Conference Program

Conference Schedule

The Family Adventure Summit runs from September 1st to 3rd 2017. Scroll down to see our growing list of workshops, discussions, panels, activities, and keynote speeches. 

Each day will begin with keynote speaker presentations in the morning, followed by hour-long workshops. There will be a long lunch break each day. After lunch, there will be a mix of workshops, speaker panels, and “unconference” style discussions where the attendees choose what topics they would like to discuss and we break into small groups for intimate conversations. The evenings will be left open to planned casual events, long conversations over dinner, and impromptu gatherings.

Here is our outline for the flow of the event:

Day 1: Getting Ready!

This day is devoted to all the topics around the preparation for travel.

Day 2: On The Adventure!

On Saturday, we will be talking about the practicalities while on the road. Be inspired by real stories. We’ll also get out together and explore the town of Penticton, in true family travel adventure spirit.

Day 3: From Plan to Action. What Happens After?

Our last day is devoted to making your plans your reality, as well as making travel a meaningful and fulfilling experience for your family, during and afterward!

Speaker Topics

We hope to cover all aspects of long term travel. Logistics, education, location independence, entrepreneurship, money, budgets, single-parent travelers, getting more out of travel, living your truth, dealing with naysayers, staying in contact with friends and family, intuition, and many more!

Check out our Speaker Page for the list of Keynote Speakers and Workshop leaders.

Keynotes

Day 1
01 Sep 2017

Opening Ceremony

This is more than just an orientation. It’s an fun and important session to help connect us together and get a feel for what the Family Adventure Summit is really about, what to expect, and how to make the most of it with your family. You’ll also meet the staff and volunteers and walk away inspired to learn, share, and make new friends.
Brandon Pearce

Dismantling Limiting Beliefs

In this Keynote, Ka will discuss how to dismantle the limiting beliefs that have been imposed on us by society. How can we create a life that is lived on our own terms, be strong in our convictions, and live the life we dream of? What can we do and how can we respond to the people in our lives who may not agree with our lifestyle choices? How can we stay positive through the ups and downs of long-term family travel? Join Ka as he explores his own personal story of living outside of societal norms explains how you can begin to break down your own limiting beliefs.
Ka Sundance
Day 2
02 Sep 2017

The Science of Learning

Unlock the “black box” that is the brain! For centuries, the brain remained a mystery, and any attempt at understanding what happened inside was little more than a guess. Now, with the emergence of new technologies, science has unlocked the box – at least partially. Let’s dive deep inside the brain, and find out what actually happens at the cellular level when we learn. Once we understand the science behind learning, we can tap into that to make our children’s education more effective.
Nancy Sathre-Vogel
Day 3
03 Sep 2017

Secrets of Longterm Family Travel

Dreaming of hitting the road with your kids? Wondering how to make it last more than a semester or a year off? After ten years of nearly full time travel with four kids, Jenn Sutherland-Miller will unpack the secrets of long term family travel, and help you chart a path to a whole new way of living, working, educating and exploring while traveling with kids. From planning, to finances, to logistics and the evolution of family life, she’ll share the keys to sustainability on the road.
Jennifer Miller

How To Live A Great Story

Why are you coming to the Family Adventure Summit? Deep down you want to live a great family story. Great stories have meaning, love, and adventure. Great plots have obstacles the hero or heroine must overcome. Our lives become mundane with too few challenges to face and too little meaning in our daily activities, no matter where we are on the globe. On his own at age sixteen, Greg spent a few hard years hungry, lonely and depressed. Today he’s happily married and the father of seven children. As a family, they’ve traveled for the last 10 years to 33 countries on 5 continents. The driving force behind his life transformation has always been, how do I live a great story? His story will inspire you to live yours.
Greg Denning

Workshops

Day 1
01 Sep 2017

Creating An Online Ethical Business

In this session, Ka will explore how to make a living sharing your passion with the world, so you can create more meaning in your life and time with your children.
Ka Sundance

