Background & Inspiration

Birth of a Dream

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Project World School was born from an inspired idea between unschooling mom and son, Lainie and Miro. The pair have been living on the road since 2009 (7 years) and have engaged in natural learning as their life’s commitment. Through experiencing profound natural learning as a result of immersive travels, the pair was inspired to share this experience with others interested in learning from the world. Thus, the inspired idea to create a temporary learning community was born.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
~Joseph Campbell

Both Lainie & Miro have been forever changed through their exposure to the rich indigenous cultures they’ve explored through Central and South America, which has inspired them to learn about ancient mysticism, history, archeology, sustainability, arts and the unique cultures contained within. The learning has been natural and the result enriching. Together, Lainie and Miro birthed a vision to share learners of all ages.

And so, the dream was born. Will you Join us?

You can find out more about Lainie and Miro at their blog: Raising Miro on the Road of Life

Here is the backstory…

Why did we create Project World School?

Throughout our years of travel, we adapted “unschooling” or “natural learning” as our form of education which became the foundation for what was to follow. We had never set out to be an unschooling family, actually didn’t even know there was such a thing before we left on our travels in 2009. Though our own process of living, traveling and learning naturally, we discovered there was a name for what we were doing, and that we were indeed “unschoolers”.

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As a parent, I took my role in the process seriously, adapting a partnership paradigm in learning and life, being the best facilitator for my son, listening to his cues, offering support,  providing resources and committed to learning right along side to him. We were conscious about this choice and took on the task of learning intentionally.

We made joint decisions about our lives,  deciding where to go, when to go and how to live. We have been living in true partnership and both of our needs were being met as we learned to compromise and make adjustments along the way.

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But as Miro moved into his teen years, community started to become a greater need for him. A couple of years ago, we were invited speak at an alternative education conference. We flew back to the States to make our presentation and received great feedback and support. But the greatest outcome from that trip were two points of clarity for Miro.

First, Miro realized that he was hyper sensitive to the commercialism which was a part of everyday American life. It is difficult to recognize that when you are living within the culture, but when you are away for a number of years the sensation seems stronger.  Also, Miro perceived that people seemed very busy, interactions  between strangers were more formal and disconnected. Miro reflected that he felt a great sense of freedom within our lifestyle and preferred that pace. Miro concluded that he preferred our life of travel and had no interest in returning to the States to live.  At least for now.

I agreed.

But his second epiphany took me off guard.

Community.

During the conference, Miro connected with many other self directed learners (unschoolers) for the first time, in-real-life. Yeah, he had friends when he attended primary school in the States, with nothing more in common than being the same age and living within the same geographical area. He does not describe those friendships as deep in any way. But finally, as a 13 year old teenager, Miro came face to face with his peer group,  an intelligent, quirky, liberal minded, self-directed group of teenage learners. “Finally”, he thought, “my community, my people”.   And that experience alone,  left an impression on Miro which changed the course of our lives.

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We flew back to Peru, and furiously started to make plans to focus of our first planned immersive family retreat into a learning community specifically designed for teens (which it is now).

Now we are on our fourth year of producing teen retreats in the form of an immersive learning communities known as Project World School.

Since then, both Miro and myself have become advocates for worldschooling, or learning through travel.

We are so glad you found us.