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Fare of the Free Child

199 EpisodesProduced by Akilah S. RichardsWebsite

Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Indigenouse 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 phy… read more

199 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

Ep 196: But, Yo, the Trust Comes AFTER the Choice Spiritual self-care, mobile (freedom) libraries, and drum circles with Natalie “Black WorldSchoolers” Pipkin

November 26th, 2020

56:02

Reframing Trust and Proof

Proof and trust have become very schoolish. The way I see it, trust is often a thing to choose, not a thing to be earned. In …

Ep 195: Black Unschooling Dads Jamal and Kris discuss the tools they gather while raising free people

November 19th, 2020

38:26

Today we’ll be joined by two unschooling dads, Jamal Hester and Kris Richards. They will be pointing out some insights on Black fatherhood, …

Ep 194: Unschooling is a Whole Language 11 invitations to share meaning among our growing Self-directed Education communities

November 11th, 2020

29:26

Want to learn some unschooling vocabulary? If so, listen good because this episode brings a big opportunity to decide upon, and to question your own …

Ep 193: Developing a Self-directed Mindset Marley Richards on the Emotions and Logistics in Self-directed Teen Life

November 4th, 2020

40:56

On this week’s episode you will be privy to an intergenerational conversation between mother and daughter, as our special guest is Marley @mrlamai, …

Ep 191: Why & How We Unschool Tiersa McQueen on the Importance of the FREE Part in Raising Free People

October 21st, 2020

54:18

Episode 191 is all about the deeper work after we accept self-directedness, and get into the layers of transitions, consent, emergent structure, children and trust.

We'll be chatting with Tiersa McQueen, and SDE …

Ep 190: Nomad(ing) in Place with Ieishah ‘Nem on travel, observing our daughters, and redefining power

October 14th, 2020

39:24

This week on Fare Of The Free Child Podcast we’ll have a mix of resources and liberation talk!

Ieishah Clelland-Lange, writer, nomad and mother of …

Ep 189: Let’s Talk About Colonized Unschooling Kris Richards & Moji Yai on decolonization in parenting and society

October 7th, 2020

40:34

Another Mad Question Askin’ episode! Episode 189 addresses this question from our Make-it-Happen family:

“Hi Akilah and community! Episode 182 with Genesis Ripley (Partnering with Our Pain) was so amazing! I need to …

EP 188: Abuse Prevention & Consent Culture with Rosalia Rivera of Consent Parenting

September 30th, 2020

39:36

Today’s episode features consent educator, sexual literacy advocate, speaker, founder of Consent Parenting, host of the About Consent Podcast and change agent, Rosalia Rivera. Rosalia works with parents who are …

EP 187: Ways Capitalism Invites Indoctrination Transactions vs Relationships with Kris and Romain

September 23rd, 2020

57:17

Here is Part 2 of an insightful, intergenerational conversation between Kris @iandidea and Romain (Rom) @pharo___ on the topic of capitalism and …

Ep 186: Deschooling Corporate and Community Relationships Kris & Romain discuss the effects of capitalism on a social justice mindset

September 16th, 2020

39:49

Welcome to another episode of Fare Of The Free Child Podcast.  This week, our intention is to expand our understandings of deschooling and …

Ep 185: Parenting Paradigm Shifts in Black Families Domari talks about positive and purposeful parenting

September 9th, 2020

36:52

Today’s episode is a deschooling conversation with the amazing Domari Dickinson. Domari chats with Akilah about how she became more aware of what it …

Ep 184: Are You Qualified to Support Black Folks Though? Shawna Murray-Browne on decolonizing therapy as liberation work

September 2nd, 2020

54:37

Today's episode features Shawna Murray-Browne, a community healer and the founder of Kindred Community Healing, licensed clinical social worker. Akilah and Shawna go deep and talk about the skill sets that allow a …

Ep 183: Choosing Learning Over Schooling. Dommie talks about listening to her children and discovering real learning

August 26th, 2020

38:51

Today's episode is full of liberation and healing talk with life learner Dominique of DommiesBlessed. She shares some insights on natural learning, …

Ep 182: Genesis Ripley on Partnering with Our Pain. Modern Shadow Work in Conscious Parenting

August 19th, 2020

51:42

Episode 182 is a mix of communal spaces, tools, resources and of course liberation talk. Genesis Ripley will be joining us to chat about shadow work …

Ep 181: Defining Liberation & Keeping It Intact.

August 12th, 2020

31:49

Welcome back, homies (and new homies, too)! Y’all ready for season 5? In today’s episode Akilah shares ideas and invitations for what’s to come in the new season of Fare Of The Free Child.

WHAT WE DISCUSS

Akilah talks …

Ep 180: Partnership Practice with Plants Indoor Plant Tips from Plant It Up Podcast

July 29th, 2020

10:31

We are so ready for some indoor plant tips from Plant It Up Podcast. As a close-out for the fourth season we decided to do one more episode with @valandourplants - you’re welcome :) And remember, Akilah will be back on …

Ep 179: Season 5 Appetizers with Kris & Akilah. Celebrating 4 years by resting... and recording

July 22nd, 2020

32:50

Welcome to the fourth season finale of Fare of the Free Child! Today’s episode features Kris Richards, he and Akilah will be talking about some upcoming surprises and topics for the fifth season.

