About Me

Author, educator, entrepreneur, world traveler, self-directed learning advocate, trail runner. Currently working on building a semester program for teens and a DIY Master’s.

Quick Bio

Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed LearningBetter Than College, and College Without High School.

Blake and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, Fox Business, Ignite, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of The Wall Street Journal and Wired.com.


In 2003 Blake was studying astrophysics at UC Berkeley when he stumbled upon the works of John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, and other alternative education pioneers. Deeply inspired by the philosophies of unschooling, Blake custom-designed his final two years of college to study education full-time. After graduating he joined the Not Back to School Camp community and began writing and speaking widely on the subject of self-directed learning.

In his previous lives, he has worked as a high-volume cook, Aurora Borealis physics researcher, delivery truck driver, math tutor, outdoor science teacher, EMT medic, summer camp director, market researcher, web designer, and windsurfing and tree climbing instructor. He keeps a running goal (and failure) list. His biggest passion is sharing his enthusiasm and experience with young adults who are blazing their own trails through life. He is 32 years old.

Where to Find Me Online

I post often on Facebook, where you can follow me publicly.

tweet and blog at unpredictable intervals.

blake-desk-smallI send major updates about my writing and projects to my author mailing list every few months. I also give away some of my published work for free. You should be on it.

Recent Published Work

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My Crowdfunding Campaigns


A Few Passions
A Few People I Admire




(This is by no means an exhaustive list.)

A Few People To Whom I’m Indebted

(This is also not an exhaustive list.)

Photo: Nicholas Walker