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Lifteed by the Heart, Journal of the Folk Education Association of America

Uncovering our Roots

Folk School Alliance

Monthly News | Spring 2015

Welcome to the Folk School Alliance (FSA). We are newly re-established and are working to support North American folk school initiatives. This is our second e-newsletter. We will be producing quarterly newsletters which feature folk schools in North America! 

Please email us at if you have news to share through our newsletter or would like us to feature your organization!

In this issue:

FEAA Board of Directors: Moving Forward

The FEAA Board of Directors is meeting phone-conference-style every month from all over the US! We are discussing the possibilities for a folk school network, establishing a list of US folk schools, working on a membership program that would benefit folk school start-ups, planning a possible national folk school conference, and so much more.

We are seeking board members so if you have any interest in the movement, please reach out to us at
Our New Website Launch
We are excited to announce our new website. Thanks to a generous friend, Sam at Pilot Collective Media, we have re-organized and launched our website. Be sure to check out our folk school network page or our news page to stay in the loop about up and running folk schools!

The Homestead Atlanta

Discovering the capacity to create – whether it be as simple as soap or as complex as a dwelling – empowers people. It is a reminder, no matter how small, that we can contribute significantly to the creation of a world properly sized for us and in balance with our surroundings. Read more here!
Founder, Kimberly Coburn shares:

"in the face of this essential, human need, we’re confronted with a world out of balance. We are constantly connected, but have never felt more isolated. We have unimaginable knowledge literally at our fingertips and have never felt less capable. Where we seek authenticity, we find artifice. 
It’s no wonder we seek wildly for a sense of home. "

Kimberly Coburn founded The Homestead Atlanta, an urban educational center dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of yesterday with the sustainability innovations of tomorrow. From foraging to Tiny Homes, blacksmithing to permaculture, The Homestead Atlanta empowers people to relearn how to provide for themselves and their community. "We look forward to growing as a sustainability and resilience resource for Atlanta and exploring organizational models that could be replicated nationwide."

Find out more at

Folk School Roots

The folk school story has its roots in 19th century Denmark with Nikolai Frederik Severin (NFS) Grundtvig whose vision for education is credited with supporting Denmark’s successful transition to democracy... Grundtvig believed that the classical education of the time with an emphasis on Greek and Latin studies, created a rift between life and learning. His particular concern was that schools should bring dignity to rural people and to the life of the farmer, the majority of Denmark’s population at the time. 

The Danes have emphasized that the folk school is not something to be exported to another place, but rather viewed as a source of inspiration. Ludwig Schroeder in 1872, said, “Stick your finger down into the ground and smell where you are! This is where the needs of the people are found, which can be different in different times and places. Where this meets the abilities of the teacher, there lies the hojskole’s calling.” The varied manifestations of Folk Schools in the U.S. today reflect a hope for making a transition from an unsustainable industrial society toward sustainable, post-modern societies. Denmark has demonstrated the degree to which folk schools can be woven into the fabric of society and can be a rich resource for renewal and change... [Read Full Article]

Vicky Eiben, FEAA Board Member

Folk Connections

Take a peek and check out some Folk Schools!

Porcupine Mountain Folk School

Located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, on the shores of Lake Superior, Michigan’s largest state park and premier wilderness area affectionately known as the Porkies.

The school has a place-based program and offers workshops all year around in: environmental education, local natural and cultural history, park-specific natural resources, building, woodcraft, natural arts, and more.

North House Folk School

Two timbered buildings built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps still stand, solid and present on Grand Marais’ harbor. The core of the North House campus, their timbered trusses now soar across woodworking, boat building and traditional craft classrooms, bowl carving, shoemaking, blacksmithing, woodcarving–durability, beauty, purpose, simplicity.

The mission of the North House Folk School is:
 to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts 
     in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.


Folk School KDHX

The mission of the Folk School of KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri is to build community through music. They offer a range of classes and workshops for all ages, day and evening classes, both at their facility in St. Louis, and at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois, as well as sponsoring special events and concerts. Through shared musical experiences, the Folk School is building a community of musicians working together to strengthen and preserve our musical heritage.

Whatcom Folk School

Whatcom Folk School in Bellingham, Washington,  is a non-competitive adult and family education opportunity!  Their mission is to inspire people to teach and learn some of the skills, techniques, knowledge, and crafts of everyday life to add to the vibrant, creative force of Whatcom County’s urban and rural countryside; to build resilience and strength by empowering people.

Whatcom offers a range of classes in arts and crafts, cooking and food preparation, culture and social structures, farm and garden, health and wellness, home building, wood working, mechanical and technical skills, music, dance, theater arts, outdoor skills and sciences, and personal development.

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