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

    • Sun, Sep 24 @ 2:30 AM

    Survive, Thrive, Resist!

    This course will be part lecture, part workshop, and highly interactive throughout.  Through a series of conversations and activities, participants will connect their lived experiences to the 8 Dimensions of Wellness.  Participants will learn about self care and community care, and how these practices can serve as powerful tools for political resistance for marginalized populations.  Participants will walk away with a personalized Resiliency Tool Kit, which they will create as part of the course.

    • Wed, Sep 27 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Nov 22 @ 7:00 PM
    • and 1 more session

    Debt Discussion Group

    The subject of the group will be debt, its historic and cultural context as well as how to organize to resist it.

    • Fri, Sep 22 @ 6:00 PM
    • Fri, Sep 29 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    The View Below: Adventures in Freshwater Snorkeling

    The underwater world of our rivers and streams is unexpected, and the life in Mid Atlantic rivers is mind blowing! Getting people to experience this incredible world establishes powerful connections to rivers. This course will share the underwater world of our rivers and will review how people can start on this amazing adventure.

    • Sat, Oct 14 @ 2:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin Reading Group

    Are you interested in meeting with other people in Baltimore to discuss articles from Jacobin magazine? If so, then you should join the Jacobin reading group! We meet about once a month, and the discussions are open to everyone. For more information, send an email to  

    • Thu, Oct 05 @ 6:00 PM
    • Thu, Nov 02 @ 6:00 PM
    • Thu, Dec 07 @ 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.

    • Sun, Sep 24 @ 11:00 AM
    • Sun, Oct 29 @ 11:00 AM

    Literary Review and Criticism of Multicultural Books

    This class will focus on the reading, discussion and critique of fiction and non–fiction books about the many cultures that make up America and the world.