Update -- April 2, 2021: Considering that the COVID situation is still not under control, we have decided we can't safely hold classes in 2021. We *might* be able offer a class or two in late summer 2021 if the situation changes. We'll have an update here as soon as we know for sure.
Meanwhile, we hope everyone is getting vaccinated and staying cautious so we can get this virus under control.
We admit, the term "folk school" may be a bit grand for what we do, but Raspberry Island Folk School is a folk school in its truest sense: simply a place where people learn new skills using their hands.
We were recently featured on the TV show Common Ground on Lakeland PBS (thank you, Scott Knudson!). You can see the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NCfcofcDn8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR03CH9WAaVF7ta5ryoqfI7WhWbkW-bMJnOpBz_1vq8daO13rNBWWy-LxAI
We started offering summertime classes in blacksmithing and pottery on our island several years ago, mainly taught by Gary. Over the years, offerings have come to include workshops taught by well-known and sought-after instructors in the folk arts.
Raspberry Island is located on beautiful, historic Big Sandy Lake, about 2 1/4 hours straight north of the Twin Cities. (For more information about life on Raspberry Island, see http://raspberryisland.blogspot.com/)
Class offerings and sign-up information are provided below. We hope you can join us this summer for an art and nature break!
Because we run our folk school from our home, visitors are welcome by prior arrangement only by calling Gary at 218.851.6085. Classes are held only from May to September; there are no winter classes. Thanks!