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Fare of the Free Child

273 EpisodesProduced by Akilah S. RichardsWebsite

Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Native Indigenous 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 a… read more

273 Episodes | 2016 - 2023

Ep 270: Following Our Rhythm, Knowing When to Let Go

August 17th, 2023


Whadddup, Listener homie!

I hope you're listening to this final episode thinkin' Daang, Akilah really helped me get more aligned with the type of person I wanna be.

Who are you now that you have experienced some of …

Ep 269: Let's Notice How Whiteness Shows Up in Us Too, Boo!

August 7th, 2023


Have you ever wondered how grief and loss might pave a pathway toward spiritual growth? In this penultimate episode of Fare of the Free Child …

Ep 268: Freedom Is For Your Grown Ass Too!

July 29th, 2023


Join Akilah as she journeys through the third path to Raising Free People: For Me not Them. Learn the languaging that helps you, the adult, the …

Ep 267: It Ain't About Just Doing School Tings at Home!

July 21st, 2023


Moving away from school-centric culture and the performances we got going on is a very real thing that one listener voiced and we're sharing it here …

Ep 266: Starting a Journey of Trust and Discovery with Unschooling

July 15th, 2023


A 6-minute offering for the beginner’s path.

Start a journey of discovery, trusting that learning comes from various sources - many of which can't be measured on a conventional scale. May this bonus 6-minute offering on …

Ep 265: New to This; Not Quite True To This

July 10th, 2023


If you've been searching and asking about some of the most innovative minds in the realm of unschooling, youth rights, and liberation, names like …

Ep 264: From Schoolish to Sovereign to Savorist

June 29th, 2023


In this episode, we'll explore the concept of savorism, a term Akilah coined to savor the spaciousness, slowness, and richness that comes from …

Ep 263: Unschooling as Resistance: A Look Back at Season One

June 22nd, 2023


Ever wondered how unschooling and liberation work intersect? Join us for a nostalgic trip down memory lane as we delve into the first season of Fare …

Ep 262: Gratitude, Growth, and Endings: A Tribute to the Unschooling Movement

June 14th, 2023


What happens when we eulogize an elder who has guided us on our journey of unschooling, decolonizing education, and raising free people? Join me in …

Ep 261: Communal Care Ain’t Separate from Business Here!

December 25th, 2022


Ahhh….what an accomplishment! Our penultimate season reaches it’s finale… and ya’ll what a season it has been!!

Manifestation, magic, bridges, money …

Ep 260: Vanessa Molano on Abundance as a We Thing, Not a Me Thing

December 10th, 2022


What is abundance culture? And what does pausing have to do with sustained abundance? These are some of the questions Vanessa Molano (our resident …

Ep 259: Tuning Into "Spiritual Tech" with Stori + Jasai of Alaiyo Waistbeads

November 25th, 2022


In this episode, and through the season, we are inviting you to listen, to notice, and to feel through what these conversations evoke for you; within you.

Madd Question Askin'

What new language is forming for you? 
What …

Ep 258: Origin Stories | Remembering Some, Releasing Others

November 17th, 2022


What is your connection to your origin story? Do you feel tied to your origin in ways that feel good and grounding? Or do you feel tethered to something that doesn’t quite feel like you?

What do you think about when you …

Ep 257: Spirituality and Intuition in This Self-directed Life

November 8th, 2022


This is the first episode of Season 9 and we’re delighted to dive into the work of shifting our spiritual and intuitive work to include our raising free people practice. This feels important because while some of us …

Ep 256: Season 9 Preview - Tuning In To The Themes

October 20th, 2022


As we continue our preparation for Season 9, you are invited to listen as Naaz (also known as Fatima) Mookadam tell us what showed up for her as she listened to Akilah S. Richards’s conversation with Dr. Crystal …

Ep 255: Season 9 Preview - Notes from the other side of the Pause

September 28th, 2022


What's on the other side of a pause? Last season, we leaned into a focused pause, over and over, episode by episode. We also took that pause with us when the episode ended, and now we are ready to slow-walk our way into …

Ep 254: Listening Party for ‘E. for Exploration

June 4th, 2022


Grief. Avoidance. Funky energies. We’re wrapping up Season 8 with all kinds of feelings in the mix. How do we embrace or transform these feelings as they arise? That’s the pausewerk, and this week we arrive at E, for …

Ep 253: E. for Exploration What are some resources you can tap into, based on where you are right now?

