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Unschool Adventures / New Zealand 2013
Unschool Adventures / Spain 2018
Unschool Adventures / Argentina Semester 2017
Unschool Adventures / New Zealand 2016
Unschool Adventures / Adventure Semester 2015
Unschool Adventures / Nepal 2014

Hi, I’m Blake.

Welcome to my home on the web.

Me in 10 Seconds

I’m an advocate for self-directed learning.

I write, speak, podcast, and build things online.

Since 2008 I’ve taken teenagers on life-changing trips through my company Unschool Adventures.

California native. Heavily traveled. Mountain lover.

Me in 10 minutes? See my About page.

2018 Speaking Tour

This fall I’m giving a new talk entitled “Yes, You Can Quit Traditional High School and Everything Will Be Okay.” Come say hi.

Email Newsletter

Each month I send one thoughtfully crafted newsletter to 4500+ followers, sharing my favorite education-related links. Browse the archives and sign up below.


I interview fascinating people from the worlds of alternative and experiential education on my podcast, Off Trail Learning. Find new episodes on iTunesSoundcloud, or your preferred app.

Side Projects

Launchpad (2017): a 3-week, email-based workshop for self-directed learners ages 14-21, all about getting stuff done

The Way of Adventure (2017): a free online course for adventurous young people

How to Live Nowhere (2017): a free online book about nomadic living, written for twenty- and thirty-somethings

Off-Trail Learning (2016): a free resource website for teenagers, young adults, and parents considering alternative

The Unschool Adventures Guide to Online Travel Fundraising (2012): a free guide to crowdfunding for travel adventures

New Videos

In 2018 I published four short original videos about topics close to my heart. View them below or on Facebook.

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