$550 for one year OR $55/month for one year
Members will be accepted ongoing
Current openings are for the 2020 session
My name is Akilah S. Richards, and as your facilitator, I will be focused on the thing I do best:
Working with adults who are transitioning from a schoolish mindset over to a way of living and learning that heals and strengthens their relationships with children and with personal leadership.
Using the lessons and guidance I am always receiving from my children and my personal development work, along with the hundreds of incredibly valuable conversations I have with adults, teens, and young children as a result of my podcasting community, I will support you in your decision to commit
and get consistent in your three L's: Learning, Leadership, and
Join our collective and use the entire year of 2020 to build a bridge to partnership with the
children in your life. As you learn how to embrace self-directed living, you will also unlearn toxic
habits and ideas around what it is to lead well, what it
means to learn or become educated, and what it takes to design a
liberation practice that you will stick to, and that will help grow you
in the ways you don't even yet realize you want or need to grow.
With the rhythm of consistent community, you will develop new habits, embrace new language, and liberate your leadership lens. Together, we will get these thriving relationships going and growing! Ready to start nurturing a more self-directed life for the children you love?
You are changing lives and inspiring spirits to soar!"
"WOW! every word you spoke resonated with me so deeply. your wisdom is divine, and i so appreciate the journey of spirit in this work! thank you for addressing that this comes up for many! i have so much appreciation for how you come from a place of looking at our children and each of us holistically. this places importance on all of the many facets that make us who we are and allows both parent and child alike to nourish these parts of us until we are thriving! thank you for all that you do!
- Jonie Marie, mother raising free people
I'm super grateful to have this community to look to for support!
"All the episodes and the workshop have been SO medicinal and aligned perfectly to the stage my son and I are in now, giving me language and a mirror to get deeper into my own shit while giving him some space, lol."
- Felisha M., Deschooling Mama
Akilah is the founder of Raising Free People Network, a social enterprise focused on resolving the ways that unexamined experiences with bias and oppression disrupt families' and organization’s capacity to sustain a culture of belonging. The impact of her work in leadership development has resulted in families, social profit organizations, and corporations relying on Akilah's expertise and unique unschooling and deschooling methodologies to name, navigate, and resolve issues of privilege and power that relate to age, socio-economic class, race, and culture.
She is also a founding Board Member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, collaborating with researchers, educational entrepreneurs, internationally-recognized change-makers, and local community leaders to normalize and increase access to non-coercive education models for all families. Akilah's widely celebrated podcast, Fare of the Free Child, has over 135 episodes that discuss the intersections of parenting, personal leadership, and tools for liberation-centered communication and community. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Raising Free People (PM Press, Fall 2020).
Her care, empathy, presence and insight are at the very forefront!
"I have to share that this was indeed without equivocation the most inspiring, relevant and well-facilitated presentation and dialogue that I’ve had the pleasure to attend this year. From our experience of endeavouring to live in a very similar manner with our children, together as a family, for the last 10 years of our journey, it’s so uplifting to experience this message delivered with such clarity, and such a practical and inviting manner that would naturally encourage and draw families to want to take this first step to living this. I want to thank Akilah for this and encourage any families that are thinking more about learning to raise free adults, to jump right in and take this journey of learning with Akilah. Her care, empathy, presence and insight are at the very forefront of how families can experience living together in a healthy, integrated and harmonious manner where learning is an ongoing journey to deepening their connections."
- George Kaponay, One member of the four strong Kaponay family. Over the last 8 years, our travels have taken us to over 50 countries on 6 continents, on a journey of learning and discovery.