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As we announced a few weeks ago, from the 9th of October to the 8th of November, we will be holding the Worldschool Village. This is a month of shared encounters, learning, and experiences for worldschoolers in Marina Alta, between Valencia and Alicante.

Starting from today, you can sign up by filling in the form below, although you may want a little more information first on what the gathering involves.

Nearly 100 families have already taken the time to complete and send us the survey with their preferences, so a big thank you is in order.

For those who don’t already know, the Worldschool Village is a gathering for families of all backgrounds, no matter their country or language, families who want to live, work, and learn in freedom. They are uniting to learn from each other, work together in the long- or short-term, have fun, and make progress.

Throughout the month, a maximum of 16 families will live together in a relaxed setting near Benimeli, a town in Marina Alta surrounded by mountains and beach (in the region of Denia and Jávea).

Rather than living communally, they will live as neighbours, with two common spaces: the town and the Kurukan space.

Below you can find a contents page to help you navigate more easily among the available information:

The different parts of the gathering

The Worldschool Village will have two phases.

The first phase will consist of 7 intense days of work and exchange (not forgetting fun) that we call the “Workshops Week”, especially designed for families who want to set up or develop a business, start a new life, or gain knowledge and experience of the different ways to educate and raise children. The workshops will take place in the mornings and afternoons, and both adults and children will be welcome.

After a lot of thought, we have decided to hold the workshops week at the beginning of the month, from the 9th to the 15th of October, since this is more convenient for most families, and it makes more sense as the opening to the gathering.

The second phase will see the families living together over the 3 remaining weeks. Over the course of these weeks, although we will provide common spaces and occasional activities, the main focus will be on attendees organising themselves as they choose, proposing their own activities, or freely participating in the activities offered in the area.

Who is this gathering for? Who should sign up?

As we mentioned, the gathering is designed for families who want to live, work, and learn in freedom. It is therefore a good option for families looking for a change, and who want to meet and strike up friendships with other like-minded families from Spain and around the world.

The main objective of the Worldschool Village is to create a space where families can work and make progress on the most important topics of their lives, but also where they can have an enjoyable time as a family, meet other people, and generally develop their projects without sacrificing their social and family lives.

The idea is to create a month full of experiences. The first week of workshops will be planned and organised by us, and the rest by all the attendees.

But let’s return to the main question: who is this gathering for?

Participants will mainly be homeschoolers, unschoolers, and other people who are looking for a different style of education, even if their children are already enrolled in school. It will be a great opportunity to exchange experiences, learn about new ways to educate and raise children, and work together to put these theories into practice. It will also feature a space where children can easily socialise with one another (which, in our experience, is one of the most difficult aspects of educating, raising, and learning at home).

It’s also ideal for families who are travelling or are planning to travel and live as nomads, because this is a great opportunity to meet other families who have already begun that journey, so that they can approach it without fear. Moreover, it will provide the chance to meet later down the road. Even families with no plans to travel, but who want to live off the diverse cultures and experiences of a small, temporary community of nomads, will be able to benefit.

For children and adolescents, it will be an opportunity to make friends, socialise, learn from others (both adults and other children), and increase their determination and self-esteem (because there will be a lot of room for them to self-manage and move around freely).

For families who want to start working in a way that respects their interests and lifestyle, they will have the chance to develop their business ideas and form contacts.

In short, this is an opportunity to practise worldschooling, discover different languages and cultures, and learn.

So who should sign up? We think this gathering is perfect for nomadic families, unschoolers and homeschoolers, families who want to set up a business, and those who generally want more freedom in their lives.

The languages of the gathering

Language is one of the topics we have been asked about most frequently. The Worldschool Village was designed as an open, international gathering of families.

The activities will be offered in Spanish, providing a great opportunity for those who don’t regularly speak the language to practise and improve their knowledge.  However, since there will be families from many different countries, it will also be an opportunity to speak English and even German.

The four organisers speak three languages, Spanish, English, and German, so we’re sure that we will always be able to communicate.

Workshops week

As we mentioned, the workshops week will be held from the 9th to the 15th of October.

There will be different kinds of workshops; for some, it will be essential to speak the language, while for others less so. For example, there will generally be no language barrier at the workshops for families, since there will be very few “instructions” and translation will be simple. For the workshops where speaking and understanding the language is important, we will provide with English translation if there are enough people in need of it.

We have planned two types of workshop: those for adults; and those for families, where adults can participate with their children. You can find more details below.

Workshops for families

These workshops will be open to everyone, whether or not you speak Spanish, and are designed for every member of the family, regardless of age.

