The Liberation and Education Summit is the first in a series of conversations called Heartwood Talks™, hosted by Heartwood Agile Learning Center in Clarkston, Georgia. The summit will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, and will include activities and discussions about Self-Directed Education (SDE) and marginalized groups; SDE as a practice toward liberation; and creating and sustaining spaces for SDE. Geared towards peoples and families who are currently practicing self-directed education, the summit will include facilitated dialogue, brainstorming workshops, breakout sessions and a panel discussion featuring Akilah Richards and D. Lane Santa Cruz.

Date and Time: February, 3, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Heartwood Agile Learning Center, 3983 Church St. Clarkston, GA 30021

Before January 15th, 2018:

  • General registration: $25 per adult attendee
  • Shared registration: $25 for first adult attendee, $20 for one accompanying adult attendee (limit one accompanying adult)

From January 15th-25th:

  • General registration: $35 per adult attendee
  • Shared registration: $35 for first adult attendee, $30 for one accompanying adult attendee (limit one accompanying adult)

Attendees under 18 are free with paying adult attendee. Scholarships available for unaccompanied attendees ages 14-17.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided for conference attendees. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.
Childcare: Attendees under 18 are welcome to attend the conference. Please utilize the available childcare (details below) if having your child present will interfere with keeping the space quiet during the listening portions.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 25th, 2018.


Panelist Bios

Lane Santa Cruz is second generation Chicanx/Indigena born and raised in the south side of Tucson, AZ. She is passionate about doing community work grounded in her auto-historia, m/othering, Indigenous/popular education, worker cooperatives and bicycle and food justice. Lane has three children, Tenochtli (10), Yenelli (9), and Siquei Maella (2) with a fourth one on the way. They, as wise ancestors, are the force behind her journey of decolonization and deschooling. She has twelve years of experience as a community educator/organizer through nonprofits and grassroots community organizations working on sexual/gender violence, food justice, migrant rights, community bicycle mechanics, and ethnic studies. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona focusing on decolonizing education practices for Latino/Native children and is currently working as a community engagement organizer in active transportation for Tucson’s south side.  

Akilah S. Richards is an unschooling podcaster, writer, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work both challenges and encourages social justice minded people to explore privilege and power in their relationships with children. In her own family, Akilah, her partner, and their two daughters, use unschooling as a tool for decolonizing education and liberating themselves from oppressive, exclusive systems. Find her conversations and commentary at Fare of the Free Child Podcast where Akilah supports, connects, and highlights people of color designing their own liberation through Self-Directed Education and love-centered community building.


Childcare is available for attendees aged 5 & up for a fee of $10 per general or shared registration. 

The childcare fee must be paid with the general or shared registration fee (childcare payment will not be accepted on conference day). Due to varying dietary restrictions/preferences, childcare attendees are required to bring their own lunches and snacks.
*Childcare attendees will be expected to stay with the childcare group throughout the day (no in-and- out, except for emergencies), and to safely interact with children and adults of a variety of ages. Please carefully consider these expectations before paying the childcare fee. There will be no refunds of the childcare fee, even a childcare attendee is unwilling or unable to remain with the childcare group throughout the  day.


MARTA line: Bus numbers 120 and 125 have stops within close on-foot/on- wheel distance of Clarkston First Baptist Church. Please see http://www.itsmarta.com/ for additional information.


The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Deaf, hard-of- hearing, and visually-impaired attendees are asked to indicate their accommodation needs on the registration form and will be contacted. Other disabled attendees are asked to indicate their accommodation needs on the registration form and will be contacted.

All conference documents will be written in English, and all general verbal communication will be in English. Attendees who may experience challenges accessing verbal and written English are asked to indicate this on the registration form and will be contacted (please provide interpreter information, if applicable).


Coming from out of town? Out-of- town attendees are encouraged to locate temporary living accommodations that best suit their needs. While the Heartwood Talks staff can make recommendations upon request, Heartwood Agile Learning Center does not officially endorse any specific living accommodation.