We also shout out the …

Ep 178: From Schoolish to Self-directed. Transitioning away from colonized life skills

July 10th, 2020

1:09:12

We are so hyped about today's episode because the day of publishing, July 10th, marks our zeroversary, the 4-year anniversary of Episode 0! It's been …

Ep 177: Control Issues & Learning to Let Go

July 1st, 2020

26:22

Episode 177 features podcaster Howard Cosmonaut Palmer. His podcast explores inner universes through mindful guided meditation. Today Cosmo gives us …

Ep 176: ‘Cause Ginger Root Brings Her Joy

June 24th, 2020

25:46

Last episode Akilah talked about the importance of our capacity of resistance and the relevance of trusting our dynamic selves in order to find balance to center our joy. Today’s episode is about Black Joy, and how …

Ep 175: Resources for the Real Feels

June 17th, 2020

31:24

Ways we’re sharing our feelings and experiences

Last week we took a pause in our Deschooling Release Party to address everything that was happening …

Ep 174: Not That Kind of Tired. These Racist Patterns Ain’t Pullin’ Me Down

June 10th, 2020

24:19

In today's episode we are making a pause from our Deschooling Release Party Vol. 2. Akilah addresses anti-blackness and its consequences. These …

EP:173 - To Pause or To Pivot? Danii Oliver on the power of intuitive pause

June 3rd, 2020

59:17

Message from Akilah

“I felt compelled to bring the sounds of my current city into this episode. I literally missed my deadline to submit the raw audio, because Spirit said Don’t record that intro in the corner of your …

Ep 172: Raider As Ritual. Melinda Alexander on mothers, sons & sovereignty

May 27th, 2020

59:43

Welcome to the fourth Deschooling Release Party (DRP) session, a celebration of our commitment to unlearning oppression in our relationships with …

EP 171: Black Child, You Are Seen

May 20th, 2020

46:00

If you enjoy this podcast, this is your kind of reading! Pre-order Akilah’s book, Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work!


We …

EP 170: Audio Liberation Introductions

May 10th, 2020

45:18

We’re interrupting our Deschooling Release Party flow to focus on the energy of Mother’s Day. In this episode, Akilah and Aja will talk about the …

EP 169: The Chance to Go Further

May 6th, 2020

33:39

At the top of this episode, I share the pre-order status for my book, Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work! If you enjoy …

EP 168: Resistance & Returning

April 29th, 2020

45:16

This is the first episode of the Deschooling Release Party, Volume II for 2020. Today we will focus on the pivot, what is deschooling causing to …

EP 167: They Said Schoolish Unschooling!

April 21st, 2020

33:19

This episode was supposed to be the first of the Deschooling Release Party, Volume II.  However, today’s episode features Marley and Sage, in …

Ep 166: Resources for Connection & Confidence

April 16th, 2020

15:58

This episode is a combination of resources and links to invitations that will help you as we are raising free people:


My dear friend Trelani Michelle, writer, storyteller, and founder author of Krak Teet, shares her …

Ep 165: Social Distancing, Community Style

April 2nd, 2020

20:48

We’ve got three important invitations for you:

  1. Deschooling Release Party :: This year's theme is The Pivot

Two Locations:

Right here on FOFC Podcast and …

Ep 164: SDE for a Socially Just World

March 25th, 2020

1:13:37

Dr. Sundiata is an Independent Educator, Anti-Oppression Activist, & Social Sustainability Facilitator. He is the co-creator of GROW, a network of people and initiatives designed to promote and create social, …

Ep 163: A Chance to Pivot, Not a Panic

March 18th, 2020

24:15

This is is an opportunity to raise up out of what we are used to doing and that the practice of unschooling can help with that. A chance to put a few …

Ep 162: Healing Black Mama Trauma

March 12th, 2020

42:45

A few weeks ago, on Episode 160 we talked with Aja about the pain of being raised with trauma through the vessel of Black mothers, and her new podcast She Said We Shed. In that episode, we talked about “why” she’s doing …

EP 161: Updates + A Replay

March 4th, 2020

37:41

SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED:

-  What do we mean by “raising free people”?

-  What does it mean when disabilities intersect with Self-Directed Education? 

-  How do students with disabilities thrive in this educational …

Ep 160: The Practice of Reparenting Ourselves

February 26th, 2020

48:53

We’re excited about Aja, whom you’ve heard on previous podcasts and one of the things she’s now doing is her own out-loud deschooling.  This is work …

Ep 159: A (Black) History of Knowing

February 19th, 2020

14:38

Akilah Richards: hosts this widely celebrated podcast, Fare of the Free Child, that features more than 150 episodes on Self-Directed Education among …

Ep 158: Ageism + racism in library culture

February 11th, 2020

28:47

Libraries are learning centers too, so let’s make sure our deschooling aka decolonization work, includes our interactions in our local libraries. …

Ep 157: Surmounting Support Issues

February 5th, 2020

37:38

Support is one of the biggest hurdles in developing the confidence needed in nurturing and raising free people.

Does your socioeconomic background affect your capacity to recognize and receive support?

What does support …

Ep 156: Resources for Liberation Work

January 29th, 2020

22:16

Liberation work - is reclamation and transitional work. It is the shifting away from something harmful for many years and not our norm, because the …

Ep 155: What Are School Wounds?

January 23rd, 2020

16:47

In episode 154, Sage, a 13-year-old unschooler, talked about her frustration with the ways that there is this allegedly measurable, observable boxed …

Ep 154: Is An Unschooling Curriculum a Thing?

January 16th, 2020

25:38

What is the best unschooling structure?

How do unschoolers learn structure if adults aren’t telling how to manage their time?

How will unschoolers …

EP 153: Can We Trust Children?

