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Cortes Island's Folk University

An experiment in slow learning, and the only university where no one ever graduates.

At it’s heart is the hope that at a time when our ideas and differences are being used to divide us from each other, perhaps we can engage in the act of learning, inspiring, and sharing in a way that brings us closer together. Can we become more independent and interdependent? Can we slow down learning? Can we have fun while doing it?

Folk U partners with neighbours and local nonprofits to offer regular workshops, classes, forums, micro-grants to neighbours, Think Tanks, creators circles, and a local radio show. Don't miss these Folk U Friday Talks, every Friday during the academic year, now on the radio at CKTZ 89.5 FM

Previous Folk University talks & offerings have included: local economics 101, how to tell a better joke, hands-on chicken slaughter 101, primer on the brain, chocolate making, what’s the gut microbiome, diy probiotics, Grant Writing workshop, folk medicine circle (partner), Making it Work forum (partner), TGIF movie nights (partner), and so much more.

What are your ideas, passions, interests? What do you know? Share it!

All welcome!

Learn more and check out the upcoming events at, or get involved by sending an email to

Do you like to make things happen? Ask about the Creators Circle.

Support Folk U by buying an annual Folk U class pass ($50) which gets you into more than 30 Friday Talks for free and gets you discounts on all other Folk U workshops, classes, and activities. Money short? Volunteer instead!
Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Phone: 0111