What is Free School?
Free School is an opportunity for people of all identities to come together to share knowledge in a non-commercial, decentralized setting to strengthen community. Education is (or can be) a way to achieve transformation, equality and freedom. Everybody has something to teach and something to learn. By stepping out of our traditional teacher/student roles, we can strengthen self-reliance and the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic. By sharing our skills and talents, as well as knowledge and information usually only accessible in expensive institutional settings, we can break away from the commodification and hierarchy of education, and start building a more interdependent, interdisciplinary way of leaning as a process of transforming ourselves and our society.
The history of Free School in Fort Collins has varied over the decades depending on the fluctuation of activist activities in the area. Long standing groups like Uproot have kept it alive in Fort Collins over the years. The subject matter changes from week to week. We’ve hosted lots of classes ranging from Veganism 101, Marxism, and Sewing to Non-Invasive Birth Control and Introductory Sign Language.
Our hope is to refresh and re-energize free school in a way that is continuously accessible, inclusive and decentralized.
Check out the calendar page for dates, times and locations for free schools in Fort Collins!
Check out the HOST A CLASS! page to see how you can register to facilitate a class for the next calendar(August / September)!
Here is an incomplete list of classes we hope to see as part of the
Fort Collins Free School:
crocheting / sewing / quilting / knitting
Spanish / language exchange
photography / printmaking
yoga / pilates / dancing
poetry / writing workshop /
Do-It-Yourself building / creating / crafting / making / carpentry
intro music lessons / instrument making and repair
intro to skateboarding / basic bike maintenance
practical math / geometry / science
healthy vegetarian / vegan cooking / baking
book binding / book making / zine writing / DIY publishing
art / creative expression / street art
acrobalance / acrobats / human circus arts / juggling
gardening / permaculture / composting / food preservation / guerrilla gardening
edible plants / DIY Health / tincture making / food preservation
self defense / emergency medical response / cop watch
film / video editing / music recording / Do-It-Yourself Radio
facilitated discussion groups on:
sex positive culture
local / radical history / and much more!