Meet some of our 2014 Speakers :
Peggy O'Mara - Keynote
Peggy O'Mara was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. In 1995, she founded mothering.com and was its Editor-in-Chief until 2012. Peggy's books include: Natural Family Living, Having a Baby Naturally, and A Quiet Place. She has presented at Omega Institute, Esalen, Bioneers and La Leche League International. She is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting International, Best for Babies, Holistic Moms, Infant Massage USA, Intact America, and Oak Meadow. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of two. Peggy has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 28 years.
An internationally renowned advocate of natural parenting, Peggy writes and speaks on a vast range of timeless and contemporary issues—from the practical to the philosophical, from preconception to adolescence:
Embracing a conscious, conscientious pregnancy
Natural childbirth, homebirth, and midwifery
Healthful eating for the whole family—and balanced attitudes toward food and diet
Alternative health care for children, including homeopathy, bodywork, herbal remedies, and aromatherapy
Family matters: from discipline issues to home entertainment
Uses and abuses of television, computers, and video games
Approaches to sexuality
Homeschooling and alternative education
For 20 years now, Sandra Dodd has been involved in learning more about the potential of unschooling to improve lives. With two books, weekly chats, a daily-inspiration blog and a blog, the ideas are shared in all directions. Sandra is a former English teacher whose other jobs have all involved words, ideas and learning, and whose avocation is helping other parents find ways to live more richly and peacefully with their children.Sandra maintains an online collection of writings, notes, examples, and great quotes collected from over 15 years of online discussions. Sandra's unschooling website is here: SandraDodd.com.
Wes Beach has 50 years' experience in education. He spent 32 years in public and private schools as a teacher in grades K-14 and as the director of several alternative education programs. He is currently Director of Beach High School, a private high school that offers a wide variety of alternatives to traditional schooling. Some BHS students skip a substantial part of high school and enter college or trade schools, go to work, start businesses, travel, engage in independent learning and pursue unique creative endeavors. Others put together high school programs that include formal coursework, self-teaching, study with tutors, work, distance learning, volunteering, travel and inventive projects. Wes has served on the board of the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) and is at present the Teen Adviser for both HSC and the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF).