Welcome to My Reflection Matters Village

Where education, healing, & liberation intersect.

Special Announcement!

The Village is turning two! This means all of our exclusive content and events hosted inside our private memberships will be open to the public inside our main Network for all of August. Here is what you’ll get a taste of…

❤️FREE COURSE to support those of you wanting to start up your own self-directed learning Cooperative that centers liberation and affirms BIPOC folx.

❤️LIVE CHATS with liberation leaders re-imagining education and/or parenting outside conventional norms.

❤️CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE RESOURCES to help you create a learning environment that not only supports self-directed learning but also affirms and normalizes BIPOC intersecting identities.

❤️COMMUNITY & SUPPORT for majority BIPOC folx wanting to dive deep into self-directed education.

To get in, hit REQUEST TO JOIN above to start registering for our free events!


The first 10 BIPOC members that apply and get accepted will get FREE access to Akilah's course,

From Schoolish to Self-Directed:
5 Beliefs to Practice + 7 Traps to Avoid
for Confident Self-Directed Education at Home

Co-learning for Liberation is our virtual co-learning community for caregivers whose families have opted out of traditional education and are walking the path of liberated, self-directed education (SDE). Members at this level get to...

  • Build community with other caregivers navigating self-directed education (We intentionally keep the space majority BIPOC).
  • Receive direct support from me (Chemay)! I've been unschooling with my kids all their lives and I also co-founded a SDE co-op in our local community. Prior to that, I have nearly 20 years experience working as an anti-racist educator and have much to share about my ongoing transition from schoolishness to liberated education. Direct support includes...
    • monthly community support (Zoom) calls
    • weekly check-in posts and
    • personal reflections, tips, and ideas I share frequently in my current unschooling journey.
  • Participate in private, exclusive events created by me and other Co-learning members (that includes you if you choose to do so!).
  • Co-create customized, learning experiences with other families in our virtual cooperative.
  • Discounted rates on liberation-centered courses offered by me and our partners here in our Village Network.
  • FREE access to I.O.T.A. (It's Okay to Ask), which is a live, interactive, quarterly video segment that explores parenting through modeling ways to integrate partnership-based approaches into our parenting practice through open conversation between a mother and daughter (Alexa & Maleka Diggs) on a wide range of topics. This special partnership with Eclectic Learning Network is offered at a donation-based rate just for our co-learning for liberation members!
  • FREE access to our Decolonizing Education village membership and all of the benefits there. 

Our Mission & Values

At MRM Village, we value...

Our mission is to cultivate a virtual co-learning community that provides the conversations, supports, resources, and healing necessary for educators and caregivers wanting to transition into self-directed learning and living. At MRMV, we value...

