Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fall 2011 ARGH

Fall 2011 was probably one of the biggest and best ARGHs we've had!!  It's always a treat to have Halloween with tons of unschooling families running around from cabin to cabin, the costumes were awesome and the treats delicious!!  We went back to our original and more affordable 3 night stay on the mountain and boy did we have a turn out!  All the cabins were full of happy unschoolers doing their thing.  We had the usual workshops, ARGHpreneur shop, potluck, talent show and dance (best dance we've had so far with the new sound system and even LIGHTS brought in at the last minute by Dennis Wolf) as well as lots of impromptu gatherings and jam sessions.  There was pumpkin carving, massage, book swaps, henna, juicing, making costumes for dolls, Minecraft group games and Magic the Gathering and much much more!

Fall 2011 Pix

For the Spring 2012 gathering, we will be meeting at a new location!  We're sad to leave behind our beloved Roan Mountain but things change and we evolve and move on.

Spring 2011 ARGH

For the Spring 2011 gathering we tried something new, we added a Saturday night to the event.  This made the costs a bit higher so we had a smaller turn out but we still had an amazing time.  There were lots of games of Magic the Gathering, Crafty things for sale at the ARGHpreneur shop, tons of temporary tattoos, Nerf shield making, teens playing in the kiddie corner with toy animals ;), hanging out in cabins, potlucking, workshops of all kinds, a cabin concert, the talent show, and the dance...just to name a few of the wonderful things we do together at ARGH!!

Spring 2011 Pix

Monday, April 18, 2011

Growth and Change

As we prepare for the Spring 2011 ARGH, I am thinking a lot about past ARGHs and how much the event has grown over the years.  This Spring we added an extra day to the event as so many people had been wanting to spend more time there, unfortunately this added to the costs and made it harder for many people to come.  We really want ARGH to be affordable, so starting in the Fall we will go back to the original 3-night event.

Probably the biggest news this year is that Ren Allen, the founder of ARGH, stepped down and turned it over to Scotty and I and it is now a part of our Bowman Adventures business.  This is her message to everyone:

Growth and change are part of everything and ARGH is no exception! I started this gathering in 2007 inspired by my friend Steve Cooperman and the structure of Bar Camps. It's changed a lot since then, but the spirit of ARGH has remained the same....a gathering of unschoolers and unschool curious where everyone shares their interests and learns freely.

There have been some drastic changes in my life this last year (as most of you already know) and my career and heart are pulling me in many new and exciting directions.

The Bowmans are also experiencing some big and exciting changes, including the growth of their new company "Bowman Adventures". Their lives are taking them further into the unschooling events direction and my life is taking me away from that kind of organizing.

It is a perfect fit, and perfect timing for the Bowmans to take over ARGH as the sole organizers/owners. I am backing out of that role completely but will still be involved/volunteering much as they need me since ARGH will always be near and dear to my heart. :)

You have all made this a wonderful event and I know that it will continue to be a beautiful gathering of new and old friends. I can't wait to see all the amazing things Laura and Scotty create in this world!!!

See you all in May! :)

Much love,

Fall 2010 ARGH

Halloween, get to know ya games, hanging out in rocking chairs, starburst wrapper bracelets, ping pong..ahem, i mean table tennis, new friends, the hangout cabin, tons of workshops and activities, the usual nerf wars, talent show, potluck and dance.  That's ARGH!!!  Fall 2010 Pix

Spring 2010 ARGH

This was probably one of my very favorite ARGHs!!  Spring 2010 Pix

Fall 2009 ARGH

It seems I've let my posting on this blog to get back in the swing of things here are some Fall 2009 Pix