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Share, learn, grow, support — and transform your family life

$18 / month

Invest in your parenting, and yourself. Join our private community of friendly parents from around the world. Grow and share your homeschooling journey across Chat, Q&A, Zooms, Resources, expert-led MasterClasses, and a wonderful Book Club.

Monthly Membership
$18 / month
Renews every month. Cancel anytime.

1-Year Membership
$180 / year (2 months free)
Renews every 12 months. Cancel anytime.

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Become a member

$18 / month
$180 / year

“Home schooling offers you and your children the opportunity to grow, discover yourselves, and live a life that’s truly your own. I want to help you do that.”
— Issy, Stark Raving Dad

As a Writer and Podcaster, Issy’s insights on childhood education and the life without school have touched millions of people around the world.

“I would have saved myself lots of dollars and stress if I had had this at the start of our home ed journey.”

Jude, South Africa

Included in your membership:

A supportive community

Find connection and learn from other like-minded parents at different stages of their journey.

Questions? Get answers

Join a Zoom with Issy and a friendly group of parents, and have your burning questions answered and discussed in a safe, respectful space. These calls are recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can still tune in later.

Book Club

This is a new initiative hosted by our community friend Nicole, a book lover and life-long learner. The first book we’re reading together is The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud PhD & Ned Johnson.

A Masterclass / Special Guest, every month

Enjoy a Masterclass that will help you learn and grow as a parent, or connect with a home schooling thought-leader over a friendly Zoom.

Valuable resources

Forget the endless Googling, and go straight to lists of books, apps, media, podcasts and educational resources you can trust – for both you, and your children.

Friendly and inclusive

People choose a life without school for ALL kinds of reasons. Why is this important? In the words of community member Jeanene from Idaho: “The journey of discovery never ends and every voice matters immensely. I am excited to hear all of the varied perspectives, observations and experiences here!”

Here’s feedback from parents like you:

“I can just feel my level of anxiety melting. I really appreciate everything that’s being shared.”

Briana, USA

“I love hearing everyone’s stories and learning from the successes and struggles that are different than my own. Hearing everyone’s voices and seeing everyone’s faces is so nice.”

Nicole, USA

“Having the chance to bounce ideas around and ask questions live was so very valuable.”

Crystal, USA

“Even if we are not all taking the exact same approach, I felt that this space was welcoming and judgment-free.”

Elizabeth, USA

“Sometimes all it takes is knowing someone else is in the same situation, facing the same predicaments, and that you are not alone.”

Nicole, New Zealand

“I loved all the conversations as they either related to us now with a 9 year old, or were where we are heading with a teenager.”

Lisa, New Zealand

“The opportunity to ask all my questions and receive thoughtful and individualized feedback was truly priceless.”

Bethany, USA

Common Questions

Is Stark Membership right for me?

Stark Membership is for parents who believe that childhood needs to be redefined, and who are ready to lean into their children’s education and development to help them become the best version of themselves.

If you’re looking to grow in your role as a home schooling parent, and want connection and support from like-minded parents, then Stark Membership is for you.

Will I fit in? I’m a Classic Homeschooler / Unschooler / Charlotte Mason / Eclectic Schooler / World Schooler / Something Different!

We understand you’re passionate about your flavor of home education. And, we’re also open to whatever you bring to the table. We operate a judgment-free space of mutual respect. We’re keen to have as much diversity as possible, in part because it gives us all the opportunity to learn more about home education in general.

From Issy’s podcast, The Life Without School, you’ll know that he’s an unschooler. But even within that group, there’s a spectrum of practise and approach.

We believe that every parent, child and family is unique, and we welcome everyone not taking a typical school-based approach.

Will I get to talk to Issy (StarkRavingDad)?

Issy hosts the Zooms and hangs out in the forum, but this does not guarantee he’ll answer your questions. And because Membership is only a few dollars a month, he simply can’t offer 1:1 support. If you are interested in personal coaching with Issy, we have a separate offering you can learn more about here.

I really need help with my problems! What support will I get?

If you, or a member of your family, are experiencing issues in terms of mental or physical health, relationships, learning and development, or something else, we recommend you seek professional help.

The Community is a group of parents offering advice and support to one another. But it is absolutely not a professional counselling or therapy service of any kind.

In becoming a Member, you agree to have reasonable expectations. Any form of support or advice you receive is at the discretion of the individual giving it, and no Community Member, Moderator or Administrator is under any personal or legal obligation to you whatsoever.

How much time will it take?

We get it! You’re a busy parent. You can use the discussion forum as much or as little as you like — it’s completely up to you.

The optional Weekly Zooms run for an hour, once a week. They’re also recorded, so you can watch them at a time that suits you.

What time of the day are the Zooms?
  • The Zooms start at 08:00am GMT, and 07:00 pm GMT on a Monday/Sunday (depending where you are in the world).
  • The Zooms are recorded so you can watch them at a time that suits you.

Timezones are tricky! There are two Zooms a fortnight, and we try and time it so that everyone around the world gets a chance to tune in. This means we run one Zoom for United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand – and another for United States and South Africa.

Between timezones, your life and ours, I’m afraid we cannot guarantee that there will be a Zoom that is convenient for you. That said, the calls are so much fun we think they’re worth the late night, or early morning.

What if I want to cancel my Membership?

Of course we hope you don’t! We’re working hard to make the Community valuable for home schoolers, and well worth the investment of your time and money.

That said, you can cancel your membership’s automatic renewal at any time. To do so:

  1. Visit the My Account page on this website.
  2. Click Subscriptions.
  3. Click the View button next to your subscription.
  4. On the following page, click the Cancel button.

That’s it! If you get stuck at all please email Alan for help.