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

    • Thu, Jun 23 @ 6:00 PM
    (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.

    • Wed, Jun 15 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Jul 20 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM
    • and 1 more session
    (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 12 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    ChickLit: Young Queer Womyn's Book Club

    This group began as a book club offshoot of Young Queer Women of Baltimore, an informal organization of queer women ages 20-40 residing in the Baltimore metro area. We meet monthly to discuss the books which are chosen by suggestions from bibliophile attendees, drawn from a bag before each meeting.

    • Wed, May 25 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Self-Care for Survivors

    Reclaim your serenity! Come learn cheap (or free), natural techniques that strengthen and soothe the bodies, minds and souls affected by trauma and abuse. 

    • Tue, May 31 @ 6:00 PM
    • Tue, Jun 07 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Dreams and Transformation

    This course is  for persons who want  to make some change or transformation in their life, and are interested in using their dreams to help in that process.

    (North Ave classroom)

    Troop Shops Powered by GalleryRetail

    A practical workshop series providing best practices to starting/bootstrapping your business while aiding you to build a sustainable business model along the way.

    • 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

    • Sat, Jul 02 @ 4:00 PM
    (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.