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 helps young adults become more self-directed.

My mission is to help young people discover self-directed learning and begin to take charge of their educations, careers, and lives.

I’ve published three books, led teenagers on adventures across South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal (through my company Unschool Adventures), and appeared on The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, and Fox Business.

Here are some of my big projects in 2015 and beyond:

  • producing a podcast on what it means to get a “real education”
  • running a 10-week Adventure Semester for 22 teens
  • running a 6-week New Zealand trip for 11 teens
  • developing an online “crash course” for self-directed teens

At home, I’m a passionate trail runner, backpacker, and traveler. I enjoy living close to the wilderness and getting outside each day.

Learn more by browsing my bioarticlesvideos, and personal goal list. Join my author mailing list to get updates and two copies of my books for free. You can also ask me pretty much anything .

Blake Boles is 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

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 My Latest Books

The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Better Than College

From the Blog

Liam Nilsen on the Endor Initiative

10349132_10103761336643023_7614542957778353679_nOn episode 17 of the Real Education Podcast I interview my good friend Liam Nilsen, founder of the Endor Initiative, an innovative program for self-directed teens that I helped him get off the ground in Asheville, North Carolina.

We discuss how Endor is different from a school, how the program has evolved with input from participants, the politics of video games in group spaces, and the mysterious origin of the name.