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 04 @ 11:00 AM
    (North Ave classroom)

    DIY Self-Care Boxes

    Get your craft supplies together and create self-care boxes to keep on our desks/workspaces in this one-time workshop.

    • Wed, Aug 10 @ 10:00 AM
    • Wed, Sep 14 @ 10:00 AM
    • Wed, Oct 12 @ 10:00 AM
    (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)

    Ubuntu Contributionism: A New (NON)Economic Paradigm

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

    • 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, Aug 28 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Sep 25 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 23 @ 2:00 PM
    • and 1 more session

    Baltimore DSA meeting

    • Sun, Jul 31 @ 1:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Science of Peace

    "All that we are is the result of what we have thought"-Buddha  The Science of Peace attempts to delve deeply into the concept of Knowledge of Self and how it affects not only our livlihood but the success of our children and future generations.  It is now the Age of Aquarius and there is much to ado.  We must first start with the many misconceptions and false teachings that have been passed down for many generations.     The Science of Peace attempts to tackle those falsehoods by introducing into the mainstream hidden and suppressed information that is just being revealed.  We encourage group meditation and chanting to awaken the third eye which will ultimately reawaken our mind, body and soul which internally and eternally creates the peace that we all seek inwardly which will manifest outwardly.

    • Tue, Aug 23 @ 6:00 PM
    • Tue, Aug 30 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Health and Society

    "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely   the absence of disease or infirmity"   -World Health Organization


    Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world and spending a great deal of money on healthcare, the health status of our nation is suboptimal. Why is that?

    In this course we will explore the interplay between the way our society is structured and our state of health as one explanation for this quesiton.