  • Liberation- We are in the practice of liberation. We believe in the power of the people on the ground who are most directly impacted by oppression to be able to build new systems and institutions that will center our humanity, value our gifts, identify our needs, and, ultimately, liberate us. We are not in the practice of reducing the harm that is caused by institutions and systems that are rooted in oppressive, white supremacist beliefs and practices designed to produce inequities and injustice in the very communities our society has witnessed harm against. Harm reduction--which is very necessary--is equity work; however, equity work, alone, will not transform systems. 
  • Co-learning- We define co-learning as the idea that learning is a life-long journey and that it happens in a community anywhere at any time. We recognize our children's learning experiences are not separate from our own nor do they always happen in isolation from us. We believe parenting and education evolve when we take a collective, inter-generational approach to learning. 
  • Community- We don't believe in transactional relationships as it takes a village to raise free people. It is through collective living and learning that we believe our parenting evolves and our children's learning expands. Relationships drive our work. We aim to create a space where we take on a democratic approach and center families as the key decision-makers of their educational learning paths. We firmly believe that through community, critical consciousness can be developed, supported, and passed on to our families. Critical consciousness is the "ability to fight back against the norm--both in direct action and psychologically" (Juarez, E., p. 36, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.). It is a privilege we aim to cultivate and nurture in our Village in community with each other.
  • Intuition-Led Learning or Self-Directed Education- Because liberation is our goal, this means we choose not to follow the rules of white supremacy. Unlike the standardization approach white supremacy has a history of using as a tool to oppress and divide the "haves from the have nots", we believe in trusting the human body's intuition to lead the learning it needs for the life a person chooses to live. We imagine our virtual space as a place where families are able to access the resources they need to help them remember what their bodies were designed to do so that they may live their free-ist life ever. Intuition-led learning (Chemay's word) is not new as this is how our ancestors learned. This practice is most often referred to today as Self-Directed Education (SDE); however, while we believe, like in SDE, that learning is guided by the individual learner, we also believe that our ancestors and the energy of this earth guide what we need to learn through intuition. We do not separate these two. According to the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, SDE "is education that derives from the self-chosen activities and life experiences of the person becoming educated, whether or not those activities were chosen deliberately for the purpose of education...[SDE] can include organized classes or lessons, if freely chosen by the learner; but most self-directed education does not occur that way. Most self-directed education comes from everyday life, as people pursue their own interests and learn along the way. The motivating forces include curiosity, playfulness, and sociability—which promote all sorts of endeavors from which people learn. Self-directed education necessarily leads different individuals along different paths, though the paths may often overlap, as each person’s interests and goals in life are in some ways unique and in some ways shared by others." 
  • Peaceful Parenting- We center parenting practices that support healthy child development by intentionally disrupting generational trauma passed on by oppressive child-rearing tactics (ex, spanking, shaming, yelling, intimidation, coercion, etc.) used to control child behaviors. Peaceful parenting is a returning to the partnership-based parenting practices our ancestors engaged in prior to colonization where children are humanized and seen as equal, cohabitating partners. We recognize many of us enter this space not necessarily knowing how to engage in peaceful parenting, however, eager to learn with and from each other how to transition into this lifestyle as it is a required practice in raising free people. 
  • Life & Love- Our most central core value is love--and naming whose lives we love is critical in our work. While white co-conspirators are welcome into our Village, we are intentional in centering the lives and lived experiences of BIPOC families. We believe in creating a space that nurtures, protects, and supports all of us to express and explore the multiple, intersecting identities we bring to this village, such as ability, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, and socio-economic status to name a few. We believe a space like ours is necessary for normalizing and affirming the lives our society has historically not shown love for.

Who We Serve

Find Out if We're a Fit For You

Our Village Network is for:

  • BIPOC families who have opted out of the schooling system (or realized during COVID they don't want to go back) in search of a more liberated family and educational lifestyle.
  • Educators & school-going families searching for culturally responsive resources and community support to create learning environments that decolonize education and nurture the cultural identities of BIPOC youth.  
  • Revolutionary partners who want to co-create with families and other partners innovative, engaging, inter-generational learning experiences that aim to decolonize and liberate BIPOC without the constraints of grading, standardized testing, teaching certifications, and one-size-fits-all deficit models.
  • While the perspective and needs of BIPOC families are our primary focus, white co-conspirators are welcome to join the group and become active members. However, please know there will be discussions that speak directly to communities of color. As a co-conspirator, we expect that the things we discuss are not criticized and that for the things you may not understand or agree with, you listen and learn.

 Memberships

In order to meet the various needs and entry-level points members are in, regarding liberated education, we have created several options to join our community. Below are the 3 membership types we offer. The image above is a visual of the memberships and what villages members get access to based on their membership type.

1. My Reflection Matters Village Network Membership (FREE!)

Our main MRM Village Network is free for you and free of those wacky Facebook algorithms and ads that prevent authentic community building from happening! Membership into network can be done directly from this page by requesting to join above. Once approved by our team, you will be able to stay in our main network or purchase a paid membership. Members here get access to...

