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Geneva

Maison de Quartier des Eaux-Vives
Chemin de la Clairière 3
1211 Geneva

Nia is a fun workout that tones your mind and tunes your body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia is practiced barefoot, non-impact, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter (bio)
coop gift card
raw chocolate bars
virgin coconut oil (bio)
yogi tea (chocolate flavor or any other)

About the teacher, Katia Mikhailova

Hello, I live in Geneva since 1999. I have been teaching and practicing Nia for 4 years now, running regular classes and events. Dancing is my passion as I started to dance at the age of 8. Please read more about my background on my blog. Thank you. p.s. I would like to give a class in September in Eaux-Vives if possible. I couldn't leave this question unanswered, therefore I selected June 25. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Guadalajara

Casa Milpa
Est. Refugio (Tren ligero) Ignacio Herrera y Cairo #1035
Guadalajara

Compartiremos diversas maneras en que el proceso y la elección del alimento puede influir en el fortalecimiento y consolidación de vínculos de solidaridad con las familias campesinas.

Bring one of the following:
1 atún
1 kg de fruta (mango, manzana, melón, guayaba, piña, sandía, pepino etc..)
1 planta aromática (albaha, romero, tomillo, etc)
1kg de arroz inflado
50 hojas capuchino

About the teacher, Erika Colibrí Ecofeminista

:) Difundo el tema del reciclado de residuos con la finalidad de disminuir colectivamente nuestra huella ecológica; me gusta compartir temas de cultura ambiental y ecofeminismo <3

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Lombricomposta en casa

5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Parque El Refugio
Federalismo y Angulo
Guadalajara

:) Como reciclar tus residuos orgánicos a partir del cuidado y reproducción de la lombriz roja californiana: *Método sencillo *Materiales para comenzar *Beneficios de la lombricultura en casa *Cuidados generales de la lombriz *Cosechar tu abono (lixiviado y humus) *Como conservar tus abonos *5 primeros inscritos tendrán su pie de cría

Bring one of the following:
1 kg de papa
10 galletas caseras
2 kg de amaranto
2 kg de arroz inflado
2 kg de avena
2 kg de fruta (mango, manzana, melón, guayaba, piña, sandía, pepino etc..)
300 gr de cacahuates
300 gr de granola
Pan u otro alimento casero

About the teacher, Erika Colibrí Ecofeminista

:) Difundo el tema del reciclado de residuos con la finalidad de disminuir colectivamente nuestra huella ecológica; me gusta compartir temas de cultura ambiental y ecofeminismo <3

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Indianapolis

Fall Semester Launch

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Want to meet our teachers and learn more about Trade School? Want to check out our new community classroom? Come one, come all! Fall marks our annual anniversary, and we'll be celebrating by hosting a First Friday open-house to kick off our Fall semester with our teachers and YOU! Light bites and complimentary beverages from Nameless Catering and Sun King Brewing will be provided, along with plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people and engage with Trade School. On-site class registration will be available and we'll provide some interactive ways for you to give our space some LIFE! There is no cost to this event, but if you're able to offer something from our barter item list below, we sincerely THANK YOU for your help in building our space! If you're agreeing to bring a big ticket item (furniture, appliances - we will reach out to you soon!). We can't wait to see you!

Bring one of the following:
*a pledge to become a member (we'll send you info!)
*a pledge to volunteer by facilitating a class (we'll send you info!)
*just YOURSELF, along with your enthusiasm & smile!
8-12 oz. eco-friendly paper cups for us to serve tea with during classes
a housewarming gift with the Trade School logo on it (bunting, posters, art, photographs)
a mini fridge
a nice projector or large projector screen
a spare sewing machine that works
any portable electric cooking ware (blenders, hot plates, skillets, percolators, induction cooktops, crockpots) for cooking classes
beeswax, new unused chapstick tubes, 2 oz metal tins with lids, or a dried calendula herb for natural cosmetic classes
disposable decorating bags & couplers for baking classes
eco-friendly disposable plates & silverware, paper towels, plastic table cloths, or parchment paper for cooking classes & socials
fresh flowers, live plants, or dried lavender to spruce the space up!
furniture or storage items (tables, drawers, cubbies, trays, lockers, boxes)
good drawing chalk
half-pint or quarter-pint canning jars w/ lids for canning classes
interesting books on solidarity, barter, exchange, alternative economies, or radical education for our Trade School library
machine sewing thread, tracing paper, fabric scissors, pins/pincushion, or a dress form for sewing classes
sandpaper, fabric scissors or rotary cutters for sewing & craft classes
scrap fabrics (natural fibers a plus. 1/2 yd or more ideal... upholstery or interior decorating fabric in larger quantities would be good, too!) for sewing classes
sharpies (super fine, fine, and bold), watercolor paper, or gridded/see-through rulers for art classes
whiteboards or whiteboard markers
yummy bagged tea to serve during classes

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

Trade School Indianapolis is part of an international collective of alternative, self-organized schools that run on barter. Take a class in exchange for goods or services rather than money! Our mission is to provide non-traditional education focused on mutual aid and respect that makes ideas, skills and resources available to the creative community. We believe that everyone has something to offer, and that paying for services isn't the best way to build community. With mutual respect, anything is possible.

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Faster EFT for a Peaceful Life

8:30p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Troubled by old memories? Fears, phobias, and self-sabotaging habits keeping you from moving forward in life? This class will teach you how to change those old programs you are running, motivating you to live actively rather than reactively! Developed by Robert Smith, Faster EFT (Emotionally Focused Transformation) uses aspects of hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Matrix reimprinting, and a number of other modalities to quickly make changes in your life. Using this process can help change how the unconscious mind processes, encodes, and reproduces events from your past. Simply put, Faster EFT works to release stress and sprout positive change in virtually anything you address with it.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise!
an hour knitting lesson (to be scheduled after class)
an hour lesson in writing blog posts (to be scheduled after class)
gluten free baked goods
grass fed ox tail or soup bones
homemade pickles
homemade soap
introductions / connections for business or pleasure
local grass fed meat
organic local veggies
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we'll send you info)

About the teacher, Toni Macri-Reiner

Toni Macri- Reiner is a long time resident of Indianapolis. She is a certified hypnotist specializing in anxiety & trauma. She has studied with Robert Smith in both Toronto Canada & Oklahoma City, OK. She has a private practice in Broad Ripple where she works with clients to empower them to change the way they hold their past to live a better future.

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Water Bath Canning

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Water bath canning is the perfect beginner's canning method that you can use to can fruits, jams, pickles and more. In this class, you'll gain an understanding of the basic water bath canning principles and tools while enjoying a hands-on opportunity to learn how to make some deliciously simple strawberry jam! *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
a good cookbook
family canning recipes
something else you'd like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we'll send you info!)
various canning jars with bands and unused lids

About the teacher, Kathy Eisan

Kathy is a technologist that loves the old school methods of cooking. Her cooking methods revolve around going back to the basics of producing your own food. She is the proud mother of two daughters and surprisingly never liked to cook until she discovered canning! Kathy has been canning for over seven years now, creating new flavors in recipes from salsa to jams to pickles to pie filling. In her spare time, she loves to read and sew.

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Rustic Dutch Oven Bread

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

A rustic round loaf of bread that is extremely simple to make! There is no kneading required. You can add spices, cheese, and other items to fit your flavor profile. Students will learn how to mix, proof and bake a loaf. Baked loaves will be available to sample with toppings like butter, cheese and honey! *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
assistance/personal knowledge on building a zen garden (to be scheduled after class)
assistance/personal knowledge on homesteading/gardening (to be scheduled after class)
items for homesteading or gardening (check with me first)
items to build a zen garden like large, pretty rocks
meet up to do something fun and local that is cheap or free (antique shopping, brewery, winery, museum, etc. - talk before class)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something made or local to you (art, garden veggies, jam, honey, eggs, knitted/crocheted items, baked goods, soap, candles - no meat please)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Amanda Lloyd-Jones

Although she is a baker by profession, Amanda strives to continually expand her knowledge of various new things and does not shy away from hard work in order to achieve a positive outcome. This makes for an enriching and full life at home, work and church. She also enjoys crafting and home improvement projects, especially when she's able to re-purpose old items into whatever she's working on!

