Free to Be Unschooling Conference
August 31 - Sept 03, 2017

I spoke in 2016 at the Free to Be Unschooling conference, so this was my second year.

Pam Sorooshian was there as backup for Roya, who was speaking. Lilyanne was a fun baby.

Gaming, at night, was nice. The hotel had indoor water and trees. Sylvia Woodman's family was there. I met Caren Knox for the first time.
Met Shawn Smythe Haunschild; had some of Brynn's birthday cake, in the atrium.

My sessions:

Practicalities of Unschooling
Joy, Health, Love and Peace

The Big Shift (panel with audience participation)
Your Own Certain Knowledge
In that last talk, I announced that it might be my last conference presentation. I have said no about one definite request and two possibilities, for 2018. I was tired of travelling, and wanted to be home a while. (Also, transgender politics were at a boil, and unschooling conferences were not being allowed to opt out, it seemed. I didn't say that, and didn't even write it here until 2021.)

Here I am, with a photo from the year before, with Lego figures made by Alicia and her kids:


Sandra Dodd has spoken at conferences for over twenty years, usually about connections, choices and joy. She grew up in EspaƱola, north of Santa Fe, but has been in Albuquerque for over half her life, with Keith Dodd and (generally with) their now-adult children Kirby (31 in July 2017), Marty (28) and Holly (25) . She is a former Jr. High English teacher, and a lover of music, history, humor and Korean dramas, There are many things to read and see at

More of Sandra Dodd's speaking notes 2016 Free to Be (the only other time I was there)