Panel Discussion – Entrepreneurship

While there are many ways to fund long-term family travel, starting your own business is a popular choice amongst digital nomads. This panel discussion will bring together successful entrepreneurs who will discuss their businesses and their secrets to success. Come armed with your own questions about building and growing your own business in this informal discussion on entrepreneurship.
Paul Kortman

Traveling Light with Kids

Sometimes it feels like you need to pack the kitchen sink and then some just to take your kids on an afternoon outing, not to mention all the miscellany required for a week at the beach or a road trip to see the grandparents. How on earth can you pack minimally enough to travel lightly with kids? After having spent over 18 months on the road with four (and now five) young kids, Stephanie has learned the art of traveling lightly no matter what age your children are. Whether it’s babies and toddlers, school-aged children, teens, or adults, everyone in the Langford household follows the “one bag” rule, and she’ll not only tell you but show you how, as she unpacks their actual backpacks, talking about what’s inside and why!
Stephanie Langford

Unconference

This part of the day will be dedicated to answering your questions and discussing topics that you are interested in! Attendees will be invited to suggest their own topics and we will break into small groups to discuss what interests you most. Come armed with questions and a sharing attitude and we will have an intimate knowledge exchange.

Nurturing Visual Arts Naturally – Discussion

Learn how kids grow into artists, how creativity can be inspired, and how to nurture the artistic child. Spramani shares her advice and wisdom on how parents can successfully help their children develop fine art skills. Recommend for adults.
Spramani Elaun

Best Art Supplies for Travel & Where to Buy – Discussion

This class is designed to help you get into action and collect art supplies for your fun adventures. Spramani will do many demos and talk about what mediums work well for travel, how to select the right supplies, and where the best place to purchase them is.  This discussion will focus on the traveling artist set up.
Spramani Elaun

Drumming Circle

Bobby’s Drum Circles allow every participant to experience success and passion for music, dance, and song. The interactive music making creates a highly charged atmosphere that increases camaraderie, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of community and celebration. Participants will build qualities such as cultural understanding, teamwork, and self-confidence through the instruction of drumming as an art and a recreational activity.
Bobby Bovenzi

Creating Community While Traveling

Behind “the money question” community creation is the biggest concern for all longer-term adventurers. Behind going broke, the most common fear is “How in the heck will we make sure we are not lonely?!?”   No denying it, humans are social creatures, and even the most introverted amongst us need a helping hand or a little interaction from time to time. And, kids must have someone other than their parents to engage with sometimes, for their own good, (and parents’ sanity). This session will help allay your fears, and not only reassure you that you CAN create community along the adventure, whether you plan to travel slowly or to stay only a few days in each place.  Your children will be socialized (though we don’t promise “normal”) and you will have some “adult time” again.  By the time you leave, you will have multiple contacts already in place, and a concrete action plan for identifying and connecting with new friends, wherever and whenever you may be. Jen Silver has moved too many times to count in the last 20 years, with stays lasting from 2 years to 2 days in some cases. Along the way she has learned a host of techniques to meet, greet, and deeply connect with people to create a support network and social circle for adults and kids alike, including many lifelong friendships.  As admin to the worldschoolers group on facebook, she helps over 23,000 adventurers connect and get the answers they seek. She has reached out to dozens of fellow travelers to consolidate their tips as well, and looks forward to passing those gems on to you. Professionally, Jen has now spoken in front of thousands, performed on stage, exhibited her art in several countries, and advises businesses on how to connect with their customers and employees as well.  A self-professed introvert, she would have laughed at you if you had predicted any of that.  She says, “If I can learn to connect with people, ANYONE can.”   So come have a listen, make a few new contacts, and be better prepared to avoid a lonely fate by making friends around the globe.
Jen Silver
Day 2
02 Sep 2017

Songwriting Workshop

Come learn the art of songwriting with Emily Pearce. We’ll cover the basics of melody and lyric writing (and how to tie the two together), chord progressions, and how to organize a song into verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, etc. You’ll get hands-on practice and have lots of fun, as we write a new song together.
Emily Pearce

