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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#10

    April 14th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #10

    Show Title:

    Life, Inside Out

    original air date:

    Monday April 6, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday April 7, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Jill D’Agnenica
    Maggie Baird
    Julie Chase-Daniel

    Show Description:
    In tonight’s episode, we’ll sit down with the director & star and a close friend whose voice is instrumental in supporting the spirit of community during the making of this delightful independent film which explores one woman’s passion for life-long learning.  In addition, we learn how one Los Angeles homeschooling community collaboratively worked, behind the scenes as part of the film’s crew. Also, this  homeschooling community was instrumental with raising over 41 thousand dollars to get this film made. We’ll be talking about the film, the power of community, learning at any age and the ability to achieve whatever you set out to achieve. It’ll be an interesting conversation and we hope you will join us.


    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Jill D’Agnenica

    11024709_10204710494735188_4918630759791826225_nJill D’Agnenica is a visual artist, filmmaker, and the mother of two girls. Life Inside Out, her directorial debut, won Best Premiere at the Heartland Film Festival in 2013 and has since screened at 20 North American festivals, receiving 15 audience and jury awards along the way.

    When Jill first read the screenplay for LIFE INSIDE OUT, she was struck by its affirmation of pursuing one’s creative passions in the midst of everyday life. The stories we tell about artists seem to have stock themes–their absolute rejection of and/or by society, their singular focus on their art to the detriment or destruction of their other relationships (and indeed their very physical and mental health) and of course, the final triumph when the artist is hailed as a genius, wins the grand prize, gets the big contract.

    In contrast to that oft told story, she wanted to validate the idea that creativity can be simply woven into everyday life, enriching those it touches, actually contributing to connections with others, and becoming its own reward. Some rearranging might have to happen, the dishes might stay dirty in the sink, and the kids might have to fend for themselves for dinner, but everyone’s life will be enhanced by the presence of that creative spark in their midst.

    11046889_10204710552656636_3765269834008912097_nIt’s a self-serving narrative—Jill gambles on it every day in her own life
    as she try to balance creating her art, making money and raising her family. (She has an entire body of photographic and video work titled “Bad Mother” which basically documents the shenanigans her kids get into while she is ignoring them so she can get something else done.) But she can’t imagine doing her life any other way.

    Jill’s entire family, including the littlest one who was only 6 at the time of filming, participated in the making of Life Inside Out. For this she feels blessed and also grateful that they are still talking to her, since the movie has consumed much of her life for the past 3 years. She is thrilled that Life Inside Out will be available on DVD on April 21, 2015.




    Maggie Baird

    10398657_10204710493655161_6719660871194535595_nMaggie Baird is the co-writer and star of the award winning feature film “Life Inside Out” in which she had the pleasure of acting opposite her own teenage son Finneas O’Connell. A festival favorite, the film was selected for over twenty film festivals and received a commensurate number of awards including multiple “Best Picture” and “Audience Favorite” awards.

    An actor and writer living in Los Angeles, Maggie is the mother of two teenage children who have been home schooled (unschooled) throughout their lives. Extremely involved as a parent, as her children grew she decided to return to her love of music and began recording her original material and singing at open mic nights. When her then 13 year old son Finneas began to discover his own gifts as songwriter, the idea for “Life Inside Out” was born.

    11021069_10204710551816615_7029548204511064330_nThe film received it’s initial funding via a successful Kickstarter campaign and was created thanks in part to the tremendous support of friends, family and the home schooling community both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. The themes of authenticity, creative expression, family and parenting are the core components not only of the film itself but in the lives of its creators.

    Involving her children and husband in the process of making the film as well as working with her friend Jill D’Agnenica as director, turned out to be an incredible adventure for all of them. The labor of love that was the process of taking the movie from idea to finished script to production and finally to distribution was a dream come true and second only to mothering as the hardest and most rewarding thing she has done.




    Julie Chase-Daniel

    11046889_10204710550976594_416367397905976749_nFounder of In the Family Way, a small non-profit dedicated to helping families thrive, Julie Chase-Daniel always has a ready ear for creative projects that may support greater wellbeing and compassion in family life.