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Do you have a box of vacation pictures in your closet? Do you have hundreds of vacation pictures stored on your camera or your phone? Have you ever had a friend or co-worker hand you their phone and say, “Here’s my vacation pictures,” with little or no explanation? In this class, you will write the story behind the picture, a short memoir-type description based on a photo that you bring. You will learn how to tell the story of where this was taken, what happened before, during, and after the shutter snapped. *Please bring a few vacation or travel photos with you and a pen/pencil!

Bring one of the following:
a fun board or card game
a reusable shopping bag
a wonderful recipe that's simple to make
old maps
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Teresa Gregory

Before pursuing a degree in English from IUPUI, Teresa considered other options, among them art school and auctioneering. She is a "narrative reasoning" dyslexic which means that she learns and teaches with stories and that she's a talker. Among her many interests are family, travel, hand crafts, and chasing shiny objects. Other than a few short breaks, Teresa has been a life long resident of Zip Code 46219 (East Side!) where she lives with five cats who appeared in a box of clean blankets under her computer table when the pregnant neighborhood stray came in for a visit. (Mother and kids are all spayed and neutered.)

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Bicycle Commuting

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

With the new Cultural Trail and Indy's Bikeshare program, there's no better time to pick up bicycle commuting than now! Bike commuting may seem impossible, but anyone can do it if you have the right gear and the desire to try. We'll have an open discussion about the benefits of commuting while learning about Indiana bicycle laws and checking out the bicycle I commute with most days of the year. Please note I will only cover commuting in Summer, Spring & Fall but am happy to discuss Winter as best I can. After about an hour of discussion and pending weather, you're invited to take a short ride along the Cultural Trail with us! If you'd like to participate, please bring your bicycle or you are welcome to rent one from the Bikeshare program.

Bring one of the following:
an email or tweet of a picture of yourself on your first post-class bike commute!
milk-free dark chocolate
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
soy candles (no vanilla please)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
wheat grass seeds
wine
written suggestions of great places to bicycle in the state with photos if you have them

About the teacher, Meredith Jones

Meredith believes that even small changes have a big impact on the Earth. She tries her best to make the Earth a better place for current and future generations by being passionate about activities that benefit both individuals and the community like bike commuting and encouraging others to ride!

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Even with the ever-increasing postal rates, there are still a small group of us who believe in sending handwritten letters and documenting our vacations through postcards. In this class, we will introduce you to the world of mail art and mail swapping. We will discuss how you can use your artistic talents when sending mail, where to find pen pals, postal rules, the best mail swapping sites and all of the interesting items you can send or potentially receive! Each student will create a piece of mail art (we'll mail it for you!), leave with fun mail goodies, and get to play with our awesome typewriter.

Bring one of the following:
a letter filled with raw emotion on anything you want (bring with you to class)
a story that will make me laugh really, really hard (tell it to me in class!)
an introduction to a working comedian
an introduction to someone that TRULY believes in aliens
an invitation to see your tiny house (or connect me with someone who has one!)
fresh flowers, live plants, or dried lavender
homemade or local natural linen sprays
interesting books on solidarity, barter, exchange, alternative economies, or radical education for our Trade School library
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something with the Trade School logo on it (bunting, posters, art, photographs)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
typewriter ribbon
X-Files memorabilia

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Developing Your Written Voice

9:00p.m. to 12:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This creative writing workshop is a laboratory for exploring the written voice. You will imitate the masters and try several different techniques, polishing your sense of what characteristics distinguish one writer from the next. This is both a writing and discussion class, where we will look at examples and identify techniques, imitate the technique ourselves, then read and discuss the results. Almost certainly with this method, you will begin to see signs of your own voice peeking through the exercises. Bring pen and paper, an open mind, and a sense of adventure!

Bring one of the following:
dark chocolate
salt or pepper
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
unsalted shelled or unshelled sunflower seeds (to feed to chickens!)

About the teacher, Jessica Reed

Jessica is a maker and celebrator of things superbly made. She loves the clean lines of physics, mathematics, and philosophy as well as pastiche in art forms ranging from jazz to collage to experimental literature. She is a writer and science appreciator, having formally studied physics, poetry, and philosophy. Jessica is also passionate about sustainable living and lives in the country with her husband, gardens, composting worms, and seven chickens!

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Visual Storytelling

1:00a.m. to 3:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This is an interactive workshop about the stories we see in media every day and the tools used to create them. We'll look at different genres, formats, and tropes, and learn how to apply storytelling techniques to tell better stories. Special focus is on the coded language used by writers and directors to convey meaning to audiences through visual storytelling.

Bring one of the following:
fresh baked goods from your kitchen or somewhere local
fresh herbs from your garden or somewhere local
packaged whole bean coffee
pet supplies for donating to F.A.C.E. low-cost spay and neuter clinic (http://facespayneuter.org/donate/wish-list/)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sheila Plank

Sheila is a professional writer and filmmaker, an amateur gamer, and a part-time digital arts instructor. After many years as an IT systems professional, she returned to school to learn how to write, direct and produce independent films. She now enjoys sharing these skills with others.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This is a special class just for our nurses! Our healthcare system is full of smart and talented health care providers who do an excellent job treating patients, in an effort to make other’s way of life better. Time and time again you sacrifice personally and serve, sometimes heroically, through extreme circumstances to save a complete stranger’s life. We have over 3 million nurses currently working in the US (over 21,000 in Indy alone!), which means you, in particular, are vital to our healthcare system; the way you are supported in your work has a direct result on our healthcare organizations and society as a whole. When your needs are met, your interactions with and care for others both at work, at home and in your communities benefit. In order to sustain your effectiveness as a healthcare provider, you deserve structures created specifically to support and empower you. And sometimes you just need opportunities and encouragement to care for yourselves, so you may continue to care well for others. Together, we'll walk through an easy process that’ll give you a deeper clarity and understanding of what’s uniquely important to you in your own life, so you’re clear on the steps you can start taking immediately to reconcile the challenge of work-life balance and sustain a sense of well-being in your day-to-day routine. The intention is to help you create a life that feels more enjoyable, so you wake up looking forward to the day ahead no matter what it holds – whether it’s your day off or the beginning of a 3 day stretch of 12+ hour shifts. As a nurse, I know you have a handle on how to tend to everyone else; this is a chance for you to obtain and practice simple ways to care for yourself. Permission granted! You deserve it.

Bring one of the following:
a chemical free house cleaner
an hour of bike maintenance (to be scheduled after class)
essential oils – lavender or citrus scents
extra kayaking gear sitting around (towline/floating throw line (with throw bag), paddle float, bailer or bilge pump)
herbs – rosemary, thyme, or mint (in a pot if you can)
raw local honey
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
vegetables from your garden or somewhere local

About the teacher, Emily McNabb, RN

Emily’s career as a Registered Nurse started in the Emergency Department at Wishard Hospital (what is now known as Eskenazi Health) in downtown Indianapolis. It’s one of Indianapolis’ Level One Trauma Centers and it’s the county hospital, so her eight years working there was a great experience in that it gave her opportunities to care for patients from a large variety of socio-economic backgrounds with an even greater variety of medical/traumatic emergencies. After Wishard, Emily transitioned to an Emergency Department outside of the city. She's also had some experience with oncology nursing and school nursing. Today, she gets to care for patients in an orthopedic surgical setting. In addition to her nursing experience, Emily has earned certificates through The Coaches Training Institute, Sustainable Faith Indy, and The Grief Recovery Institute where she studied concepts and methods that directly relate to the effectiveness and sustainability, in both the personal and professional lives, of health care providers. As a result of her experiences, Emily has a deep respect and compassion for the nurses in our community and a desire to serve and support them, as she's watched them do for so many others.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country but don't know the language? Did you take Spanish classes in high school, but "forgot everything you learned?" Not to worry-- come learn some basic phrases and words. You don't need to be an expert to learn how to navigate in a Spanish-speaking country. Students will know how to introduce themselves, find the restroom, read street signs, ask for (and understand!) directions, order food and coffee, basic etiquette, find public transportation (metro or taxi).