January 8th, 2020

17:02

Are children inherently untrustworthy? Where does the evidence point to children being untrustworthy? Do children need time to be taught trustworthiness? Does Freedom and trustworthiness come with being a human being? …

EP 152: Decolonizing Your Mind & Spirit

December 31st, 2019

28:43

Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza is a Xicana intuitive, energy worker, healer, and coach. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Reiki Master. She …

Ep 151: Conscious Parenting with Adult Children

December 24th, 2019

27:27

Val Anderson is in her sixties, yet she is practicing conscious parenting. Turns out that connection, respect, listening, and regard for boundaries are not just for toddlers and their doting parents. Parents who have …

Ep 150: Deschooling Your Life’s Path

December 19th, 2019

24:49

In this final episode of the Deschooling Your Leadership Lens Series, our very own co-producer, South African born, self-directed mama, and student …

Ep 149: Caribbean Mama Self-Reclamation + Self-Directed Education

December 11th, 2019

49:06

By trade, Danii Oliver manufacturers whole food based beverages having founded several brands including Island to Island Brewery, House of Juice and …

Ep 148: Deschooling Mindfulness and Meditation

December 4th, 2019

12:04

Howard Palmer is deschooling from old habits by intentionally being an example of peace (through meditation) and of creative action (through parkour …

Ep 147: Deschooling Intergenerational Trauma as Daughter & as Mother

November 27th, 2019

36:52

They say if you need to see just how well your healing is going, go be with your family for a week. The triggers, the baggage, the habits, all of it comes racing back, forcing us to reckon with the reality that healing …

Ep 146: Deschooling Relationships & Regenerative Practices

November 20th, 2019

36:02

This week, Chevanni Davids takes us through a reasoning that connects regeneration to liberation and deschooling in brilliant, thought-provoking …

Ep 145: From Hella Schooled to Self-Directed

November 13th, 2019

31:53

Emancipated Learning: The interplay between psychological safety, learning and inquiry, and meaningfulness represents Emancipated Learning. Every …

Ep 144: Liberation in Latinx Parenting

November 6th, 2019

33:31

Learn how two women use brain science, a love for culture, and a recognition of parenting as social justice work to connect and uplift their …

Ep 143: Teens in Self-Directed Education

October 30th, 2019

22:28

What do teenage unschoolers need in order for the Self-Directed Education movement to be even more effective for them? One common gripe among many of …

Ep 142: Check the Unschooling Vocab

October 23rd, 2019

19:42

This week, let’s talk about some unschooling vocabulary. There are terms I made up, and terms that our community took on and redefined for ourselves. …

Ep 141: Let's Grow Podcast Series 4

October 16th, 2019

11:55

In this episode, Dr. Sundiata asks questions about a common practice for many African American people. The practice of saying "us" or "we" that some people use when expressing how they feel about something. Does this …

Ep 140: Self-Care Ain’t Just About Stillness

October 12th, 2019

18:20

Medley This week, let’s touch on the other side of self-care. Mostly, we tend to think about self-care as practices that help us to slow down, do less, be still. That is part of it, but there’s another side to it. …

Ep. 139: Teaching Consent & Bodily Autonomy

October 3rd, 2019

28:10

In a world that constantly sends messages to women about connecting their value with their physicality and desirability, I need to help them operate with an awareness of their right to reject or accept physical touch, …

EP. 138: On Black Fatherhood and Freedom

September 26th, 2019

24:40

“The most difficult thing in dealing with [raising ] young girls is that you have to come to grips with how you deal with women. You have to address …

Ep. 137: Being Our Authentic Selves, Together

September 19th, 2019

27:54

This week Marley Richards is joining me to talk about the goodness and the grit of being in a mother-daughter relationship rooted in liberation. She is co-facilitating Raising Free People Workshop with me this year, and …

Ep 136: Finding Joy and Solutions amid the stress

September 13th, 2019

31:03

Last week we talked about barriers, and this week we’re talking about stress, which of course, can also be an effective barrier to our raising free people practice. So, what do we do with these potential barriers and …

Ep. 135: 3 Barriers to Raising Free People

September 6th, 2019

21:50

This week, we’re talking about the things that get in the way of our raising free people practice. There are many, but today, I’m highlighting three primary ones, poor baggage handling, systemic racism, and partner …

Ep 134: Busting the Deschooling Myth

August 30th, 2019

25:52

This week, I’m sharing some of the insights that have come from my busy month in California. This month, I’ve done trainings, workshops, and …

Ep 133: The Value of Hindsight & Shared Intention

August 16th, 2019

19:15

Kris & Akilah’s idea for sharing gems from live workshops 

Molasses is slow and steady, full of rich useful properties that take time to come …

Ep 132: The Real Reason Our Children Are “Not Enough”

August 8th, 2019

15:45

This week, a listener’s questions got me in mad question-askin’ mode about this unschooling life. What if my children just can’t, because of ...? …

Ep 131: The Transition from Homeschooling to Unschooling

July 31st, 2019

19:12

We deh pon di replay this week! This is a rebroadcast of episode 45, where I answer a question from someone who attended my unschooling webinar. She …

Ep 130: Let's Grow Podcast (Trust Issues)

July 24th, 2019

18:23

Join Dr. Sundiata for episode 3 of the Let's GROW Podcast series as he explores "Trust Issues" and the patterns of distrust that are so common in our lives. Why do so many people of African, Asian, & Indigenous …

EP 129: Appreciation or Appropriation? #KPop Tings

July 17th, 2019

1:01:15

The world loves Black culture, but not Black people, a statement that I feel is ringing true now more than ever. 
Hey, y’all, it’s Marley (the …

Ep 128: Happy 3rd Anniversary to Fare of the Free Child Podcast

July 10th, 2019

51:08

On July 10 of 2016, following the brutal murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, I decided to publish a podcast about the ways that BIPOC …

EP 127: Calling In (not Calling Out): Equity in SDE

July 3rd, 2019

42:50

Maleka Diggs and Akilah S. Richards  talk about the issues with inequitable SDE spaces in terms of race/culture.

They invite you to sign up for the …

Ep. 126: Recap of Rooted Us NYC Unconference On Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, and Self-Directed Education

June 28th, 2019

39:34

In episode 126 we’re sharing snippets from some of the conversations from Rooted Us NYC, a free unconference focusing on the practical application of anti-oppressive community building. You’ll hear from attendees who …

Ep 125: 4 Conditions in Support of Raising Free People

June 20th, 2019

16:21

What can a home environment look like when the adults practice raising free people? This is the question of longtime member of the FOFC community, …

EP 124: What is Confident Autonomy

June 12th, 2019

7:00

Confident autonomy: this is the thing Kris and Akilah Richards intend to help nurture in their daughters, Marley and Sage-Niambi. There is no one definition of it’ it’s an ability to navigate the world with a strong …

Ep 123: Examining Our Respect Lens

June 7th, 2019

46:45

What does respect look like for Black folks when it comes to raising free people? Tebogo asked this question, and it took Kris and Akilah back to a …

Ep. 122: Let's Grow Podcast (Don't Call Me King)

June 3rd, 2019

9:13

Join Dr. Sundiata Soon-Jahta for the second episode of Let’s Grow Podcast Series as he explores the popular greeting in Black culture that uses royal …

Ep. 121: More Reasons to Trust Our Intuition

May 30th, 2019

21:50

Intuition is not exclusive to adulthood, and it can play a very helpful role in helping a child develop a healthy sense of bodily autonomy. At any …

EP. 120: Alternatives to Toxic Whiteness

May 24th, 2019

51:35

I got an email in response to episode 115 (On White Privilege and Pleasure) that left me disappointed and upset about another experience with white fragility targeted at this podcast. Rather than stewing and ranting …

Ep 119: Educating the World to Our Children (Soweto)

May 19th, 2019

37:21

Inspired by her 9-year-old daughter, Leruo and determined not to let her 'shine' be dimmed, this mama decided to find a better way to educate her …

Ep. 118: Let's Grow Podcast (Series Saturdays)

May 12th, 2019

14:45

Join Dr. Sundiata Soon-Jahta for the first episode of Let's Grow Podcast as he explores the Selfish vs. Self-actualized concept. He'll explore concepts we talk about on Fare of the Free Child--agency, consent, and a …

Ep 117: The Do Better Series Premiere

May 8th, 2019

15:34

Gonna hone in on that mothering energy that's swirling around this month--they assigned a Mother's Day, I don't care about any of those days they assign, but I damn sure love to hop onto the waves of any good, …

EP 116: The Pleasure Series with The Body Relationship Coach™

April 30th, 2019

30:40

A fitting close-out to The Pleasure Series, Ivy Felicia talks about body relationships, especially as a Black woman of size and of color. Ivy talks …

Ep 115: The Pleasure Series

April 25th, 2019

18:19

As you are learning about privilege, is your practice being fortified by listening, engage, and changing? This is the question for white people in …

EP 114: The Pleasure Series with Binah Joy

April 18th, 2019

42:02

"Our dance is so valid. So necessary and urgent."

 

Listen to this movement maker talk about connecting pleasure to parenting in life-affirming ways. "Mother Mother" and artist through various mediums. Binahkaye “Binah” …

EP 113: The Pleasure Series with Thea Monyeé

April 11th, 2019

46:46

Why do we push back against children’s pleasure? Because safety, right? Because boundaries, right? Even in the cases where both of those are true, …

Ep. 112: The Pleasure Series Prelude

April 4th, 2019

12:28

Pleasure is an adult thing. It's not for children to see, experience, or even be curious about. This is a notion that even the most liberated of …

Ep. 111: Parent Founders Medley

March 28th, 2019

39:08

In this final episode of the Parent Founder series, Nuola speaks about play, color, and self-expression via Jean-Michel Basquiat, also known as …

Ep. 110: Leslie talks Conscious Community Collectives

March 21st, 2019

40:51

This week's episode in the Parent Founder series features the “wise old woman” voice of Leslie Bray. Leslie is the space-holder for Kid Cultivators, …

Ep. 109: Yolande on the Black, Queer, Feminist Approach to SDE

March 13th, 2019

31:08
This week’s episode in the Parent Founders series features the voice and experiences of Yolande Tomlinson. She co-founded Anna Julia Cooper Learning …

Ep. 108: Sonia Starts a Sudbury

March 8th, 2019

33:28

This week, as part of a series on parent founders of Self-Directed Education spaces, you’ll share in one woman’s journey. Sonia Fernandez Leblanc, a White woman who was born and raised in Dominican Republic, and her …

Ep. 107 : Soweto, Abantu, Mothering & More

February 28th, 2019

26:35

This week, I feature the voice and sentiment of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the writer, storyteller, feminist mama who inspired our travels to Soweto from Johannesburg last December. We went for a Black authors’ book …

Ep. 106 Racial Equity in SDE (Liberation and Education Summit Panel Chat)

February 21st, 2019

1:38:03

This episode, we're recapping the Liberation and Education Summit that happened this month in metro Atlanta (Clarkston) Georgia. Maleka Diggs, Tamika Middleton, and Patty Zavala all discussed aspects of racial equity in …

Ep. 105 Love, Trust, Identity

February 14th, 2019

31:06

Love, Trust, Identity – that’s the flow of the conversation Kelly Henderson will guide us on for the duration of this episode. She is a college …

Spirituality in Parenting

February 7th, 2019

32:09

Let’s have a conversation about spirituality in parenting. So much of what we do and affirm and get validated by is schoolish in nature, and toxic …

Ep. 103 My Education, My Liberation (Johannesburg)

January 31st, 2019

16:45

'A conversation on the freedom of education through the lenses of Self-Directed Education, what freedom in education looks like, and how we can create liberatory practices in ourselves and our communities.”

