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

    • Wed, Jul 13 @ 10:00 AM
    • Wed, Aug 10 @ 10:00 AM
    • Wed, Sep 14 @ 10:00 AM
    • and 1 more session
    (North Ave classroom)

    La Leche League: Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Support

    Our Mission is to help mothers in Baltimore to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.


    (North Ave classroom)

    Student Debt and the Corporatization of Higher Education

    This workshop will:

    1. Talk about the disinvestment in public education and the corporatization of higher education that has led to crazy costs and the terrible treatment of academic labor;

    2. Discuss Student Debt and practical ways for people who have student debt to manage it; and

    3. Discuss what we can do to keep future generations out of debt – both better understanding the current loan and grant system but also how can we advocate for free community college and ultimately free higher education.

    • Sat, Jul 30 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Ubuntu Contributionism: A New (NON)Economic Paradigm

    Ubuntu Contributionism is a blueprint for a new social structure - without the need for money.  

    • Wed, Jul 20 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Sep 21 @ 7:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Essential Oils Series

    Learn about how to use essential oils in every part of your life - wellness, cleaning, emotional health, pregnancy support, and more.

    • Sun, Jun 26 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Jul 24 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Aug 28 @ 2:00 PM
    • and 3 more sessions

    Baltimore DSA meeting

    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin Reading Group

    We meet monthly to discuss socialist politics, typically structuring our discussion around readings from Jacobin magazine. Our conversations are lively and non-doctrinaire; no prior experience is necessary. Please contact for more information.