Submissions for Autumn 2015 calendr beig accepted NOW !

Hello everyone !

Want to teach a class or offer a free event ?

The deadline for submissions & proposals for the next calendar is Friday August 28th.

We are also including FREE community events around Mendocino county that are in keeping with our guidelines & ethics.

Please submit direct to our WordPress page via the ‘Teach’ option or message us directly at our facebook page: Mendo Free Skool.

Please keep class/event descriptions short. We are changing the format of the calendar.

Thanks everyone!


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Classes for Autumn 2015 being accepted NOW!

Howdy Folks !

Deadline for submissions & proposals for the next Mendo Free Skool Calendar is:

Friday August 28th.

Please write a very short description of your class and the location/dates/times.

All classes MUST be free & in keeping with our guidlines/ethics.

You may also submit FREE activities around Mendocino county.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please submit your class directly here at wordpress or message us at our facebook page.

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Really Really FREE Market / Skill Share & POTLUCK – Sunday June 21st

Sunday June 21st

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Todd Grove Park – Ukiah.


Come join us for our 3rd annual community day full of FREE FREE REALLY FREE events.

+ We will be offering a variety of of workshops/talks and ongoing demos on the day.

+ The Really Really Free Market is really free !

Clear out your:  closets, cupboards, sheds, garages and storage and come give all that cluttery stuff away for free.

So bring your clothes,  household, garden & kitchen goods, tools, kids toys, books, craft supplies and more………

Share your food bounty: Bring food, nuts, fruit etc, clear out your cupboards and bring Organic seeds to share & swap.


+ We are adding a POTLUCK this year by popular demand. So bring a dish or desert to share.


If you would like to offer a workshop, talk or ongoing demonstration on the day or if you would like to have an

‘information table’ for your local (non profit only ) group please contact us asap.

Or if you would like to help us organize this event or to volunteer on the day,


707 485 0979

707  235 9080


And always check our facebook page for current up to date updates.


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Mendo Free Skool Potluck !!! March 21st

Join us this Saturday March 21st at The MEC/KMEC in Ukiah for our Spring Equinox Potluck.

Meet new teachers, offer a class or just come hang out and learn what we are up to.

Bring a dish or dessert to share !

4:00PM – 7:00PM

MEC/KMEC is at the corner of Standley & State next to the courthouse.

Any questions please call

Linda/Ziggy 707 485 0979


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Announcing: Lunar Free Skool in October

Mendo Free Skool would like to explore and celebrate a lunar cycle with our community. Our next calendar will run one lunation – from the full moon on October 8th, thru the waning gibbous, half, and crescent, dipping into the new moon, the waxing crescent, half, and gibbous and back on thru to end on the full moon called November 6th. One moon, full of inspirational and useful offerings.


Class submission deadline is September 15th.

Calendar release party is Sunday, September 28.

Lunar free skool begins October 8th.


Call for class submissions: If you would like to share or explore a skill or passion with your community by offering a Free Skool class for this upcoming lunar session, that would be wonderful! To submit a class, please visit the teach page on our webpage at And feel free to contact the Free Skool collective to talk through an idea for a class.



If you would like to learn more about Mendo Free Skool:

§  Visit:

§  Like us on Facebook: Mendo Free Skool

§  Email:

§  Call: 707-391-0444

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A Dozen Upcoming MFS Classes! – Late May/Early June 2014

The Summer 2014 quarter is off to a hot start! A bunch of great classes have already happened, from figure drawing to collecting and saving wild seed. Knowledge has been shared, community strengthened. And now there is a stellar crop of upcoming classes ready for harvest in the next few weeks. Below is a chronological list of upcoming Free Skool classes and dates, and below the Buckeye Tree is the full description of these upcoming classes, in alphabetical order. See you in class!


Hugo Chavez and the ‘Pink Tide’ – Monday May 26

Basic Bicycle Maintenance – Tuesday May 27

Naked Eye Astronomy – Wednesday May 28

Alternative Cooking Technologies – Saturday May 31

First Gear Bike Class – Saturday May 31

UBK Refurbished Bicycle Sale – Saturday May 31

Plant Field Trip to Rickbaugh Glade, South Cow Mountain – Saturday May 31 to Sunday June 1

Drip Irrigation – Sunday June 1

Fermentation Friday – Friday June 6

Basic Bicycle Maintenance – Tuesday June 10

Fuel Load Reduction and Small Diameter Pole Building – Saturday June 14 to Sunday June 15

Greywater Seminar – Saturday June 14

Ongoing Classes: Meditation Group on Thursdays, Singing Circle on Wednesdays, Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen on Saturdays, Master Gardeners on Saturdays



Alternative Cooking Technologies 

304 N. Spring st., Sat May 31  4-6 pm

Shonduel and Lucy  707-391-0444

Explore simple alternative technologies that will increase your self-reliance, reduce fossil fuel use of your cooking and bring joy to your life. We will have hands on demonstrations and discussion about solar ovens, hay boxes, rocket stoves, and maybe more. We will eat food cooked with these technologies. This class is an opportunity for novices to be introduced and veterans to connect, learn, & refine.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance  

304 N. Spring St., Tues May 27th, June 10th  6-8 pm

Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen,, 707 391 0444

If you want to start taking care of your bicycle & need a little help getting started, this is for you. We will go over how to fix a flat (good to practice even if you kinda know), check your brakes and derailleurs, and clean and lube your drive train. The class will be mostly demonstration, but feel free to bring your own bike so that you can practice. Donations are not expected but are always welcome.

