Welcome Laura!

We are ever-so-excited about this newest addition to the 2018 UP line up! If you joined us in past year, you may have met Laura and family at our last few UP conferences! This year we are thrilled about what … Continue reading

Welcome Back Tara and Joe!

Details are a hashin’ and we are incredible excited to announce ALL we have in store! To begin…. We are over the moon elated to be welcoming back Tara and Joe! A very precious family in this ever-growing tribe will be back again for a round-table discussion! Sure not to be missed!

Register your family at www.unschoolersplatform.com/registration!!!


Joe, Tara, Liam and Atticus Dutcher are thrilled to be returning for a third time to the Unschoolers Platform conference. At the 2017 conference, Tara and Joe presented a talk entitled Attunement; Unschooling and Autism which kicked off a wonderful discussion among community members about the unique joys and challenges of meeting every child’s individual interests and needs. 

At the 2018 conference, the Dutchers hope to facilitate a round table-style conversation that touches upon the physical, emotional and communication elements that emerge when families composed of individuals with a variety of different needs are invested in living in attunement with each other.

The Dutchers live in eastern Iowa where Tara works as a freelance musician (www.taramcgovern.com) and Joe works as a corporate trainer. 

Meet Jocelyn!

Have you had the pleasure of meeting Jocelyn yet?

Oh BOY! If you have not, you won’t want to miss her! This extra-special woman is coming on back to UP, and this time around she is sharing some of her super duper experiences and wisdom! We are THRILLED she’s making the trek here to share and inspire and hope you will join her in her exciting discussion group!

Unschooling To & Through the College Years Q & A

Do you have a teenager and wonder how they will successfully transition to college or adulthood?  Do you have younger children and are wondering what this stage might look like?  Join Jocelyn as she shares her experiences and answers your questions about the journeys of teenagers and young adults.

Jocelyn discovered homeschooling in 1993 when she saw a TV news segment about a family of 5 who bicycled together across the US and met all 50 governors. She was instantly hooked by the thought of having fun with her kids as they learned. After reading a preschool curriculum while she watched her then toddler daughter learn so much more and have more fun naturally, she ditched the curriculum and began her journey to unschooling. Jocelyn and her husband, Martin, have 3 always unschooled daughters ages 23, 19, and 13.


Have you met Joe and Tara?

We have a very special family coming back this year! If you have not met Joe and Tara and the boys, you are missing out on something special! We are not only thrilled they are rejoining us this year, but … Continue reading

Meet Heather!

As the countdown for registration for the 2017 Unschoolers Platform rolls on we are eagerly planning some exciting workshop, talks and funshops for our amazing community! Topics will be vast, interesting and inspiring! One such topic…. worldschooling! If you have … Continue reading

Dads! Dads! Dads!

We are SO very excited to have Vlaiko join us in gearing up the Dads! stuffs at UP 2017! Dads unite! Have a blast! It’s going to be a special FUN time! DADS!  DADS!!  DADS!!! Circle up and join Vlaiko … Continue reading

It’s Time Folks!

While we are still all whirling and swirling over our past, most amazing, enlightening,
FUN, truly heart-centering event, we have exciting news for you all!!!



Yep! No joke!!! We have three of the most amazing keynote speakers lined up for you all. Pam Laricchia coming to us from Canada! Erika Davis-Pitre from California! AND….. Sue Patterson from Texas! These amazing, awe-inspiring, and dynamic women are coming to dazzle us in February 2017!!! And you can book your spot NOW!

As our schedule for the week evolves (yes, you heard it…. a week…. we added a day!)…. and our additional inspirational speakers are added to the agenda… as the funshops develop and our family events pan out…. YOU can take advantage of some MEGA early bird savings!

Register NOW (before July 13, 2016) and you will receive:

* The UP Early bird rates! (Note that there is a 3-tiered payment plan option for *any* family registration fee, should you choose to utilize this!)

* TWO free conference shirts!

* A $10 visa gift card to use at the resort (or anywhere you’d like for that matter!)!!

* AND….. the 2016 rates to the Key Lime Key room! Yes! Book your before July 13th and *they* will guarantee that you pay $99.95 per 4-person room ($20 per additional person up to 6 in a room). Note: beyond July 13th, 2016 our group room rate for UP participants will be $119.95 per 4-people a room. (To book your room, you merely need to deposit the equivalent of a 1-night stay. Balance will be due upon arrival in Feb. 2017.)

** NOTE: Both room reservation *and* UP registration must be completed by July 13, 2016 for you to take advantage of these perks.

In addition…..
UP has a brand new tradition we are starting this year! We would like to honor our first registered family for the conference each year! Last year, this was Kate Brandt and family! Congrats Kate! We’d like to offer your family 50% off of your 2017 registration fee! Yippee!!!

AND…. if YOUR family happens to be the first registered for the 2017 conference, we will honor your 50% discount for the 2018 conference!! Get hoppin’! 😉

We are just ever-so-thrilled that the ball is rolling for 2017 already, and we hope you feel the same excitement! Share the news with other home/unschooling friends! Bring your tribe along with you! Come to expand your tribe! Cherish all that UP has to offer, and bring your bright light to share with others! We CAN’T WAIT to see you all in February 2017!!!






Meet Sandra!

We are excited as the time ticks nearer and nearer! The funshops are scheduled if you have not seen them yet! And our speakers eagerly plan their talks with all of us. One of those amazing people is Sandra! If … Continue reading

Excitement mounting!

Whoop! The funshops are IN and we are getting a schedule drafted for your curious eyes asap! Shirts are IN and ordered! You’ll be SO excited to receive yours at the conference registration tables! Conference wristbands in print and on … Continue reading

FUNshop submissions!

We’re in our final day of collections of funshops! Anyone can host anything they’d like, however the submission needs to be in by tomorrow, Friday the 5th!  To fill out a submission form visit: http://unschoolersplatform.com/funshops/ Funshop schedule should be out … Continue reading