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 and connect with themselves.

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 building a semester program for teenagers, pursuing a DIY Master’s, and working on a few more exciting projects.

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

To learn more, check out my recent articlesblog posts, videos, goal list, upcoming appearances, and bio. 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

Better Than College

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