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Free yourself so you and your family can live a self-directed life that resonates with your beliefs and aspirations.  Cecilie & Jesper Conrad, parents to 4, have been full-time traveling since 2018 &  unschooling for +10 years. Every Thursday, they host insightful conversations with their expert guests, exploring topics such as Personal Freedom, Parenting, Unschooling, Traveling, Money, Personal Development, and what it means to live a self-directed life.Tune in weekly for a refreshing dose of inspiration and practical wisdom. And witness the Conrads' unwavering commitment to living life on their own terms.

Self Directed Cecilie & Jesper Conrad

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Free yourself so you and your family can live a self-directed life that resonates with your beliefs and aspirations.  Cecilie & Jesper Conrad, parents to 4, have been full-time traveling since 2018 &  unschooling for +10 years. Every Thursday, they host insightful conversations with their expert guests, exploring topics such as Personal Freedom, Parenting, Unschooling, Traveling, Money, Personal Development, and what it means to live a self-directed life.Tune in weekly for a refreshing dose of inspiration and practical wisdom. And witness the Conrads' unwavering commitment to living life on their own terms.

    #63 Rachel Rainbolt (Sage Family) | The Art of Parenting and Learning Without a Classroom

    #63 Rachel Rainbolt (Sage Family) | The Art of Parenting and Learning Without a Classroom

    When the world we've carefully crafted for our children comes into full bloom, it's nothing short of magical. 

    Rachel Rainbolt joined us to share the rich tapestry of her family's journey through attachment parenting to the liberating philosophy of unschooling. 

    Her reflections give us a window into how her children flourished as they pursued their passions, transitioning into traditional education with the resilience and self-reliance that unschooling fostered. 

    As the Rainbolts' full-time traveling lifestyle came to a halt due to the pandemic, Rachel shares about the silver linings found in the quiet spaces of change and the anticipation of new beginnings as her children embark on their unique paths.

    🗓️ Recorded March 21st, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States

    ▬ Connect with Rachel Rainbolt  ▬
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    #62 Dr. Gordon Neufeld | Hold On To Your Kids: Unveiling the Power of Parental Attachment

    #62 Dr. Gordon Neufeld | Hold On To Your Kids: Unveiling the Power of Parental Attachment

    We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Gordon Neufeld's seminal book, "Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Matter More Than Peers," which he co-wrote with Dr. Gabor Maté. 

    Gordon's work has transformed our understanding of child development through the lens of parental attachment.  In this episode, Gordon shares the critical importance of maintaining strong, nurturing connections between parents and children. His insights delve into the complex dynamics of family and educational systems, advocating for a balance between togetherness and individuality and challenging prevailing attitudes toward parenting and education.

    Throughout our discussion, Dr. Neufeld emphasizes the intrinsic power of parental intuition and the need for parents to trust in their inherent capabilities to guide and support their children through life's challenges. We explore the concept of cascading care, highlighting the necessity of a supportive community in fostering resilient and emotionally healthy children. The episode addresses pressing issues such as the impact of societal pressures on adolescents, the debate over homeschooling versus traditional schooling, and the role of government in family life.

    Dr. Neufeld's passion for enhancing the parent-child relationship shines as he speaks about the transformative courses and initiatives undertaken by the Neufeld Institute to empower parents and professionals worldwide. This conversation reflects Dr. Neufeld's groundbreaking work and a forward-looking dialogue on cultivating deeper connections and a more supportive societal framework for the benefit of children and families everywhere. Whether you're a parent, educator, or someone interested in the profound impact of love and attachment, this episode offers invaluable perspectives and a hopeful vision for the future of parenting.
    🗓️ Recorded March 28th, 2024. 📍 San Francisco, United States

    ▬ Connect with Gordon Neufeld  ▬

    https://neufeldinstitute.org/
    https://www.facebook.com/NeufeldInstitute
    https://www.instagram.com/neufeldinstitute/
    https://neufeldinstitute.org/conference-2024/
    https://www.youtube.com/@neufeldmedia 
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    • 58 min
    #61 Patricia Lohan | Fun with Feng Shui: A Path to Harmony and Empowerment for Self-Directed Living

    #61 Patricia Lohan | Fun with Feng Shui: A Path to Harmony and Empowerment for Self-Directed Living

    Do you respect yourself and the places you spend time in? Jesper shares his own journey from skepticism to "Hey, that is cool." When Jesper first heard about feng shui, he thought it was a weird mumbo jumbo since he had learned to love it. It is a great way to use the energy in your house. For this episode, we have invited Feng Shui expert Patricia Lohan, and we will explore the fascinating world of Feng Shui. This ancient practice harmonizes living spaces to promote balance and energy flow.

    Patricia shares her wisdom on infusing joy into decluttering and its impact on areas like wealth and well-being. Listen in as we uncover the philosophical roots of Feng Shui in Taoism and how these principles can lead to improved health, wealth, and harmony in modern living. Dive into the practical side of Feng Shui with us as we tackle the unique challenges of small living spaces and unconventional home layouts.

    Patricia provides invaluable tips on incorporating the five elements to enhance the prosperity area of a home and manage invisible energies for a harmonious environment. She even addresses the skeptics (like Jesper), acknowledging their doubts while presenting a structured, empirical approach to Feng Shui that has converted many into believers after experiencing positive changes in their own lives.

    Discover the power of creating a sacred space, whether you're living in a van or hopping between Airbnb locations, and how this practice can elevate your transient living experience.

    If you want to learn more from Patricia, then you can find a wealth of resources, including her mini-course, 'Feng Shui 101,' her book 'A Happy Home,' and her podcast 'Powerhouse Feng Shui,' on her website. See the links below.

