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Freeskool Calendar Release Party


freeskoolFree classes from February to April? Ok – you got it. We’ve got another great round of free on the house. Come check out what’s new at our Calendar Release Event:

When: Friday Jan 23rd from 7-9pm

Where: Waffle Frolic 146 E. State Street The Commons


New calendars!

Screen Printing – Print a fun logo on yourself. We’ll have some clothes items or you can bring your own.

Paper Crafts – we’ll have fun DIY crafts led by awesome Freeskool folks.

Button Making – make your very own button with out button maker. You can bring your own images on paper as long as they are small ( 3/4′ image), or use some of the fun stuff we bring. You’ll like it, yup.


See you there!

Your humble Freeskool.


Be a Freeskool Organizer!

Freeskool Oct-Dec 2014

Join the Freeskool Team!

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.

When: Sunday Nov 16th at 4pm

Meeting at the Crow’s Nest Cafe, upstairs in Autumn Leaves Used Books


Update on Herbal Medicine Class with 7Song

The location for Herbal Medicine and Mental Health is now available.
Check it out:
Herbal Medicine and Mental Health

Who: 7Song

When: 11/17 7-9pm

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge 139 West State St. (Geneva St. entrance) Ithaca

This class will focus on some the common mental health issues seen by herbalists including; anxiety, depression, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue and other symptoms associated with emotional and psychological health. This class is open for all levels of herbalists.

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!

Freeskool, Meet Swidjit

A letter from Swidjit founder, Alex Colket.

Hi Freeskoolers-

I hope your studies have been going well this semester, that you have all learned something from each other and hopefully a thing or two about each other as well :) I think what you all have going on here is one of the most beautiful things in Ithaca and I always tell people about it when I boast about the awesome place we live! However, I am a bit ashamed to admit that I have not attended class this semester, as I have been a bit obsessed with something else that I would like to
discuss with you today. It’s called Swidjit, and if you like to share or build community, I think you will like it.

Publicly, I often frame Swidjit as a platform for a local economy because that seems like a message that will resonate in this current economic climate. However, in my head and in my heart, I see it just as much as a platform for a collaborative community, a suite of tools to allow friends, neighbors and groups to share, network and organize in ways that provide easier access to local information and opportunities. Freeskool is a great example of the possibilities inherent in such a system of community sharing, as the number of useful skills or interesting experiences you can have on others generosity seems to grow each semester. Swidjit respects and embraces Freeskool and hopes to support and encourage it in many ways. For instance, I think it would be great if teachers/students had the option of creating a class community on Swidjit and using it to organize class meeting times, provide links to other useful resources, share relevant media files, host discussion topics, post notices, etc. It would be a way to easily supplement the hands-on, person-to-person teaching/learning/sharing nature of the freeskool with a virtual
collection of pertinent resources and a place to connect when not in class, for those who wished to take part in it. I believe that the Swidjit platform coming this spring is going to provide a lot of exciting opportunities to give and share and trade and connect with others around us and I hope that many of you organizing or instructing or attending Freeskool will share some of that energy with Swidjit and work with me to build another amazing community resource!

You can check out the Ithaca Freeskool page on Swidjit and see how they are already integrated. Classes appear on the public calendar, and viewing the Freeskool profile page will show you all the upcoming classes that are offered. You can even set an event reminder to have Swidjit send you an email the before to help you remember to attend. You can also use the calendar to find out about other community events or perhaps to discover other items related to the classes you are investigating. Much more will come down the road as I improve the platform.

Please feel free to contact me through the site to share ideas, feedback or questions.

Alex Colket

Video: Ithaca Freeskool at Ithaca Ignite

Ignite Ithaca
is a “high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea – and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd.” Lily Gershon did a jam-packed presentation on Freeskool on November 6, 2010 at the Pixel Lounge.

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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