For those who choose not to come to the family workshops on offer, there will also be self-managed spaces (the free-choice Kurukan space) to complement the spaces supervised by instructors, which we will discuss below.

The family workshops will mostly be held at Kurukan and led by Yolanda Martínez, although in some cases, they will be given in the spaces nearby.

These workshops are based on the criteria set out by Arno Stern’s Creative Education (for playing with paint) and by Diraya (for playing with clay and movement). Families have the free choice to play in diverse groups (made up of different ages), in non-judgemental spaces where nothing is “taught”. In the absence of a model to follow, play will be supervised by one or two coordinators, who will prepare the space and make sure the conditions are suitable.

The groups and times will be organised based on the preferences of the families participating. Before the workshops begin, there will be a presentation on the methodology involved for the adults.

The clay space

The clay workshop provides suitable material and conditions to craft with clay, whether individually or in groups.

There is no kind of objective or model.

The construction space

This involves creating and constructing worlds to interact with.

In this space, we will recreate the processes we learn naturally as children, constructing our own world to then understand, rebuild, and create characters, spaces, and situations.

As the main material, cardboard will allow us to invent these worlds and live inside them. The necessary conditions will also be provided to both groups and individuals, in a highly respected process that lets us make cognitive, emotional, and coordinative gains.

The construction space offers children the necessary material to create whatever they need for their play.

There is no kind of objective or model.

Children can use this material to construct all kinds of spaces, as well as objects to populate both these spaces and their imagination.

The painting space

This is a space free of models, comparisons, and judgements, where we can exercise our creativity following the ideas of Arno Stern, who advocated playing with colours and brushstrokes.

It is a place for creative expression where everyone paints for their own development, and where the process matters more than the results.

The carpentry space

This space lets you use wood to design, create, construct, and transform.

The workshop provides suitable material and conditions to craft with wood, whether individually or in groups, while respecting the process, rhythm, and needs of each person at play.

There is no defined objective, although there is a database of projects that can be used as a starting point to then define and organise the creative process in a personalised way.

The climbing workshop

This workshop offers suitable material and conditions to help us explore our own bodies in a natural, vertical space, and make us aware of our potential, our limits, and our emotions.

The workshop will be held in a natural environment.

The mathematics workshop

This is a space for learning about the Montessori methodology in the field of mathematics, and its applications at home. We will enter the world of mathematics using materials in an experiential way.

Workshops for adults

The individual workshops for adults consist of one or two parts: the observatory, a space to present and share information; and the laboratory, a space to experiment and draw your own conclusions. In other words, they can be made up of conversation, or conversation plus practice.

Workshops on working in freedom

These workshops are given by Adrián Pérez, a father, digital nomad, and entrepreneur, among many other things. You can read more about him here.

  • How to be an entrepreneur: from an idea to a working business

This workshop unites three of the biggest preoccupations of my life: teaching, optimising, and being an entrepreneur. As is often the case in life, it starts with a definition: what is it to be an entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur consists of nothing more than solving problems, something that human beings are programmed to do; in other words, anyone can be an entrepreneur and enjoy the benefits that follow.

In this workshop, I will tell you the steps you can take to go from a single problem or skill to a business idea, and from this idea to your first sales, naturally passing through all kinds of challenges and changes to your initial idea.

In the practical section, we will carry out an exercise to help organise your ideas and choose the one that has the most potential to become a business. We will then make a plan to test (and validate) your ideas, and talk about how you can arrive at your first sales.

  • Opportunities to design a free way of working on the internet

In this seminar, we will talk about the options offered by the internet that can help us create our business, find our own solutions, and use the digital world to serve our clients as effectively (and as conveniently) as possible.

In the practical section, we will discuss which methods (SEO, social media, FB Ads, SEM, content marketing, email, etc.) are the most suitable to use in the specific cases of the attendees present.

  • Opportunities and challenges of working as a digital nomad

The life of a digital nomad isn’t easy; every nomad needs to create certain structures and habits in order not to get lost in the chaos. In this conversation, I will explain the different options I have personally found, and how well they worked. There will also be the chance to talk about your concrete problems and experiences.

  • The legal structure of your company: introduction to international options, taxes, and conditions

Once you have found your business idea, or even if you have a business already underway, you will need to decide on its legal structure. Registering as a freelancer or creating a company in your country of residence are just two of your options, and they are certainly not the best ones.

We will discuss international structures and tax optimisation, as well as topics such as the importance of internationalising your legal structure, while focusing, of course, on options for small businesses.

Workshops on learning in freedom

These workshops are given by Yolanda Martínez, a mother and Kurukan coordinator.

