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About Rowan and Sophie:

Rowan started her career trying to get children into school, and now finds herself trying to get them out. The world is a fascinating place, best experienced first-hand. Can children live in and learn from the world? Can we learn from each other? What will learning look like when it’s self motivated, not processed, packaged and consumed? How can we create an education system where no child is a failure and where success is about ecological sustainability and social justice? After 10 years working in international development and humanitarian response, Rowan is now based in London and exploring cooperative, grounded and egalitarian alternatives to school. She works part time for the Phoenix Education Trust, is a director and facilitator at Free We Grow, a new democratic community for children in South London, and co-founded the Inside-Out School, a community led alternative education think tank and experimentation lab.

Sophie has always loved learning and community, and used to believe that that meant she loved school too. After her own traditional schooling, she worked in educational travel, for a progressive company called Today Was Fun, and then for a community well-being charity, all in pursuit of answering the big questions: what brings us alive, what brings us together, and what helps us to live our most authentic and sustainable, individual and collective potential. Since becoming a parent she has had her eyes opened to the many issues within the existing system of education, not least the inherent disregard of children’s rights and consent, and how this socialisation impacts us, society, and the world we live in. As an activist and organiser she is committed to supporting the emergence of a new way of doing things, and is an active collaborator in creating innovative consent based spaces for education and community. She facilitates courses and workshops on Consent Based Education.

 

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LONDON: Consent Based Education Workshop – FULLY BOOKED

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: effraspace, 21 Effra Parade, London, SW2 1PX http://www.effraspace.co.uk/contact-us

This one day workshop will be an immersion in Consent Based Education. The day will be broken down into two 3 hour segments, with an hour break for lunch in the middle.

The morning will cover:
– Why are things the way they are? The History of Patriarchy.
– Breaking cycles – how to do it and why it’s hard.
– What is Consent Based Education?

The afternoon will cover:
– Love and Relationships, Freedom and Boundaries
– Learning, Creativity and Flow – Structured and Unstructured
– The Bigger Picture

The workshop will be a cycle of presentation, Q&A, discussion and reflection.

Participants will be provided in advance with some orientation materials. These may include videos, podcasts, articles, quotes and/or images, and are designed to give context to what we will be exploring on the day.

£45 per person

To book your place on the course, please email: sophiechristophy@gmail.com for payment details. Full payment is required to secure your space. There is a limited number of places available in order to ensure a quality experience for everyone involved.

EDIT: This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Please note: This is an intensive course with challenging and potentially transformative content.

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Attachment Parenting UK LIVE! Conference:

I will be speaking at the inaugural APUK conference, which is being held in Bristol on Saturday, 30th September 2017. All the details can be found here, as well as booking: www.attachmentparenting.co.uk/conference/

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September – November 2017: FULLY BOOKED

Consent Based Education Course: A Course for Parents (Bishop’s Stortford)

As parenting evolves beyond the traditional authoritarian model, and more and more families choose to live together in more respectful, socially just ways that acknowledge the personhood and agency of children, essential questions arise as to what that means in regards to our relationship with ourselves and others, our outlook and interaction with the world around us.

Consent Based Education is a response to this quandary. What happens when authoritarianism, the basis of all our existing systems, is stripped away, when we become more individually empowered in our own lives, and seek to support our children in this too? What happens when we embrace our own autonomy and capabilities, when we question the education and social inheritance we’ve received up until now?

What happens when our consent and voice really does matter – when we come closer and closer to our authentic selves?

This course is designed for parents who want to explore and go deeper into their understanding and experience of Consent Based Education, for their own personal development and to support their family’s life long learning in a consent based way. You can find out what it is like to take part in the course here.

The course is made up of the following 6 sessions:

  1. The History of Patriarchy and Consent
  2. Breaking Cycles – the Process of Change
  3. What is Consent Based Education?
  4. Love and Relationships, Boundaries and Freedom
  5. Creativity, Flow, and the Potential of own CBE
  6. The Bigger Picture

Before each session, a selection of preparation materials are emailed out – this can include things like podcasts, videos, articles and quotes. This prep material is designed to be thought provoking and takes between 1- 2 hours of your time. The prep is optional, although having a look at it will help you get the most out of the sessions themselves.

The sessions last for 2 hours, and are a combination of presentation and group discussion, critical thinking and reflection. Snacks and drinks are provided.

The course will be taking place between 10.30-12.30 on the following dates at a venue just outside of Bishop’s Stortford:

Sunday 10th Sept
Sunday 24th Sept
Sunday 8th Oct
Sunday 22nd Oct
Sunday 12th Nov
Sunday 26th Nov

The course content is structured in chronological way, with each session building on the one before.

Price: £15 per person per session, £90 total for the course (total course cost to be paid on booking).

Group size is limited to 8 participants to ensure a quality experience. For more information and bookings, please email: sophiechristophy@gmail.com

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April – June 2017

Consent Based Education: A Course for Parents (Bishop’s Stortford)

As parenting evolves beyond the traditional authoritarian model, and more and more families choose to live together in more respectful, socially just ways that acknowledge the personhood and agency of children, essential questions arise as to what that means in regards to our relationship with ourselves and others, our outlook and interaction with the world around us.

Consent Based Education is a response to this quandary. What happens when authoritarianism, the basis of all our existing systems, is stripped away, when we become more individually empowered in our own lives, and seek to support our children in this too? What happens when we embrace our own autonomy and capabilities, when we question the education and social inheritance we’ve received up until now?

What happens when our consent and voice really does matter – when we come closer and closer to our authentic selves?

This course is designed for parents who want to explore and go deeper into their understanding and experience of Consent Based Education, for their own personal development and to support their family’s life long learning in a consent based way.

The course themes include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • What is Consent Based Education?
  • What is learning? Play and flow, structured and unstructured.
  • Authenticity, individuality and radical honesty.
  • Exploring the potential of our own consent based education.
  • The historical and social construct of childhood – our chance to break the cycle of oppression.
  • What’s love got to do with it? Personal boundaries and concepts of freedom.

The course will involve thought provoking material, critical thinking, discussion and reflection, and will be led by self-directed scholar, justice in childhood campaigner and ed-activist, Sophie Christophy.

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There will be six two-hour sessions running fortnightly over 12 weeks, from 7.30-9.30pm.

Dates for the course are:

17th April
1st May (Bank Holiday)
15th May
29th May
12th June
26th June

The course will take place at a venue on the outskirts of Stansted Mountfitchet, easily accessible to Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden and the surrounding areas.

Spaces are limited.

Price: £15 per person per session, £90 total for the course (total course cost to be paid on booking).

For more information and bookings, please email: sophiechristophy@gmail.com

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