If the Free Universities can be maintained outside the institutionalized ‘marketplace of ideas,’ they will soon be able to produce more thoughtful and creative people than are produced in traditional educational programs.

-Vine Deloria Jr. We Talk, You Listen

LS is inspired by some of the following approaches to teaching and learning:


It’s Our Destiny to Set the Waters Free: Indigenous Education and the Unmaking of Settler Colonial Relations 


Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden 


A Thousand Rivers: What the Modern World Has Forgotten about Children and Learning 

Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education, Society special issue on Indigenous Land-Based Education


Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University)

Ho’oulu ‘Āina

Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning

Tobago Centre for the Study & Practice of Indigenous Spirituality

artwork by Just Seeds

I’ve had the joy of learning from Anjali Nath since Fall 2015.  She brings her vast knowledge of social justice, community building, and creating change to education.  I was deeply impressed by her passion and genius.  Her articulation of ideas is incredibly engaging.   She is actually the best speaker and presenter I have ever heard – and … Continue reading Charlotte Cressey

Charlotte Cressey

Intimately transformative, soulfully cleansing, mentally gripping. A brilliant celestial shower of thought and experience that encompasses lifetimes of generational struggle; all well crafted and presented in a way that exposes oneself to both ancestral paths of grounding, and a true wellspring of liberation. For the activist, this is an opening to the infinite possibilities of … Continue reading Sulaiman Hyatt

Sulaiman Hyatt

One of our Liberations Spring cohort recently spoke during a sesh of creating a brave space. In our collective, we do just that: work in solidarity to create a brave space, at once interrogating, transgressing, and transcending dominant learning paradigms, putting theory into practice, and turning conventional academic practice on its head—all in third-space style. … Continue reading Kris Grossman

Kris Grossman

My favorite part of LS has been the growing sense of empowerment and awakening I feel as a result of working through resources in a non-hierarchical community of fellow thirsty travelers who share a longing for imagining and creating realities that are juicy. No matter how “crazy” I have felt for most of my life, … Continue reading Grace Diehl

Grace Diehl

Liberation Spring is exactly what I was looking for before I dared let myself imagine it: a space where my full self is welcomed, nourished, necessary. A place to unlearn and learn that centers indigenous women and women of color’s genius and is fiercely decolonial. A community dedicated to healing from violent paradigms that would … Continue reading T.A.