  • Monthly, live chats with leaders and innovators in the SDE movement.
  • Courses to support decolonized, liberation-centered learning and living.
  • Member chat to ask questions and share thoughts related to SDE.
  • MRM CT Home Education Village exclusive for Connecticut BIPOC families and co-conspirators for social justice. 
  • Fare of the Free Child Village to get in on live chats or, "feel trips", to dissect select podcast episodes from F.O.F.C.

  • EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to "It's Okay to Ask" or I.O.T.A. led by Maleka Diggs & Alexa from Eclectic Learning Network. I.O.T.A. is an interactive,
    monthly video segment that explores parenting through modeling ways to integrate partnership-based approaches into our parenting practice through open conversation between a mother and daughter on a wide range of topics. (These sessions are donation-based for Network members only.) 


2. Decolonizing Education Membership (Just $7.99/mth)

This membership is perfect for parents and educators wanting to be part of a virtual community where members collectively share culturally relevant resources, tips, and advice to support decolonized learning at home, school, or any learning space. Members can expect to engage in conversations and events that push them to re-imagine education outside the white, patriarchal, colonial, adult gaze and the traditional system of schooling with the support of Village founder, Chemay, who has nearly 20 years experience serving as an equity and liberation consultant. NOTE: You must be a member of our free, main network in order to purchase this membership. 

Members at this level get...

  • Resources, tips and tools shared or created by Village founder & equity & liberation consultant, Chemay, to support decolonized, self-directed education in your learning space. 
  • Special offers or discounts on culturally responsive educational products, services, as well as courses offered in the Village.
  • Community support to create learning environments that decolonize education and nurture the cultural identities of BIPOC youth.
  • Request help searching for culturally responsive resources and ideas.
  • Unlimited access to our monthly recorded chats with liberation guests & experts.
  • Private monthly group coaching call with Chemay to support your DEI work in your learning space.
  • Private events & meet ups with members and special guests creating liberation centered SDE learning spaces.
  • Access to our private Culturally Responsive Educational Resource Library.

3. Co-learning for Liberation Membership (Sliding Scale)

Our Co-learning for Liberation Membership is our very own private, co-learning community that supports caregivers that have opted out of the traditional system of schooling and have, instead, chosen to take the deep dive into intuitive led or self-directed education (SDE).  NOTE: You must apply to join this membership during open enrollment, which is just twice/year. 

Members at this level get to...

  • Build community with other caregivers navigating self-directed education (We intentionally keep the space majority BIPOC).
  • Receive direct support from me (Chemay)! I've been unschooling with my kids all their lives and I also co-founded a SDE co-op in our local community. Prior to that, I have nearly 20 years experience working as an anti-racist educator and have much to share about my ongoing transition from schoolishness to liberated education. Direct support includes...
    • monthly community support (Zoom) calls
    • weekly check-in posts and
    • personal reflections, tips, and ideas I share frequently in my current unschooling journey.
  • Participate in private, exclusive events created by me and other Co-learning members (that includes you if you choose to do so!).
  • Co-create customized, learning experiences with other families in our virtual cooperative.
  • Discounted rates on liberation-centered courses offered by me and our partners here in our Village Network.
  • FREE access to our Decolonizing Education village membership and all of the benefits there. 

We Are Not a School!

To be clear, our Co-learning for Liberation Village Membership is not a school. In this space, we are revolutionizing education by providing the supports for caregivers to swap control of education, typically controlled by formal institutions, right back into the hands of their children and themselves. We say "back to families", because we believe this type of education is not new. We offer families the support to bypass the current, system of schooling that perpetuates white supremacy and stifles creative, critical thinking and people's innate ability to lead their own learning. While our membership includes the option for caregivers and their children to participate in our virtual cooperative, this is not mandatory nor is it the central component of our services. The main purpose of our membership is to build community and support for majority BIPOC members wanting to engage in SDE.



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