You are the HERO of your story.
What story do you want to tell about being a parent? Do you want something different for your family? Are you ready to answer the call to unschooling?
When Pam’s three children left school back in 2002, she had no idea that one decision would lead her to question so much of the conventional wisdom around learning and parenting. Nor that she would find new answers that made so much more sense! Her children are now all adults, and she can confidently say the journey has been incredible and life-changing—but by no means easy.
Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey framework, The Unschooling Journey is a weave of myths, contemporary stories, and tales from Pam’s journey. It’s not a “how to” book—no two paths through the world unschooling have the same twists and turns—yet having a general sense of where you are on your journey can bring valuable insight as you navigate the challenges that will inevitably appear. She shares this book as a field guide to the stages and characters you are likely to encounter in some form on your unschooling journey.
Characters such as the heralds and guides who call us forward and help us choose our next step. The tricksters and monsters who are determined to confuse and scare us at every turn. And the gods and goddesses who shake us to the core and inspire our inner journey until, at last, we capture the holy grail of our quest: unschooling with confidence and grace.
In The Unschooling Journey, you’ll discover:
- The value of approaching your journey with insatiable curiosity
- How living and learning weave together to create a meaningful tapestry of lifelong learning and joy
- The hidden depths of self-awareness—for ourselves and our children—that come when we move away from control as a parenting tool
- The profound impact of judgement and shame, and how to find your way to kindness and compassion with your children
- That unschooling, like life, is a practice, and there is real magic in its messiness
The book also includes ten beautiful illustrations by Hema Bharadwaj—an unschooling parent herself—created specifically to visually reflect the inner journey we are taking as we embrace unschooling.
Together, let’s explore your unschooling journey.
NOTE: THE PRINT EDITION IS ALSO A JOURNAL. In the print edition, you’ll also find plenty of room to document your journey along the way. Hema’s illustrations are printed full page for you to colour as you contemplate your journey, there are journal pages for writing down your experiences and clarifying your thoughts, and even blank pages for doodling and sketching.
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Want to dive deeper?
Hema joined me on my Exploring Unschooling podcast, where she talked about the inspiration behind the images and shared some wonderful stories about her own unschooling journey! Check the episodes out here: Part 1 and Part 2.
You can check out more of Hema’s amazing art at her website: hemabharadwaj.com.
This is THE most important book for unschoolers, both new and experienced
“I have read all of Pam’s books on unschooling and I believe each one of them to be inspiring and supportive but if I had to choose one book to recommend to a family at the beginning of their unschooling journey above all others (including both Pam’s writing and the writing of other voices in unschooling), this would be the one. This is a book to return to again and again and the illustrations by Hema Bharadwaj are the perfect accompaniment to Pam’s thoughtful parallels between the Hero’s Journey and the unschooling journey. I’m so delighted to have this book as a companion on this illuminated path.” ~ Amazon review
love and care that went into writing this beautiful story …
“When you are finished reading this, or even after just reading a few pages, you will be able to feel all of the the thought, love and care that went into writing this beautiful story about Pam’s journey through unschooling with her own family. I feel like this is an essential “guide” for any one who wants to more deeply understand what it takes to get from a conventional mindset to a true understanding of what it means to live an unschooling life. I use the word “guide” lightly because this book is a rich story and certainly doesn’t read like a “guide”. Pam helps us all understand that each of us can be the hero of our own journey and that no two unschooling families lives will look the same. There is a depth to the way that Pam views unschooling that others before her have not touched on. I can’t recommend this book enough if you are looking for some support/guidance while you set off on your own unschooling journey!” ~ Amazon review
“This book is a really beautiful guide to the unschooling life. I LOVE the parallels that Pam has drawn between unschooling and Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey! I find myself underlining on nearly every page. I am grateful for the blank spaces to add my notes. I am also really enjoying the conversation on Pam’s podcast- EXPLORING UNSCHOOLING- with the illustrator Hema Bharadwaj (Episodes 114 & 115). The illustrations are making the journey that much more powerful. I am especially struck by the drawing (on page 22) of the children in a classroom with their backs to the window surrounded by posters of nature and maps, etc. on the wall– but one little child is looking out the window at the REAL WORLD and the beautiful nature RIGHT THERE. I don’t want my children to spend 12+ years looking out the window at the world, I want them to experience it right now. Pam Larrichia is a brave and honorable guide for all who dare to venture on an unschooling journey. I am SO GRATEFUL for her work.” ~ Amazon review