    She has been with visual artist Matthew Chase-Daniel since 1984. Together they raised one much-loved son, Quill Chase-Daniel, who is a young filmmaker living and working in Los Angeles, as well as numerous pets & plants and a few houses that required rebuilding from the ground up. Quill grew up partly off-grid, spoke early in the mother tongue of myth & mystery, and leaped into apprenticeship in art and bricolage with his father as soon as he could lift a hammer.

    Since 1990, Julie has been based in Santa Fe, NM, where the weather suits her clothes. She has worked in the field of grassroots philanthropy, served as a doula, traveled to sacred & significant historic sites around the Western world, holds a Master’s Degree in transformative leadership and is, in the spirit of self care, currently taking a hiatus from completing a PhD at California Institute of Integral Studies.

    10387630_10204710553976669_8122559004989210161_nBased on her research about creativity and mutuality in the process of self-becoming, she worked with scholar Stephen Karcher to develop Mothering Change, a free online I Ching divination program dedicated to supporting personal transitions as sacred rites of passage that encourage the mutual becoming of self, family, community and cosmos.

    She is a life-long poet, potter, and diviner, with a passion for meeting the Beloved wherever she goes.




    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit: 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    7 Strategies To Keep Your Teen Engaged While Traveling Long Term

    April 9th, 2015

    As you know, I’ve been traveling non-stop with my son since 2009. Not only have we traversed new lands and experienced new cultures together, we’ve also journeyed through a range of developmental stages as my son grows into an adult. My son was just 10 when we left to travel and now we find ourselves weeks shy of his sixteenth birthday.

    Adolescence is a wonderful stage, a time of great transformation, shaped by changes in the body and mind, experienced at an accelerated rate. Throughout the adolescent years, the body grows and changes, the teenager must learn to negotiate new responsibilities, evolving relationships and ultimately develop a new sense of self. It’s a time of self definition and determining how one relates to the world. However the danger is, if the teen is not engaged, boredom can set in, indifference and even rebellion can be a part of the teen’s experience. All parents of teenagers will agree that the teen years present a unique set of challenges, but can a family still plan a round the world trip? Is it actually possible to combine long term travel and the teenage years?

    Yes. But the key is keeping your teen engaged every step along the way.

    With this in mind, let’s take a look at 7 strategies to keep a teenager engaged while traveling long term as a family.


    1) Travel with music

    It’s no secret, teens connect to the world through music. Actually playing music can help make your teen’s travel experience more interactive and less passive. If you teen already plays an instrument, make sure they bring it with them on your journey. If they do not, the road is also a great place to learn if your teenager has the willingness to learn.


    A great instrument to consider for travel is a parlor-size (or 3/4) guitar. The guitar is one of the few polyphonic instruments that can be easily carried around from location to location. It’s also very easy to start learning (but hard to master). Most teens will be able to learn a few open chords to begin playing within a very short space of time. If a guitar is too bulky, consider other options like the harmonica which is fun to play, easy to learn. If you look around, you’ll find many other options, many which have international origins, like an mbira, the African thumb piano, flutes from around the world and smaller string instruments that pack in half the space of a normal size guitar.

    As your teen begins to learn a new instrument, it becomes an open invitation to engage with others on the road and connect through music. Music requires discipline, passion and dedication which are skills that help develop your teen’s character and give them skills they can utilize throughout their lives and apply to other difficult endeavors.

    2.) Research, plan and budget

    Travel provides an excellent opportunity to empower your teen with real-world experiences by tapping into responsibility and resourcefulness. Prior to your travels, ask your teen to be accountable for planning one portion of your family’s round the world trip, based on their specific area of interest, likes or passions.

    Here are some examples to share with your teen to inspire: If your teen is interested in mythology, plan a trip to Greece to see Mount Olympus, the “home of the gods”. If your teen is interested in the ballet, plan a stop in Russia to see the famous Bolshoi Ballet. If your teen loves fashion, include Paris on your itinerary. If your teen is interested in archeology, visit the land of the Great Pyramids, home of the ancient Pharos. There are no limits, only possibilities and encourage your teen to dig deep into their interests and come up with several creative suggestions.

