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  • Black feminism and intersectionality

    Organized by the Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization

    The Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization is getting together to begin educating ourselves about Black feminism and Intersectionality. None of us are experts and nobody is "teaching" the class, but rather we will go through the material collectively. We invite anyone with any level of experience with this topic to join us and share your perspective! The way we structure the group is simply to ask for a volunteer to facilitate, and any Black woman who wants to facilitate is given priority, in recognition of the fact that there are very few spaces where Black woman's voices are allowed to be dominant. We spend time discussing reading that has been chosen by the group, but also leave space for open discussion about any relevant current events, media, blogs, etc. that members want to talk about. We see this group as being shaped by its members, so anyone can suggest readings or changes to the structure at any time. To get on the listserv for the group and receive the readings, please email Alana Davenport at abdvnprt@gmail.com. We also have a facebook group called Baltimore Free School Black Feminism and Intersectionality.

  • Cooperative Study Group:Beginners Helping Beginners

    Dear Baltimore Free School Folks


    The Catonsville Cooperative is interested in starting a beginner study group for people that would like to rigorously study successful (and not as sccessful) cooperatives in order to help build their knowledge about cooperatives and also inform their own infrastructure building. We are considering hosting the study group in a variety of places and would hope one of them could be the free school. We would like to rotate spaces to accomodate people coming from all over the area. I look forward to hearing from you. With gratitude, Holly - holly.leon@gmail.com - 443-897-0080

  • Dharma Punx Baltimore

    Dharma Punx Baltimore is a new chapter within Dharma Punx Nation. We are an alternative meditation community, inspired by the Insight/Vipassana tradition. We work to cultivate mindfulness as a tool for transformation. 

  • Socialism Reading and Discussion Group

    This monthly course will offer an open space to discuss socialism and get connected with others on the Left. This class and meeting will provide a forum for discussion and debate of the political questions facing activists. The monthly discussion group will focus on socialist politics and ideas. Readings from socialistworker.org, the International Socialist review and other books and journals will inform the monthly discussion. 



  • DIY Sexual Health: Reclaiming Knowledge and Choices in Abortion, Contraception and Reproductive Options

    This course will introduce students to the foundational concepts and frameworks of reproductive justice and health. Together we will unpack and discuss the current medical knowledge about abortion, contraception, queer and trans* sexual health and reproductive options and how to navigate the medical industrial complex as a patient and reclaim the power to be in control of your own body.




    Taught by Kaity Molé, RN, BSN, Co-Director of Baltimore Doulas for Choice 

  • Baltimore Area Cooperators: Beginners Helping Beginners: A cooperative study group

    Our study group is open to all Baltimore region folks interested in learning more about cooperatives and building a cooperative culture in Baltimore. We meet monthly, do individual reading and host group workshops to broaden our collective knowledge about cooperatives and inspire and edcate one another on our respective cooperative ventures. 

  • Montaigne's 'Essays'

    An 8-week close reading and discussion series on a selection of Michel de Montaigne's Essays.

  • Psychedelic Seminars

    This is a discussion group providing safe spaces for open and honest conversations about psychedelics

  • Marxism Today by CPUSA

    1st session.  In The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Frederick Engels states in a bold way how the breaking up of primitive communalism created classes and class struggle.  The book outlines in chronological order the stages of class and class-divided societies, namely slavery, feudalism and capitalism/imperialism.

    Why is this important for us today? It's important because most people do not understand the role of the state and its political and economic structures which are the two pillars of any class-divided society.

  • Arts Village

    Arts Village is a comprehensive program for middle school aged children created today inspire innovate and launch. Creating an environment that young artist can develop their craft. As well as learning too develop community relationships with businesses artist and Potential partners. The basic is art as a vocational tool.

    Portfolios: We examine portfolios in week one. Creating a chance too gain insight into what schools and Potential customers are looking for.

    Shadowing: The best will shadow artist working in their respective filled. GraphicMedia, Community Development, or Agitation0.

    Saturday : 11 am - 2 pm weekly starting June 20 - October 10.

    Doors will open at 10am for warm up materials and refreshments will be provided.
    Families will be per registered.

  • Learn To Debate

    This course will prepare particpants to engage in and apppreciate structured debate. While the course is designed for those who are new to debating in a structured way, more experienced particpants are of course welcome. The course will occur over 4 sections, each section is a standalone, but those who are able to attend each section will be more prepared to debate.

  • Galimoto: It takes a village. all ages welcome

    Create your very own galimoto while experiencing and engaging in community practices.

    "Galimoto," a Malawi word, is a push toy created by children that is made of scraps of various materials.









  • Understanding Naturopathic Medicine

    Naturopathic Physician, Paul Faust will discuss aspects of care in improving physical and emotional health and strengthening the immune system.

    Dr. Paul Faust is Baltimore-based and a graduate of Bastyr Naturopathic Medicine program in Seattle, Washington.  Bastyr is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature.  As an ND, Dr. Faust concentrates on “whole person” wellness with an emphasis on prevention and self care.  He seeks to treat the underlying causes of health problems and not just the symptoms.  For example, a person may have a variety of symptoms which could be treated individually, or which may be related to a common cause that needs to be addressed.  This holistic approach leads not only to the treatment of current health concerns, but also to the prevention of future health issues, leading to a better quality of life along the way.

Info for learners

  • All courses are free of charge.
  • Signing up helps instructors know who to expect, and give them a way to contact you if something changes.
  • Almost all courses are totally open, and most courses can be dropped in on even if you miss the first session(s), but check the course description or email the instructor to be sure.
  • All courses are non-credit, non-degree, non-certification, and fun-filled!
  • Most courses take place at the North Avenue Classroom, inside Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse