The Baltimore Free School

The Baltimore Free School is a grassroots, collectively run and community-funded project, with a classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse at 30 W. North Ave. Building upon a long tradition of horizontal organizing, collaborative learning and participatory education, we believe that the empowerment of people of all ages and backgrounds to share and learn is vital to the health of any community. To that end, we work toward creating a space where the exchange of ideas can occur without the exchange of money; a space where we can learn to relate to each other in new and meaningful ways. By building this infrastructure, we hope to form a microcosm of the world in which we want to live.

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Take a course

Every course offered through the Baltimore Free School is 100% free of charge to learners. Sign up online today!

Teach a course

Anyone can teach a course or organize a discussion or workshop at the Free School; propose one right now!

Support the BFS

Get involved as a volunteer organizer or make a tax-deductible donation to help us keep the doors open.

More info

Information on renting the space for private meetings, our consensus-based collective structure, our history and more.

Upcoming Courses

    • Sat, Mar 24 @ 2:00 AM

    Sexual Violence and How to Disrupt It

    • Sat, Mar 24 @ 1:00 PM

    Speak Out Now/Revolutionary Workers Group

    The topic will be current events in Palestine.

    • Sun, Feb 25 @ 10:00 AM
    • Sun, Mar 11 @ 10:00 AM
    • Sun, Mar 25 @ 10:00 AM
    • and 1 more session
    (North Ave classroom)

    Reform or Revolution Reading Group

    This reading group is open to everyone. We will be reading Rosa Luxemburg's essential "Reform or Revolution". Over the course of 4 sessions we will interpret and analyze the text, debate Luxemburg's arguments, and attempt to apply the lessons of the text to our current historical moment.

    • Sun, Mar 11 @ 1:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Wellness Knowledge Exchange

    Collective space for wellness professionals and students to share knowledge, perspective, and approaches to healing and wellness.

    • Thu, Mar 08 @ 6:00 PM
    • Thu, Apr 05 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Feminist Beit/Midrash

    The Beit/Midrash is a monthly study group that reads between the lines of the Torah and Midrash to reach our own radically personal interpretations of sacred texts. We study in Hebrew and English and provide assistance to anyone who doesn't know or is learning Hebrew. Texts are provided, and topics are selected by the group! All are welcome, but the group is best suited for people over 13.

    • Wed, Mar 07 @ 6:00 PM
    • Wed, Apr 04 @ 6:00 PM
    • Wed, May 02 @ 6:00 PM
    • and 1 more session

    Intro to Energy Healing

    Recieve an Usui Reiki Level 1 Attunement and learn how to use Reiki to heal yourself and others.