Do you know someone else who you would like to see teach a Folkskills class? Let us know!
- Preserve and propagate the skills and knowledge that you care about!
- Make money! As a teacher, you set the amount of money you’d like to collect for each student. Teach the skills you love for fun and profit!
- Build community. You can create the community you want to live in. Bring your neighbors together, share traditions, and help create a stronger, more grounded community.
Who can teach?
Anyone! You don’t need to be an expert to teach a class through Folkskills. If we all sat back and waited for the masters to step forward, we’d do a lot of waiting and not a lot of doing! Just set clear expectations regarding your own level of experience and the class level you’re offering to teach – people are happy to learn together.
What kind of classes are we talking here?
Folkskills classes are in-person, group classes in a specific (but broad) range of subjects. We encourage classes that draw on the wisdom of the past, on cultural traditions, or on the distinctive regional character of a place. We also love classes on topics of sustainability, energy self-sufficiency, and self-reliance. Additionally, we accept skills or activities that are at risk of someday being eclipsed by contemporary ways of life and/or lost to convenience culture. Topics don’t need to be old-fashioned – just of cultural importance.
Folkskills classes that reflect our mission:
- Cold-climate gardening
- Cooking authentic Indian curries
- Backyard solar or wind power for off-the-grid living
- Smoking wild caught salmon
- Irish stepdancing
- and countless others…
Valuable, but not right for Folkskills:
- How to write a business plan
- Weekly soccer lessons
- Accessing your inner warrior and succeeding at life
So “Baking cupcakes” isn’t really what we are looking for, but “German pastries 101” is right up our alley. If you aren’t sure whether or not a class is appropriate for Folkskills, just ask!