I have just spent three nights camped at beautiful Mt Tambourine in the Gold Coast Hinterland with my four children and a heap of other families who are all natural learning and unschooling. WOW it was so cool.
I feel like I have finally found my community. I might not be able to see everyone very often but just knowing that they are there helps me feel less isolated in the decisions I have made about raising my children.
Most times socially I feel like the odd one out. But for those three precious days camping in the bush I could sit around with other mums and discuss things like elimination communication, unschooling, extended breast feeding etc. My baby could take a pee on the grass without raising eyebrows. I could see other mums speaking kindly and compassionately with their children instead of cringing as they threatened to smack them.
I could watch all these beautiful children playing and learning together and I could learn so much from all the other parents.
The kids had such a great time.
Unfortunately I didn't take any photos, I just kind of got into the moment and chilled out with my kids and awesome women (and men) and played games and passed the time. A couple of times I thought about taking the camera out but didn't want to spoil the moment if you know what I mean.
I just feel so renewed and refreshed after my time away. I also feel like I've gained some Independence, going away by myself with the kids without DP (who had to work)
Can't wait til next years camp.