Sunday, December 16, 2012

Submit your class for the February calendar !

Do you want to teach a skill or share a creative process?

Get on board with the monthly calendar of Free Skool classes! 

Its easy! 
Pick a date(s) in February or March and fill out the teacher info form

Deadline for the February calendar is January 7

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Play a part in BIZAART !

The Ann Arbor Free Skool is planning BIZAART !  

One of the area's most bizarre art bazaars is scheduled to take place Friday,      December 14th 
@ Squid Cat Manor  318 W. Cross st
 (across from the Ugly Mug) in Ypsilanti.  
3pm-- 12am 

On the BIZAART ! bill:
homemade cat food
 hula hoops
bottle cap magnets
Real is Royal soaps
wire wrapped jewelry
baked sweets and treats
dream catchers
free store

fire performance
      >by Scott van Sice and Co.
human packing tape casts
      >by Tyler Vosgerchian
live drawing
       >by Ray Swaney
live painting
        >by Zackary Chapman

live music 
       Sacred Slut

....Also! Join Christine Barrera in adventures in crochet and general crafting!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lettergami on Monday!

Come to Arbor Vitae THIS MONDAY Nov. 19th and send your pen pal a letter they'll never forget!
Violin performance by Micah Lloyd
plus Violin performance by Jordan Adema
Stamps included

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Never too cold for a Slackline Skillshare

Slackline Skillshare! this Saturday 12pm - 3pm  Join us for some bouncy, balancey good times! 
No matter what temperature, as long as the sunrises on Saturday, we will be out there!

UPDATE: the location for this was going to be the UofM Diag but this may be changed to an even cooler (think miles davis, not thermometer) location that is INDOORS!  
                                  Stay tuned* for location confirmation!!!

*if you want to be in the loop for future slackliner gatherings, please email with "I WANT TO SLACKLINE" in the subject line and I will add you on for future notifications for when we set up a line.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kafka on the Shore in the Basement of Ambrosia

Ann Arbor Free Skool's Book Klub
We are currently reading: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Everyone is enjoying the book and our weekly discussions are going great!
If you would like to join in, it's still not too late (SERIOUSLY!).  
Sara and David just joined up today! and Sara has already read through Chapter 10!

Just grab a copy for yourself and catch up through Chapter 30 by our next meeting, 
Monday, November 26th, at 7PM in the basement of Ambrosia
(don't worry, just do it! that gives you two weeks and it's quite an enjoyable page-turner)

If you want to get in on the Book Klubbing but with a different book...
Let us know with an email to
and we can help you set up and organize a second A2FS Book Klub!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book Klub Discussion - Monday 7PM

Third Book Klub Discussion of Kafka on the Shore
Monday, November 12th, 7pm 
in the basment of Cafe Ambrosia

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.” 

See you all tomorrow!
<3 a2fs book klub

Monday, October 29, 2012

Read: Book Klub is a GO!

Ann Arbor Free Skool Book Klub has begun!
Our first book is:
"Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami
Our first book discussion is:
TONIGHT @ 7PM in the basement of Cafe Ambrosia
It's not too late to buy yourself a copy and join up!
Or if you are interested in reading a different book with other friendly folks,
A2FS will help organize a second Book Klub!
Let us know with an email to
or come to the meeting tonight!
Levar Burton not included in Book Klub membership.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fertility Awareness

Basement of Cafe Ambrosia


Join the Free Skool and Christina Guildi in an ongoing discussion regarding women's options for non pharmaceutical contraception.  Gain a deeper understanding of women's cycles and medicinal herbs in learning about several forms of Fertility Awareness Methods.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Slackline Skillshare

Come learn how to Slackline!
on the U of M Diag
from 4 - 6pm
this Friday
Everyone is welcome, whether you are brand new or an expert.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Keep the Free Skool Alive!

The Fall 2012 DIY Fest was a great success
but potential of Ann Arbor Free Skool does not end there!

A2 Free Skool can be every day.
A2 Free Skool can teach or share anything.
 A2 Free Skool is only here because
                                  people like you lend a hand.