    After you and your teen decide on which excursion to include in your family’s round the world trip, empower your teen to plan that segment of your travels. Indicate what the family budget is and suggest tools for research. Define the parameters for your teen to work within by providing budgets for entertainment, food, lodging, transportation, etc. Empower your teen to present the family with their research and discuss the options. Not only will your teen gain valuable real-world life experience, they will feel incredible satisfaction during that segment of your family’s trip.


    3) Find ways to make history personal and come alive

    Sure your teen can learn history and memorize facts, but that really isn’t the point of traveling nor will it keep your teenager engaged. However, if there an emotional reaction to the information, teens will be engaged and active about the travel experience. Therefore, the key is to to make history personal through emotional connections.


    As travelers, when we find a personal angle, focus on something relevant or moving to us, it makes history come alive. Not only will your teenager connect with the place you are visiting and its unique history, but often times your teen will be inspired. This has been our strategy as we’ve traveled through a variety of countries, sites and attractions.

    Another idea is to create relevance through our personal family history. Ask grandparents or other family members to contribute first hand accounts of family history that relate to geographical locations.
    If the travels include a location that is of interest to your teen, but no personal connection to your family, then ask your teen to dig into some of the facts that make the sites come alive.

    4) Dive into worldviews with your teen

    First of all, what are worldviews and why are they important?

    Worldviews are the framework through which individuals interpret or make meaning of the world around them. Many worldviews are collective, shared by groups, nations or specific cultures. Every single human being on this planet experiences the world through their own lens, influenced by their culture, economic status, gender, biology, environment, family (and endless other variables). Regardless of the influences, worldviews define one thing: How each and every person on this planet relate to the world around them.


    Make identifying worldviews into a game. Here are some questions to consider: How do the people in your host country see the world? How is it similar than the way your family experiences the world? What are the differences? In which ways did you notice our global interconnectedness today? How did today’s experience demonstrate our cultural diversity? As teens are defining how they fit into the world, travel presents the perfect opportunity to explore worldviews as a family, which in turn, serves to keep your teen engaged while traveling.

    5) Explore the local cuisine

    Food and teens. There can’t be a more natural combination.
    But unless you have the rare adventurous eater, one of the most common complaints I hear from parents of teens is that they are not willing to step outside of the culinary comfort zone. Travel can address that problem and keep your teen engaged at the same time.

    My son does not cook at home, has no interest in it, but as we travel, he loves to take local cooking classes with me as a way to dive into the local culinary delights. He has confided in me that this was a way for him to know what goes in a particular dish, makes him more comfortable trying new thing and has confessed the classes are usually a lot of fun.


    Cooking has turned out to be a great bonding experience, and the perfect way to keep my teen engaged. It also provides real life-skills that he will take with him through his life.

    6) Encourage self-reliance

    Nothing is more important to a teenager than expressing their independence. You can support your teens development into self reliance as you travel, only if you commit to each other’s safety. When everyone feels safe through negotiating boundaries and agreeing to a set of rules, everyone wins. Most other countries support teens expressing their independence and don’t foster the same culture of fear as we do in the United States, but it’s all about bi-directional respect that works for the whole family.


    Often times, I ask my son to run to the store and pick up essentials for cooking. I’ve often encouraged him to venture out on foot and explore on his own. Additionally I urge my son to jettison out of his comfort zone and plan a day to himself that includes activities or organized excursions with other travelers.

    Every teen wishes to assert their independence and by trusting and allowing them to do so while traveling, means they will stay engaged and involved. Because teenagers have a higher level of independence they are capable of complex social interactions which will in essence keep them engaged.

    7) Include volunteering

    Because teenagers are capable of much more complex relationships than younger travelers, volunteering is the perfect way keep your teen engaged. In addition to the service aspects, there are greater benefits to volunteering such as experiencing compassion, tolerance, flexibility and a deeper cross-cultural understanding. Additionally volunteering keeps the teen engaged through hands-on experience which in turn helps to build greater self esteem, practice critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.


    Keeping your teen engaged is a joint effort and it’s up to us as parents to advocate the best possible travel experience for our teen and the entire family.


