Life is Good Conference! WOO- HOO!!
we had a great time as well!!!!
it was our first conference, and we had just moved west from the east coast 2 weeks prior, we felt very welcomed. the people at the conference did not constantly come up to us to ask how long we had unschooled. people arrive at unschooling from all sorts of backgrounds, we came from a school background, and i never felt judged, NEVER. lots of smiling happened, people would walk up to us and introduce themselves, but the questions were more along the lines of where we were from and who/how old my children are. it is such a GREAT time!! there is so much going on, speakers, funshops, activities (like the game room, or the pool). so it is really up to you to get involved in as much as you like, or as little as you like.
my dh was unable to attend, and my 4 year old is shy and did not want to attend any speakers with me or funshops for herself, so we hung out with people at the pool or in the play room. i had so many great conversations with people no matter where we were hanging out, it still felt like we experienced so much and met so many people. my 8 year old immediately befriended a bunch of kids and had his own room key! it is such a family-friendly environment and if felt i needed to find him (if we had not come across each other in our room or somewhere else at the conference) there were always other parents who had seen him and could tell me where he was and what he was doing.
mary and jon gold are exceptional people (the conference founders), they had just met us but checked in with me at the conference several times to see how we were!! we have become close friends with a handful of families from the conference and i am SO thankful to have their friendship and support on our journey.
i did hear people say that staying at the hotel vs. staying somewhere else made a huge difference in their experience, that it was so much better and more meaningful to stay at the hotel. i also heard from several families that there is a special close feeling at lig. we CANNOT wait for this year!! we hope that helps