"I imagine a school system that recognizes learning is natural, that a love of learning is normal, and that real learning is passionate learning." -Tom Peter
We are a transformative Agile Learning community of diverse people of all ages in Asheville, NC. We practice Self-Directed Education, empathy-based communication, consent, and liberation. Liberation means freeing ourselves and our children from oppressive systems and schoolish mindsets of perfection, conformity, compliance, and zero sum games. We grow, discover, and celebrate our kids and ourselves exactly as we are.
Agile Learning at its core is about giving kids genuine choice about how to spend their time throughout their day, and this self-direction works best when done with intention and as part of a vibrant community. Facilitators and mentors offer classes, projects, activities, and weekly field trips based on the interests of the kids enrolled. We believe in the importance of play, nature, community, intention-setting, and trust-centered decision making. We practice power-with instead of power-over, which means that all of our needs matter, kids and grownups alike.
We are an alternative to public/private schools for kids ages 3-13. We want to help families that never intended to pull their kids out of school, but find their kid is stressed, losing their curiosity, being bullied, etc., and needs help finding another way forward. We can help with that transition and be a resource in creating an education that is more meaningful and fun.
We are also a resource for unschoolers and homeschoolers already happy and comfortable with their education and just looking for another wonderful opportunity to enrich their lives.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“This place is simply *amazing* and truly an incredible community to connect with!! We ADORE the families, the vibe, the leaders, the freedom, the field trips, the heart centered approach, the support for children's passions and interests, the conscientious AND fun activities (b loves the science experiments) and thoughtful all day ongoing children's questions-answering by these amazing folks. If you are considering alternatives to traditional public school, for whatever reasons are important to YOU, please consider checking it out! B will tell you - it's MAGIC!!!! (And as his passionate-about-education mom, I'm thrilled tremendously too😉)”