Great River Folk School

Handwork for grown ups.

Great River Folk School empowers individuals to build community and make change through experiential and place based learning in nature, traditional craft and foods from many cultures, and sustainable practices.


We are an adult education program of Great River School, an urban Montessori learning environment for students in grades 1-12. Montessori education emphasizes practical skills, experiential learning, and a balance between the freedom of the individual and responsibility to community. By making things with our hands, we engage with each other and natural materials, building community as we learn together. We value the traditional knowledge of all cultures, seek to create safe spaces for those that education has not justly served, and pursue hard work.

Interested in becoming a folk school instructor? Fill out our prospective Course Proposal Form!


Craft and Handwork Classes


Food and Cooking Classes


Ecology and Outdoor Classes