FACE2FACE conference 2018-09-14T14:09:50+00:00


Future of Alternative and Creative Education conference

Face2Face conference logo

FACE2FACE is an annual conference designed to unite, celebrate and uplift our alternative and creative education sector, with amazing talks, workshops and sessions about the problems and solutions for future of our sector.

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th November, 2018

at the School of Creative Education

6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo

Saturday, 9am – 4.30pm, with dinner 6.30pm

Sunday, 9am – 4.30pm


Our alternative education sector is unique, growing and spread right across our country. Because of this, we have very few opportunities to:

  • get together
  • celebrate the amazing work we do
  • share our stories and experiences
  • learn and grow from each other, and
  • unite and work together to overcome the challenges of our sector and uplift it, and ourselves, to new heights!

FACE2FACE brings together:

  • educators
  • parents, and
  • visionaries

from our educational alternatives including:

  • Steiner education
  • Democratic education
  • Montessori education
  • Home and un-schooling education
  • Reggio Emilia education
  • Creative education including inquiry and project-based learning
  • Free-schooling
  • Play-based education, and
  • Ecological education including forest, bush, beach and farm schooling.
Alternatives worldwide
Aussies home-schooled
Aussie kids drop-out


Unite. Celebrate. Uplift.


FACE2FACE doesn’t seek famous speakers… instead we are longing to hear from our grass-roots people.

We want to hear from you! Every application will be considered.

FACE2FACE encourages educators and parents across all sorts of alternative educational settings to present:

  • ideas
  • experiences
  • programs
  • stories
  • curriculum
  • arts and crafts
  • student’s work
  • resources
  • reflections
  • pedagogy
  • strategies
  • learning outcomes.
Apply to present

Closing date:

Applications are due no later than the close of Friday 28th September, 2018. We will publish our agenda 6 weeks prior to the conference, so it’s best to apply as early as possible.

Discounts to presenters:

Registration discounts apply to participants speaking, giving workshops and holding stalls.


FACE2FACE offers equality throughout the conference and works to ensure it is as accessible as possible.

Length of presentations:

Keynote talks should be approximately 45 minutes long with 5 – 15 minutes of Q&A

Shorter talks should be approx. 20-25 minutes long, including 5-10 minutes of Q&A

Workshops can be between 30 minutes to 2 hours long, including setting and packing up


We will not disclose personal information about you to anyone outside FACE2FACE without your consent.

All presentations including keynotes may be filmed and photographed and published on the FACE2FACE’s web page and may be shared across our schools’ social media with consent.

All participants will be asked to complete an image authorisation form stating their requests for privacy.


Early-bird registration… $230     (closes 28.09.18 only for full registration)


FACE2FACE conference program
more info about the talks and workshops


Not only will we be learning from presenters right across our sector, FACE2FACErs will also be able to participate in:

  • creative reflection experiences including journalling
  • a collective sound activation circle
  • a deep ecology meditation
  • a collective African drumming and dance session, and
  • a variety of crafts, creative arts and ecological art experiences

as well as facilitated democratic circles workshopping:

  • the future of our sector… what it may look like, how we see it, how we can create it
  • issues of our sector such as perception and funding and ways to overcome them, and
  • ways to build community

as well as a special panel of school founders talking about:

  • how to start and build an alternative school.

Saturday 17th November


Watering Hole… share

Campfire… talks

Lifespace… workshops

9.00-10.00 ——————— Welcome and housekeeping

Introductions and sharing of stories

10.00 – 11.00 Sound activation circle Talk Workshop
11.00 – 11.30 Starting a school?  Talk Changing the Dream symposium
11.30 – 12.30  Starting a school?  Talk Changing the Dream symposium
12.30 – 1.30 ——————— Lunch ———————
1.30 – 2.30 African drumming Ways to build community
2.30 – 3.00 Problems in our alternative sector? Talk Art of journaling
3.00 – 4.00 Problems in our alternative sector? Talk Workshop
4.00 – 4.30  ——————— Reflections and ideas for tomorrow  ———————
6.30 – 10.00  ——————— Dinner, music and dance  ———————

