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Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Native Indigenous 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 challenges and informs us to walk toward a model for living with children that believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves. #fofcpod #raisingfreepeople

Fare of the Free Child Akilah S. Richards

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 239 Ratings

Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Native Indigenous 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 challenges and informs us to walk toward a model for living with children that believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves. #fofcpod #raisingfreepeople

    Ep 258: Origin Stories | Remembering Some, Releasing Others

    Ep 258: Origin Stories | Remembering Some, Releasing Others

    What is your connection to your origin story? Do you feel tied to your origin in ways that feel good and grounding? Or do you feel tethered to something that doesn’t quite feel like you?
    What do you think about when you read or hear the words Origin Story, anyway?
    Do you think about the start of your actual life?Or a particular relationship?A specific place?A type of food?An event?On this episode, you’ll hear some of me (Akilah) and Naaz’s (aka Fatima’s) origin story—how we met, and where we were in our respective lives when we joined forces. It’s more of an origins-to-now story, with plenty examples about following the threads that led us to peace and release! Plus, Dr. Crystal Menzies of EmancipatED and I have a real-ass convo about releasing aspects of our origin stories as creators, as givers, as liberation workers, so that we can live in ways that align with our current needs, energies, and intentions.
    Related links:
    Dr. Menzies on Parenting Decolonized Podcast
    Sign up here for Expansive Journaling Workshop updates
    Rock Merch + Art to affirm your Raising Free People practice:
    Buy Raising Free People Book
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    • 58 min
    Ep 257: Spirituality and Intuition in This Self-directed Life

    Ep 257: Spirituality and Intuition in This Self-directed Life

    This is the first episode of Season 9 and we’re delighted to dive into the work of shifting our spiritual and intuitive work to include our raising free people practice. This feels important because while some of us might already see the connection between our commitment to raising free people and the cultivation of our spiritual and intuitive practices, not all of us do. For some of us, the weight, pressure, and pace of our daily responsibilities make that particularly difficult to name, let alone practice. For some of us, the fatigue and frustrations that come with lack of community, for example, can have spiritual work feeling like a luxury we just don’t have time to get into. Our intention is that this season will offer you pockets of education and examples for how to begin exploring what spirituality and its first cousin, intuition, in your specific life and relationship work. And then, through that exploration, it is our hope that you can begin to clear away the not-it shit that’s taking up way too much space in your thoughts and actions, so that you can plant or nurture new seeds, seeds that align with your right and your connection to liberation work. This work is not just for, or because of our children. It is for us first, and then for all the relationship circles we are in, that require our nurturing.
    Voices we’ll center this season:
    Chemay Morales James of My Reflection MattersNaazneen Mookadam (aka Fatima) of Raising Free People Network (RFPN)Vanessa Molano of Empathematics and RFPNDr. Crystal Menzies of EmancipatEDAkilah S. Richards of RFPNWith special guest conversations about Spiritual Technology by Jasai and Stori, the mother|daughter team behind Alaiyo Waistbeads
    MADD QUESTION ASKIN’ MOMENTS (MQA’S)
    Are we afraid to talk about manifestation in relation to raising free people?Is there something solid to this practice of believing something into existence?Is Self-Directed Education basically intuitive lead education since it is, in part about listening to our inner voice, and respecting that voice in children?Did Chemay Morales James create My Reflection Matters as a result of following her own intuition?When y’all feel connected to us, know that it’s because there is also a thing in you that is looking to connectWhen is it best to wait for answers before making a move, versus moving so that the answers can show up?EP 257 JOURNAL PROMPT
    As you listen to this episode, let's think about the prompt that would help you think through your current imperfect conditions.
    What would you describe as your version of “$2 status?”
    What are some of the realities that you feel are stalling your ideal life design?
    As you work through these prompts throughout the season,
    start with questions that can bring deeper meaning.
    Start thinking in questions.
    This helps in the unearthing.
    This helps loosen the roots and aerate them for growth on this journey.
    This helps bring change.
    It helps us reimagine the answers, and how we come to those answers, and what comes forth from the way we ask these new expansive questions.
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    • 33 min
    Ep 256: Season 9 Preview - Tuning In To The Themes

    Ep 256: Season 9 Preview - Tuning In To The Themes

    As we continue our preparation for Season 9, you are invited to listen as Naaz (also known as Fatima) Mookadam tell us what showed up for her as she listened to Akilah S. Richards’s conversation with Dr. Crystal Menzies. You’ll hear much of that conversation in Season 9, so for now, hear Fatima’s insights and Akilah’s invitation to you. If you missed our first teaser, listen to it here. We are so excited to be centering the voices of five women who are deep in their own deschooling journey!
    Chemay Morales JamesDr. Crystal MenziesNaazneem (Fatima) MookadamAkilah S. RichardsVanessa MolanoAnd here are the some of the topics we’ll be exploring all season long:
    Shift /pivot/changeSpiritual workFreedom, truth, trustSpirituality intersects with SDETruth shiftsGraceBullets for safetyArrows of justiceSavor, not saviorSeek, don't solveStay tuned. More soon!
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    • 6 min
    Ep 255: Season 9 Preview - Notes from the other side of the Pause

    Ep 255: Season 9 Preview - Notes from the other side of the Pause

    What's on the other side of a pause? Last season, we leaned into a focused pause, over and over, episode by episode. We also took that pause with us when the episode ended, and now we are ready to slow-walk our way into what arose for us, and for you.

