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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Every course offered through the Baltimore Free School is 100% free of charge to learners. Sign up online today!

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Anyone can teach a course or organize a discussion or workshop at the Free School; propose one right now!

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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

    • Tue, Sep 06 @ 5:00 PM
    • Tue, Sep 13 @ 5:00 PM
    • Tue, Sep 20 @ 5:00 PM
    • and 1 more session
    (North Ave classroom)

    Intersectionalities within the Muslim Identity

    Understanding what it means to be an American Muslim and challenging mainstream media’s portrayal of Islam.

    • Thu, Sep 08 @ 6:30 PM
    • Thu, Sep 15 @ 6:30 PM
    • Thu, Sep 22 @ 6:30 PM
    • and 3 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    The Biology of Language Reading Group

    This reading group will examine various questions related to the biology of language through readings and open-ended discussion. The group should appeal to those interested in language,  biology, cognitive science, linguistics, and too many other subjects to enumerate.

    • Tue, Aug 30 @ 7:30 PM
    • Tue, Sep 06 @ 7:30 PM
    • Tue, Sep 20 @ 7:30 PM
    • and 2 more sessions

    Tarot Reading Learn and Share

    Learn to interpret Tarot cards, practice reading for yourself and others, explore healing and personal growth! 


    • 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, 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.



    Nutrition for You

    With the current media environment it can be hard to keep to the basics of nutrition. Attendees will gain a baseline of common sense regarding their individual dietary needs. The session goal will be to slice through to the fundamentals of what people need to eat and help attendees work through a handout so they can take home a tailored set of nutritional targets.

    • Sat, Sep 24 @ 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, 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

    • Wed, Sep 28 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Oct 26 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Nov 30 @ 7:00 PM
    • and 1 more session

    Cooperative Study Group: Beginners Helping Beginners

    • Tue, Aug 30 @ 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.