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The deschooling
workshop for parents

This two-hour online session will provide you with the tools you need to accompany your child on their journey of learning beyond school and to hold an open, curious and joyful space within which the whole family can thrive. It's ideal if you have just started unschooling or are thinking that this might work for your family.


  • The science of learning: self-determination theory and intrinsic motivation

  • How to hold a space in which our children can flourish and be their whole selves

  • Being our whole selves: what do we need in order to do this work?

  • Mindful practices to work with our triggers, using them as tools for transformation

  • Unraveling old beliefs and paradigms

  • Self compassion practices for challenging moments


The Thriving Beyond School workshop is ideal for you if:

  • You are considering taking your child out of school and unsure about what self-directed education/unschooling can look like.

  • Your child is out of school and you are feeling challenged or stressed, and looking to understand more about how you can facilitate a healthy space for the whole family.

  • You are looking to create a low-demand environment for a child who has had a lot of anxiety or is PDA, and in which they can really thrive.

Also included: comprehensive notes of everything covered in the workshop, including practices to use in your daily life. 

Price: £30

Small, inclusive group (max 8 people)

Next dates:

Wednesday, September 27th.  

UK: 6pm-8pm / EDT: 1pm-3pm / PDT:10am-12pm PDT


What participants have said about the workshop:

"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. And that really I feel like I just need to get out of the way - my daughters way and my own! There’s so much freedom when we can let go of trying to control how we think things ‘should/could’ go." -- Donna


"Esther's 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. Being there with other mums was amazing and I would have enjoyed even more talking together with them." -- Rhonda

"I feel uplifted and inspired. Thank you so much." -- Jayne

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This six-week on-line programme is designed to help anyone looking to explore how introducing mindfulness practices to their life can transform their parenting and their relationship with their children. By cultivating awareness in your daily life, you will learn to interact with your child from a calm and connected place, allowing for greater understanding and compassion, reducing conflict in the home, and facilitating healthy and loving relationships.

Each session will include a theory component, some group discussion, a short meditation, and a mindfulness/self-compassion practice. It is very helpful if participants are able to carve out 20 minutes in their daily lives for deepening their mindfulness skills, through listening to the guided meditations that accompany the course.

I am a trained Mindfulness teacher with over 10 years of personal mindfulness practice. In this course, I bring together my teaching experience along with my own personal experience of parenting and, in particular, of parenting a PDA child. Mindfulness is wonderful for all parenting, but in cases where conflict is highly likely and often  unpredictable, mindfulness can be transformational for the family. 


  • Cultivating awareness - noticing your triggers

  • Unraveling old patterns and fears

  • The transformational power of responding from a calm place

  • Dealing with conflict in a compassionate way

  • Listening to your child with full attention

  • Rediscovering your child and accepting them for who they are

  • Rediscovering yourself and meeting your own needs

  • Modeling a life you believe in

  • Daily mindfulness and self-compassion practices to support you.

This course is ideal for you if:

  • You find yourself getting stressed and reactive with your children.

  • 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. 

After each session, you'll receive a recording of the session along with comprehensive notes of everything that was covered, including practices that you can put into action that same week in your home. You'll also have email support with me for any questions or challenges that arise between sessions.

Six weekly sessions of 90 minutes

Max 8 participants per group

Next starting date:
. Date tbc.

Price: £150.


Please contact me at if you are interested in joining the next Mindful Parenting course. 


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