    Listen as Naazneen (also known as Fatima) Mookadam and Akilah S. Richards speak to some of the themes we'll be sharing this season. You'll hear the voices of all five women who are centered in season 9.  Here they are in the order you heard them in this episode:
    Chemay Morales JamesDr. Crystal MenziesNaazneen (Fatima) MookadamAkilah S. RichardsVanessa MolanoAnd here are the some of the topics we touched in this episode, and will explore all season long:
    Shift /pivot/changeSpiritual workFreedom, truth, trustSpirituality intersects with SDETruth shiftsGraceBullets for safetyArrows of justiceSavor, not saviorSeek, don't solveStay tuned. More soon! 
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    • 22 min
    Ep 254: Listening Party for ‘E. for Exploration

    Ep 254: Listening Party for ‘E. for Exploration

    Grief. Avoidance. Funky energies. We’re wrapping up Season 8 with all kinds of feelings in the mix. How do we embrace or transform these feelings as they arise? That’s the pausewerk, and this week we arrive at E, for Exploration.
    “Noticing your behavior in that moment is about noticing that moment, which is really powerful. It grounds you in the now.” Akilah encourages us to trust the wisdom that emerges from a pause, and Domari shares a story speaking to this experience.
    Domari reminds us that pausewerk is deschooling work. It’s the little moments where we stop to notice ourselves in our environment. But in what ways might this be a privilege? In what ways might this be radically transformative? How can pausewerk shape the way that we treat ourselves and others in community?
    Why we pause
    We are pausing from colonial habituation. We are pausing from autopilot. We are pausing to give ourselves undivided attention and to identify our needs.
    “Definitely deep emotions this week…because I see myself sitting at this intersection where my liberation work is always about being in relationship with, not free from.” - Jonie
    Around this gem, Akilah reflects on how it might feel to gather yourself and be in relationship with that emotion, embrace it, and learn to be ok with it.
    Domari recalls a moment when she navigated an opportunity to pause and pivot: “I did [it], and I didn’t die.” Jonie (our wonderful Listening Party regular) validated how threatening a pause can feel: “this all can feel like negotiations with our survival sometimes.” Transformation ain’t easy! But we’re embracing the practice with open questions.
    Madd Question Askin’ …
    What system, patterns, or habits do you want to stick to or pivot away from?Why pause? When to pause?Why do we choose what we choose? Why do we feel the way we feel about it?What might feel good to begin re-imagining?How might it feel to spend more time focused on yourself and your interests as opposed to what your children are not learning?What are you trusting right now?What brings you back to notice what is impacting you?What keeps you grounded?What makes you proud about your children?In case you missed any episode here you can revisit our P.A.U.S.E acronym:
    Episode 244: There is Real Power in the Pause tho!
    Episode 245: P for Pain Points: What’s hurting you? What’s hurting them?
    Episode 246: Listening Party for “P. is for Pain Points”
    Episode 247: A for Absent: What feels missing in your current relationships?
    Episode 248: Listening Party Replay for ‘A. is for Absences’
    Episode 249: U for Understanding
    Episode 250: Listening party for ‘U. for Understanding’
    Episode 251: S. for Sorting and Shedding
    Episode 252: Listening Party for ‘S. for Sorting and Shedding
    Episode 253: E. For Exploration – Seeing What’s Available Right Now
    We’ll be away for a while but you will hear from us in-between seasons, so stay tuned with Raising Free People Network for more resources and surprises.
    Thank you for sharing this 70-day pausewerk focu
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    • 51 min
    Ep 253: E. for Exploration What are some resources you can tap into, based on where you are right now?

    Ep 253: E. for Exploration What are some resources you can tap into, based on where you are right now?

    The second to last episode in season 8 is live, #fofcpod fam! This week’s inquiry is about the E (for Exploration) in our P.A.U.S.E. acronym. We’re also sharing some post-season offerings and spaces, so be sure to take notes on the things that perk your ears up! These spaces help us find community and connection and are tools to decolonize and revisit our relationships and practices while we navigate through this deschooling journey with our #pausewerk tools in hand and in heart.
    Madd Question Askin’
    Have you thought about pausing as a skill set, not just an action?Are any of your current beliefs stopping you from showing up how you want to show up?How often do you reach for tools of oppression such as silencing, physical punishment, and emotional manipulation?What do you trust? And why do you trust it?Spaces where inquiry and pausewerk are welcomed!
    Live Virtual Training “Co-creating a Thriving Family Culture”: Dr. Sundiata teamed up with Maryella Marie and Tomis Parker, two other SDE-minded facilitators, to create a fantastic offering: The live virtual training, “Co-creating a Thriving Family Culture.” This will take place on June 11-12, 2022. “A weekend intensive training designed for individuals in relationships and families with children who want to be intentional about learning new skills and processes for making decisions and resolving conflicts peacefully and collaboratively.”My Reflection Matters Village: Decolonizing educationMy Reflection Matters co-learning for Liberation Membership (OPEN FOR REGISTRATION)Community and connection through local spots like Kid Cultivators, a space that Leslie Bray and Taiwan started and still help steward. You can hear more from Leslie on:Episode 18: Self-Care + Sacred SpaceEpisode 110: Leslie Talks Conscious Community CollectivesWe also have upcoming community workshops (late summer/early fall) on Reframing the idea of value. These workshops will focus on deschooling ideas about money and worthJoin us for the FINAL EPISODE OF THE SEASON!! It’s a live recording on May 30th. Here’s the link (this link will add it to your calendar)
    LIBERATION WALK
    Share your thoughts by pressing that “Leave a Voice Message” button on the right side or email Akilah and speak about what resources you found useful based on where you are right now at she@raisingfreepeople.comGive us some feedback about this episode, reflect inside FOFC Village, or directly in our Make It Happen Family on PatreonSubscribe to Akilah’s Youtube ChannelSupport the showDig this show? Join our make-it-happen family at patreon.com/akilah to make sure we can keep this thang going strong. Thank you!

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