If you have a skill, ability, idea, talent, or knowledge that has benefitted you
...and we know that you do...
why not share it with your community?

Ann Arbor Free Skool is completely run by volunteers to open the doors for positive, mutually beneficial interconnections between our neighbors and friends.

Anyone can help get involved to
keep Free Skool ALIVE!

If you have an hour or a week to spare/share, you could teach a class, lead a workshop, share a skill, spread beneficial knowledge, and/or volunteer with the Ann Arbor Free Skool Organism. 

You can make the world better right here in Ann Arbor!

and if that's not reason enough... check out this study that demonstrates that volunteering gives you an increased time affluence (your sense of the amount of time that you feel like you have).
        "Giving your time can give you time"!  <-------Click here!
Lengthen your days by sharing your skills!

the A2FS Calendar is being filled quickly! 
Contact us @

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hey DIY Fest Friends...

Thank you so much
to everyone who made it out to the
A2FreeSkool DoItYourself Fest!
Without your presence, your minds,
your talents, your generousities,
your curiousities, your music, 
your smiles, and your help
great community events like this wouldn't be possible.  
Let's keep learning together!
and please keep in touch with
for upcoming classes,
workshops, skillshares,  
and more fantastic events!

"Thank you" in sign language

P.S. If the A2FS DIY Fest left you feeling altruistic and/or didactic
 we could always use more volunteers and more teachers...
Click here to let us know how you could to help A2FS

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Sat, Oct 6
214 Charles st. A2
Music @ 1
Workshops @ 2
Do It Yourself Festival

Match by Match @1
the Illalogical Spoon @2
Sam Singleton-Freeman @3
Joni @4
Krystals @5
Elia Goat @6
Brian Tucker @8
Quicksand Swimclub @9
Watabou @10

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


 See you at 214 Charles st.

Music starts at 1 pm
Workshops begin at 2 pm

Bring something for Improv Dinner 

       And, (optional)

  • a donation to free store
  • Laptop to install Linux on for Open Source workshops
  • Yoga mat for Acro or Flow Yoga
  • Mason Jar for Canning workshop
  • Cordage for Macrame skillshare
  • Bicycle to be repaired

    *if the workshop has a star, its to remind you to bring  one of the above items


Self Defense
Learn the basics of awareness and become prepared for brewing trouble!
Become familiar with Open Source Software. Install Linux on your laptop or take a CD-ROM home*
Soap Making
Participate in making soap at home!
Hands-on instruction on how to can tomatoes and peppers*


Noncommercial Radio

Discuss opportunities in getting involved in noncommercial radio

Mindful Musiking

Learn to participate in a collective musical experience-JAM!


Hands-on instruction on how to can tomatoes and peppers*

Edible Wilds

Identify and eat wild greens and roots

Know your Presidential Candidates

Familiarize yourself with the basic platforms of seven 2012 presidential candidates



Learn basic knots and begin a piece of jewelry or a water bottle sling*

Self-massage & Ergonomics

Alleviate sore muscles with ergonomic awareness and stretching

Body Paint from Plants

Learn to turn plants into body paint! Get Painted!
Mindful Musiking

Learn to participate in a collective musical experience-JAM!

Improv Dinner

Discuss contributions for the day and prepare a feast for the fest*

Microbiology of Fermentation

Learn the basic biology behind fermented food


Tai Chi

Participate in slow meditative exercise for relation, balance, and health

Bike Repair
Learn basic bike maintenance! Fix your bike!*


Balance and walk on a slackline (similar to a tight rope)

Judicial Selection

Discuss a better way to select judges in Michigan

Open Source Mesh Networking

Find out how we can construct an internet for the people and by the people without corporate influence

Improv Dinner

Prepare a Feast for the Fest*


Fertility Awareness

Introduction to fertility cycles and alternative forms of birth control


Participate in Yoga flow*

Finding your Religion

Explore your place in this universe

Food Sensitivities

Anecdotal discussion of food sensitivities

Also, happening all day long:
Live Art with Eli Stevick
Button-making, Spray Paint Stencils, Spin Art,  and Free Store!