May 28th, 2022


The second to last episode in season 8 is live, #fofcpod fam! This week’s inquiry is about the E (for Exploration) in our P.A.U.S.E. acronym. We’re also sharing some post-season offerings and spaces, so be sure to take …

Ep 252: Listening Party for ‘S. for Sorting and Shedding

May 18th, 2022


Peace #fofcpod fam! This week, Domari is in the buildin’ for our Listening Party Live Chat,and she and Akilah share some experiences and examples of zoning in on the letter S. in P.A.U.S.E. We also continue speaking …

Ep 251: S. for Sorting and Shedding - What’s good for YOUR family?

May 11th, 2022


This week in Episode 251, we droppin’ gems around the S. in P.A.U.S.E. S. is for Sorting and Shedding. Domari (put her links here as usual) starts us off with a nursery rhyme remix to remind us about the side effects of …

Ep 250 - Listening party for ‘U. for Understanding’

May 5th, 2022


Peace, #fofcpod fam! This week we’re still focused on the letter U for understanding as part of our P.A.U.S.E.werk. Domari (of Positive and …

Ep. 249: U for Understanding

April 28th, 2022


This week we’re focused on the letter U for understanding in our P.A.U.S.E.werk. Listen as we talk about the language of conscious parenting, the difference between dialogue and discussion, and then some.

Domari and …

Ep 248: Listening Party Replay for ‘A. is for Absences’

April 21st, 2022


Welcome #fofcpod fam! This episode is the continuation of our Listening Party Replay around the letter A (for Absences) in PAUSE. We’ll be inquiring more about what’s missing, understanding, compassion, and boundaries

Ep. 247 A for Absent: What feels missing in your current relationships?

April 14th, 2022


Here we go #fofcpod friends! Let’s continue with this 70-day PAUSE journey, along with the amazing Domari Dickinson of Positive and Purposeful …

Ep 246: Listening Party for “P. is for Pain Points”

April 7th, 2022


This week on #fofcpod we're serving insightful thoughts, feedback, and resources based on our current PAUSEwerk flow.

The letter of the week is P, for …

Ep 245: P for Pain Points: What’s hurting you? What’s hurting them?

March 31st, 2022


It’s storytime #fofcpod fam and we‘re so excited to continue with this 70-day PAUSE journey along with the amazing Domari Dickinson of Positive and …

Ep 244: There is Real Power in the Pause tho!

March 24th, 2022


Season 8 is here and we are kickin’ it with the homie, Domari Dickinson of Positive and Purposeful Parenting. She is our co-producer for the season, …

Ep 243: Seasonal Slow-downs and Shoutouts

December 31st, 2021


Ending season 7 with gratitude, reminders, and major writing mojo

Closing out season seven with major gratitude for you, #fofcpod fam! Your feedback and encouragement have been part of an active listening practice that …

Ep 242: Expansion and Feedback About Language

December 24th, 2021


We're continuing our language vibe this week on #fofcpod episode! First, you'll hear from Juan Pablo Pérez, audio manager of Fare of the Free Child, as he shares his thoughts on Episode 241: Freeing Your Approach to …

Ep 241: Freeing Your Approach to Language Studies (with Marley Richards)

December 16th, 2021


Welcome #fofcpod fam! Today's vibe is insightful conversation about language acquisition, culture, and how to learn stuff, with seventeen year-old …

Ep 240: Series closing: Māori Mother Wisdom

December 9th, 2021


This week on #fofcpod we are closing the Māori Mother Wisdom series about liberation-centered parenting and living. We've had the pleasure of connecting with Māori stories from Mea Rapata, Angella Smith, Moana Reihana, …

Ep 239: Vibin' off Māori Mother Wisdom (The 'Feedback' Episode)

December 2nd, 2021



What does it mean to own your sense of sovereignty?