Bring one of the following:
a book of yoga poses
a journal or notebook
burlap fabric or ribbon
empty coffee tins (vintage or steel preferred)
green smoothie recipes
organic or local cheese
organic, local, and/or fair trade coffee
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
used wine corks
wine (Spanish wine not required ;))
your favorite book

About the teacher, Danni McPherron

Danni is a writer, musician, yogi and environmentalist with a firm belief in trying new things. She dabbles in DIY decorations, gardening and blogging and wishes to help others find their voice and become more connected with the Earth. Whether it be traveling to a new place, making music, cooking, writing or saving the world, she believes in doing what makes you burn with passion, not anger.

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Clothing Refashion 101

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Clothing refashion can be as simple as adding or subtracting elements from existing garments to make them better fit your personal style! We'll learn the basics of refashioning and show you some inspiration pieces to get you inspired. Everyone will get a chance to practice using our new skills to add a pocket to a garment from your closet. We'll start by discussing refashion and analyzing some refashions. It’s recommended you know the basics of operating a sewing machine (threading, forward & backward stitching, sewing straight seams) since we will be using sewing machines in class. *You will need a shirt to add a pocket to. Please bring your sewing machine if you can/if you have one. Make sure it has thread, a full bobbin & a good needle!

Bring one of the following:
a hand quilting lesson (to be scheduled after class - I'm a beginner!)
fresh local produce
help restoring our farmhouse (to be scheduled after class - my husband and I are restoring a farmhouse in southern Indiana - it's about 1.5 hours from Indy)
homemade/paper-crafted/collaged bookmarks or stationary (the zanier, the better!)
organic dark chocolate
organic whole bean coffee
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
spiral bound graph paper notebook
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is a self-taught seamstress who has made most of her own clothes! She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Ready to take your clothing refashioning skills to the next level? Clothing refashion can be as simple as adding or subtracting elements from existing garments to make them better fit your personal style. In this class, we’ll explore many refashioning possibilities for sleeves and then practice using our new skills to refashion a garment of your choice. These skills can then be applied to any part of a garment! We'll discuss sleeve refashioning options using a slideshow of images, then we'll use our machines to put one into practice! It’s recommended you know the basics of operating a sewing machine (threading, forward & backward stitching, sewing straight and curved seams) since we will be using sewing machines in class. Beginner students are strongly encouraged to take Clothing Refashion 101. *You will need a shirt to add sleeves to. Please bring your sewing machine if you can/if you have one. Make sure it has thread, a full bobbin & a good needle!

Bring one of the following:
a hand quilting lesson (to be scheduled after class - I'm a beginner!)
fresh local produce
help restoring our farmhouse (to be scheduled after class - my husband and I are restoring a farmhouse in southern Indiana - it's about 1.5 hours from Indy)
homemade/paper-crafted/collaged bookmarks or stationary (the zanier, the better!)
organic dark chocolate
organic whole bean coffee
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
spiral bound graph paper notebook
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is a self-taught seamstress who has made most of her own clothes! She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design.

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TRE: Tension Release Exercises

8:30p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Have you experienced past traumas or regularly face small, everyday tensions & stressors your life? Come “Shake it out”! This is not an exercise class in the traditional sense. After doing a series of 7 stretches & easy exercises, you will lie on the floor allowing the body to naturally tremor. TRE is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE evokes reflexive muscle vibrations generally regarded as pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. Animals shake when they are afraid. Humans do it too; although, we have been culturally trained to think of it as a bad thing. It is the body's way of discharging the extra energy after some kind of stressful event. All exercises are adapted to accommodate physical limitations. *Students should wear comfortable yoga or loose fitting clothes and yoga mats or towels are strongly recommended as you will be lying on the floor.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise!
an hour knitting lesson (to be scheduled after class)
an hour lesson in writing blog posts (to be scheduled after class)
gluten free baked goods
grass fed ox tail or soup bones
homemade pickles
homemade soap
introductions / connections for business or pleasure
local grass fed meat
organic local veggies
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we'll send you info!)

About the teacher, Toni Macri-Reiner

Toni Macri- Reiner is a long time resident of Indianapolis. She is a certified hypnotist specializing in anxiety & trauma. She has studied with Robert Smith in both Toronto Canada & Oklahoma City, OK. She has a private practice in Broad Ripple where she works with clients to empower them to change the way they hold their past to live a better future.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

When you envision your retirement, do you see yourself sipping a drink at your beach house or on that two week trip through Europe? Are you 55, 65, or 70 years old? When you ran the formulas to ascertain that your savings habits will help you reach those goals in that desired timeframe, how high were your probabilities of success? If you haven’t done that math, you aren’t alone. Over 75% of pre-retirees say they don’t have a retirement income plan, although an even higher percentage say they believe it’s important. Without a plan, a goal is truly just a wish, and the amount of time your plan has to work for you is a very important factor in reaching retirement goals. Come get educated now on the “need to knows” and leave with clear understanding around what it takes to reach your personal financial goals. Regardless if you are a more tenured saver/investor or if you are just getting started, you are sure to leave feeling empowered with newfound knowledge around the future of your own finances.

Bring one of the following:
antique/vintage items
anything homemade
candles
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
your expertise in beekeeping, backyard chickens, gardening, creative writing, soap making, stained glass, self-defense or pottery (to be scheduled after class)

About the teacher, Keely Butrum

Keely Butrum began her career in financial services in 2004 and has since been serving high net worth individuals & families, publically traded & small companies, 401k plans, and not for profit organizations in managing and planning their financial affairs. She genuinely enjoys the opportunity to help people plan for the financial future they desire – truly a rewarding role to play in someone’s life.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

The Solidarity Economy meets human needs through economic activities–like the production and exchange of goods and services–that reinforce values of justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, and democracy. Projects like Trade School can only be successful in communities that honor self-organization, local wisdom, and mutual aid. Does Indy have strong solidarity efforts? Are you a community leader working to create jobs, produce food, house families, educate yourselves, entertain your communities, access healthcare, restore the environment, or organize any other social justice movement using solidarity practices? Join us for an open discussion where we'll share knowledge on the incredible work people in our networks are doing, and come up with ways in how we can work together to build Indy's alternative economy. The goal of this first class is to find a group of people that want to create a system like our friends in NYC: http://solidaritynyc.org. This is for community members that are ready and willing to take action immediately!

Bring one of the following:
information to share on the work you are currently doing
information to share on the work you are inspired by that you would like to do

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Clothing refashion can be as simple as adding or subtracting elements from existing garments to make them better fit your personal style! Embellishment (adding decorative elements onto a pre-existing garment) is the quickest and easiest way to start customizing your wardrobe and GET SEWING. In this class, we'll cover three approaches to garment embellishment — trims, embroidery, and applique. *Bring a garment from your wardrobe that's a little "blah," and we'll embellish it in class, giving it new life! It’s recommended you have some familiarity with the basics of operating a sewing machine (threading, forward & backward stitching, sewing straight seams) since we will be using sewing machines in class. Please bring your sewing machine if you can!

Bring one of the following:
a hand quilting lesson (to be scheduled after class - I'm a beginner!)
fresh local produce
help restoring our farmhouse (to be scheduled after class - my husband and I are restoring a farmhouse in southern Indiana - it's about 1.5 hours from Indy)
homemade/paper-crafted/collaged bookmarks or stationary (the zanier, the better!)
organic dark chocolate
organic whole bean coffee
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
spiral bound graph paper notebook
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is a self-taught seamstress who has made most of her own clothes! She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design.

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Using Pinterest Productively

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Love wasting a Sunday afternoon browsing Pinterest? Do you pin haphazardly but never go back to your boards? In this class, students will learn how to maximize their use of Pinterest as a bookmarking tool and will create a plan to complete at least one Pinterest project on their own time. *This is a BYOD (bring your own device) class in which students will be expected and encouraged to apply the tips and tricks they learn immediately.

Bring one of the following:
a copy of your favorite vegetarian recipe
a mix CD of your favorite music
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
zippers

About the teacher, Janet Kamiri

Janet strongly believes that everyone has creative ability and talents that can enrich lives. She believes in the power of "flow" and enjoys inspiring others to invest time in their passions. Janet gets the most enjoyment out of beautifying the space around her by discovering the hidden potential in people, places, and objects. She is a crafter, teacher and adventurer and finds that homemade is always better than store bought - especially when it comes to home decor, baking, paper crafting and sewing!

