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New podcast: Unschooling and our neurodivergent children

My guest this episode is Naomi Fisher. Naomi is a clinical psychologist and mother of two. Her children were unschooled for six years and now attend a self-directed learning centre. Naomi has just published a wonderful book about self-directed learning, entitled Changing our Minds, which explores the theory and research behind autonomous learning, alongside lots of… Continue Reading →

Learning through dogs

My daughter was never a fan of busy playgrounds. For a couple of years, from when she was around three years old, she preferred the local dog park (we didn’t have a dog). This was essentially a dusty enclosure with a couple of benches and a water fountain, in the centre of the Spanish town… Continue Reading →

Learning to trust myself

I’ve recently begun to feel a deep sense of freedom. My life is much the same as it has been for the last year, with nothing shifting much beyond the changing seasons. I don’t suddenly have extra time on my hands, I haven’t cracked the key to passive income, and I am as weary of… Continue Reading →

What did we do today?

I wonder at our role as parents right now. Without the usual activities going on, and with the additional emotional challenges that lockdown brings our young people, I think that now, more than ever before, our main task is holding the space – understanding when we just need to be present with what is, and… Continue Reading →

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Welcome!

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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