Do you love adventures in learning, creating, community, and using your talents to make a difference?

And trying to notice and kindle sparks of joy along your journey?

Me, too!

Whether exploring self-directed learning to unschool, homeschool, or to recapture the joy of learning while navigating life’s ups and downs,  don’t worry, you’re not alone! 

Myth Busting:

  • Learning only counts if experts tell us what and when to learn or grades us or tests us.
  • Learning is only about academic subjects.
  • Learning only happens during limited times of days or years of your life.

Are you awake at night wondering:

“What are my options?   How do you choose?  How do you start?     Can I/they really learn enough?”

Take a breath, because you have options, you can learn and so can they. 

And you can choose to embrace learning as a lifelong adventure.

Wishing you well on your adventures and learning journey,


Lisa Nalbone is a teacher, writer, and community activist. Always curious and learning from her mistakes, Lisa creates and shares what she learns while asking hard questions, trying new things, and doing what matters.


Longwinded Bio:

Throughout her life, Lisa Nalbone has used self-directed, experiential, and connected learning to overcome challenges, create opportunities for personal and professional growth, and to design a life path of meaning and joy.

Lisa discovered early on that challenging assumptions, taking responsibility for learning beyond the limits of a classroom, connecting with mentors + resources, and embracing creativity are keys to transformation and success. Told that college was not for someone like her, she graduated with honors as a first-generation scholarship student from Duke University.

Setting out to explore the world, she quickly learned that degrees don’t define success and not all jobs are fulfilling. She struggled with real lifelong learning tasks: defining success in accordance with one’s values and finding one’s path within the greater community.

Exploring her interests in peace, social justice, and non-violence, she found that learning by doing in the service of community and the willingness to learn from anyone enriched her life and illuminated the path.

Lisa took her learning into the classroom, flipping the model from coercion to choice and sparking students’ drive to learn while she facilitated their skill development. She strengthened her belief in the importance of self-directed learning while homeschooling and  then unschooling. She gained new insights about learning as lifelong while caregiving during her mother’s learning journey with ALS.

Lisa conducts workshops and talks based on the self-directed learning strategies from her LifeSPARKS Guide and Workbook to help those in transition or who may be questioning their current circumstances or life path. Whether deciding about college or what to do after college, finding oneself between careers, experiencing shifting roles as a parent, or taking on unexpected or uncertain tasks as a caregiver—all can find meaningful and effective ways to embrace their challenges as adventures in learning.