    Tune in, get inspired, and let's start shaping a more harmonious future together.
    Connect with Patricia Lohan
    https://patricialohan.comhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/powerhousefengshui https://www.instagram.com/powerhousefengshui/ https://patricialohan.com/podcast-live-your-dreams-awake/ Support the show
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    • 48 min
    #60 What about the social life of an unschooler | Sam KingDavis asks us anything

    #60 What about the social life of an unschooler | Sam KingDavis asks us anything

    In this special Ask Us Anything episode, we welcome back Sam KingDavis, the renowned street artist from Prague whom we interviewed for episode #17. 

    Sam had many questions about unschooling, so we invited him to ask us anything for this episode. 

    Together with Sam, we embark on a detailed exploration of how unschooling impacts socialization, family dynamics, and child development. This discussion delves into the unique social experiences of unschooled children compared to those in traditional settings, emphasizing the importance of cultivating a supportive social network and the enriched interactions that come with learning outside conventional classrooms.
    We share insights into the joys and challenges of guiding our children through their learning journeys without the confines of traditional education. This includes navigating legal requirements and emphasizing life skills such as financial literacy and emotional intelligence. The episode also highlights the profound family bonds that grow stronger without daily separations and the personal sacrifices involved in committing to an unschooling path.
    Closing with a reflection on the transformative power of unschooling, we discuss its ability to foster autonomy and self-driven learning, moving away from the dependency on external validation that often comes with conventional schooling. Inspired by Sam's curiosity and our experiences, this conversation offers a compelling look at the potential of unschooling to reshape education and family life.

     Join us for this insightful exploration into unschooling, guided by Sam's engaging questions and our shared journey toward a more personalized and fulfilling approach to learning.
    Podcast episode mentioned in this episode
    #34 Erika Davis-Pitre | Homeschooling as an Answer to Race-Based Educational Inequalities#51 Akilah S. Richards | Raising Free People - Unschooling from a Black Perspective#56 Jessica Jacobs | Dare to Innovate and Transcend Cultural HegemonyConnect with Samuel KingDavis
    Social Media: InstagramEvent Booking Website: www.kingdavisart.comOnline Classes: Learn Caricature🗓️ Recorded January 27th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico
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    • 58 min
    #59 Four Arrows | Embracing Indigenous Wisdom, Sustainable Living, and the Journey to 'Enoughness'

    #59 Four Arrows | Embracing Indigenous Wisdom, Sustainable Living, and the Journey to 'Enoughness'

    Join us for a riveting episode that journeys into the heart of Indigenous wisdom with Don Trent Jacobs, known affectionately as Four Arrows, a beacon of Lakota teachings and a profound advocate for American Indian rights. Four Arrows invites us into his world, sharing the story behind his evocative Lakota name, Wahinkpe Topa, and how it has guided his journey through life, education, and activism. His tales are a testament to the deep connection with Earth's rhythms and the transformative insights from Indigenous worldviews.
    Delve into a conversation that spans the vast landscapes of personal autonomy, counter-hegemonic education, and the pivotal moments that have defined Four Arrows' path, including a life-altering near-death experience. Explore the critical contrasts between Western and Indigenous perspectives on our relationship with the natural world, education, and societal structures, revealing how these views shape our learning paths and personal freedom.
    We discuss the integration of eco-conscious living in both rural and urban settings, igniting curiosity for a life in harmony with nature.
    The conversation takes a deeper dive into the untold stories of historical figures like Helen Keller, challenging us to rethink our education system and the importance of recognizing natural entities as legal persons. Four Arrows shares his courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, highlighting nature's healing powers and the significance of spiritual existence.

    This episode, wrapped in the resilience and spiritual beauty of the human spirit, invites you to discover the principle of "enoughness" and the enduring beauty found amidst life's trials. Tune in for an enlightening exploration that promises to shift your perspective and stir your soul.

    Episode links
    The Shamans Message #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siI8vxZZK5wThe Shamans Message #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2lrZYJctuoThe Shamans Message #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW_Mu8GN4T0 Book by Four Arrows: https://www.fourarrowsbooks.com/ 🗓️ Recorded January 26th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico
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    • 45 min
    #58 - Dr. Karin Lubin & Randy Crutcher | Shaping a Purposeful Life Through Passion and Health

    #58 - Dr. Karin Lubin & Randy Crutcher | Shaping a Purposeful Life Through Passion and Health

    Jesper met Dr. Karin Lubin and Randy Crutcher when he worked as the marketing director for The Passion Test. Working on this wonderful project has been a life-changing journey of finding and following our true passions. Cecilie and Jesper probably wouldn't be full-time travelers without The Passion Test. It's life-changing—go check it out.
    This episode is very cozy. It is a reuniting of long-time friends. Together, we explore what Karin and Randy are up to today. The focus is on passion and health. We share stories of personal evolution and turning to health and wellness, shedding light on the struggles and victories of establishing better habits.

    From daily runs to significant weight loss and mental clarity, our experiences offer encouragement to those aspiring to prioritize wellness in their life's journey. Discover the importance of consistency, the adaptation to our changing bodily needs, and the joy of recognizing personal progress.

    With a mix of humor and wisdom, we compare our diverse health strategies and share resources to support your own journey toward vitality.

    This episode is a heartening exploration of making incremental, meaningful changes toward our best selves. Tune in for an educational and uplifting exchange that celebrates the beauty of personal growth and self-care.

    🗓️ Recorded January 23rd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico

    Episode links
    Website: https://drkarinlubin.comExercise for Health Community: https://drkarinlubin.com/exercise-for-health/Nutrition: https://drkarinlubin.com/faster-way/ Support the showPODCAST INFO
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    • 57 min

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