Welcome to another #fofcpod episode. As you know we’re in the thick of the …

Ep 238: On Māori Mother Wisdom (The 'Old Knowings' Episode)

November 26th, 2021


Welcome #fofcpod fam! We’re getting into our second exploration on the Māori series co-produced with the incredible Ieishah Clelland-Lang. This …

Ep 237: On Māori Mother Wisdom (The Language Episode)

November 18th, 2021


Basically this:

We talk about reclaiming language, sovereignty, relationship with motherhood, community, culture, intergenerational relationships, …

Ep 236: Can we deschool our approach to holiday/family stress?

November 11th, 2021


This week on #fofcpod, we’re inquiring about the idea of an unbothered child. Is “unbothered” a status reserved for worthy adults? Or can children …

Ep 235: Building the Very Things We Need

November 5th, 2021


Welcome to another #fofcpod episode! We hope that you enjoyed Fare of the Free (Man) Child series as much as we did. Thanks to Tony for co-producing …

Ep. 234: Kris joins Tony for the recap of #fofmanchild (Feel Trip)

October 27th, 2021


We're closing out Tony Galloway's series on manhood and masculinity this week, and the convo, as usual, is fyah! Kris Richards joins Tony to wrap up …

Ep 233: Deschooling Manhood and Masculinity

October 20th, 2021


Welcome to another #fofcpod episode! As you know, October is Fare of the Free Man Child month, so get comfy and join our special host Tony Galloway …

Ep 232: Learning (and Unlearning) Masculinity

October 13th, 2021


Welcome #fofcpod fam! We are so excited to share a new episode with our special host Anthony “Tony” Galloway Jr. This is Tony's third venture on the Fare of the Free Man Child series. If you missed the first two …

Ep 231: New Moon, New Wounds, Same Resistance

October 6th, 2021


This episode is so that we can bring some new moon energies as we understand them, to some of Akilah’s motherwork, to the ways that she is continuing to understand resistance from the perspective of her daughters …

Ep 230: Marley on Studies, Reflections, and Self-Inquiry

September 29th, 2021


Subject Sprint: a learning method for designing a mindful approach towards learning and structure in a sustainable way. - Marley

What does …

Ep 229: Flowing into Season 7 like…

September 24th, 2021


We’re back from our much-needed break and ready to rock with you for Season 7 to continue this journey together of healing, exploration, liberation and change. Thank you for being part of our #fofcpod fam! This season …

Ep 228: Mobile Black reads, more feel trips, and two Open House invites

August 2nd, 2021


Just dropping by with an in-between seasons episode filled with invitations and big announcements! #fofcpod 

Ep 227: Feel Trip Replay | Deschooling Our Marriage

July 10th, 2021


We’re so excited to share our Feel Trip recap and final episode of Season Six. We will be playing some snippets from a live conversation that Akilah and Kris had with some of our listeners and Make It Happen Family

Ep 226: (Feedback) Deschooling Our Marriage

July 7th, 2021


It’s the second-to-last episode of  Season Six, and today we’re going back in time to our Season One intro while we reminisce for a bit. Later this …

Ep. 225: Deschooling Our Marriage (Pt 1)

June 30th, 2021


This week on #fofcpod: We are now all up in Part 1 of this 3-part season finale flow! Listen to this insightful conversation between Akilah, her …

Ep 224: Deschooling Adulthood with Tony Galloway

June 23rd, 2021


First, a special Thank You to all of the people that have contributed to translate Raising Free People book to Spanish, we’re almost there! / Gracias …

