Hi, I'm Blake.

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


I’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, and join my author mailing list to get twice-a-month e-mail updates and two digital copies of my books for free.

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

Patrick Farenga on Self-Directed Learning

Patrick FarengaOn episode 19 of the Real Education Podcast I interview Patrick Farenga, the president of HoltGWS and co-author of Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling.

Pat is a long-time—perhaps one of the longest-time!—advocates of homeschooling, unschooling, and self-directed learning, and we share a high-energy conversation about the legacy of John Holt (the educator and critic who coined the word “unschooling” and started Growing Without Schooling magazine), how Pat became involved with John Holt, and how self-directed learning connects to the modern world of work. Enjoy the show!