Natalie Hammerquist: Herbalist, Activist, and Life-Long Learner

1. What were you like in high school? I had a tendency to throw myself at things with 100% tenacity and passion, and a hunger for the truth. I was adamant about doing things my way. I declared myself a … Continue reading

Starting things and doing what you say you will do

Having a network of like-minded individuals is great. Not only is there an abundance of resources and support, but a lot of the time there will be kernels of media that just remind me that this is what I want … Continue reading

The Social Justice Zine is Here!

I didn’t make an announcement on here because I was carried wistfully away to the tumblr world where I was trading and learning about more zinesters and DIY craft people. So the people of tumblr know about my social justice … Continue reading

The search for cameras is never-ending

Craigslist… Amazon…Google Checkout…Craigslist… The search continues on since last week when I finally raised enough money for a professional camera for my documentary project in China. I wanted something light, good depth of field, and manual focusing. Manual focusing and … Continue reading

The alternative education route

Joining the UnCollege movement has really opened my eyes to the many resources that are available to people, students, and life learners. I’m currently working with The Alternative Education Resource Organization after checking out their site and sharing my story.

I could possible by speaking at the A.E.R.O. conference in Portland at the beginning of August. From China, of course, I was seriously debating coming back early because… it’s Portland! All the creative people live there. And also, the conference sounds like a great opportunity to share ideas and possibly get more volunteers for the Global Education Partnership. Actually getting people up and moving, that’s what it’s about. Do more than exist is not just a cute little saying – it’s something that really is the driving force for projects.

This is why The BellaVie promotes that ideal – if anyone has an idea that gets others to contribute and decrease world suck (yes, I did just quote the Vlogbrothers) they are using the phrase “Do More Than Exist.” A.E.R.O. has been a stepping stone in realizing that there are other like-minded people that believe in shifting educational paradigms. It’s full of resources, book reviews, and accounts of unschoolers and fellow uncollegians like myself. Take your education into your own hands. We have more resources available to us today than we did when the model of education was started back in the day.