Ep 223: Karema Akilah #ATL #Unschooling

June 16th, 2021


This week’s #fofcpod episode is a solo jawn, mainly because Akilah wanted to share the local community spotlight segment that will be part of Season …

Ep 222: Feel Trip | Untigering with Iris Chen (Pt. 3)

June 12th, 2021

Welcome again Fare of the Free Child community! In episode 222 you’ll hear excerpts from our feel trip with Iris Chen, author of Untigering: Peaceful …

Ep 221: Untigering with Iris Chen (Pt. 2)

June 2nd, 2021


Sending love to all of the families and descendants of theTk’emlúps te Secwépemc community, who are dealing with the tragedy of discovering the bodies of 215 children who lived at the Kamloops Indian Residential …

Ep 220: Iris Chen on Culture, Childhood, and Consent

May 26th, 2021


This week’s episode opens the first segment of our three-part flow from a mindful conversation with Iris Chen of Untigering. Iris is an unschooling …

Ep 219: All In My Feelings About Family Meetings

May 19th, 2021


In this week’s #fofcpod episode, you’ll hear the first part of a conversation that sprunt up after a family meeting Akilah, Kris, Marley, and Sage had earlier this year. Akilah is calling this episode an “all in my” …

Ep 218: (Pt 3) Black Folks in Montessori Education

May 15th, 2021


On Episode 218 we’re sharing snippets from our Feel Trip recap with Amelia Allen Sherwood (Montessori and Anti-bias | Anti-racism Educator at Elm …

Ep 217: Black folks in Montessori (Pt 2)

May 7th, 2021


Hey y'all! Thanks for staying tuned and welcome to another Fare of the Free Child podcast episode. In this conversation we are sharing some feedback from Episode 216: Exploring Black Lived Montessori Experiences with …

Ep 216: Exploring Black Lived Montessori Experiences

April 28th, 2021


This week’s #fofcpod is a sweet blend of liberation-focused invitations and an insightful conversation with Amelia Allen Sherwood, a Black Montessori …

EP 215: Fare of the Free Man Child (A Tony Galloway Ting)

April 21st, 2021


In collaboration with Atlanta-based Self-Directed Education profession and facilitator, Anthony “Tony” Galloway, Jr, we are so hyped to broadcast the …

EP 214: Food. Play. Mindfulness. (Pt. 3)

April 17th, 2021


This week, we’ve got important need-to-knows to share with you, plus a feel trip recap from our conversation with Karen M. Ricks from the last two episodes, and Tiersa McQueen, who always brings the real-real! We shared …

EP 213: Food, Play, & Mindfulness (Pt. 2)

April 7th, 2021



The Fix Yo Face Deschooling Parenting Challenge starts soon! Get details here.

Want to join our Feel Trip with Karen next week? Register …

Ep 212: Food, Play, & Mindfulness with Karen M. Ricks

March 31st, 2021


Season 6 of Fare of the Free Child Podcast begins today, and we are so excited!! This season we’ve slowed down our listening process so that every …

Ep 211: A Feel Trip Recap about Process vs Practice

March 27th, 2021


We are starting our feel trip replays this week, which is why this episode is first airing on a Saturday instead of our usual mid-week thing. We used …

Ep 210: What to Expect in Season 6 (Invitations, Feedback, & Feel Trips)

March 17th, 2021


Welcome back! Today, As promised, you’ll get all the details on how we'll be flowing in this new season on Fare of the Free Child Podcast. Season 6 …

Ep 209: Katrina of How She Got Free Podcast

February 24th, 2021


On the last stop of Akilah’s tour of introductions to all the hosts on our network, you’ll meet Katrina Monique and hear about her upcoming show, How …

Ep 208: Lou of Grief, Growth, & Goals Podcast

February 18th, 2021


Our featured host and guest during this week’s version of our month-long love fest is Lou Hollis of Grief, Growth and Goals podcast (#3GPod), a space …

Ep 207: Updates on Plant It Up + Introducing P.O.U.R.