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Clothing Refashion 202: Silhouette

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Clothing refashion can be as simple as adding or subtracting elements from existing garments to make them better fit your personal style. It also often includes making silhouette adjustments so that it better fits YOU. We will discuss basic fit adjustments and more complicated silhouette overhauls, and then we will break into groups and practice one on an ill-fitting, TOO BIG garment (garment provided). Take these skills home with you and start making your clothes FIT! You should know the basics of sewing machine operation: (threading, sewing straight & curved seams, sewing stretchy fabrics) since we will be using sewing machines in class. If you are not an intermediate sewer, it is strongly recommended that you attend Clothing Refashion 101 and/or 201. This will be an intermediate or advanced class. *You will need to bring a garment you want to work on. Please bring your sewing machine if you can/if you have one. Make sure it has thread, a full bobbin & a good needle!

Bring one of the following:
a hand quilting lesson (to be scheduled after class - I'm a beginner!)
fresh local produce
help restoring our farmhouse (to be scheduled after class - my husband and I are restoring a farmhouse in southern Indiana - it's about 1.5 hours from Indy)
homemade/paper-crafted/collaged bookmarks or stationary (the zanier, the better!)
organic dark chocolate
organic whole bean coffee
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
spiral bound graph paper notebook
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is a self-taught seamstress who has made most of her own clothes! She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design.

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Sewing & T-shirt Hacks

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Barely acquainted with your sewing machine? Make it your friend! Learn safety tips, how to thread, and some basic troubleshooting. You will learn how to sew a basic straight seam with your sewing machine. Using this skill, we will hack a t-shirt to make a great tote bag. *Please bring a working sewing machine, thread, sharp scissors, and one or more adult cotton t shirts.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise!
buttons
honey
interesting or vintage textiles
pictures of sheep
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Dianne Noe

Dianne loves to sew and bring new life to things that would otherwise be tossed. She is currently exploring unique ways to use the vast amounts of very usable textiles in thrift store finds or from friends. Alter, slash, or hack...she is just painting with fabric and ending up (usually!) with something new and fun to wear or use.

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At Home Cheesemaking

9:00p.m. to 11:30p.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Blessed are the cheesemakers! There is no better cheese than the kind you make yourself, and we'll prove that by showing you how to make Fromage Blanc (Chevre), Ricotta, and a 30 minute Mozzarella. The basics of sanitation, milk handling, and equipment will also be covered. Although most of the class is demonstrative, you'll leave with some homework to finish fromage blanc at home. If you want to participate in the after class homework, please bring a gallon jug of milk! All cheese enjoyed in class will be made using goat milk. *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
antique hand tools for the garden, kitchen, or home
cast iron in any condition but broken
desirable native plant starts
elderberry or grape starts
garden/orchard baskets
hand knit wash cloths
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
stainless steel bowls
surprise me with something homemade
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
unusual seeds or plants (herbs, vegetables, or flowers)

About the teacher, Melody R DeLury

Melody is a local homesteader who is passionate about all things handmade and homegrown. She is a mother of 2 young children, a wife, a wanna-be farmer, an at-home cheese maker, a soap maker, and a maker of just about everything else!

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TRE: Tension Release Exercises

12:30a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Have you experienced past traumas or regularly face small, everyday tensions & stressors your life? Come “Shake it out”! This is not an exercise class in the traditional sense. After doing a series of 7 stretches & easy exercises, you will lie on the floor allowing the body to naturally tremor. TRE is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE evokes reflexive muscle vibrations generally regarded as pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. Animals shake when they are afraid. Humans do it too; although, we have been culturally trained to think of it as a bad thing. It is the body's way of discharging the extra energy after some kind of stressful event. All exercises are adapted to accommodate physical limitations. *Students should wear comfortable yoga or loose fitting clothes and yoga mats or towels are strongly recommended as you will be lying on the floor.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise!
an hour knitting lesson (to be scheduled after class)
an hour lesson in writing blog posts (to be scheduled after class)
gluten free baked goods
grass fed ox tail or soup bones
homemade pickles
homemade soap
introductions / connections for business or pleasure
local grass fed meat
organic local veggies
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we'll send you info!)

About the teacher, Toni Macri-Reiner

Toni Macri- Reiner is a long time resident of Indianapolis. She is a certified hypnotist specializing in anxiety & trauma. She has studied with Robert Smith in both Toronto Canada & Oklahoma City, OK. She has a private practice in Broad Ripple where she works with clients to empower them to change the way they hold their past to live a better future.

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Speak Confidently

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Imagine what it would be like to not worry about how you sound to others when you speak in public. Would you like to speak to groups without giving it a second thought? In this class you will be able to defy the force causing you to doubt yourself. Additionally, you will ease into a comfortable position to begin your journey as a confident speaker!

Bring one of the following:
awesome fabric
canvas, acrylics, or decorative card stock
post-it notes
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
take what you learned to share your random knowledge with youth in my network (will send you info!)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Skye Berger

Skye is an Executive Creative Coach, speaker and facilitator. She has been blessed to share her story and inspire people from stages, board rooms and school cafeterias nationwide. Skye believes everyone deserves to feel confident in what they have to say!

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No-Sew Fleece Blankets

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Join us as we each make a single-layer no-sew fleece blanket. You do not need to know how to sew to make these super simple blankets. These blankets make wonderful gifts for friends, family, or charity. Information on charities that need and accept these blankets will be provided in class. *To make a blanket during class, please bring fleece, sharp fabric scissors or rotary cutter (with mat), and yard stick/ruler or quilting ruler. To make an infant blanket, you will need 1 1/3 yd of fleece. To make an adult blanket, you will need 2 1/2 yd of fleece. *If you are unable to provide the needed supplies for this class, please contact us.

Bring one of the following:
ginger ale
homemade/local jelly, apple butter or honey
skeins of same color/brand of yarn
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to give your blanket to a charity (I will have info)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
your favorite non-dairy recipes

About the teacher, Jan Edmondson

Jan is a recent retiree who is enjoying new adventures! She enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, part-time librarian with her own Little Free Library in front yard, taking Trade School Indianapolis classes, knitting, reading, and making blankets for charities (so far she has made over 100 blankets for children in hospitals).

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Basic Hand Lettering

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Hand lettering is the art of writing beautifully. Rather than using a pre-established “font,” letters are hand-crafted for the specific application... thus these creations are truly one-of-a-kind! You can use hand lettering for stationary, scrapbooking, t-shirt and fabric design, and so much more. In this class, we'll introduce you to the world of hand lettering, and then we'll practice our new-found skills by making a piece of stationery for a special someone! *Please bring a pencil and eraser!

Bring one of the following:
a handmade surprise (no food please)
fresh local produce
gridded notebooks (at least 5"x7")
homemade/paper-crafted/collaged bookmarks, or stationary (the zanier, the better!)
organic dark chocolate
organic tea (loose leaf or bagged)
potted succulents
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is a self-taught seamstress who has made most of her own clothes! She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design.

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No-Sew Fleece Blankets

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Join us as we each make a single-layer no-sew fleece blanket. You do not need to know how to sew to make these super simple blankets. These blankets make wonderful gifts for friends, family, or charity. Information on charities that need and accept these blankets will be provided in class. *To make a blanket during class, please bring fleece, sharp fabric scissors or rotary cutter (with mat), and yard stick/ruler or quilting ruler. To make an infant blanket, you will need 1 1/3 yd of fleece. To make an adult blanket, you will need 2 1/2 yd of fleece. *If you are unable to provide the needed supplies for this class, please contact us.

Bring one of the following:
ginger ale
homemade/local jelly, apple butter or honey
skeins of same color/brand of yarn
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to give your blanket to a charity (I will have info)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
your favorite non-dairy recipes

About the teacher, Jan Edmondson

Jan is a recent retiree who is enjoying new adventures! She enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, part-time librarian with her own Little Free Library in front yard, taking Trade School Indianapolis classes, knitting, reading, and making blankets for charities (so far she has made over 100 blankets for children in hospitals).