Support the …

Ep. 102: Raising Free People, Raising Aware People

January 23rd, 2019

38:00

"We need to have a conversation about developing a set of tools and a solidarity around raising free people who are also aware people. This is vital …

Ep. 101: Togethering the Othered

January 17th, 2019

40:31

Is mindful parenting sustainable? Can Caribbean people, for example, with all our deep familiarity in the art of loving yet intimidation-based …

How to Focus on Learning (An Introductory Dialogue)

October 9th, 2018

26:39

This is a supporting resource for adults to go through the rationale, the benefits, the urgency, and the solutions inside of, a life that gives a …

Ep. 100: Season 3 Finale Vibes

September 30th, 2018

1:17:41

In this final episode of Season 3, Kris and I talk about the training and travels we've done in the past few months, and how they've helped us strengthen our practice of partnership-centered parenting. We talk about …

Another Braata Episode with Maleka Diggs

September 21st, 2018

28:53

“Transitioning to homeschooling was eye opening. This method uncovered how much my own conditioning about learning impacted my daughters. The system …

Ep. 99: Fight, Flight and Trust in Unschooling

September 12th, 2018

46:20

Jennifer "Astarte Rising" Lane is the mother of two grown unschoolers. She, along with the wisdom of Itiel McVay, another long-time unschooling mama, …

Ep. 98: Getting to Single Mama Thrive Mode (Interview)

September 6th, 2018

27:23

In this final episode of Surviving Survival Mode, Monique had the pleasure of talking to Darcel of The Mahogany Way Blog. They talked about what …

Ep. 97: Sudbury and Healing Work in Nashville

September 4th, 2018

1:00:17

We're talking about healing work this week! Sonia Fernandez LeBlanc was already on Episode 42 talking about getting free and taking her daughters, and the families in her Nashville community, along for their own …

Ep. 96: Decolonizing (Gender) Activism

August 25th, 2018

36:59

As an American African, part of Moji's deschooling journey has been unlearning and pointing out white supremacy in all it's hidden forms.  In this …

Ep. 95: Support Letter #5 + Risking Discomfort

August 10th, 2018

23:55

Sometimes, it's okay not to be okay. This week's letter of support for people raising free people offers that reminder, plus some tools for standing …

Ep 94: Intuition & Trust in Pregnancy and Birth

August 3rd, 2018

40:16

Episode 94 is the 3rd takeover of Wellness Spiral with Moji Yai plus support letter # 4. Wellness Spiral: This is Elena's second pregnancy, her first …

Ep. 93: Letter #3 + Apprenticeship Benefits

July 31st, 2018

26:13

"It’s not on you to prove that homeschooling works." I agree with Julie Bogart for sure...BUT, as much as I would love for all of us to be able to be …

Ep. 92: Deschooling DC with Najai Knox

July 26th, 2018

29:21

Support letter #2 is here! Plus, a beautiful sentiment from a new mother, based in PG County with roots in DC. She (Najai Knox) started Deschooling …

Ep. 91: Support Letters, Ralph Angel, and Rhythm

July 20th, 2018

13:16

Letters of support for people raising free people, meaning unschoolers and other folks in Self-Directed Education. Also, we're share our first …

Ep. 90: Letters of Support & Countdown to 100

July 18th, 2018

12:20

This episode tells you what to expect for the next 9 episodes of Fare of the Free Child podcast. Letters of support for various aspects of the raising free people journey, a celebration countdown to episode 100, space …

Ep. 89: Teen Input on Self-Directed Education Training for Adults

July 15th, 2018

18:19

In our efforts to change our parenting and learning practices to reflect our opinions about equity and liberation, we need more than Aha moments. We need resources, training, a sense of community to grow into/with. The …

Ep. 88: Unschooling Community Voices

July 6th, 2018

14:59

This episode includes some of the experiences of other families exploring Self-Directed Education. From a veteran teacher turned Self-Directed Education advocate, to frustrations with ageism, to fundraisers for …

Ep. 87: Vulnerability in Pregnancy

July 4th, 2018

16:58

What do you know about black maternal mortality rates? Listen in to get insights on the issues black women face during pregnancy and the birthing process. In Episode 2 of Moji's Wellness Spiral series, her guest, …

Ep. 86: Raising the Queer, Black, and Free

June 27th, 2018

34:59

Alicia Lucas and her husband have five children. They used to say they have four daughters and one son, but they’re learning to practice a different narrative. Today, Alicia and her husband tell people they have three …

Ep. 85: Surviving Survival Mode (Ep 2)

June 20th, 2018

9:41

In Episode 2 of Monique's self-care, motherhood, and adulting podcast, Surviving Survival Mode, she talks about the feelings that kept her stuck in …

Ep. 84: Our Deschooling Circle in Tuscon

June 14th, 2018

11:35

In Tuscon, Arizona, there are several families, many of whom are of Mexican descent, are seeing the ways Self-Directed Education supports a mindset …

Ep: 83: Wellness Spiral - Disrupting Our Disturbing Diet Habits

June 6th, 2018

21:19

In episode 1 of Wellness Spiral with Moji Yai, we’re talking about disrupting eating habits and decolonizing food activism. Thanks to the candor of …

Ep. 82: Moving Abroad to Design Your Liberation

June 1st, 2018

38:32

Ever wondered how the story of a single mom traveling abroad starts out? Here's one: Put your kid in public school, you fight through the fight, and …

Ep. 81: Ujima and Unschooling in New Jersey

May 24th, 2018

54:26

Here's how a Newark-area (New Jersey) community that prioritizes Self-Directed Education, but wants to include families of color in all stages of …

Ep. 80: Curing Colonized Imaginations

May 18th, 2018

25:08

Unschooling is a way of life that is based on freedom, respect, and autonomy.  