    A version of this article was originally published on Matador Network

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#9

    April 3rd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #9

    Show Title:

    Diving into Self-directed Learning

    Monday March 30, 2015 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
    Tuesday March 31, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Deb Martens
    Bruce Smith
    Susie Maguire

    Show Description:
    This panel is coming back together to dive deeper into self-directed learning. We are continuing the conversation from Episode #1.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Deb Martens

    debDeb was born and raised in southern California, graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a sociology degree and lived in northern Idaho for many years. She is now a “transplant” and lives on the prairies in Manitoba, Canada (not too far from Winnipeg). Currently she is working on her master’s degree in Self Design (building learning communities) through Self Design Graduate Institute.

    Deb home-schools with her daughter and ascribes to self-designing her education (learner directed, pursuing passions). Their motto is, “the world is our classroom.” Following this flow of education has recently led the mother/daughter duo to become doulas. Indeed, engaging in this genre of education is engaging, encourages being present, and embraces lifelong learning! Deb is also a visionary who is community and globally minded. Her family has recently become world travellers and is embarking on their next adventure in March!

    Deb loves her family (husband, two sons, and two daughters) and her life on the prairies. She enjoys the many wonders of nature and paleo/natural cooking. She’s an avid reader and writer. She appreciates the “communities” she’s richly involved in and is blessed when she can hear just one more story from a friend (old or new) over a cup of java.

    Bruce Smith

    BruceA former public school teacher, Bruce L. Smith has worked at Sudbury schools in four states over the past 17 years (primarily Alpine Valley School in Colorado). In 2005 he created an organization now known as Friends of Sudbury Schooling to enhance awareness and support for this uniquely democratic model of self-directed learning, first developed by Sudbury Valley School in 1968. Bruce tweets as @numbalum89 and blogs at

    Susie Maguire

    Susie Maguire is devoted to bringing more love into the world by every means imaginable – doing only work that she loves, following the longings of her heart wherever if may take her, or whatever it calls her to do (even if it means jumping over the odd cliff edge into the complete unknown) raising her son William to follow his heart in all aspects of his life, giving him an education that is 100% love based learning and by doing lots of little acts of love for friends, family and complete strangers. She believes in magic and miracles and the restorative power of pluff and naps. She also believes the world is a wonderful place and human beings are quite the most lovely bunch and is 100% confident that humanity is on the verge of figuring out how to be really nice to each other all the time.

    SusieShe founded and built an international management consultancy that worked with some of the world’s most amazing corporations all around the globe before exhausting herself and giving it all up to raise the child she was told she would never have. Since then she’s done some very selective projects for a few companies including Facebook.

    As ardent unschoolers and peripatetic souls Susie and William have wandered the world together and have enjoyed the wonders and people of nearly 50 countries and have been blessed to see and experience the most incredible things.

    Susie has never blogged or twittered or FB’d about her and William’s journeys and adventures, but she is just busting with excitement and things to say about the insights she has had over the years and she is currently working on a book and a series of workshops to help others live love based lives and is designing a program for the corporate world called Love@Work.




    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit: 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    10 Signs you are a World Schooler

    March 30th, 2015

    Traditionally, most children “learn” between the white walls of a sterile classroom, school bells interrupting their thoughts, focus shifting from one subject to another, rushing between classes. Most believe schools are the only place to receive an education and don’t consider the world around them as a natural setting to learn.

    But what of far off lands, exotic fragrances filling the local markets, bells chiming for the morning prayers? What of climbing a volcano, waking through thousand year historic ruins or learning the art of weaving by watching the cracked hands of an old indigenous woman? Are these not learning experiences, rich with sights, sounds, smells and feelings the lessons that stay with us?

    The world around us is our finest classroom and travel transforms into the ultimate professor. Combine travel with the eagerness to learn and you are a world schooler!

    For those who are unsure if they are true world schoolers here are 10 signs that you actually are, and that will help you to easily recognize other world schoolers.

    1) You are far less judgmental

    Most people can admit to being judgmental, having preconceived notions about people based on their looks, first impressions and maybe even stories you were told as a child or attitudes you adopted growing up. This is one of the first problems traveling inadvertently strips you of. When you step outside of the familiar and into the world, you are firstly taught that most of the preconceived notions you had about people and places are in fact far from the truth. You learn to begin to see people, regardless of dress and first impressions, not through the eyes of what you were taught to believe, but instead for the true gems that they really are.

