Hi, I'm Blake.

I help young adults challenge themselves, feel engaged, and become better self-directed learners.


Blake Boles | Author PortraitI’m an author, educator, adventurer, and entrepreneur who loves helping young people challenge themselves and connect with each other.

I’ve published three books, led groups of teenagers across South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal (through my own company), founded a social network, and appeared on The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, and Fox Business.

Now I’m running a 10-week “Adventure Semester” for teens in Fall 2015 (priority application deadline: March 15th) in anticipation of building an ongoing semester program in rural Northern California.

Outside of my professional life, I’m a passionate trail runner, backpacker, and international traveler. I love finding a little bit of wilderness each day.

To learn more, please browse my bioarticlesblog posts, videos, personal goal list . Join my author mailing list to stay in the loop on my work and projects (and get free goodies).

The Blake Boles I’m aware of as an author, a long-distance walker, a foreign traveler, a mountain climber, and many other worthwhile things seems like exactly the person to learn from in a leadership program. He’s open-minded, interested in everything, courageous, and passionately committed to individual development. I would expect good things to happen for young people who had the good fortune to hang out with Blake for a while.

– John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction

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The Art of Self-Directed Learning

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From the Blog

Interview with John Taylor Gatto

You need experience, adventure, and explorations more than you need algebra!

- John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto is massively important to me. His book A Different Kind of Teacher shook me to the core, convincing me quit studying science in college and dive head-first into the world of alternative education.

In 2007 I first met John in person at a homeschooling conference, after which I enjoyed a few conversations over fax (his preferred communication tool). In 2010, at another homeschooling conference, we had a beer together. Every time I’ve interacted with the man I’ve more deeply admired his wit, humor, depth of knowledge, and passionate communication style.

In 2011 John suffered a stroke and retreated from the limelight. But as Pat Farenga reports, he’s now doing better, has a new website, and will re-release his massive Underground History of American Education later this year. (I appreciate Pat, Jerry Mintz, and Barb Lundgren for supporting John during his recovery, promoting his medical donation fund, and helping me communicate with him.)

After hearing of his recovery, I reached out to John to ask a few questions about his “guerrilla curriculum”—a term he coined to describe his method of providing a real education to his students as a NYC schoolteacher—as I’m currently deep in thought about how to structure my upcoming residential program for teens. He kindly wrote back, and I’m reposting his full response here. Continue Reading