regarding price, structure, duration, and activities. We would love your help. Even if you cannot make it to the next retreat, if you are interested, feel our passion, believe in our vision, we would love your input.
Even though the formal Project Unschool Peru retreat is postponed, we still have an unschooling group coming to experience Peru in June to spend a month with us! (so we know there’s interest!!!)
Right now the group is 8 or 9 people, including Luke Bessey the teen camp leader for both the Life Rocks Unschooling Conference and one that’s coming up in Texas called The Rethinking Everything Conference. So far, the group includes 6 teens, 3 adults including one parent. Although this is not the Project Unschool Peru retreat, we are looking at this opportunity to explore, learn and play with this group of unschooled teens in order to help us develop a teen specific “adventure” in the future. Yep, that one was Miro’s idea.
And that’s it for the quick updates.
Again, if you, our wonderful readers, would be willing to take our Project Unschool Peru survey, we’d be so grateful! Your input will help us shape the newly scheduled event.
Many blessings from an overly exhausted Mom & Son and know if you sent us an email or question over the last couple months, a response will be on it’s way shortly. More updates coming soon!!!
Lainie and her son Miro are living a location independent lifestyle, slow traveling around the globe and living in the present moment. Lainie writes about staying inspired, participating as a global citizen, volunteering, unschooling & natural learning. Lainie and Miro are both following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental world schoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie & Miro have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a series of family & teen oriented retreats in called Project World School.
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