    2) You are not afraid to try new things

    For world schoolers, every new thing, no matter how daunting it appears to be, is simply a new adventure or an opportunity to learn something new. The idea that you must first be comfortable with what you are about to do and the instinct that you must get to know the process first, both go out the door. You have little to no fear when it comes to trying new ideas and things.

    3) You question the status quo

    When you realize that all things you grew up thinking were written in stone, is not so, then you are indeed a world schooler. There is absolutely nothing that you learnt that is indisputable- everything from hygiene to tables manners is a thing that is culturally relative. The status quo does not apply across geographical boundaries. As a matter of fact, the minute you start traveling just save your self the shock and ditch the status quo. World schoolers learn early out that there is no such thing as status quo.

    4) You enjoy transient relationships

    When you have mastered the art of enjoying transient interactions, you are a world schooler. As a traveler, yes there are a few lasting friends you will pick up on the way, but there are others you are meant to enjoy just for the moment. This is a useful lesson that helps in relationships in all aspects of your life- it teaches you how to let go of something when it is time to do so. Most people who have learnt life lessons from traveling will often tell you they don’t stress over things and people, they live for the serendipitous encounters in life.


    5) You no longer have a comfort zone

    Comfort what???? You don’t have one of those. Some of the greatest things in life you will achieve and some of the greatest experiences you will have, will come from outside of your comfort zone. When You can willing step away from the notion of having a limit to the things you are comfortable with, you have become a world schooler. Comfort zones limit both your potential and experiences, so throw it overboard.

    6) You are like a chameleon

    You can fit in, effectively communicate and feel comfortable in just about any environment or cultural setting. If it is a formal gala you can rock the dress code, the elegance and the lingo just as easily as if you were chewing tobacco at the side of a river in the Amazonian, wearing banana leaf skirts and seashells covering just your nipple. Like a chameleon a world traveler easily adapts to any environment they are in. You might not speak the mother tongue, but you fit in just fine.

    7) You are well adapted to talking to strangers

    Talking to strangers is not an awkward process for you. You find that traveling removes many communication barriers. You learn new ways of effectively communicating at all levels. Be it those lengthy layovers and connections that provide you the opportunity to talk to fellow backpackers or arguing politics with that man in the business suit beside you, or even the need to learn improvised sign language with your horrible Spanish in Peru to figure out directions. Talking to strangers comes easy to you. You learn to converse and mundane conversation fillers like, “so where did you go to school?” no longer has any place in your conversational vocabulary.

    8) Your senses of objectivity and empathy are well developed

    Traveling puts you on the outside of a culture looking in. You are placed on the outskirts of a society and dubbed the ‘foreigner’. You are placed in a position that you have to learn about a culture from the outside through brand new mental lenses. Preconceived notions and prejudices are torn down and stripped away. A sign that you are a world schooler is when you can now see cultures objectively, and empathize with the situations that will shape both that individual and their society at large.

    9) You have learn how to relax

    The art of relaxing, something the majority of us never really learn to do. Traveling forces you to slow down and forces you to be still and enjoy each moment. Everything you left at home gets placed on the back burner and you stop worrying long enough to enjoy your present moment. This then flows over into all other aspects of your life. As a world schooler in the midst of the hustle and bustle you can still find time to put your feet up and relax.

    10) You can survive on far less than you thought you could.

    Not only survive, but have a crazy amount of fun and still get things done. The beauty of traveling is that a budget is always in play, and even then you never really end up using half the things you packed anyway. Modern day luxuries are also nice to have, but as a traveler and world schooler you learn to spend less on material things and more on traveling and having world experiences without feeling like half your life is missing.