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Basics of Clean Eating

9:00p.m. to 10:30p.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Clean eating is about eating whole, real foods -- those that are minimally processed, refined, and handled. Join us for an interactive workshop to learn more about clean eating lifestyles, the 80/20 rule, and foods constituting as clean. We'll practice reading ingredient lists to spot those sneaky additives and learn basic clean eating substitutions for everyday ingredients while cooking a few recipes together! Recipes will include unique techniques for some impressive but super simple healthy side dishes *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
a favorite poem
a local brew or wine
canned goods to be donated
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something handmade
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we'll send you info)
your favorite spice or hot sauce

About the teacher, Ashlea Victor

Ashlea is a small town girl at heart with a love for big city life. She believes in the notion that knowledge is power. Having recently become a passionate advocate for a healthy lifestyle, she realized that not a lot of old, family recipes fit the bill. Now, she’s on a quest to match the two!

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Simple Photography Magic

11:30p.m. to 1:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Have you ever seen an amazing photograph and wondered how it was created? By using your camera’s basic settings and following a few simple rules, you can dramatically improve your photos, creating wonderful works of art. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the significance of lighting, the rule of thirds, and three basic camera settings that will change everything. Class topics will include learning about exposure, focus, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Students will be shown a demo of three different camera styles (Point & Shoot, DSLR & a Smartphone), learning how to create better photos with just minor adjustments to each. *This class is hands-on and will be using cameras in class; be sure and bring yours!

Bring one of the following:
a random surprise!
home-made cookies (and recipe, if you’ll share). There will be a prize for the best cookie!
interesting, unique pens and pencils
old technology/gadgets from the last few years
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Ben Turney

Computer guy by day, photographer by night, Ben Turney likes to dabble in all things technical and artsy. Naturally, Ben is drawn to photography as photography is both extremely technical and can be wonderfully artistic. While his day job pays the bills, he is a semi-professional photographer who has been "bending light" for over 20 years making interesting and creative images that are more than just photos. He loves the concept of small, informal & local teaching opportunities. He enjoys helping people overcome the technical hurdles in photography by giving them a hands-on experience learning about their camera and how to manipulate it to make photo magic.

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Make Random Knowledge Work for You

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Imagine what it would be like to be invited as an authority to speak on some of the random information in your brain. You can use what you have in your head to make a difference in the world! In this course you will be guided through the process of brainstorming to unlock your passion and connect it to assisting mankind. Awe and wonder the world with all of your knowledge!

Bring one of the following:
awesome fabric
canvas, acrylics, or decorative card stock
post-it notes
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
take what you learned to share your random knowledge with youth in my network (will send you info!)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Skye Berger

Skye is an Executive Creative Coach, speaker and facilitator. She has been blessed to share her story and inspire people from stages, board rooms and school cafeterias nationwide. Skye believes everyone deserves to feel confident in what they have to say!

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Seasonal & Vibrant Art Therapy

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This relaxed Fall art class will be about capturing colorful themes and imagination on paper through versatile use of colored pencils. Creating one's own artwork is a great way to be inspired emotionally and visually! An artist can portray his or her emotion through the use of vivid color on canvas or paper. Printouts of Fall themes like photos of fall leaves, fruits, and birds will be provided so you can draw and sketch by imitating the Autumn themes on your art papers. *Please bring #2 pencils, erasers, sharpeners, colored pencils, and any drawing paper for sketching. *If you are unable to provide the needed supplies for this class, please contact us.

Bring one of the following:
garlic
homemade/local cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, angel food cake, or brownies
produce (cauliflower, grapes, tomatoes)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
tea
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Rumman Kabir Ali

Rumman studied at Winona State University in MN where she took art classes while doing an undergraduate program. Conversely, she has taught art classes and had three exhibitions at Indie Artist Art Gallery. Rumman loves to explore art using oil, water, acrylic, and colored pencils, but particularly loves acrylic painting and pencil sketches. Painting and drawing has been her hobby and passion since childhood!

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Writing Visual Stories

12:00a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Some of the best movies are adapted from books and short stories, but how do you write a story that reads like it was meant to be a film? In this class we'll cover some of the basics of visual storytelling as they apply to writing effective prose. We'll learn how to apply the visual cues and pacing common in movies to our writing. Depending on interest, this class could turn into an ongoing workshop in writing cinematic prose.

Bring one of the following:
a book by a favorite author
a DVD by a favorite director
any item thoughtfully hand made
pet supplies pet supplies for donating to F.A.C.E. low-cost spay and neuter clinic (http://facespayneuter.org/donate/wish-list/)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sheila Plank

Sheila is a professional writer and filmmaker, an amateur gamer, and a part-time digital arts instructor. After many years as an IT systems professional, she returned to school to learn how to write, direct and produce independent films. She now enjoys sharing these skills with others.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Get inspired to sew simple items like pillows, curtains, duvet covers, tablecloths, etc. for your home. These items are super easy to make— just squares and rectangles! A few straight seams sewn, and you can personalize your space with beautiful fabrics that express your personality and taste. Plus, you'll save money and have fun in the process! In this class, we'll explore the many simple home sewing possibilities, and then we'll apply our new skills by making a custom fitted pillowcase. *Please bring a pillow to be used with the pillowcase, fabric if a specific pattern/material is desired, and a sewing machine, if available. *If you are unable to provide the needed supplies, please contact us.

Bring one of the following:
a hand quilting lesson (to be scheduled after class - I'm a beginner!)
fresh local produce
help restoring our farmhouse (to be scheduled after class - my husband and I are restoring a farmhouse in southern Indiana - it's about 1.5 hours from Indy)
homemade/paper-crafted/collaged bookmarks or stationary (the zanier, the better!)
organic dark chocolate
organic whole bean coffee
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
spiral bound graph paper notebook
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is a self-taught seamstress who has made most of her own clothes! She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Everybody can be a great public speaker, and this class will provide you an opportunity to try out this skill without embarrassment. The class will review key points about what makes a good presentation, and then give you a chance to practice!

Bring one of the following:
a surprise!
books
interesting sodas (non-alcoholic)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
tea
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Katie Casey

Kathleen Casey is a local attorney and graduate of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In addition to work in social justice, she also enjoys catching live music from around town and working on various fiction projects set in Indianapolis.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This course will focus on writing short fiction. You will learn about form and content with a focus on literary techniques that will help you to produce original short stories. One of the main objectives of this course is to begin to think about creative writing in new and likely disorienting ways, and further to provide you with the tools and knowledge to develop and improve your writing within the short story form. To accomplish this we will be addressing a variety of different aspects of fiction writing including, but not limited to, craft, structure, pacing, character development, atmosphere, subject matter, and temporality. We will attempt to understand the elements of short fiction and embrace the relationships between those elements. Additional topics covered in the course may include editing, revising, reading, and publishing.

Bring one of the following:
anything artistic
beer, wine, or whiskey
board games
books (preferably literary fiction or poetry)
garden produce (vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
vinyl records

About the teacher, Eric Longfellow

Eric Longfellow is a writer and teacher. He has a master's degree from New York University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English Studies at Illinois State University where he has taught creative writing and composition. He has worked or is currently working for the publishers FC2 and Dalkey Archive Press doing proofreading and editorial work. While his main focus is fiction writing, his research interests include queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, and psychoanalytic theory. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories that explores the intersections of alternative forms of sexuality and global political histories. His fiction can be found in CutBank Literary Magazine among other places.

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Make a Vest in a Minute!

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Learn how to make a no sew vest from 1.5 yards of knit fabric. Only two cuts are needed to make a vest with a draped front. Raw edges can be hemmed, but remember knit does not ravel. This is a creative and easy way to use a length of knit fabric to make a wearable garment! *Please bring about 2 yards of light to medium weight fabric and fabric scissors. *If you are unable to provide the needed supplies for this class, please contact us.

Bring one of the following:
buttons
garden ornaments or markers
honey
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
surprise me!
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
vintage or interesting fabric

About the teacher, Dianne Noe

Dianne loves to sew and bring new life to things that would otherwise be tossed. She is currently exploring unique ways to use the vast amounts of very usable textiles in thrift store finds or from friends. Alter, slash, or hack...she is just painting with fabric and ending up (usually!) with something new and fun to wear or use.

