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New Classes Feb-April 2014

Yes, indeed. New freeskoolartfeb2014classes are upon us yet again. We are so lucky. And they’re free? Again? Like, for real? Hey, we wouldn’t let you down.

Check out Ballet Folklorico, Soil Science, Ithaca Fixers Collective, Self Care Spa and much more on our calendar page.

Check out the PDFs:
Feb – April Calendar
Class Descriptions

What’s more, you can be an organizer, too. Get skills, come to our meeting:

Freeskool – Be An Organizer Meet

Who: Your Freeskool Organizers

When: 4/6 2pm

Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe above Autumn Leaves Bookstore in Commons

Come be part of the behind-the-scenes of Freeskool. We’re looking for organizers to help find teachers, make art, distribute calendars and all the other Freeskool goings-on. Being part of the team means getting to know the community, learning programs like InDesign, making posters, being creative and radical. Come get a sense of what it’s all about. Can’t make the date? Get in touch and we can figure something out.

Teach for Freeskool!

What do we want? More classes! When do we want them? Now! (Well, actually by Jan 3 would be good)

As usual we’re asking you to pull out all your skills, hobbies and interests and TEACH!
The next semester will begin Feb 1st and go until the end of April. We’d love to have class submissions from you. The deadline for submissions is Jan 3rd. To submit please go to our website at and fill out our brand new submission form.

Anyone can be a teacher! You don’t have to be an expert! So get in touch.
Thank you!
Freeskool Organizers

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Teach for Fall Semester

Fall semester is coming up. Yes, it’s finally time to teach that bee-keeping-history-of-pants-feminist-gardening-karate class you’ve always wanted to teach. We at Freeskool are here for you. All you have to do is submit your class by Sept 1 2013

The Fall semester will begin Oct 1st and go until the end of December 2013. We’d love to have class submissions from you. The deadline for submissions Sept 1.  To submit please go to our website at and fill out our submission form. Email us with questions – we will answer them.

Anyone can be a teacher. You don’t have to be an expert! So get in touch.

Thank you!
Freeskool Organizers


Report from the DIY Solar Panel Cooker Class

Last Saturday, Shawn Reeves of came over to Shira and Ari’s house to give a workshop on how to make a solar panel cooker using recycled materials. Visit the Shirari blog for photos and info on how to make your own!

Ithaca Freeskool Spring Social

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Join the Ithaca Freeskool in celebration of the end of another semester at our fun spring social. We’ll be hanging out in the newly cooperated Buffalo Street Books with snacks, trivia, live music, and maybe even some Freeskool buttons.

Most importantly, we’ll be revealing our Summer Session calendar! Come see what Ithaca Freeskool has in store for your summer. We’ll give you one hint: everything is free.

Bring a friend and take your brain out to party! Skool is kool.

Click here for more info and to RSVP, on Facebook.

Teach for Ithaca Freeskool’s summer session!

We’re looking for passionate people who want to share their skills and knowledge in the upcoming Ithaca Freeskool summer session, June 1 to August 31. Proposals are due on May 1st. Click here for the flier, or click here for information about how to submit your class proposals.

Tell your friends, and feel free to share the flier!

“Animals & Our Actions” coming up on Dec. 13

Animals & Our Actions is coming up on Dec. 13th, 6-8pm. There will be vegan cookies!

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Ithaca Freeskool on!

Ithaca Freeskool on the homepage of

“Shareable is a nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And we share how-tos so you can make a shareable world real in your life.”

Freeskool organizer Lily Gershon wrote a great article about Ithaca Freeskool for the site called “How to Share an Education, ” featuring photos and a video by Shira Golding. You can read the whole article and here’s an excerpt:

You’re in the park surrounded by swaying willows, or maybe knee deep in goldenrod in someone’s backyard, or sunk into the couch in a small apartment on Cayuga Street.

Usually, one way or another, a circle is formed. What are you doing here with a professor from Maine, a few pink-haired chatty teenagers from town, a local diesel mechanic, and a retired couple who brought cookies? You’re here to learn how to weave baskets out of the long limbs of willow trees. You’re discussing how Thor got along with the giants in Norse Mythology. You are about to plant the first herb in your medicinal garden. You’ve been hearing about natural gas drilling, but want to get more information. Any one of these people might be your teacher today.

In Ithaca, New York, the Ithaca Freeskool offers you an alternative to traditional education. With classes like Mushroom Hunting, Bike Repair, Know Your Rights with Debtors, and D.I.Y. Movie Making, it’s a refreshing variety of completely free classes for people of all ages. Started only a few years ago and run entirely by volunteers, the Freeskool gives the community an opportunity to share their skills and knowledge.

Video: Crafting Herbal Formulas for Individual Constitutions with 7Song – Ithaca Freeskool Distance Learning

Missed a class? Loved a workshop so much that you want to relive it? As part of D.I.Y. Movie-Making, we’re filming other Ithaca Freeskool classes and making them available online for anyone who wants to participate.

Part I of a 3-hour class taught by 7Song, Director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine on April 3, 2010. Learn how to treat common illnesses with local plants, for free!


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