Sunday 18th November


Watering Hole… share

Campfire… talks

Lifespace… workshops

9.00 – 9.30 ——————— Welcome and housekeeping ———————
9.30 – 10.30 Deep ecology meditation & sound activation Creative Education… p’s and p’s Workshop
10.30 – 11.30 Future vision of our alternative sector? Talk Workshop
11.30 – 12.30 Future vision of our alternative sector? Talk Workshop
12.30 – 1.30 ——————— Lunch ———————
1.30 – 2.30 Solutions in our alternative sector? Talk Felt medicine dolls
2.30 – 3.00 Empowering our alternative sector? Talk Felt medicine dolls
3.00 – 4.00 Creating an Aussie alternative education organisation Talk Workshop
4.00 – 4.30  ——————— Reflections and ideas for 2019  ———————


At SoCE, we’re interested in Trevor Mackenzie’s inquiry-based learning model.

FACE2FACE is using his spaces during our conference… check them out below.

Here’s a little from his website… “With the belief that all students deserve a chance to dig into their passions and curiosities, MacKenzie has created a scaffolded approach to personalized learning by identifying the Types of Student Inquiry: Structured, Controlled, Guided, and Free Inquiry.  Each type requires students take progressively more control over their own learning.  This inquiry-based learning model equips students to become lifelong learners.”


Children 2018-09-11T16:44:40+00:00

FACE2FACE is oriented to educators and parents rather than children and families, at least this time. We would prefer children don’t attend.

We won’t have any childcare, however being on a school campus, kids’ spaces will be open. Parents may make reciprocal agreements with each other where one parent stays with the children while others go off to the workshops. This can be a good way for parents to share the childcare and make sure they get good adult time.

Children 17 and under are free to attend the conference, however parents are asked they bring plenty of food and a full change of clothes, and contribute $5 per child towards lunch.

Food 2018-08-22T00:06:58+00:00

During FACE2FACE, lunch is provided every day along with fruits for snacking on.

Most likely, lunch will be suitable for your dietary requirements though please let us know in advance should you have any concerns. All meals are vegetarian and there will be gluten-free and dairy-free options. Please make a note of any special dietary needs when you register. Nuts are not allowed on campus.

We recommend to bring additional snacks as workshopping can create an unexpected appetite. Just in case.

Ice-cream is good 🙂

Accomodation 2018-08-22T00:02:37+00:00

Fortunately, Cockatoo is surrounded by some of the most beautiful areas of wilderness. The Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges have hundreds of B&B’s, a few camping grounds, and many friendly people who may be happy to have you visit.

Please check out Airbnb to find a large range of affordable and gorgeous hide-aways.

We cannot offer camping facilities on campus we’re sorry!

Doors Open 2018-08-21T23:57:53+00:00

Doors are open from 9am – 4.30pm unless arriving early to assist with set up.

Please enter through the main carpark.

One-day Registrations 2018-09-11T15:19:44+00:00

Can’t get away for 3 days?  One-day registrations are also available.  They can be bought prior to the conference.

Day passes include all talks, workshops, lunch, chai, tea and coffee on the given day.

Refunds for one-day registrations are the same as for full registrations. See above!

Registrations and Refunds 2018-09-14T14:12:32+00:00

Registrations are on sale until the day before the conference online only and are not available at the door.

Saturday’s full-day registration and the full conference registration DO NOT INCLUDE DINNER on Saturday night.

If you have purchased a registration and can’t attend the conference, you can:

  • let us know within 7 days of the conference for a full refund, or
  • change the name the ticket is booked under (please let us know of name changes via jane@schoolofcreativeeducation.org.au)

Full refunds are only available for cancellations prior to 7 days of the conference.

Liability 2018-09-11T15:21:21+00:00

The decision to take part in the conference is ultimately yours, as is the responsibility for whatever results come from that decision. Some workshops involve the use of body movement, sharp tools and/or use of fire or hot objects, and facilitators will do their best to make all participants aware of the inherent dangers of their particular workshop and relevant safety guidelines, however you (or you for your child) are responsible for using your own judgement and common sense when doing anything. If you (or your child) don’t feel ready/strong enough/whatever for something, then you don’t have to do it. We aren’t going to force you to do anything. We will also hold no judgement either way if you choose not to do something. If you (or your child) do attempt something and suffer injury at the conference, we will of course do everything we can to help.


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