Thursday, August 27, 2009

Meet a Facilitator

Here's Christian!

“I heard about the Seattle Free School from a flyer posting near Green Lake and love the idea of information sharing within our community. We are all experts at things others are interested in and the Free School helps people share what they know without cost. I decided to facilitate a class because I wanted to hear questions that other people have not been able to answer that I feel I know something about. My primary interests is achieving personal sustainability while maximizing quality of life. Some of the classes I am interested in facilitating are Home Energy Auditing and How to Measuring Personal Sustainability: Beyond the Carbon Footprint.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Meet a Facilitator

We put this info out in one of our emails but currently we're having issues with pictures so here's our lovely Beth and her write up about Seattle Free School!

My name is Beth and I'm a 28 year old transplant from California. I've been teaching with SFS for a year now, everything from astrology to brewing to writing to job hunting.

I first heard about SFS from a flyer posted at Wayward Coffee House in Greenwood (one of my most favorite spots in for java in the city). I was looking for an inexpensive belly dance class, and happened upon the flyer for becoming a facilitator. I've taught multiple subjects in a variety of venues my entire life, so I jumped right in and began teaching.

At first it was a little intimidating, but all my class attendees have been fabulous, and the other facilitators are a lot of fun. I've taken several classes through SFS, and am always eager to learn more. It's truly amazing how much knowledge is out there, many of which is very 'niche' and hard to find in a standardized pay-for-course setting.

Facilitating has helped me hone my public speaking skills, learn the layout of Seattle better, and meet new people in my new hometown. It has also prompted me to learn more about subjects that I'm teaching, and exposed me to new skills (through other facilitators).

Anytime a student of mine says they know how to perform some skill, I always try to encourage them to teach it. You never know who might be really wanting to learn those skills! Seriously, I'm still hoping someone will sign up to be a facilitator for a belly dance class. Please? ;)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Vision Board Workshop

The Vision Board Workshop was a great success! We had about 20 crafty and chatty ladies in attendance, which made for a great group.

We started out the class with a brief explanation of how vision and dream boards work and then went through a guided visualization in order to engage all five senses in imagining our ideal lives. That got the wheels turning and a few minutes later, the Cascade People's Center had been turned into a whirlwind of magazine clippings and glue sticks. Everyone walked away with a board to inspire and guide them in the months to come and a few people even had some "ah-ha's" about their next big step.

If you missed out on the fun, plan on joining us at the next workshop in November!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Great New Motorcycle Class Posted

Here's the info:
Sat, Sep 5:
Motorcycle Maintenance
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Cascade Peoples Center
Basic two valve BMW motorcycle tuning and maintenance. This class will cover routine pre ride safety checks, valve adjustment, basic carb tuning and various other service issues on 1970 through 1995 BMW twins. Riders of all brands are welcomed and may benefit from many portions of the class.

Cascade Peoples Center is located at 309 Pontius Ave N

While the work done in this class will be done on a BMW the theories and skills are applicable to most motorcycles so come learn how to wrench on your bike!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Two more classes

Wondering what you'll be up to in September and October? Well hopefully coming to a Seattle Free School Class. We have a new cheese making class posted in September and a Getting Your Irish Citizenship class posted for October. Make sure to register early for the Irish Citizenship class as class size is limited! Information can be found on the classes page here.

Finally, DIY Silkscreening!

Want to learn silkscreening but don't want to spend a fortune on equipment? Wish you could make those t-shirts to advertise your organization, band, favorite food group? Want to make cool signs but not so great at painting by hand? Well come to this class and let Dani show you what she knows about silkscreening. You don't have to spend a fortune to make great silkscreened items. Here's the info:

Sun, Sep 27:
DIY Silkscreening
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Cascade Peoples Center
Silkscreening allows you to transfer graphics onto a variety of materials (like T-Shirts!). This is an informal show-and-tell class; come watch, talk, and learn how to silkscreen - the easier, cheaper way!

Cascade Peoples Center is at 309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle.

As always, register by going to the website:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Great Canning Write Up!

Want some insight into canning? Here's a great write up about canning and our classes at Fresh Picked Seattle. Thanks for spreading the word Julie!

Fresh Picked Seattle article

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Classes Posted

Economy got you down? Trying to figure out how to eat well without going broke? Well then we have the class for you! Check out our "Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping on a Budget" Class! Deb will lead you through how to shop creatively and feed your family well even on a reduced budget.

We've also posted another facilitators class. Have you been wondering how to give back to Seattle Free School and your community as a whole? It's not as hard as you think to be a facilitator with Seattle Free School. Not only do you get to share your knowledge with truly appreciative people, but you get to work on your own public speaking and become more confident being in front of groups. It's a true Win/Win!

If either of these classes interest you check out our schedule here.

Extra special info for you blog readers... soon we'll be posting a class on DIY screenprinting! Want to print your own shirts, patches, etc but don't want to spend a fortune on equipment? This will be the class for you. Info to come....