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What is Free School?

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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

contemporary philosophies

gardening / permaculture / composting / food preservation / guerrilla gardening

edible plants / DIY Health / tincture making / food preservation

self defense / emergency medical response / cop watch

parenting skillz

film / video editing / music recording / Do-It-Yourself Radio

political theory

facilitated discussion groups on:

sex positive culture

political theory

contemporary issues

local / radical history / and much more!

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