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Member's Fall Social

12:00a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

For our members only! Join us for the most chill, most fun, low-key event you've ever been to where you can do WHATEVER you want! Bring yourself, some food to share, and maybe your favorite board game? Your dance moves? A typewriter? Want to share Halloween costume ideas? Can anyone do a makeup demo? Want to make your own costume while you mingle? Sing us a song? Want to show us how to do a cartwheel? Tell secrets? Draw on the chalkboard? We'll have everyone bring something to do, and then...you'll do the thing with whoever wants to do it!

Bring one of the following:
*I'm not a member but I would like to become one so I can join this rad party!
a game to play (can be a board game, video game, card game, improv exercise, etc.)
a skill to share (cartwheels, halloween make-up, how to pickle, etc.)
food to share

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Email Newsletters 101

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Having an email newsletter is the easiest (and cheapest) way to reach a lot of people at once to spread the good word! Whether you own a business, organize a non-profit, or send out general announcements on behalf of a neighborhood or group - having a newsletter set up will make your life a whole lot easier. Using Mailchimp (it's FREE!), we will work together to create, design, and manage a database for your newsletter. This class is for people who have never sent a newsletter or used Mailchimp, and it's recommended you understand how to use a computer and send email to benefit. This is a 3-part class. In this first introduction course we will get your account set up, design a basic template, import any email addresses, and come up with a plan for your future newsletters. *This is a BYOD (bring your own device) class in which students will be expected and encouraged to work through exercises and learn by using their own computer.

Bring one of the following:
a letter filled with raw emotion on anything you want (bring with you to class)
an introduction to a working comedian
an introduction to someone that TRULY believes in aliens
anything lavender (must be all-natural)
fresh flowers or dried lavender
homemade coffee creamers (no low-fat/artifical ingredients, preferably organic)
homemade or local natural linen sprays
interesting books on solidarity, barter, exchange, alternative economies, or radical education for our Trade School library
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something with the Trade School logo on it (bunting, posters, art, photographs)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
X-Files memorabilia
yummy bagged tea to serve during Trade School classes

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Email Newsletters 102

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This is part 2 of the 3-part class - please sign up for part 1 to attend part 2. *This is a BYOD (bring your own device) class in which students will be expected and encouraged to work through exercises and learn by using their own computer.

Bring one of the following:
a letter filled with raw emotion on anything you want (bring with you to class)
an introduction to a working comedian
an introduction to someone that pilots hot air balloons
an introduction to someone that TRULY believes in aliens
anything lavender (must be all-natural)
fresh flowers or dried lavender
interesting books on solidarity, barter, exchange, alternative economies, or radical education for our Trade School library
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something with the Trade School logo on it (bunting, posters, art, photographs)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
X-Files memorabilia
yummy bagged tea to serve during Trade School classes

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Basics of Home Buying

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

You probably keep hearing people say things like “Now is the time to buy!” and “Why pay that much in rent when you could be in your own home?”. The truth is – interest rates are low, and it is a great time to purchase a home! We want to make sure you know exactly how the process goes – from getting pre-qualified to closing and getting the keys handed over to you! In this class, you will learn the basics of the home buying process, as well as helpful tips and things to consider. Even if you already own a home, we have valuable tips and best practices to make sure that your next purchase is smooth and stress-free. *If you are an existing homeowner, feel free to bring a copy of your latest mortgage statement or insurance declaration page and we are happy to review and give advice! *Our class is accepting barter items that will be donated to the Legacy House, an organization that provides free support and counseling services for adults and children who are victims of violence. A representative from Legacy House will be on-hand should you want to learn about the organization afterward.

Bring one of the following:
art supplies (brushes, paints, 8 x 10 canvases, washable markers, construction paper, glue sticks, fabric markers and paints, fabric glue, foam shapes with adhesive backing, stickers (especially butterflies), ribbons (all colors)
books (adult novels, children’s novels, children’s picture books, humor books, board books to give to parents of toddlers)
boxes of tissues
cases of small bottled water
coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, individual creamers, 8-oz cups with lids, sugar and sweetener packets (for lobby coffee station)
new hats, scarves, or mittens for children
personal & wall calendars (2016) for clients to keep appointments
school supplies (paper, pencils, book bags, etc.)
something else you’d like to offer to The Legacy House (https://www.facebook.com/LegacyHouseIndianapolis)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
toys, puzzles, or children’s board games (new or gently used)
writing journals

About the teacher, Kim Mathews, Joe Smith, Kimberly Irving

Kim Mathews has 5 years of insurance experience and 3 years of experience running an independent agency. She works with over 15 different companies and is able to shop rates through a variety of carriers. She is adamant about empowering her clients and prospects through education and encourages them to ask questions about anything that does not make sense. She has a black lab mix named Rigsby, and in her free time she enjoys traveling and camping. Kimberly Irving began her career in the mortgage industry over 15 years ago. She prides herself in providing borrowers of all credit grades with loans that are tailored to fit their individual financial needs. Clients looking to purchase a new home or refinance existing homes can count on her to analyze credit, income and assets to be sure she meets their needs and investor guidelines. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. Joe Smith is a full time Realtor working in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. His experience includes millions of dollars in closed transactions and graduating at the top of his class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. As a Certified Negotiation Expert, he specializes in helping home buyers find their dream home while also achieving better results and control throughout the transaction. In his free time, Joe enjoys playing with his two amazing daughters and relaxing at the park.

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Email Newsletters 103

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

This is part 3 of the 3-part class - please sign up for part 1 and 2 to attend part 3. *This is a BYOD (bring your own device) class in which students will be expected and encouraged to work through exercises and learn by using their own computer.

Bring one of the following:
a letter filled with raw emotion on anything you want (bring with you to class)
an introduction to a working comedian
an introduction to someone that pilots hot air balloons
an introduction to someone that TRULY believes in aliens
anything lavender (must be all-natural)
fresh flowers or dried lavender
interesting books on solidarity, barter, exchange, alternative economies, or radical education for our Trade School library
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something with the Trade School logo on it (bunting, posters, art, photographs)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
yummy bagged tea to serve during Trade School classes

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Easy Green Smoothies

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Do you like the idea of healthy smoothies but are scared away by juice bars that charge upwards of $12 a smoothie or food bloggers who suggest you need to buy a $500 blender to get started? In this class you will learn how to make easy, delicious, and healthy smoothies at home using a standard, inexpensive blender. We will be going over how to create your own simple recipes, stockpile and store fruits and vegetable, and methods for keeping your smoothie habit budget-friendly, along with the nutritional science behind various ingredients. Plus, we'll try out some recipes!

Bring one of the following:
30 minutes of a photo session with me for my professional pages (to be scheduled after class)
a book you love with a note why
a surprise from a local Indy business
art supplies
artwork you have made
fresh fruits or veggies
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Darcy Marlett

Darcy Marlett is an Indianapolis-based communications professional who began filling her household with the sound of a blender two years ago. She enjoys reading lots of articles on nutritional science and experimenting with fruits, veggies, and her trusty $15 dollar blender. When not at work or waking up her cat with the sound of a blade going through spinach, find her volunteering with Indianapolis organizations, running, camping, and attempting to restore her Irvington home.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

What's the one recipe that has been in your family for generations? The one you wait for every birthday or holiday? Whether it's sweet, savory, or a little bit sour - join us on November's First Friday for a family heritage recipe & tasting swap! Bring yourself, family members, a copy of your recipe (with printed copies if you can), the story behind your recipe, and enough of your recipe for at least 15 people to taste (doesn't have to be a full meal!). Because of our limited "kitchen" - we recommend that you pick a recipe that is eaten cold, but please feel free to bring your favorite warm recipe on paper. If you have access to burners or a way to keep something warm, please bring/let us know you can help with this! Think of this as an early Friendsgiving!

Bring one of the following:
a recipe + your prepared recipe for others to taste

About the teacher, Brittany West

Brittany is an organizer for Trade School and lover of all things artistic, natural, simple, and human. She enjoys diners, dancing, government conspiracies, writing, not being on social media, comedy, and most self-help books. She also really hates writing bios because it's asking her to condense herself into such a small space and that's just impossible.

