For the last 17 years, I have been exploring the intersecting paths of childbirth, parenting, unschooling, and mindfulness. What I have learned from my experiences is that becoming the parent and person we want to become inevitably involves letting go of deeply-held beliefs about children, parenting, and ourselves. Most of us have decades of conditioning to unravel, and it's hard, challenging work! But, the rewards of relating to ourselves and our families from a place of alignment and connection are immense.
Through my blog, podcast and workshops, I've had the huge pleasure of connecting and sharing with other parents who are on this deschooling journey. I now work with parents to help them create the space in which they, and their children, can live, learn and thrive.
Thriving Beyond School
Upcoming dates: September 27th, October 25th, November 22nd
Time: 6pm-8pm (London time)
Feeling challenged or overwhelmed? Join me for this fun and engaging two-hour workshop. We'll be looking at how we can best accompany our children in their learning, creating a space within which they can thrive and grow. And, we'll be building a tool box of practices that can help us in the tricky moments. We'll look at how we can start to unravel our own deep conditioning around parenting, learning, and even ourselves, using mindfulness practices to support us. You'll leave with a renewed sense of optimism and the tools to help you move forward!
These workshops offer a small and supportive space, limited to just 8 participants.
Find out more here.
Shift from conflict and stress to connection and calm
Starting: November 2nd, 6pm-7.30pm
Tired of feeling anxious or stressed? Struggling with a child who is often upset or dysregulated?
This 5-week Mindful Parenting course was created specifically for those whose children are neurodivergent, struggle with self-regulation, or who are learning outside of mainstream school.
In our sessions, and with your home prac will help you lower anxiety and stress, increase your capacity for self-compassion, and help transform family conflict into connection. You'll learn how to help your child create a calmer space for you and your family, and you'll understand what practices and support you need to keep your cup filled!
THIS COURSE IS IDEAL FOR YOU IF:
You find yourself getting stressed and reactive with your children.
You have a child who struggles to self-regulate but pushes all your buttons.
You feel frequently overwhelmed and critical of yourself.
You would like to reduce the amount of conflict in your home, and introduce more ease and understanding.
You would simply like to explore how to live a more connected and joyful life with your children.
Find out more here.
Every two weeks, I chat with an unschooling parent about their experiences of learning beyond school. Together, we deep dive into all the topics that typically come up when we leave the school environment, from how children learn, to meeting the needs of our neurodivergent children, to dealing with our own deep conditioning.
Join the conversation!
I started my blog, A Place on a Hill, nearly five years ago. We were living in Spain at the time, and had moved to an old house in the hills near Barcelona. Slowly, we were moving further into unschooling, and the blog became a place where I could record all the ways in which my old beliefs were being challenged, and all the ways in which my children were opening my mind. We've since moved back to the UK, and my children are considerably older, but the explorations around deschooling will probably never end.
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My mentoring sessions are tailored to your unique needs and situation. I bring my training in mindfulness along with many years experience of unschooling, PDA parenting, and working with parents to release their own deep conditioning.
Be supported as you transition from school to self-directed learning.
Explore how self-directed learning might look for your children.
Learn how to hold your children in their learning in a calm and confident way.
Understand how you can shift power structures in your home, and partner with your children instead.
Acquire mindfulness and self-compassion tools to help you on your own journey.
Use these skills to reduce conflict in your home and increase a sense of safety and peace.
"I felt like your workshop gave a lot of permission for us to trust in ourselves, just as we are learning to trust that our children can trust themselves. The idea that the things we want for our children are also what we need. There’s so much freedom when we can let go of trying to control how we think things ‘should/could’ go." - Donna
"Your workshop came at the perfect time for me as we had deregistered our daughter from school that week. I had been tirelessly researching what she needed but hadn't stopped to think about what I needed, and the workshop was a gentle reminder that it is ok to pause and give myself time to heal too." - Rhonda
"My daughter and I are recovering from a very traumatic couple of years at school. The workshop has helped me reframe this journey in a positive way. I feel much more confident about this new path now." - Su
"I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago, and was then thrilled to find your podcast. Your words and perspective have been such a gift to me." - Katie
"I find your podcasts inspiring and uplifting. I just love to hear everyone else's stories." - Camila
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