  • Different options and educational approaches

We will analyse the different options and education approaches available, so that we can understand them better and choose the most beneficial method for our own use. We will mention Montessori, Waldorf, Creative Education, Reggio Emilia, Learning Communities, Emmi Pikler, Rebeca and Mauricio Wild, and Educación Viva.

  • Growth and learning processes

Yolanda teaches us how to recognise our children’s needs, so we can create structures and materials that let us witness their educational needs being fulfilled in a self-managed way.

– Analysis of the starting point for parents: trust and non-authority
– Emotion as a requirement for learning
– Children’s interests, definition and prioritisation
– How and when to accompany our children
– How to organise spaces and physical, material, and supportive conditions

  • Learning through play

Families can learn how to spread their creative wings, following the ideas of Arno Stern’s Creative Education. We will use the painting space to reflect on and practice our role as companions to play:

– Investigation of play
– Playing conditions according to Creative Education
– Formulation: the work of Arno Stern and painting as play
– Coordinating the brushstroke game at home

  • Communication within the family (Non Violent Communication)

We will talk about the conditions needed for listening and communication, and how to bear other people in mind. We will also discuss how to communicate so that the other person can understand us more easily. Finally, we will examine the search for balance between speech and listening.

Workshops on living in freedom

These workshops will be given by Isabel Rodríguez and Adrián Pérez.

  • From a semi-conventional life to life on the move

Is it possible to have children and live a life of travel? Are there specific options for families? How does Worldschooling work?

Discover how to make the dream come true. In the observatory (the conversation), we will tell you why we decided to live life on the move, and how our original idea has evolved. Learn everything you need to get started. Working, learning, living, travelling… What is our day-to-day life like? Hear about the difficulties and the good times. Let us destroy the myths and frame things realistically.

In the practical section (the laboratory), we will talk about common fears, ideas, and plans, in order to help you decide on your first steps.

  • Platforms and websites for nomadic or travelling families

We have found a number of websites and platforms on the internet that can make life as a nomadic family infinitely easier. We will talk about the ones we personally use, as well as others you may find helpful.

The three weeks after the workshops

After the workshops week, we will begin the second phase of the gathering. Throughout this period, attendees will be able to use the Kurukan space as a common area for meetings and activities (you can find more information about the spaces in the next section). The Kurukan family workshops can be booked separately.

Anyone can propose their own activities; we will use a private chat to keep each other informed about our suggestions.

Day-to-day life could play out as below.

A fictional example of a typical day: After the initial seven days of workshops, a new phase of the gathering will begin. New families will arrive, while others that attended during the first week will leave.

In the morning, the children go round to visit the other children they have been playing with for the last few days.

Some of the adults work in the Kurukan space during the morning, while the others look after the children, who have decided to go on a bike ride through the orange trees or play with their friends at home.

At 2pm, some of the families set off after having decided on the group chat to eat and spend the afternoon on the beach (20 minutes away by car). Once there, some of the adults have a small, informal meeting to discuss raising children, while the others play with the kids on the beach.

Some families go alone or with others to the mountain, while others book an outdoor activity, such as horse-riding at the ranch, a 2-minute walk away from Kurukan.

In the evening, the families meet again in Kurukan to see the families that have arrived back home. They gather in the reception area to make plans for the following day.

A group of families decides to have dinner in Kurukan, while the rest go home. At the end of the day, some of the families meet at the chiringuito for a drink, while the children play nearby on the football pitch among the orange trees.

For the next day, a group of adults has used the group chat to organise a gathering to work on non-violent communication, while another suggests meeting in the evening to dance on the beach or at the chiringuito. A trip to the mountain has been organised for the children, with a picnic included. Meanwhile, some of the families have booked a carpentry workshop in the Kurukan space.

The Kurukan Spaces

The Kurukan spaces are free-choice areas where both adults and children alike can experiment. They give us the chance to share our day-to-day lives and fulfil our own needs.

piscina Kurukan

Swimming pool

Swimming, exploring, playing as pirates or fish… Anything can happen with the natural gift of water.

Kitchen

The Kurukan outdoor kitchen will be a place for gathering, cooking, and eating at any time of day.

Around the fire

The magic of fire. Everyone gathers around the element to talk the night away, cook, savour the moment, or simply relax in the warmth, colour, and flickers. A magical place to gather.

Symbolic play area

This space is composed of a small restaurant (with kitchen and tables) and intimate play areas, such as the tepee and the wooden playhouse. There are thousands of options for children here. An endless range of experiences mix and merge to help them organise their worlds.

Construction space

This space can be used for various activities, without the need of a workshop coordinator. We can carry out experiments with numbered blocks, knit and sew, craft with plaster, and build with natural elements.

