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Rethinking Everything Conference and Retreat

Rethinking Everything (RE) is a diverse community of re-thinkers from around the globe who challenge conventional views of education, work, parenting, marriage, sex, birth, death, life, etc.!

Our Mission

The re-thinking community is filled with families and individuals who are leading, or on the path to living, a self designed life. Our intention is to hold space for the dialogue, inspiration, and community that fosters transformation.


our history

  • 1993 –Founded by Barb Lundgren and Sarah Jordan, two unschooling moms, who had been hosting day long seminars in Texas libraries and family living rooms on how to understand and begin unschooling. After a few years of experiencing the excitement and liberation from such gatherings, they created a much larger event, bringing together a wide and varied range of families to share, learn, and deeply connect.From the very beginning, RE supported the belief that children are capable of absorbing and using knowledge from our complex world. There is no need for arbitrary structure in parenting or education, such as the use of coercion, rewards, or other behavior modification techniques as motivation. With freedom, respect, and nurturing support, children will display a powerful drive to self-direct their own learning, the result being children who direct their own education and their own futures. Viewed in this way, education becomes a mutual endeavor. It becomes a life-long process of questioning and discovery, a true exploration of self, society, and the larger world. Barb and Sarah went on to create three more annual conferences together.
  • 2000 – After taking what she thought was a permanent hiatus from Rethinking Education, Barb resumed the role of conference producer. But, more and more families pleaded with her to continue creating opportunities for the most fun and engaging week of the year.


  • 2009 – Rethinking Education morphs to Rethinking Everything, although the change is in name alone. RE has always been an everything conference event, which is one reason it has been so loved. The name change clarifies the diverse nature of the event and opens the doors wider for an increased diversity in presentations, activities, and attendees. At the heart of Rethinking Everything is the awareness that the most important way we can affect positive, enlightened change in the world is by rethinking the entire nature of childhood and the environments we create to support the thriving of ourselves, our children, and our families.

What’s next?

Rethinking Everything is proud to announce The 2015 Conference and Retreat to be held from September 3, 2015 to September 7, 2015. The event will be hosted at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4H Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Get pricing and registration info!