This phrase, for generations has been used to declare safety zones in ubiquitous childhood games such as hide and seek and capture the flag. The same underlying energy or sense of freedom, which is conjured upon hearing those words, exists here. It is not explicit – no one really talks about it; however, it is very real and has powerful implications for everyone who enters.
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free - yes, as a matter of fact, the real you can come out into the open. No need to hide - you can be your true and authentic self here! This is a safe space for everyone!
We focus on the things someone does well, what they love, and how that makes us feel, instead of negative judgements – the things they are bad at. Our students are therefore unimpeded by the plethora of rules, damaging narratives, and competitive attitudes that inhabit other institutions. This creates a sense of amnesty that is palpable. They come to understand that they have amazing talents and ideas to offer the world and they recognize that asking questions and making mistakes are essential parts of learning and development.
When you provide affirmative feedback by observing positives, you create an empowering atmosphere of acceptance, collaboration, and growth - a place where respectful interactions are the norm, where people are genuinely happy to spend time with each other, and where sincere affection is not hidden or ridiculed.
Not surprisingly, anxiety levels drop and seeds of self-confidence sprout, almost immediately. We are privileged to witness transformations that are in every way astounding; however, as a staff, we often don’t initially recognize their enormity, simply, because they have become so common place.
We all desire a setting where we are comfortably and naturally at home, free to drop our masks, express ourselves without reserve, and know, that no matter what, we will be appreciated and respected. For our students, staff, and volunteers - that place is DRC.
DRC NEWS Help Wanted:
The Deep Root Center (DRC) Board of Directors is looking for folks who are eager to share their expertise, talents, and energy to generate positive change in our community, to join them. We are seeking those who understand that our community’s future depends on supporting our young people to become strong, innovative, confident, intrinsically motivated, determined, compassionate, and socially responsible citizens who are stake-holders in their own future.
Deep Root Center (DRC) provides the facilities, environment, resources, and support for young people who choose to take charge of their education while living and learning without school
Now in our fourth year, we are soliciting those individuals who have the skills and ideas to help guide us through the exciting challenges that go along with transition and growth.
If you believe the statement, Learning is natural and school is optional, and that fun can be incorporated into even the most serious of endeavors, we want you on our team. Contact us today or visit the DRC website to learn more.
Accepting Applications for 18/19
If your child is suffering from anxiety and is looking for an educational environment that offers a safe space where they can be themselves and where learning is enjoyable, contact us today. Our programs are filling up quickly.