UBK Refurbished Bicycle Sale       

316 N. Bush St., Sat May 31st, 9 am

Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen -Ronnie, Andrew, Lucy  ,,  707 391 0444

The Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen is having its first Bicycle Sale! We have been fixing up donated bikes, and now they are ready for new homes. Come get yourself a fine new bicycle for summer evening riding. All proceeds go towards keeping the UBK running smoothly. At 10 am, we will have a Basic Bicycle Maintenance workshop, so you can learn to take care of your ride. Also, this is a good opportunity to drop off a used bike you would like to donate to the UBK.

Drip Irrigation                                        

Vinewood Park Community Garden Sun June 1st 5-6:30 pm

Peter Reynolds    

Learn how to install drip irrigation in your home or community garden. Class takes place at the newest community garden in Ukiah and is organized by The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities.

Fermentation Fridays                        

  14000 Tomki Rd. Redwood Valley,  Fri June 6th, June 27th, July 18th   

RSVP for times and directions

Mori Natura

Come join me to play with fermentatio!  We’ll be meeting on three Fridays to discuss methods, try our hand at different cultures, and enjoy probiotic foods together.  Bring ferments you”ve made to share, paper to write down recipes, and a jar to bring cultures home. Bring a jar. RSVP for directions

First Gear Bike Class 

Public Health, 1120 South Dora St.,  Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walk and Bike Mendocino    

Learn to be safe and secure on the road. Lead Trainer Erich Sommer will review what to watch for from drivers, and how to ride so you stay safe. Classroom and brief time on the bike you bring. The 2-hour May 22nd class will provide a quick overview and for a more thorough training, the May 31st class will be re-introduction for adults who know how to ride a bike but haven’t ridden in a long time or would like to learn more about riding safely and comfortably. Space is limited. To register: contact Jen Dalton at

Fuel Load Reduction & Round Pole Building

Greenfield Ranch, off Orr Springs Rd

Sat June 14, 2 pm – Sun June 15 6 pm

Earthcycles and Cloud Forest Institute – Govinda, Jen B., and Lucy,   391-0444

Join us in exploring reciprocity, forest restoration and stewardship. As a result of logging and fire suppression, Mendocino’s forests are overgrown with young Douglas Fir trees. By taking care of the forest, the risk of catastrophic fire is reduced, and many your building needs can be fulfilled. This is a very hands on workshop. You will learn native stewardship practices, pole building for housing, gazebo, shed, furniture, etc., recognize stands of trees that need thinning, how to fell, de-bark and mill trees, how to build using whole logs, how to engage in a reciprocal relationship with the forest and earth. We will camp out together on the land Saturday night, share meals, and work in the forest and on building structures. Space is limited to ten participants. Registration is required. Contact Lucy to register. We are also seeking a videographer to participate.

Greywater Seminar

Mendocino College, Little Theater,  Sat June 14, 9:00 am – Noon

Anna Birkas,

Greywater systems send the water from your house to your yard and plants. Anna Birkas – founder, designer and installer of Village Ecosystems – shares her knowledge of and experience with greywater systems. Learn what greywater is, how it can be applied, what is allowed in Ukiah. This seminar is organized by Mendocino College and the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District.

Hugo Chavez  and the “Pink Tide”                   

304 N. Spring St., Ukiah,  Mon May 26th, 6-8 pm

Chris Jackson,

A closer look is needed for such a controversial figure as Hugo Chavez and I’m just the gringo for it!  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of Chavismo and the Bolivarian Revolution as well as take a critical look at the “leftist/socialist’ governments that have swept through Latin America in the past decade.

Naked Eye & Binocular Astronomy 

Vinewood Park  (between Pine and Elm st.)

Wed May 28th,  9-10:15 pm  (if cloudy, reschedule to Weds June 4th)

Bill Taylor, (707) 272-1688,

Take a tour of the night sky, seeing wonders from a light hour to millions of light hours away.  Identify constellations, learn how to tell the time by theirr positions, and discover how our solar system and other stars and galaxies are moving in time.  Bring binoculars – the larger the aperture the better.  Bill is a farmer and life long sky watcher and has been in love with the night sky since he was 8.  

Plant Field Trip to Rickbaugh Glade, South Cow Mountain                     

 contact for details, May 31 – June 1

Kerry Heise, Peter Warner,

This is a California Native Plant Society field trip. This may be a camping optional trip for those interested in exploring the wider area of South Cow Mountain.  We’ll continue our efforts to compile a thourough inventory of the plants in the Rickabaugh Glade area, a diverse upland wetland amidst chapparral and woodlands.

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Summer 2014 Calendar Release!

The Summer 2014 Calendar is now out in the community!

The summer quarter runs from May 4 – July 31, and if a quarter full of classes that will help you inhabit your life and place, take on drought, get back on your bicycle, connect with community, become more self-reliant, and much, much more. Many thanks to all the teachers who are giving their energy to make this quarter happen.

To check out the Summer Calendar, visit our ‘Calendar‘ page to see it digitally, or keep your eyes peeled to pick up a beautiful paper-copy around town.

See you in class.   : )

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