In essence, unschooling is a child-trusting, anti-oppressive, …

Ep. 79: Deschooling Politics and Parenting

May 13th, 2018

10:32

Daritcia Rivera talks about living on her home island of Puerto Rico while navigating education, politics, and personal beliefs. She is deschooling …

Ep. 78: Surviving Survival Mode (Ep. 1)

May 10th, 2018

31:46

In Part One, Emerging Out of Survival Mode, single mother, entrepreneur, and Self-Directed Education advocate, Monique Allison, talks about pain, …

Ep. 77: Through, Not Around, Our Feelings

May 4th, 2018

19:21

Sometimes my daughters need to see me in my impatient space. Sometimes I can’t plead for their understanding — I have to inspire that shit through …

Ep. 76: Deepening and Discovery in This Work

April 27th, 2018

33:20

In this episode, we'll talk about the importance of recognizing the connection between unschooling and spirituality. When we see how the practice of …

Ep. 75: To Be Young, Self-Directed and Black

April 20th, 2018

35:03

Don't let these skewed media images have you out here thinking Self-Directed Education is only for white people! It isn't; it's for any and everybody who wants it, and Chantrisse Parks, a black, self-directed young …

Ep. 74: What Does Raising Free People Mean?

April 13th, 2018

29:31

Basically, when we say we’re raising free people, we’ve decided that respect and love, not fear and control, will be how we raise and regard the …

Ep. 73: How Grief Deschooled Her

April 4th, 2018

39:09

When Louvenia Wilkerson became a widow at 40 years old, grief and motherhood intersected in deeply difficult ways. The mother of three began a …

Ep 72: Series Trailers and Trust Issues

March 28th, 2018

33:05

Listen to clips from three upcoming Raising Free People Network podcast series, and then let's talk about trust issues in our relationships with children and ourselves. All of this is part of an ongoing movement toward …

Ep 71: Raising Free People Network Vibes

March 22nd, 2018

29:55

This week I'm sharing my plans to expand the Fare of the Free Child unschooling podcast community! I'll be producing a set of short-run series …

Ep. 70: Yoga For Healing While Mothering

March 14th, 2018

41:38

Self-care in Black motherhood looks different than it would for other mothers. Charlotte-based yogi, Kelley Carboni-Woods, aka Peace Filled Mama, is …

Ep. 69: The Community Supported Education Model

March 9th, 2018

15:02

Free SDE Tuition? Making Self-Directed Education more accessible? Yes! But don't let the word free fool you. There is a major investment and …

Ep. 68: The Social Impact of Self-Directed Education

March 7th, 2018

44:27

Trudi Lebron is the first to tell you she's an excellent student. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. and that level of commitment didn't start in …

Ep. 67: The Liberation & Education Summit

March 1st, 2018

28:59

Atlanta parents, educators, and caregivers gathered in Clarkston for the first Liberation and Education Summit on February 3 of this year. …

Ep. 66: Black Panther Movie's Unschooling Gems

February 21st, 2018

28:13

Wakanda--the country where a brilliant young girl runs the country's technology, a young, newly-made king decides that some aspects of his culture …

Ep. 65: Deschooling Through Black Minimalism

February 14th, 2018

30:39

Yolanda V. Acree is the founder of Black Minimalists and believer in Black liberation. She is part of a growing group of People of Color who choose …

Ep. 64: Deschooling Through Detoxing

February 7th, 2018

36:50

New Jersey-based entrepreneur, Kim Hester and her husband Jamal, decided that Self-Directed Education is the best way for them to give their …

Ep. 63: Deep Work & Dora Life

January 31st, 2018

39:06

In this episode, Ieishah Clelland talks to us about transience, self-mothering, and the importance of forgiving ourselves. We explore healing work that happens through parenting as well, and you'll hear how Ieishah's …

Ep. 62: Deschooling Through Deciding

January 25th, 2018

27:42

Moji Yai—the Benin-born, Gainesville-based unschooling parent, doula, and budding herbalist—came up with her own title for this episode—Time, …

Ep 61: Deschooling Through Time for Self

January 18th, 2018

26:25

In this episode, Atlanta-based SDE facilitator and education entrepreneur, ANTHONY GALLOWAY II, speaks on moving past the mental aspect of self-care over to the literal practice. You'll also learn about two Atlanta …

Ep. 60: Deschooling through Movement

January 10th, 2018

25:22

In this episode, Atlanta-based ZAHRA ALABANZA talks about how her bike and her passport give afford her the messy divinity of mothering and activism. …

Ep. 59: Deschooling through Rhythm

January 4th, 2018

25:09

Yolonda Coles Jones on deschooling and self-care through the practice of noticing.

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

Ep. 58: On Slowed Pace and Deepened Focus

December 21st, 2017

29:41
As an unschooling adult (whether parent or facilitator) you are not just managing children, you are leading sometimes. And you are also following …

Ep. 57: South Seattle Get Free

December 16th, 2017

53:47

Self-Directed Education as a means of dismantling white supremacy and raising free people--that's the work of two Latinx women living in West Seattle. Listen to their story and see how you can be part of creating a …

Ep. 56: Managing Unschoolers' Holiday Anxiety

December 6th, 2017

20:37

This episode, I offer some tips for managing the types of family members who insist on you or your child explaining this homeschooling or …

Ep. 55: A Vision for Self-Directed Communities

November 29th, 2017

34:04

Earlier this year, someone asked me what I envisioned the world to look like if Self-Directed Education was a much more normal part of everyday life for all communities. This episode discusses three aspects of SDE in …

Ep. 54: The Sudbury Model Solution

November 22nd, 2017

54:08

In this episode, I'm breaking bread with Atlanta-based wife, mother, and Sudbury School of Atlanta Board Chair, Patty Zavala. We talk about ways to …

Ep. 53: Single Mama Unschooling

November 15th, 2017

16:56

One year later, Monique is back on the podcast telling us what's happening for her and Pharaoh as they tackle Sickle Cell, Hypertension, and other related illnesses. These roadblocks make life harder, but Monique still …