Enliven Your Day Yoga

An Incredible Opportunity That Might Never Be Repeated! Only a select group of like-minded yoga enthusiasts will pop into Penticton to be a part of the quest to recognize their Zen and Inner Fire amidst the adventure! You’ll find unsurpassed knowledge of you, taking you out of the guidebooks and into the world you’re about to discover. And with this practice, you’re bound to strike a balance. Join this playful practice that is seriously aligned with the new and challenging. Part workshop and part flow. All curious enjoyment. We’ll finish with a version of Wim Hof’s breathing method to energize ourselves for the rest of the day (jumping into a cold lake is optional.) After all, with so much to gain—and with absolutely nothing to lose—shouldn’t you at least show-up?
Sabina King

Trigger Point For Travel

How to tell if you are “running away” or “heading to” and how it will shape your perception when you get there.  We’ll discuss how to “pack light” and access your “inner navigation” system to see if you are on the best route forward for loving, meaningful, and empowering travel experiences on your journey through life.
Azizi Birkeland

Unpacking the Worldschooling Lunch

Join Jenn Sutherland-Miller to unpack the worldschooling experience. Develop strategies for maximizing learning through everyday life and travel experiences. Discuss tools for multi-age learning and community-based education. Discover ways to “stack the deck” to improve engagement and outcomes for students in non-traditional settings. If you are nervous about how to take your kids out of the classroom and educate them in the real world, this session is practical and engaging.
Jennifer Miller

Dramatically Increase Traffic to Your Blog Or Website

Have a great travel blog? Want to have more sales, more subscribers, more comments, more website interactions? Come listen to Paul explain practical ways to actually increase your website traffic, from Google, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and others. Paul takes the complex and breaks it down to laymen terms enabling you to have with a list of things you can do today to increase your traffic to your website. From your travel blog to a business site increased traffic can significantly impact your family’s income and help your adventure fund!
Paul Kortman

Panel Discussion – How to Fund Long-Term Travel

How can families afford long-term travel? Do they win the lottery? Do they have trust funds? Are they independantly wealthy? NO! (Well, not any that we have met so far!) Just as there are many kinds of family travelers, so too are there many different ways to earn an income while traveling. From owning businesses, to online work, to renting out their homes, to having a part-time location dependent job, there are hundreds of ways to earn money AND travel the world with your family. In this informal panel discussion, participants will share the many ways they earn a living. Who knows, maybe you will discover a new income stream (or two!) that you had never thought of before! Bring your questions and your desire to share your story to this discussion.

Discussion – Modes of Travel

Backpacking or suitcase? RV or sailboat? Airbnb or hotel rooms? Bicycle or trains? In this informal discussion, we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of all sorts of different ways to travel. Come to this discussion prepared to share your own stories, and ask our expert panel your questions!

Creating Home on the Road: The Magical Travel Balance

Do you often crave more energy and life balance in your travels or simply long for the comforts of home? We’ll be sharing how to create home on the road while also generating consistently amazing energy for the journey! In this workshop you’ll explore what the feeling of home means to you, in all areas of your life. You’ll discover how to create home in yourself, your relationships, your daily living, and your surrounding community and culture. You’ll also begin designing a travel pace and style in harmony with the feeling of home you’d like to establish. Determine to use your inner navigation system with precision, and experience more aliveness, connection, and joy than ever before. Come learn the art of adventuring from your heart!
Jennifer Pearce

How to use your experiences on the road as the basis of your child’s education.