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Water Bath Canning

9:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Water bath canning is the perfect beginner's canning method that you can use to can fruits, jams, pickles and more. In this class, you'll gain an understanding of the basic water bath canning principles and tools while enjoying a hands-on opportunity to learn how to make some deliciously simple strawberry jam! *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
a good cookbook
family canning recipes
something else you'd like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
various canning jars with bands and unused lids

About the teacher, Kathy Eisan

Kathy is a technologist that loves the old school methods of cooking. Her cooking methods revolve around going back to the basics of producing your own food. She is the proud mother of two daughters and surprisingly never liked to cook until she discovered canning! Kathy has been canning for over seven years now, creating new flavors in recipes from salsa to jams to pickles to pie filling. In her spare time, she loves to read and sew.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Do you have a box of random holiday pictures in your closet? Does your computer have a bulging file of your annual family reunion/New Year’s parties/birthday parties/Halloween from the last ten years? In this class, you will write the story behind the picture, a short memoir-type description based on a photo that you bring. You will learn how to tell the story of where this was taken, what happened before, during, and after the shutter snapped. This might make a nice personalized gift for a friend or family member, especially if they don’t have a copy of that picture. *Please bring a few holiday or event photos and a pen/pencil with you!

Bring one of the following:
a fun board or card game
a wonderful recipe that's simple to make
old maps
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Teresa Gregory

Before pursuing a degree in English from IUPUI, Teresa considered other options, among them art school and auctioneering. She is a "narrative reasoning" dyslexic which means that she learns and teaches with stories and that she's a talker. Among her many interests are family, travel, hand crafts, and chasing shiny objects. Other than a few short breaks, Teresa has been a life long resident of Zip Code 46219 (East Side!) where she lives with five cats who appeared in a box of clean blankets under her computer table when the pregnant neighborhood stray came in for a visit. (Mother and kids are all spayed and neutered.)

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Have you ever walked up to a work of art and wondered, "What the heck is it?" or 'What am I supposed to think of it?" We all have encountered works of art that we find challenging, ugly or just downright hate on sight. Instead of feeling like you have lost a staring contest, you could be walking away with understanding and a new opinion about art. You just need a few tools that no one ever told you about. Until now! *Please bring a photo (printed or digital) of at least one work of art you think is ugly, dumb or otherwise objectionable, along with an open mind and willingness to reconsider your opinion.

Bring one of the following:
beads
cookbooks
crystals / gemstones
handmade soap
locally-roasted coffee (regular or decaf)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Despi Ross

Despi is a collision of old and new. She loves high-tech everything and cutting-edge science but also has a healthy respect for doing some things the old-fashioned way (like making biscuits from scratch, growing food organically and taking black & white photographs with actual film). She is also about passionate about buying, cooking, and eating local, sustainable food and loves art, action movies, beekeeping, toy collecting, music on vinyl and hunting for treasure in thrift stores.

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

France is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, but it often gets a bad reputation, especially when it comes to Paris. However, having a good experience is often just a matter of a little savoir-faire. This workshop is aimed at participants who want to travel to France, although much of the information might be useful for European travel in general. Traveling for a variety of budgets will be addressed and students will walk away with knowledge about how to get around, places to visit, cultural issues, and more.

Bring one of the following:
a book you love
an explanation of your favorite place to travel (Indiana, domestic, international, anywhere!)
chocolate
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
tea
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
your bucket list

About the teacher, Amy Conrad

Amy Conrad has traveled, studied, and worked in France. She often spends her summer in France working for the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages. Amy speaks French, loves to help people feel at home in a new culture, and has made plenty of faux pas in France so you won't have to!

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Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Welcome to the wonderful world of cake decorating! In this class, we will explore trends in cake decorating that are easy for beginners to apply and learn/practice some simple piping techniques. Whether you've dabbled with decorating before or you're completely new to cake decorating, this class will definitely send you on your way with new ideas, techniques and inspiration when creating your next treat! *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
a bag of powdered sugar
any flavor cake mixes
free-range eggs
gently used unisex baby clothes (sizes 3-12 months)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)
two hours of gardening help in Spring 2016 (to be scheduled after class - I live in Pike Township)
your favorite flavoring extract(s)

About the teacher, Asia Coffee

A native of Indianapolis, Asia Coffee is a commercial interior designer by profession that loves to decorate cakes and teach cake decorating classes in her spare time. She has been decorating cakes for five years and has been teaching cake decorating for two years as a certified Wilton Method Instructor. Though buttercream icing is her favorite medium, she has created several cakes decorated in buttercream and fondant for family and close friends. Asia is passionate about cake decorating and looking forward to the exciting opportunity to share her knowledge with others through Trade School!

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Mindfulness & Stress Management

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Come learn about mindfulness and strategies for using it to better manage your stress. Together, the class will cut through the hype to learn what mindfulness really means. At the end of the class, you will have identified at least one mindfulness technique that you can take away and use to manage your stress instead of having it manage you.

Bring one of the following:
a book on crafting
a favorite recipe
seasonal fruits or vegetables
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Lisa Robinson

Lisa has been studying mindfulness for the last couple of years. She became exposed to it while completing her graduate degree program; mindfulness resonated with her so much it became an integral piece of her life. As a volunteer, Lisa authors a regular blog for Peace Learning Center for a column she created called “The Mindful Path.”

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Easy Holiday Sugar Cookies

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Learn how to properly mix, roll, cut, pan, bake and decorate a delicious sugar cookie for the holidays. Students will learn the techniques to get uniform, soft, tasty cookies. No more burnt edges or tough cookies! Instead of hard overly sweet royal icing we will be decorating with sugar crystals and Choco-Pan Fondant. *If you have any health / dietary concerns, please contact us before signing-up to determine whether the environment will be conducive to your health and safety.

Bring one of the following:
a handmade holiday decoration or ornament
items for homesteading or gardening (check with me first)
leftover yarn balls
meet up to do something fun and local that is cheap or free (antique shopping, brewery, winery, museum, etc. - talk before class)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
something made or local to you (art, garden veggies, jam, honey, eggs, knitted/crocheted items, baked goods, soap, candles - no meat please)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Amanda Lloyd-Jones

Although she is a baker by profession, Amanda strives to continually expand her knowledge of various new things and does not shy away from hard work in order to achieve a positive outcome. This makes for an enriching and full life at home, work and church. She also enjoys crafting and home improvement projects, especially when she's able to re-purpose old items into whatever she's working on!

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Herbal Infused Oils & Salves

4:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Trade School Indy
Trade School Indy at 1125 Brookside Ave
Indianapolis

Infusing oils with healing herbs is fun and easy! In this class you will learn about various oils and their properties and purposes as well as easy to procure healing herbal combinations. You will learn how to quickly infuse an oil and also how to infuse an oil over time. These oils can be used for various uses but in class we will make a quick salve/lip balm with an herbal oil and a few other inexpensive natural ingredients!

Bring one of the following:
art you made or random art from your home
beer
beeswax
canning jars
home baked or local goods (your pick!)
something else you’d like to offer (you will coordinate a 1-1 exchange with the teacher)
to volunteer for this class as a facilitator (we’ll send you info!)

About the teacher, Lesley Jean Saligoe

Lesley is a matriculating medicine woman, dream weaver, kitchen witch, chicken whisperer, bee charmer, magic maker and consort to all things green and growing.

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Los Angeles

Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles

We want YOU to teach a class through Trade School LA! Whether you already have a class you want to teach, or you'd just like to learn more about how our process works, join us for orientation. You'll get a brief history of how TSLA started and why we exist here in LA. We'll cover tips for teachers and show you how to get class scheduled and onto our website. We'll close by discussing your insights and ideas on teaching, sharing class ideas (if you have one already - optional), and hearing questions. This will be about sharing information, having fun and creating connection & camaraderie among our teaching community. This orientation will be held in Leanne's home. Teachers only need to attend orientation once in order to teach in any future semesters in any of our locations (LA, Whittier or Long Beach.) *Accessibility: This class is located on the 2nd floor of an apartment building. There is no elevator on site.

Bring one of the following:
A large whiteboard
A snack or beverage to share with the group
A surprise!
Candle
Email 10 friends about TSLA (cc us on the email)

About the teacher, Leanne Pedante

Leanne Pedante is a resident of Highland Park and the founder of Trade School LA. When not thinking/talking about/working on Trade School LA, she works as a fitness coach, group exercise instructor & freelance graphic designer.

