My name is Idzie Desmarais, and I'm a 20 year old lifelong learner who lives in Montreal, Quebec with my wonderful family.
Very short bio: I'm an unschooling vegetarian animistic
green-anarchist feminist hippie child. I'm a writer, thinker,
dreamer... A woman, a sister, a daughter, a friend. I'm also an
unschooling advocate/activist, a lover of food, and a radical.
Much longer bio: I'm a kindergarten drop-out who, excluding those six months of
kindergarten, has never been to school. Instead, I grew up following my
passions and figuring things out in my own time. In my late teens I
became fascinated with the education (often referred to as unschooling)
I'd grown up with, and started reading everything I could about
unschooling and freedom-based education, going to unschooling
conferences, and writing the blogI'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.
At this point, as well as still doing all of those things, I'm also
very involved with the freedom-based education movement in my home city,
as well as the wider unschooling/freedom-based education community
through the making of connections and friendships with people scattered
across North America (and beyond!). Basically? I think unschooling is
really, really cool, and that the ideas found in that philosophy can be a
powerful tool of both personal and social transformation.
I'm a radical creature, a green anarchist and feminist, who leans
strongly towards anti-civ thought. I'm against hierarchy and rulers,
imposed authority, capitalism, patriarchy/kyrarchy, and similar nasty
stuff. I try to be as aware as I can of oppression and privilege (in
the interest of knowing where I'm coming from in my writing, I'm a
white, cisgender, able-bodied, lower-middle-class, not-quite-straight
woman), and to basically just not be an asshole. I'm currently super
interested in radical sustainability; communal, cooperative, collective,
and community-based living (especially intentional communities); queer
and gender stuff; feminism; getting stuff for free/living on very
I love food. As in, REALLY love food! I've never been very successful
at actually doing so, but I am interested in growing food, foraging, and
dumpster diving, as well as sharing and trading food, farmers markets,
and basically anything that involves me getting food. I love cooking,
cooking for others, and eating. I love trying new foods, new
restaurants, and I even like doing food prep. I'm vegetarian, and have
been since age eight, but though I don't really plan to change my diet
anytime soon, or start cooking with meat, I'm no longer as attached to
the idea of always being vegetarian as I used to be (though I know if I
do start eating meat at some point, I will be VERY picky.).
My spirituality is
closely tied into to the realization that all life is of equal worth,
that the Earth/Nature is sacred, and that humans are animals, and like
all animals, we belong in functioning living communities. Sometimes I use the term animist to refer to my spiritual beliefs.
I often say I'm a hippie, which isn't really a word with a clear
definition, but when I use it it basically just means that I'm a
radical, tree-hugging, non-shaving, organic-farm-loving person who
sometimes likes to wear tie-dye.
I value honesty and genuine expression greatly, and only really feel
comfortable when I feel I'm being genuine. I seek to share my trials
and difficulties in my writing, how I'm actually feeling about things
and my true opinions, not just what will sound good, or what will get
the best reactions. I feel like I'm mostly successful in this, though