February 14th, 2021


In this in-between episode on #fofcpod Akilah chats with Val Anderson, creator and host of Plant It Up podcast, and Leslie Bray of the upcoming podcast, P.O.U.R (Purposely Openly Up to Relationships). 

Plant It Up …

Ep 206: Aja of She Said We Shed Podcast

February 10th, 2021


Welcome back! We are still in-between seasons on #fofcpod and for the next month we’ll be sharing with our hosts from Raising Free People Network! This week we chat with Aja, single mom, freelancer/entrepreneur and …

Ep 205 - Woke AF Parenting 101

January 27th, 2021


We are still in-between seasons on #fofcpod, so Akilah picked another amazing replay full of liberation talk and mad question askin’ -- episode 40 …

Ep 203 - Self-mothering + Parenting

January 13th, 2021


Welcome to another in-between episode on #fofcpod! This time we are sharing with Trelani Michelle, who we’ve already heard on episode 4 on Black Queer Mothering, episode 14 with Self-Mothering While Parenting and most …

Ep 202: New to Unschooling (Reboot Edition) Mo Allison (from Season 1) updates on single mamahood, chronic illness, and life design

January 7th, 2021


We’re in between seasons on #fofcpod, and as we promised, January will be filled with specially-chosen replays sprinkled with some new-new announcements and invitations.

This time we bring you an update from Monique …

Ep 201: Peace Signs to 2020 and Season 5 Talmbout love notes, side-eyes, gratitude, and need-to knows with Akilah

December 30th, 2020


Welcome to the fifth season finale of Fare of the Free Child Podcast where Akilah gives a State of the Podcast (and network!). She shares resources and invitations focused on the opportunities for rest and reparations …

Ep 200: Being Busy, Black, and Unschooled in 2020 An end-of-year sistachat with Maleka Diggs of Eclectic Learning Network

December 24th, 2020


This week on #fofcpod, Maleka Diggs from Eclectic Network and Akilah are chopping it all up about this year. Get ready for an insightful conversation …

Ep 199: Tiny but Mighty Steps Towards Wellness Kim Hester of Life, Strength, and Health on Wellness as an Unschooling Entrepreneur

December 16th, 2020


This week on #fofcpod we are talking about prioritizing wellness amidst entrepreneurship and unschooling with one of our #fofcpod repeat guests, Kim …

Ep 198: Painful Truths and Opportunities for Change from the Perspectives of “The Token” Crystal Byrd Farmer's new book + a gratitude session

December 9th, 2020


This week on #fofcpod we have an insightful conversation about relationships and diversity with educator, organizer and speaker Crystal Byrd Farmer, …

Ep 197: A Deschooling Word About Boundaries, Babies, and Business Trelani Michelle (of Krak Teet) on dating, parenting, and professional pursuits

December 3rd, 2020


This week on #fofcpod, we're talking about boundaries - ways to affirm them, and ways to honor the development of boundaries as they show up, shift us, and determine so many elements of how we show up in our bodies and …

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Akilah talks …

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

July 29th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



-  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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


"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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Ep. 58: On Slowed Pace and Deepened Focus

December 21st, 2017

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Ep. 15: Educating Our Black Boys

November 1st, 2016

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


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


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


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


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

Ep. 10: Cultural Storytelller Learning

September 29th, 2016


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

Ep. 9: BONUS: Unschooling Away the Plantation

September 22nd, 2016

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Ep. 8: Unschooling & Entrepreneurship

September 21st, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


"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

"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 - with Tamika Middleton

July 28th, 2016


Welcome to Episode One of Fare of the Free Child! If you enjoy what you hear, please help more people find this podcast by rating it on iTunes. Thanks!

This week, my co-facilitator is Atlanta based activist, community …

Ep. 0: Welcome and Why This Show

July 10th, 2016

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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