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WELCOME TO TARWEED FOLK SCHOOL

Our mission is to tend to the land, ourselves, and each other through the sharing of practical arts and place-based skills in the heart of the Willamette Valley.

MAY CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Kicking off our 2024 season, we are hosting 10 classes at three locations on May 11th and 12th. Learn about each class and register by going to our current class page:

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WHAT IS A FOLK SCHOOL

We see Folk Schools as a living approach to hands-on learning, emphasizing practical skills and crafts, but also — through individual and shared experience — building social connection, democracy, community, unity, equity — and joy! We see folk schools as a way to help individuals learn, to gauge their own progress according to their own needs and desires, free of grades, certificates, & external measures.​

NEWS AND EVENTS

CLASS HIGHLIGHT: WOODEN STOOL BUILDING

Nathaniel Stein and Katherine Edmonds are skilled woodworkers at Highland Woodshop who will be teaching Wooden Stool: An Exploration of Form and Design with us in May! This class will delve into the principles of attaching legs to a seat with wedged through tenons. This same technique can be applied to a variety of forms, such as chairs, benches, and stands of all shapes and sizes. A mix of hand and power tools will be used for this class, with a bit of comparison between the two. 

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APRIL NEWSLETTER

Our first weekend of 2024 classes is coming up May 11th and 12th--just over a month away! We've also added 3 NEW classes to the roster, including broom making, goat milking, and willow basket weaving!

Full and partial tuition scholarships are available to all upon request, and remember that students and their families will also be invited to a pizza potluck the Saturday evening of classes. We hope you'll join us!

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NEW WEBSITE FEATURE! A COMMUNITY CALENDAR!

In response to the enormous enthusiasm we got from all of you, we are also looking for ways to build a folk education outside a typical class structure, in a more grassroots way. How can we have more ongoing, self-organized gatherings, work-parties, skill-shares, and workshops? What else can we figure out to make it easier to learn what we want and need to learn? The work of a folk school is what we make it. Right?

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SPRING NEWSLETTER

We are excited to offer a full weekend of classes in

both May and July, taught by skilled local educators, craftspeople, scientists, tradespeople, small business owners, and members of our Willamette Valley communities. Today, we are opening our MAY classes for registration. Read below to see a full list of classes by date, or visit our website to view classes by category and register today!

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WINTER NEWSLETTER

In 2023, Tarweed hosted about 30 classes, taught by two dozen fantastic teachers! In 2024, we want to offer a similar volume of classes, this time spread across the seasons, beginning with our first weekend of classes on May 11th and 12th. Our 2024 season will continue with classes on July 20th and 21st. We plan on hosting classes in the Fall as well and there will be more details on those dates in a future newsletter.

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SUMMER SEASON FOR TARWEED FOLK SCHOOL IS COMPLETE!

We had a great first summer season of classes  hosted with our partner organizations, Highland Woodshop, Coyle Outside, and Greenbelt Land Trust. Nearly 250 people participated in 29 classes taught by more than 20 different teachers. Please check out our past classes to learn more about our offerings. 

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