Victoria Unschooling Project

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  • Last updated: January 18, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: June 16, 2018

Mission Statement

The Victoria Unschooling Project is a community of unschooling families living outside of Victoria BC, Canada. We’re pro-vaccination, screen-positive, body-positive, LGBT-positive, and pro-childrens’ rights. Our primary motivation is to create a childrens’ paradise, in which our kids can play freely with each other and enjoy their childhoods, and where adults united in a shared belief of peaceful parenting can make friends and build community.

Community Description

Unschooling families with school-aged children and younger are warmly invited to join a new intentional community close to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, BC. We’re looking at places 20 minutes’ driving distance to downtown Victoria, and invite unschooling families to join in and help steer the project. We’ll build houses on the land (or rent or buy nearby), and have a main building on the land to provide a communal space for an unschool and a community kitchen, and extra units on the land could be used to host prospective community members, worldschoolers, and other guests.

We currently run a weekly unschooling meet-up in Beacon Hill Park every Wednesday, and an annual unschooling family camping trip every June in Goldstream provincial park. Email us, or check out our Facebook for details.

What we are:

We’re people who believe that community is good for humans, and that kids needs space and time to play with other kids. We buy our food from shops, travel and go to restaurants, enjoy films and TV and games. No cult here, no eco-hippie ideals about growing everything we eat, we’re not trying to disappear from society or prepare for the apocalypse. We’re just a small co-housing of friends communally raising our free-range kids together.

We are unschoolers. We believe that children will flourish if given space to pursue their own interests in their own ways, and we will commit to creating a space in which they can be free to play, explore and learn at their own pace.

We are body-positive. We believe that children (and adults) can be trusted to choose for themselves what to do with their bodies: what to eat, when to sleep, how to exercise, and so on. While individual families may make their own agreements regarding food, meals, and bedtimes, we do not police the choices of other children and adults. We acknowledge that some people are disabled; we acknowledge that some people are fat; we acknowledge that all states of the body are morally neutral. In short: we don’t police kids’ eating, we don’t fat-shame people, and we don’t go around telling people sugar causes cancer.

We are screen-positive. We believe that children (and adults) can be trusted to choose for themselves what to do with their time, and moderate their own hobbies, interests, and learning methods. While individual families may have their own agreements regarding screen usage, we will not be asking other adults to police our own kids’ screen use timings. And high speed Internet for all!

We strive to be interesting, and interested. Our wishlists for learning and hobby spaces on the land include: a veg patch, a craft and making space, a music studio, a quiet library space, and a den for video gaming. We will also take part in the local unschooling and homeschooling community: we will organise outings to museums, farms, aquariums, forests, makerspaces, and other places of interest and learning.

What we are not:

We’re not big on drug and alcohol use, but not huge haters either. We believe kids shouldn’t have to deal with drunk/high jerks, and if getting wasted/high several times a month is your idea of fun, then we probably won’t get along.

We are not an eco-commune. We will not be growing significant quantities of our own food, nor will we be setting up any kind of community farm. The main reason for this is because we have lives, and hobbies, and we want to spend time with our children, and buying food from a store gives us time to do those things. Also our children roam free about the land and large quantities of land given over to crops, fenced off as inaccessible, or dangerous farming equipment on the land will all hinder this. If it is important to you to grow a significant quantity of your own food, or to have access to large-scale industrial farming equipment, this may not be the community for you.

We are not a sustainability-focused commune. While recycling is lovely, we acknowledge that 80% of pollution comes from industrial waste, and we strive to keep our own sustainability interests small-scale and unstressful. There will be meat-eating, use of disposable diapers, and imperfect recycling practices going on in the community. If you’re looking to absolutely minimise your carbon footprint, this may not be the commune for you.

We are not a vegan commune. We expect families to take responsibility for their food needs in their independent housing units, and what families choose to eat is their concern. We will be running a large community dinner a couple of times a week, and this will not be vegan by default (we hope, instead, that there will be several options.) If it is important to you that other members of your community are vegan, this may not be the commune for you.

The Victoria Unschooling Project is vaccination-positive and science-positive; this is not negotiable; if your family are anti- vaccination, there is no place for you here.

We are not going to be living on a building site. If you can construct your own tiny house in a couple of weeks, go for it. If not, get a professional to do it. There will be no rusting automobiles on blocks, no half-constructed buildings, no mud pits where a house may someday be built.

We are not trying to live money-free. We have jobs, either working in Victoria or working online. We want to be able to collectively invest in playgrounds and fun stuff for our kids, enjoy good food, and travel. If you’re broke and have no interest in work, or you want to live a cashless existence, then our bourgeois values will likely leave you unhappy.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    drop us an email, we’ll take it from there.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    drop us an email, we’ll take it from there.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Vaccinate.

Keywords

unschooling, digital nomads, worldschooling