Ep. 52: Managing Anxiety & Parent Push-back

November 8th, 2017

40:25

If you are a parent testing out Self-Directed Education (SDE) spaces, or you’re in one such space, but struggling with feelings that the facilitators …

Ep. 51: Black, Lesbian, Married & Unschooling

November 1st, 2017

54:25

Listen in as one Black, queer family learns how to unlearn their ideas about the purpose of schooling, and shift over to an educational and life path …

Ep. 50: Standing In Our Self-Directed Truths

October 4th, 2017

1:02:39

Unschooling is really not about education. It’s about what Rastafarians like to call a LIVITY—a conscious way of approaching your day, your choices, …

Ep. 49: AERO Conference, Miss Lou Style

August 9th, 2017

18:08

Speaking on resistance, patois, and Self-Directed Education at AERO Conference. Here's a bit of a recap from my first Alternative Education …

Ep. 48: Transitioning to Unschooling

August 2nd, 2017

59:13

This is about the work of fitting in versus figuring out. Atlanta-based flight attendant, wife, and mother of three—Katrina Morrison—discusses the …

Ep. 47: Deschooling Discipline

July 28th, 2017

39:30

This week, Akilah talks about how Jamaican cultural icon and folklorist, Dr. Louise "Miss Lou" Bennett-Coverley influences her unschooling approach …

Ep. 46: Kickin' It, SDE Style

July 19th, 2017

36:02

We're talking parenting patois, patronage, unschooling progress, in-person meetups, and plenty more today. This is a mash-up episode, where I'm …

Ep. 45: Practicing Unschooling

July 12th, 2017

22:00

In episode 45, I answer a question from someone who attended my unschooling webinar today. She asked about the process of going from homeschooling to …

Ep. 44: Natural Learning in Philadephia

July 6th, 2017

59:58

When Maleka Diggs moved to an affluent Philadelphia neighborhood so that she and her husband could get their daughters into the best school, she was …

Ep. 43: Unschooling Studies

June 27th, 2017

22:58

Do unschoolers study? Is there a curriculum in unschooling? In this episode, Marley, a 13-year-old unschooler who happens to be my daughter discusses …

Ep. 42: Starting Your Own School in Nashville

June 21st, 2017

1:04:15

In this episode, Tennessee-based edupreneur, Sonia LeBlanc, brings us personal insights along with solid statistics about the southern United State’s …

Ep. 41: Demilitarizing Myself

June 14th, 2017

55:55

In this episode, I talk with my sister-friend, Veronica, a retired servicewoman who now calls Atlanta home. “A majority of young adults, like me, …

Ep 40: Woke AF Parenting 101

June 6th, 2017

56:48
Yolonda Jones: creative spirit. writer. professional photog.professional natural hair stylist. professional singer. professional black girl as Dr. …

Ep. 39: Mask-Free Relationships

May 30th, 2017

58:08

In this episode, Los Angeles-based natural learning advocate, Genesis Ripley, talks about the myriad of ways the liberated parenting journey has changed her for the better. She shares some of the ways it helps to grow …

Ep. 38: Unschooling in Joburg

May 24th, 2017

35:46

13-year-old unschooler, Marley Richards, talks about her experiences with facing fears, navigating new territories, and making new friends across …

Ep. 37: Unschooling As Digital Nomads

May 18th, 2017

25:53

This episode, Akilah's special guest is Kris Richards, her husband. Listen in as they talk about their experience at Re-Imagined Learning Center run by two young, Self-Directed Education advocates, CheVanni and …

Ep. 36: Can Adults Be Unschoolers?

May 9th, 2017

1:08:39

In episode 36, Atlanta-based military veteran and entrepreneur, Veronica Ashley, talks about being an unschooling adult. Veronica spent a few days …

Ep. 35: My Reflection Matters

May 2nd, 2017

49:33

Here’s the story about how a Nuyorican woman who worked atNew York University as a social justice coach for educators is now living a life that …

Ep. 34: Designing Liberation in Africa

April 26th, 2017

28:17

In this episode, we connect with an African-American living in Africa. Kaylan’s story is very much about about directing her own path, going against the norm to  design a liberatory practice that for her meant exploring …

Ep. 33: Motherhood and Mental Shifts

April 19th, 2017

43:06

Atlanta and DC-based travel industry professional and Self-Directed Education loving Mama, Kenya Scott joins us once again. Her son has been benefiting from SDE as a learner over at Heartwood ALC, and in this episode, …

Ep. 32: Kicking Cancer's Ass While Unschooling

April 13th, 2017

1:06:28
My initial motivation for inviting Tia Cunningham to the show was that she is an unschooler based in Charlotte NC who connected locally with another …

Ep. 31: Solutions to Whitewashed Self-Directed Education

April 9th, 2017

1:08:59

In this episode, we come real plain with it. I’m happy to offer up this dialogue where one return guest and one new one are brave enough and human enough to nurture safe space with me. Anthony Galloway was on episode …

Ep. 30: Questions from Patrons (Supporting POC in SDE)

April 6th, 2017

10:10

New Patron, Amy Carpenter asks: How can white unschooling families best support and make space for Black unschooling families without being …

Ep. 29: 20-something Mama Mojo

April 4th, 2017

46:40

25-year-old wife and mama, Moya Kelly, and I have this beautiful intergenerational conversation around mothering and deschooling ourselves, and …

Ep. 28: Homeschooling & Unschooling Together

March 29th, 2017

1:21:07

On this episode, Atlanta-based wellness entrepreneur, Chante’ Smith, talks about how she and her partner facilitate multiple learning paths within …

Ep. 27: Missing Girls, Major Fears

March 27th, 2017

21:05

Black parents know the confidence and strong sense of autonomy that we work toward as we raise our children can be difficult to impart when our race …