Ditch the pre-written curriculum, and use your travels as your day-to-day guide to your child’s education. In this session, we’ll talk details about how – exactly – parents can use their daily travel activities for a tailor-made curriculum.
Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Documenting Your Family Adventures

In this workshop, Jesse will teach you how to take better photos by sharing basic but crucial practical techniques like “take pictures of what your family does, not what they pose in front of”. He’ll share his expertise on how to make a beautiful photo album including how to quickly select and keep only your best images. He will explore the art of storytelling, how to know what is worth recording and how to create sets of images that are personal and tell a story and he’ll discuss why we take photos by exploring your end goal for your photos. Jesse will also be discussing picking the right camera to match your needs and budgets. If you have always wanted to take better photos, this workshop is for you!
Jesse Ajayi

Worldschooling Is More Than Sight Seeing and Selfies

Traveling with your kids, learning about the places you visit and capturing iconic selfies is not enough to obtain a really great education. Nomadic with seven kids for the past ten years, Greg and Rachel want to ensure their children not only have great experiences but become truly educated and prepared for the future. They don’t have all the answers, but they are striving for an ideal. In this presentation, they’ll share the four pillars of a world-class education.
Greg Denning
Day 3
03 Sep 2017

How To Build Your Social Media Presence

Are you a blogger? Do you run an online business? Do you wish to learn from an expert and grow your social media presence?In this session, Ka will discuss how to use YouTube, In this session, Ka will discuss how to use YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram to reach thousands of like-minded people with your message and videos.
Ka Sundance

Planning Workshop for Longterm Travel

A roundtable discussion of the specifics of planning YOUR longterm travel with your kids. Drawing from 10 years experience on the road with children, ages 5 through adult, Jenn will share the basics of where to get started with planning your trip, major considerations and obstacles, as well as resources for a successful journey, and managing the many transitions that come with lifestyle travel as a family across multiple age groups of children. Come ready to share. Bring your questions and concerns. Let’s talk about the logistics that matter most!
Jennifer Miller

Pow Wow Culture And Dance Workshop

Penticton local, Anita is Cree originally from the Saddle Lake First Nation, in Alberta. She is a former Pow Wow Fancy Dancer and has extensive knowledge to share regarding PowWow Culture. Through stories, song, and dance Anita will lead the whole family in learning more about the Pow Wow culture and history, as well as have an opportunity to learn a few, simple dances.

Cultivating Rewarding Relationships Amid Differing Perspectives

Are you excited by the life choices you are making, but struggling with how family and friends are responding? Do differences of opinion or a lack of understanding contribute to emotional difficulties in your relationships? Would you like to discern how to work with these dynamics in constructive ways? You’re in good company! After years of living as a people pleasing perfectionist, and at the untimely passing of my dear mom, I finally started paying serious attention to my own heart. As a result, four years later, I began making several unconventional life choices. Within a six month period, I left my home town, country, and religion and began full-time traveling and worldschooling with my own growing family. Feathers were certainly ruffled in my relationships. This isn’t how I was raised, after all, and I had no instruction manual. It’s a journey going on eight years now, and one I can’t help but be grateful for. I’ve learned how to foster healthier relationships with myself and others, and transform or let go of what’s no longer working. Please join me in this supportive community, as we explore the possibilities for meaningful interactions beyond differences. We’ll identify what we value most in our relationships, and perceive what’s holding us back from the wholehearted connections we seek. My aspiration is to mark a turning point, for all of us, toward relationships that make an exceptionally positive impact.
Jennifer Pearce

7 Kids, 10 Years, 33 Countries — Lessons Learned

Family travel is glamorous… on Instagram. The reality is never-ending potty breaks, sand in your shorts and motion sickness. Family travel is tough. In this presentation, the Dennings will show you how to toughen up and travel anyways with dos and don’ts, failures and triumphs, and tips and strategies for funding, functioning and family felicity.
Greg Denning

Repatriation

You’ve already been on some extended family travels, and now you’re returning “home”, for whatever reason. After encountering a variety of perspectives, people and cultural experiences, how do you embrace re-entry to your home country? How do you approach your return with the same enthusiasm in which you first started your travels? Alisa will explore the benefits, challenges, and practical strategies for living a more settled life, while continuing to find adventure in routine.
Alisa from Living Outside The Box

While parents are in conference, the children will be enjoying their own learning opportunities! Check out our fun and exciting children’s activities!