• Important Announcement  

    We are closing permanently in

    mid- July 2024.

    Thank you for all your support and interest. Our Pai Community is like no other.

  • Our

    Unschooling Community

    "Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of the learners"

    - John Holt

  • What We Are

    We Are Not A School, But We Are A Community

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    Consent Based

    We are a learning community where children learn based on consent. We value the theory of self-determination and believe in fully supporting the three main areas of the theory: autonomy, competence, and belonging. Adults and children alike offer workshops, lessons, and activities based on need, want, and curiosity. It's up to each learner to decide what they want to or don't want to engage in.

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    Non-Violent, Co-Regulatory, and Sociocratic

    We believe all emotions are valid and important for a healthy integration of life experiences. And we believe that everyone has a right to be psychologically and physically safe. Because of these beliefs, we use the approach of Non-Violent Communication as an anchor for facilitating conflict resolution which allows us to hold space for all emotions- including uncomfortable ones- while also helping young people find resolution and repair within the community. We anchor our non-judgment in the idea that all behavior is communication and that adults in our space act as co-regulators for the young people in our care. Additionally, we use protocols from Sociocracy as an intentional way to share power and collaboratively make decisions.

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    We offer a mixed-age learning community for children from 3 years old to 13 years old. There are no classes or cohorts. Conventional systems segregate children by age, however, we believe the best learning happens when we're in an authentic community with one another. Peer scaffolding allows each child to find what they need to learn the newest skills they want to acquire. Irregardless of age and with a focus on needs, there are times in the day/week when we responsively gather based on in the moment social-emotional learning needs, language needs, or skill development needs.

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    Focused on Wellbeing and Creative Expression

    Our community is focused on the well-being of every child. As we co-create the meaning of the world around us, we know that there are moments of conflict and confusion. We take pride in knowing that each child and family in our space is cared for in holistic and neurodiversity-affirming ways. We value and provide creative ways to explore who you are and how to communicate your needs through individual mentoring, group explorations, and family support.

  • Who is Our Unschooling Community For?

    Homeschoolers | Unschoolers | Worldschoolers

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    Unconventional Families

    Our community is not a school, therefore, we welcome families who are committed to unconventionally educating their children. We are happy to have our community included in your child's educational plan and are happy to collaborate and be responsive to the needs of your child.

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    Neurodivergent Children & Families

    We value neurodiversity and we have experience working with many neurodivergent children and families. Our unique way of viewing behavior and our understanding of nervous system integration and sensory processing allow us to provide safe and informed care and support to neurodivergent families.

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    Residents & Travellers

    We welcome those who plan to stay in Pai long term as well as those who are passing by on their world schooling journeys. We love the buzz in the air when we meet new friends, no matter how long they stay, however, for a good experience within our community we believe a minimum of 2 weeks is essential.

  • Come Unschool With Us  

    To register your interest to join the Pai Unschooling Community please fill out the interest form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Because we believe in recognizing our capacity to support each family, we generally have a waitlist. But don't worry! Pai is a transient community and spots open up quickly.

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    "A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take away from someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought. We say, in effect, you must think not about what interests and concerns you, but about what interests and concerns us.”

    -John Holt

  • More Information

    Logistics and a bit more about Who We Are

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    Our Facilitators

    Nadia and Min Zaw Win are the main facilitators. Nadia is a parent and credentialed educator and Therapeutic Play trainee. Min Zaw is a parent and is the one the kids call, "their greatest teacher". Along wtih Nadia and Min Zaw are two additional facilitators. The additional facilitators are dependent on the season and who is available to offer creative and needed support for the group. Both Nadia and Min Zaw engage in continued learning and professional development and dialogue in the areas of child development and alternative education.


    Click below to listen/watch their podcast where they share their ideas and experience surrounding self-directed education.


    **Due to world events- particularly the revolution in Myanmar- the podcast has been on hold so we can attend to our family needs, however, you can still listen to episode 1 to hear our own school experiences and how we define Self Directed Education while busting some myths around the concept. In episode 2 you'll hear all the things we love about running a truly mixed-age community- from babies to old ladies! As we make a big transition soon we are hoping to record more episodes to share with you all and to pay homage to our beautiful community.

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    What is Unschooling - to Us?

    Unschooling is a term that can be confusing. Just by its parts one might think it means there's no learning, but we fully believe that school is not the only place where learning happens. Educational psychologist Peter Grey tells us that humans can never not be in a state of learning. We are constantly taking in information from our environment and it's more about what the environment is telling us and how many factors of the optimum conditions for self-directed education are present. In our unschooling community we strive to create an environment that teaches young people that their ideas matter, that their intuition can be trusted, and that relationships with peers and adults can be healthy, meaningful, and joyful. Although our focus is on social- emotional well-being, that doesn't mean that no explicit learning happens. Communication between home and our unschooling facilitators is essential for us to continue to help foster the academic connections that are happening in our space all the time.

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    3 Days a Week

    Our community meets together on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from



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    We value food autonomy and limiting shame around eating. Therefore, we encourage families to pack what works for their child and their family and we actively support each other in not shaming or commenting on each other's meal choices.


    We choose our words wisely when talking about food and use factual language. We do not label food as healthy or unhealthy, but we do have conversations about what different foods do for our bodies AND our minds and acknowledge that this is different for each individual. We have many families who are vegan and many who are not. When cooking takes place we try to include vegan options whenever possible.


    Since we do not provide lunch, we do provide a couple of options for ordering food from local restaurants. Whether you order or pack your child's lunch is entirely up to your needs.

    All food orders are at the family's expense.


    Some children require snack along with lunch so your child is welcome to bring along a snack as well. Lunch is eaten all together, but snack can be had at any point in the day as needed.



  • Community Partnerships

    We are proud and thankful that our first community partnership was with the non-profit, social circus - Spoon Circus! Spoon Circus has a mission to make circus accessible for all while building confidence through play and joy! Spoon Circus joined our unschooling community once a week to offer circus skill-building and collaborated with our young people on many community performances. We attribute much of our community's success to our partnership with Spoon Circus. Thank you for bringing circus into our lives and honoring our self-determination and autonomy while connecting our community.
    Check out the video below to learn more about Spoon Circus and to get a peek into their time with us and how we relate their programming to therapeutic play.
  • Register

    **Please fill out one form for each child. **

    The more information you share with us the better we can support your child.

    In the normal season our community is made up of 20 children from ages 3-13 years old. We value a mix of resident children and traveling families. Availability is determined by age, joining dates, and capacity for supporting various interests and needs. If you are registering more than one child please indicate which child would be the priority if there is only one space available.


    ***We are currently only taking registration for May, June, and July 2024

    We are sad to share that our unschooling space will be closing mid-July 2024, so please do not register if you will arrive in Pai after July 1st

    We are grateful to everyone's interest and support over the past couple years

    I will still offer online Mentoring for children 6+ after July.***

  • Get in Touch

    Not sure if our space is right for you? Let us know your questions and we will get you answers.

    pai airport
    Contact Hours Tuesday/Thursday 9am-5pm