    Traditional education has its place, but world schooling is the education we choose.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#8

    March 28th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #8

    Show Title:

    The Unschooling Movement

    Monday March 23, 2015 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
    Tuesday March 24, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Scott Noelle
    Jeremy Stuart
    Teresa Graham Brett

    Show Description:

    All I am saying can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.
    ~John Holt

    Unschooling is a term that the late John Holt coined in the late ‘70′s to describe learning that is based on a child’s interests and needs. Unschooling does not begin with a parent’s notion of what is important to learn and then turn the choices of how to learn the content over to a child. Rather, it begins with the child’s natural curiosity and expands from there. Unschooling is not “instruction free” learning. If a child wants to learn to read, an unschooling parent may offer instruction by providing help with decoding, reading to the child, and giving the child ample opportunity to encounter words. If the child is uninterested in these supports, the parent backs off until the child asks for help. The most important thing about the unschooling process is that the child is in charge of the learning, not the adult. Unschoolers often do no traditional school work, yet they do learn traditional subject matter. They learn it as a natural extension of exploring their own personal interests.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Scott Noelle

    Scott-2012-444x444Scott Noelle is a parenting coach and the author of The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting… Unconditionally!. Since 2006, more than 20,000 families have been served by his practical parenting wisdom through the free Daily Groove mailing list (online at

    Scott believes that children are innately good and that a natural, partnership style of parenting is the best way to foster their goodness. He teaches parents how to avoid coercive parenting methods by focusing on four positivepathways to power — Partnership, Authenticity, Trust, and Heart — an approach he calls PATH Parenting.

    Scott is also an advocate of homeschooling and self-directed, pleasure-driven, natural learning. He lives in Portland, Oregon (USA), with his partner Beth Noelle and their two teenage children.

    The Daily Groove
    Book — The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting… Unconditionally!
    PATH Parenting
    The Continuum Concept-
    Co-sleeping Info-

    Jeremy Stuart

    Jeremy Stuart_PICAs an editor, Jeremy’s involvement in the television and film industry has spanned over 20 years. He has worked on hundreds of music videos, commercials, and corporate projects, as well as award winning documentaries and short films.

    Some of his clients have included Lucasfilm, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Yamaha, Virgin America, Sony Playstation, Dave Matthews Band, Acura and Peoplesoft.

    Class Dismissed is his directorial debut and over the past few months the film has been screening to sold-out audiences all across the US.

    As a homeschooling father, Class Dismissed is a deeply personal project. He lives in Oakland with his wife and 10 year old unschooled daughter.

    Class Dismissed Movie Web Site –
    Youtube – ClassDismissedMovie 
    Facebook –

    Teresa Graham Brett

    TheresaI live my passion for creating social change by combining my work in social justice education with parenting. After graduating from law school, I opted to serve the cause of social change as an advocate, educator, and leader at three large public universities across the United States. My life was transformed after the births of two children. In spite of my espoused professional values, I realized that I had accepted, without question, the dominant cultural beliefs that adults have the right to control and coerce children. The children in my life have challenged me to live according to the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent and human being.

    Using my experience in facilitating transformative learning and intergroup dialogue, I began my own intensive learning journey. It led me to a deeper understanding that the ways our society treats children sets the foundation for all other forms of injustice. I founded Parenting for Social Change and as a writer and consultant, I work with other parents to do inner work as a foundation for outer action that ultimately liberates individuals, groups and communities.

    I have also written for Home Education Magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness, Rethinking Everything Magazine, and Rethinking Everything – Parent, and the Natural Child Project. I am editor of Kindred Media and Community, project manager for Kindred’s Parent Education Programs and I also serve on Kindred’s non-profit Board of Directors, Families for Conscious Living.

    Along with Dieudonne Allo, I co-founded Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa and I serve on the board of directors while developing parent education programs.

    I also serve as a consultant to groups, organizations, and institutions who are doing the work to create cultures that are liberatory, just, and inclusive.

    Parenting For Social Change –
    Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa’s parent education programmes and work-
    Kindred Media and Community Parent Liberation Alliance and Programs-




    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit: 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    Guayaquil: The Ecuadorian Heart

    March 23rd, 2015


    Last week, Miro and I ventured out for a 24 hour visit of Guayaquil, a city only 3 hours from our current home here in Montanita. I conducted a ton of research before our trip as I wanted to experience as much as we could packed into that 24 hours. Below is our research which made our “must see” list. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to see it all, but wanted to share the list with you in case you were considering a trip to Guayaquil.


    Considered the commercial heartbeat of Ecuador, Guayaquil has nothing but become a city which sprawls with an abundance of life and a mind of the contemporary. High-rises have rose from the ground up to enable a genuine city feel, yet maintaining it’s roots by the presence of it’s riverfront in town square that ultimately showcases what the city is all about. Visiting Guayaquil, Ecuador should be a highlight on anybody who ventures in search of Ecuador’s diverse heritage.


    Looking for things to do in Guayaquil is a simple matter to partake in because the city is full of various, interesting neighborhoods and villages that beckon the imagination. The world of the old meets head-on with the new identity of the world as we know it today. See for yourself what there is to do in a city so rich in heritage in the rest of the article to come:

    Parque Histórico Guayaquil

    The zoo shakes hands with the purest of urban architecture art at the Parque Histórico Guayaquil. The zoo, is separated into three various sections, for birds, reptiles and animals. This isn’t an ordinary zoo though, because it focuses on the local heritage and especially the buildings, which are focused on an urban style, detailed brilliantly by the incredible local artist. Rural customs are a focus, along with agriculture and some spectacular arts and crafts.

    The Malecon


    An urban-renewal project that is so extensive it reaches into the futuristic, it sports open-air restaurants, gardens, playgrounds, huge Rió Guayas with ponds, a pretty spectacular Imax theater and a shopping gallery which has everything from clothes to little trinket shops and everything inbetween. The spot where it sits has great views of the northern end, that has a colonial district which looks as if you are staring down at a different time. Fun outing for the whole family.

    Botanical Garden of Guayaquil


    The botanical gardens located as part of the waterfront walk (The Malecon) is well cared for and attracts many visitors, locals and tourists alike. Apart, from the various plants, it has many species of animals and birds, which are native to Ecuador. The gardens are well kept, many of which may be viewed from a raised walkway. The orchid gardens are of particular interest, but unfortunately during our visit, there were not many in bloom (but I managed to photograph one that was). Well worth a visit, if you are in that part of Guayaquil.


    Parque Bolivar

    (Also known as park of the Iguanas) A piece of land which is has one of the largest collections of Iguanas in the entire world and not to mention is surprisingly entertaining , is Parque Bolivar. These reptiles are phenomenally interesting and and have an amazing variety of species that are taken from the island of the Galapagos. Circling the entire complex, there are beautiful gardens which have some of the finest varieties.


    So many iguanas, so little time.

    Museo Municipal de Guayaquil


    This modern museum is located near the end of the Malecon and has a wonderful collection of both modern art and historical artifacts. The collections are curated beautifully and museum is modern and clean. Highly recommended on your trip through Guayaquil.

    Numa Pompilio Llona


    A legend of a poet, Guayaquileño (1832–1907), is the basis for a historic street which was named in his honor. What it opens up is an area that boasts plaques within the walls of famous, historic enriched homes which had been the residences of former presidents. It is here where you begin to get a great sense of how vital the city is to them in the way that they view their culture and heritage. A great area to visit for soaking in the ultimate vibe of Guayaquil.

    Barrio Las Peñas


    Right where Santa Ana hill meets Guayas river,  and above the Malecon, the oldest neighborhood of the city is located. It has a single lonely street with interesting houses at both sides and currently is going through a process of restoration.  The street is lined with cafes and art galleries, one of Guayaquil’s treasures. An interesting point of history, it is said that Che Guevara stayed in this neighborhood on his famous journey through South America

    P1380212Che was here? If course we had to stop in for a drink…

    Fort Santa Ana


    At the top of Las Penas is the Fort. This was an ideal spot for the lookouts and defense positions in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now there is a light house behind where the cannons are positioned. It looks good at night but they say it is of no navigational value.

    Mall Del Sol

    Although we passed on this excursion, it was certainly a great option. It is widely known as being one of the largest malls in South America and by a simple glance you can see why. The Mal Del Sol is chalk-loaded with everything a standard mall anywhere else would employ but there is a natural, community feel that is typically exempt from the bulk of malls across the entire world. The mall is extremely easy to access, due to the fact that it is literally directly across from the airport.


    Guayaquil, Ecuador is a city that has a lot of history to offer and certainly worth a day visit.  There are over a dozen museums to choose from, most of which offer free admission. Guayaquil offers old world rustic charm and modern shopping. If you ever want to get the taste of large South American city, do consider including a day trip into Guayaquil.

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