Ep. 26: Collectively Raising Free People

March 24th, 2017

22:13

In this episode, I'm pushing you a bit. Maybe more than a bit. The invitation here is one of accountability and self-inquiry, something I think is vital for us to move from talking to changing. For sure, dialogue is a …

Ep. 25: Disruption with Dr. Scott Speed

March 22nd, 2017

1:07:46

In this episode, Atlanta based Edupreneur, Dr. Scott Speed, and I speak on systems thinking, why there is no such thing as a “good public school,” …

Ep. 24: Patriarchy, Power, and Liberatory Parenting

March 15th, 2017

47:24

Lane Santa Cruz: Eudeve-opata, revolutionary m/othering jotx, deschooler, bicis. In this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the idea of bodily …

Ep. 23: Wise African Women

March 8th, 2017

40:00

Moji Katu, a birthworker/doula and new unschooling parent, talks about decolonizing the mind, mothering ourselves, and reaching back, Sankofa-style, …

Ep. 22: Black and Latino Homeschoolers

March 1st, 2017

1:02:44

In this episode, author and homeschooling consultant, Zakkiyya Chase, talks about the inspiration and frustrations behind her debut book, No Dream …

Ep. 21: What's Good? Season Two!

February 22nd, 2017

16:33

It's the first episode of Season Two, and Akilah's offering up an overview of the deschooling, unschooling, personal leadership mojo that will anchor …

Ep. 20: Love and Unschooling

December 7th, 2016

48:48

On the season finale, I bring my husband Kris into the mix to discuss the many ways unschooling helps us live out the liberation we've always wanted …

Ep. 19: Life, Legality & Love

December 1st, 2016

46:15

Danielle A. Levine'’s work has been and still is heavily directed by a complex set of realities that damage the lives of many children and families, and most often affect black and brown families more than white …

Ep 18: Self-Care and Sacred Space

November 25th, 2016

36:04

Leslie Bray spent 10 years teaching in the public school system. She now homeschools her three children and co-leads a homeschooling collective with …

Ep. 17: The ChicanX Deschooled Doctoral Student

November 16th, 2016

37:43

Navigating the space of being a Doctoral student and a deschooler. ChicanX m/other and social justice advocate, Lane Santa Cruz speaks about defining …

Ep. 16: What To Tell Children Now

November 9th, 2016

13:19

This is in response to folks' request for suggestions on how to talk to their children about Donald Trump being America's elected president.

Support …

Ep. 15: Educating Our Black Boys

November 1st, 2016

53:51
Kenya Scott is an entrepreneur living between DC and GA with her husband and 10-year-old son, Malcolm. I see her as a mother who saved her black son …

Ep. 14: Self-Mothering While Parenting

October 26th, 2016

35:35

Spiritual writing coach Trelani Michelle is an author, mother, and storyteller. In Episode 14, she talks with us about her bestselling book, Women Who Ain't Afraid to Curse When Communicating with God.

Women Who Ain’t …

Ep. 13: Why Liberated Parenting is Vital

October 17th, 2016

1:00:01

I'm sitting with a dope sister named Tracy this week. She is a nurturer and an outspoken advocate of liberation and love for people of the African diaspora. Listen as she and I discuss mothering black people in a time …

Ep. 12: How He's Using His Gifts

October 11th, 2016

42:01

Anthony Galloway wasn’t willing to be another cog in the system.

He’s a smart, twenty-something year old African-American man who chose to go into …

Ep. 11: Autism, Asperger's & Active Joy

October 6th, 2016

35:30

Darcel White of themahagonyway.com joins us on this episode. She writes about her motherhood journey, and their unschooling lifestyle, including …

Ep. 10: Cultural Storytelller Learning

September 29th, 2016

59:50

Kali Ferguson is a storyteller, culture keeper, and movement-inspired educator based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She believes in movement and …

Ep. 8: Unschooling & Entrepreneurship

September 21st, 2016

51:22

On this episode, business-owner and 16-year unschooling mama, Itiel Mcvay, shares her many insights. Our conversation is really about the clear …

Ep. 7: Unschooling Adults | Movement and Moxie

September 14th, 2016

1:09:49

On episode 7 of Fare of the Free Child, I break bread with Curron Gajadhar- an artist and movement trainer who was based in Atlanta, but now goes wherever his process takes him. We address the fear of what might happen …

Ep. 6: New to Unschooling

September 7th, 2016

38:42

Monique Allison is a life coach and single parent. Her son, Pharaoh is a fun-loving, dancing machine and bona fide foodie navigating life while managing sickle cell and a few other chronic illnesses.

Monique and Pharaoh …

Ep. 5: Self-Directed Learning Communities

August 31st, 2016

45:58

Marketing specialist and Outdoor Afro leader, Yanira Castro, talks with Akilah about the benefits of a solid marriage, the importance of cultural …

Ep. 4: Black Queer Mothering

August 23rd, 2016

48:27

Trelani Michelle is a writer, wife, and mama of two. Her son, CJ, is 10, and her daughter, Kobe, is 6. She is a versed writer who has shed light and offered refreshing perspectives on everything from juvenile detention …

Ep. 3: The LIFE School - Atlanta

August 11th, 2016

40:58

"Our school is really to empower students to have more ownership over their education. High school is usually this mad dash of checking off boxes to …

Ep. 2: South Africa & India Reimagined

August 2nd, 2016

39:13
"That shift from beloved, all-black schools to white schools where black students were always seen as interlopers, as not really belonging, taught me …

Ep. 1: Unschooling Explained

July 28th, 2016

41:13
As unschoolers, we don’t see school as the primary place to learn and everywhere else as places to take breaks from learning. We don’t suffer from …

Ep. 0: Welcome and Why This Show

July 10th, 2016

11:00
This fall, I’m launching a podcast for Black and Brown parents who practice alternative parenting options to the traditional education model that is …
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