Library space

A quiet place where we can read, listen, tell stories, and search for information on interesting topics.

Music space

A place to help us connect with others through another, readily-available option for play. Expressing ourselves and communicating through this medium is another unforgettable chance for growth and learning.

Additional activities

The following activities are not included in the price of the gathering, but can be booked individually or in groups.

  • Climbing
  • Horse-riding
  • Circle time
  • Hiking
  • Diving
  • Surfing
  • Making paella
  • Cooking
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Bike-riding
  • Drum circle
  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • Paddle-boarding

Accommodation

There are different prices for each type of accommodation. You can find a list below:

  • Organising accommodation yourself (but with access to Kurukan)
  • Camping (2 km to Kurukan)
  • Room
  • House or apartment

Prices

The price of workshops week is €560 per family (not including accommodation), regardless of the number of members. This allows access to the four daily workshops during the seven days. In other words, each workshop comes to €25.

To use the Kurukan space, the price is €70 per family, per week. The payment for the Kurukan space is included in the €560 price for the workshops week.

As for accommodation, the cost is also calculated by family (regardless of the number of members), and depends on the type of accommodation and length of stay.

The price of houses and apartments varies between €300 to €350 per week or €800 to €900 per month. Single rooms are €200 to €250 per week or €600 to €700 per month.

The night in the camping costs 9€ including 2 people, +1.5€ for each extra person. If you are staying longer than 3 weeks (21 días), the price goes down to 7€ per night, 1.5€ for each extra person. You have to add the payment for the Kurukan space. This means, if a family with 4 people is staying for 2 weeks they will pay 308€ (168€ camping + 140€ Kurukan).

Please send us the form in the next section so we can send you a quote with a fixed price for your time with us (the prices vary considerably and depend on your needs and the accommodation that is available at the time of request).

Note: the prices do not include meals or additional activities (such as climbing, horse-riding, etc.)

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of the options available:

Example 1: Attend the full workshops week (price: €560) and spend either two weeks or the entire month in a single room.

Example 2: Attend the full workshops week (price: €560) and spend two weeks in an individual house with a pool, and one week camping in a tent.

Example 3: Skip the workshops week and spend three weeks in a shared house with another family.

Example 4: Skip the workshops week and spend two weeks in a small house, and one week in a caravan.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I bring pets?
It depends on the accommodation, since this is organised with landlords. If you wish to bring pets, please let us know as soon as possible.

Pets will not be allowed in the Kurukan space, since this is for workshops and will be busy with people and activities.

Can I bring my children to the adult workshops?
This depends on their age and interests. There is no problem if the child personally wants to participate (if they are interested in the topic). They can also come if they need to be with their parents, but children must not disrupt the workshop.
Are meals included?
No, meals are not included in the price, although you can always use the Kurukan outdoor kitchen.
About languages
The organisers of the gathering speak Spanish, English, and German. The families that come to the gathering will also mostly speak Spanish, English, or German (although there are no official numbers yet).

Most of the workshops will be in Spanish, but for family workshops, language will not be a problem, since the activities involved are more practical. In the conversations for adults, the language will be Spanish, and translation will be organised depending on the audience.

The work groups for adults will be organised depending on the languages of the attendees.

What will the communication between families be like?
There are still no specific numbers of families that speak Spanish, or any other languages. So far, approximately 40% of the families interested do not speak Spanish, i.e., they speak English or German.
How can we integrate if we hardly speak Spanish?
The organisers encourage the families to come to the gathering, even if they don’t speak Spanish. There will be more than enogh possibilities to make connections, regardless of language. There are many activities planned where families can collaborate without speaking a common language.
Can I use the gathering as a place to learn Spanish, English, or German?
Of course. If children and adults are interested, they can use the gathering to learn other languages.

Languages are learned most effectively from experience and when there is a real need.  This is the best context to practise in.

Am I allowed to lead a conversation?
Not during the workshops week, but there are opportunities for attendees to freely offer conversations and services. The organisers will make sure the content is in line with the philosophy and criteria of the gathering.
Can I come to part of the workshops week?
In principle, no.
My partner can only come for the weekends. Is that possible, and how much would it cost?
The price is per family, and the number of attendees doesn’t matter. Single-parent families are perfectly welcome to come, although bear in mind that there is no childcare service.
Is there internet?
There is internet in the town square and in the Kurukan space. In the accommodation, it varies. If internet is important for you, please mention this on the form.
Can very young children come (under 2 or 3 years old)?
Of course young children are welcome.
Will the gathering be held again?
The Worldschool Village will definitely be held again. We just don’t know where yet 🙂
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