2019 Hamilton Alternatives in Education Conference

2019: Taking Your Child's Lead in Exploring Alternatives

    About Us

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    We Believe in Supporting Alternatives

    In 2018, Carolyn Ralph and Erin Fleming, with support from Katy Bennett, organized and funded Hamilton's first Alternatives in Education Conference.  It was enthusiastically attended by local educational alternative program providers and parents who were curious about educational alternatives.  With such a positive response, it was clear that this conference should be an annual event.



    If you would like to play a role in organizing this conference as a board member or as a volunteer, please send a message to info@welearnnaturally.com


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    Our 2019 Conference Lecture Line-up is Confirmed!

    Back by popular demand we are starting our day with a Homeschooler panel of guests who are happy to answer your questions about homeschooling.  We are excited to share that Homeschool Legal Defense Association will be a part of our panel this year too!  We have also added a panel of private school providers who will share their philosophy and answer audience Q&A's. For our featured lecturers, we are thrilled to have confirmed Dr. Carlo Ricci and Vivek Patel.  


    Dr. Carlo Ricci is a graduate studies education professor at University of Nippissing.  He founded and edits the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Education . He is also a father and his own children have explored schools and homeschooling throughout the years. His lecture is entitled "Trusting our Children:  Living and Learning".  For a list of Carlo's publications, click on this link.


    Vivek Patel is a conscious parenting educator.   His work involves supporting parents to mend broken relationships and find more peace and harmony in their families. His lecture is called " Honouring a child's essential right to freedom contributes to maximizing their learning potential". Vivek's videos and blogs can be found at www.meaningfulideas.com


    2018 Alternative Education Program Provider Room.

    Check out our Educational Support Vendors and Local Alternative Education Providers!

    We are excited to have the following organizations participating in our vendor area:


    Barefoot Books

    Discovery Toys

    Foundations Montessori

    Home School Legal Defense Association

    Home Schoolers who are volunteering their time at a table to answer your questions

    Kinga Zak Art Therapy and Wellness

    Learning in the Woods

    Mother Earth's Learning Village

    Sarah Brodie - The Arterie

    Spring Bay Studio Ltd.

    Support Their Light - A Service For Parents with Sensitive Kids

    The Barn School

    Usborne Books At Home


    If you are interested in participating in this year's conference as a vendor or program provider, please send a message to info@welearnnaturally.com to request information.


    2019 Conference Featuring Speakers Carlo Ricci & Vivek Patel

    Check-in

    9:00am - 9:30am

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    Check-in

    Meet our local alternative providers and vendors, sign in, and claim your seat for the first speaker of the day!

    9:00am - 9:30am

    Homeschooler Q&A

    9:30am - 10:45am

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    Homeschooler Q&A

    As per our requests from last year's event, we will once again have a homeschooler panel.  This year we will expand the panel to include some youth and grown homeschoolers. 

    9:30am - 10:45am

    Morning Break

    10:45am - 11:00am

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    Morning Break

    Refreshments for this break were sponsored by The Barn School.

    10:45am - 11:00am

    "Trusting Our Children: Living and Learning" Lecture by Dr. Carlo Ricci

    11:00am - 12:15pm

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    "Trusting Our Children: Living and Learning" Lecture by Dr. Carlo Ricci

    Dr. Carlo Ricci will share the latest research and personal experience related to trusting our children in their ability to make choices in regards to their educational needs and goals.  This is a one hour lecture followed by a short Q&A.

    11:00am - 12:15pm

    Catered Lunch with Foundations Montessori as our Refreshments Sponsor

    12:15pm - 1:15pm

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    Catered Lunch with Foundations Montessori as our Refreshments Sponsor

    As per our survey results from last year, we are offering a catered lunch this year.  When purchasing your Eventbrite ticket, be sure to claim your sandwich flavor!  


    This is also the perfect time to visit our vendors and local alternative education providers.

    12:15pm - 1:15pm

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