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Loughton

Cross stitch your initial

8:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Loughton Library
Traps Hill,
Loughton IG10 1HD

No experience necessary for this fun class, go home with your initial cross stitched onto a mini square. Take home and continue the creativity by turning your work into a mini pin cushion, a patch for a bag, your jeans or jacket. All materials provided to make your patch.

Bring one of the following:
Blank greetings cards
Body shop hand cream (handbag size)
Ladies fluffy socks size 3-5
Reel of navy blue cotton thread
Reel of pale blue cotton thread
Second class stamps

About the teacher, Sarah Springham

After running the Waltham Abbey Stitch group for 10 years I have recently started a social needlework group in Loughton. I teach with the U3A and have my own teaching business 'Abit More Tigger' where I teach projects through one off workshops.

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Loughton Library
Traps Hill,
Loughton IG10 1HD

Would you like to be able to tell stories to your children (or anyone else), read with them more effectively, use puppets to enjoy conversations with them? Come and have fun learning how! If you wish, bring a loved soft toy and we will try to use it - you won't have to leave it behind!

Bring one of the following:
a black ball point pen
a favourite story
a thick black felt pen
some decaffeinated tea bags
unwanted hand-puppets

About the teacher, Andrea Moles

I am a Children's Storyteller working for The Christian Drama Resource Centre in 'LifeWorks' Creative Arts and Drama Centre Loughton. Although much of my work in schools and churches is linked with Christianity this workshop will not have Christian input: it will be focused on secular storytelling and children's books.

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Pietermaritzburg

OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

This class seeks to respond to the question of whether the xenophobic attacks of earlier this year were caused by the South African government's inability to deal with the massive presence of foreigners, or is rather a war of the marginalized people in this country. The class will also provide some of the governance challenges affecting the South African government in terms of refugee related issues.

Bring one of the following:
Your time

About the teacher, Feruzi Ngwamba

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Belly dance for beginners

11:00p.m. to 12:00a.m.
To be announced
to be announced
to be announced

The class is suitable for women of any age, and of any fitness level. It will cover a warm up to music, introduction to the basic moves and chance to practice them a bit (with an emphasis on fun rather than technical perfection!), ending with learning some simple choreography to dance to a short piece of music. Please wear any comfortable clothes suitable for gentle exercise - loose pants or leggings and a vest top are advised, with a skirt over the leggings if you prefer. Some coin belts and veils will be provided. If you are able, bring along a kikoi-sized sarong (preferably of chiffon or some synthetic fabric), but this is not necessary. The class will be run in English, but it is not necessary to understand all the instructions, as students can observe and copy.

Bring one of the following:
A ballroom dancing lesson
A conversation in isiZulu (I recently did a basic course, and need to practice!)
A couple of aubergines, or red or yellow peppers, or avocado pears, or lemons, or cut flowers, or anything else from your garden
Any aloe, but I am particularly looking for an aloe ferox plant, if you happen to have one you don't want!
Promise to donate a book or two to the Hospice book shop
Promise to read a good story to/with a child, especially one who doesn't often get read to
You favourite health reacipe (eg a delicious and easy family supper dish to add to our boring repertoire...)

About the teacher, Kathy Arbuckle

I am a mom, illustrator, UKZN lecturer, and dreamer! I started belly dancing at the age of 30 with the first PMB class taught by a wonderful teacher, Anne Knowles, who started the Raqs Sharqi Dance Company and pioneered the Belly Dancing Association of South Africa (BDASA). Seduced by the beautiful and exotic music, the permission to accept and enjoy my shape, and the camaraderie among dancers, I danced as a hobby and for exercise for 10+ years, performing and becoming an assistant teacher to Anne before eventually starting my own class/dance group. I sadly haven't found time to dance for a couple of years, so I look forward to dusting off my coin belt and sharing this beautiful, fund and healthy dance form at the Trade School

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How to start a small business

11:00p.m. to 12:00a.m.
OMB Room 114
Room 114, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

This class if for anyone interested in setting up and running a small business. It will include topics such as: Developing an idea and team for your business How to get funding Writing your proposal/s Growing the business The class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A bag of Checkers Foreign blend coffee
A journal
Packet of Maggie 2-minute noodles
Robertson Sweet Rose Wine

About the teacher, Omega Shange

Omega Shange is a young creative serial entrepreneur who is involved in multiple organisations and specialises in organisational design aimed at the specific purpose of each organisation

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Expressive art

9:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
OMB Room 25
Room 25, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

The objective of this class is to end off the week de-stressing and winding down by using art as a therapeutic tool. It is the process of art making an exploration that is important, and not the finished product. We will be working with a variety of media. Please bring A3 or A2 size paper and a black marker pen. The class will be held in English.

Bring one of the following:
A pot of acrylic paint
Any no longer used art supplies
Paper of any colour or size
Read and 'like' the Bipolar Kids and Teens SA Facebook page
Red wine

About the teacher, Kim Jones

I am creative, loving working with expressive art as a therapeutic tool, and could use some Friday afternoon chill time playing with paint as well!

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Travelling on a budget

9:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

This class is a practical guide to travelling on a budget, targetting students or anyone on a budget. The class will look at: How to plan your travels The logistics of travelling (passports, visas and other documents and fees) Where to go based on who you are Where to go first How to budget for your personality and desires The class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A bag of Checkers foreign blend coffee
A journal
A packet of Maggie 2-minute noodles
Robertson Sweet Rose wine

About the teacher, Omega Shange

Omega Shange is a young creative serial entrepreneur who is involved in multiple organisations and specialises in organisational design aimed at the specific purpose of each organisation

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Basic jewellery and bead-making

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
OMB Room 25
Room 25, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

In this class you will learn how to make simple jewellery projects, and how to make your own beads. Please bring straws, colorful thread or wool, and/or old magazines or newspaper (preferably advertisements) for use in the class. The class will be offered in English.

Bring one of the following:
A creative personality
A friendly attitude and willingness to share
Any beads you have lying around
Any buttons you have lying around

About the teacher, Tessa Naiker

A busy mother and administrator who finds refuge in creativity.

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Westminster

Zero to Blog in 1 Hour

11:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Impact Hub Westminster
1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4TE

Want to start blogging but not sure how? Learn everything you need to know from Hana's popular spinoff workshop, Zero to Blog in 1 Day – from how to write a blog post in just a few minutes, which platform to use and the ultimate secreat to writing blog posts that people love to read.

Bring one of the following:
Book: Social Marketing Superstars: Social Media Mystery to Mastery in 30 Days
Book: The Abominators by J.L. Smith
Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Book: The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization & Your Life by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa
Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook in Red (9x14cm)
Poster: "In Bed: The Kiss" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: bit.ly/kiss-poster
Poster: "John Lennon & Yoko Ono": bit.ly/john-poster
Whittard of Chelsea 70% Cocoa Hot Chocolate
Whittard of Chelsea Smooth Vanilla Coffee Syrup

About the teacher, Hana Jay

Hana has been blogging for 8 year. She's a former editor of various online magazines, which she founded and sold. She created series of workshops about blogging with the help of Impact HUB Prague. Her current workshops and coaching programs in London are designed to teach you how to create a successful blog whatever your topic or niche.

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How to be a champion campaigner

11:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Impact Hub Westminster
1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4TE

Fundraising for any business, charity or organisation is tough. Equally difficult for many startups is gaining customers or for social enterprises to raise enough awareness for their cause. In this session of Trade School, we'll be learning: That campaigning is not just the preserve of politicians or single-issue advocates but a crucial part of your organisation. How the best in business are campaigners as well as innovators How to build a strategy from a single objective How to integrate your different channels, with a focus on public relations (by popular request) How to evaluate success. Andrew will also teach you some practical techniques, using real case studies as examples, and you'll go away with a ready-to-use template to create your own campaign plan.

Bring one of the following:
Chocolate
Coffee
Cool retro stuff
Craft beer
SEO/Adwords advice

About the teacher, Andrew Hadfield

Well suited to PR as I like to talk about my clients - a lot. Loves beer so working for UBREW is a pretty cool gig. We help set up companies as well as doing the PR for them - including Fretlocks.com Working across the public sector for around 8 years before setting up my own company.

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