6-week Mindful Parenting Course

Explore a calmer, more connected way to live. Starting April 13th Mindfulness has been an essential part of my personal journey through parenting and unschooling. I began to practise Zen meditation when my youngest child was born, as a way to find my ground in the busyness of life with three children and a small…

Here’s to our non-compliant children!

Our society celebrates compliant children. Every parent knows this, particularly if their own child doesn’t rate compliance highly (and I speak from experience). Despite their best efforts, these parents are likely to have felt the critical gaze of people who thought their child was being disrespectful or “naughty”. Even the most generous among us can…

How to facilitate a self-directed learner

A parent recently asked me what kind of online resources I would suggest they get for their 11-year old son. Their child has been out of school for only a few weeks and, in the spirit of embracing self-directed learning, they are keen to make sure he has everything he needs to stay engaged. I…

It’s all making sense now

My oldest son, who is 17, is considering his different options in life right now, in terms of studying and work. In a way, it’s tricky—he has so many diverse interests that the idea of studying or working in one specific area feels limiting. What would happen to all the other things that feel so…


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Hi, I’m Esther Jones, writer, editor, speaker, childbirth educator, and lifelong learner. Welcome to A Place on a Hill, where I share my thoughts and observations about life and learning with my three children, D (15), E (13) and C (8).

For many years, I ran a small publishing company that I founded in Barcelona, Spain. When that came to an end in 2018, we spent two years living in an old house in the hills near Barcelona. There, after years of just dipping our toes in, we finally embraced unschooling and consensual living in all its glory. Since then, my life has been a continual unravelling of everything I had ever taken for granted about children, learning, parenting and myself. This process is sometimes challenging, but always thought-provoking and enriching.

We’re now back in the UK, and enjoying the next part of our journey. I teach Hypnobirthing, enjoy sea swimming, Zen meditation, poetry, bright ideas and feeling inspired.


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