Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

LIFE Fest 2009 Plans are Underway!

Our annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning will be held Saturday, September 26th at the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.

This is a great location that lends itself well to a family friendly event, with Ft. Desoto camping and beaches just down the road,and St. Pete museums and other attractions nearby. This year, we’ve reserved both Conference center buildings to better accommodate vendors, community groups, speakers and workshops.


As before (we’re recession/depression proof!) admission is just a $10 donation per family, $8 prepaid via Network for Good (click and pay by August 21 - bring your receipt as your ticket). And, in the spirit of our Green LIFE Fest, carpool discounts of $10 a (safe and legal)carload will be available the day of the event.


Lodging is available right on the premises for a (still!) very reasonable $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve your room by August 1.


As before, we’ll have a variety of great vendors – we’re aiming for more this year - lots of free materials, great workshops,door prizes and raffles, and a fun and educational children’s area with art and animals, all adding up to a full and exciting day that will offer ample opportunities to meet other home educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of your homeschooling adventure.


Vendor booths will cost $100 if reserved by May 31; $150 after that, through August 21, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served, paid-in-full basis. A sliding scale may be considered for very small, family based businesses. A 10% discount is provided to vendors supplying a door prize.

LIFE Fest Bazaar

This year, we’ll hold the LIFE Fest Bazaar in its own room. Cost is still just $20 for Bazaar space. You can sell books, curricula, toys, clothes, and any other (reasonable) household goods at our LIFE Fest Bazaar. We’ll also have a give-away table for anything you just want to, well – give away!

Reserve by August 21

Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August 21. More information will be available at Learning is for Everyone at shortly, but feel free to write and let us know if you’d like vending, community group, or support group space.

Also contact us if you’re interested in hosting a presentation or workshop.

Planners Drawing

As before, we’re inviting our guests to help plan the party by holding a Planners Drawing in which those who send us LIFE Fest ideas by May 31 are automatically entered to win a great prize (last year it was tickets to the Edison-Ford Estates).

So send your ideas now to with “LIFE Fest Ideas” in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact info and you'll be automatically entered in a special LIFE Fest Planner award drawing at LIFE Fest 2009. You have to be present to win -- but you're helping plan so why wouldn't you be?!

See you at LIFE Fest 2009!

Terri Willingham

LIFE of Florida

Learning is for Everyone

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