Announcing! Madison Skill Share Day Schedule and Locations

Saturday, May 14th

Workshops and classes from 12-6ish pm

Three centralized locations:

Willy St. Park: corner of Brearly and Willy St.

Madison Info Shop: 1019 Willy St.

Syntropy Co-op: 812 Jennifer St.


Schedule of Events:

12-1: Lunch Group. BYO lunch, get info on the freeschool, and mingle with other freeschoolers. Location: Willy St. Park (Rain Location: Madison Info Shop)

12:30-3: Bat/Bird/Bee House Building Workshop with John Peck. Drop in between 12:30 and 3, and give yourself enough time to build. Location: Syntropy Co-op, backyard!S

1-2: Free choir and String Band Jam. Bring your voice or an instrument. No experience or expertise necessary! Music and lyrics provided. Location: Willy St. Park. (Rain Location: Madison Info Shop)

2-3: Collaborative Yarn Bombing. Meet cosmic crochet artist Allie and create freestyle yarn sculptures around the Willy St. Neighborhood. Meet at Willy St. Park.

3-4: Flying Paintbrush with Naomi. Inspire and create with a mixture of movement/dancing, painting, and drumming. Location: Willy St. Park (Rain Location: Orton Park Gazebo)

3-4: Fertility Awareness with Tops. Learn about bodies! This workshop is open and respectful to those of all genders, ages, and ovary-abilities, those with active ovaries, as well as friends and allies. Location: Madison Info Shop.

4-5: Nuts and Bolts of a Mobile Village/Bike Caravan. Learn about the process of creating a mobile village with Seth, part of the Grassroots Caravan. Location: Madison Info Shop.

5 pm: How to Dumpster Dive the Dorms (during move out weekend). Meet Tops for a hands on workshop. Get sweet free stuff, recover resources, all with a pro-diver. Meet at Willy St. Park, bike to dorms, bike group leaves at 5:10 pm.

Expanded Workshop/Class Descriptions…

Collaborative Yarn Bombing

Learn to finger crochet and create spider webs in public spaces.  A group experiment in fiber graffiti.  We will meet at Willy st park and venture out from there.  No experience, expertise or materials necessary. But bring extra yarn if you have it.

With Allie, who may be part spider… alexandra.hendrick AT gmail DOT com

Flying Paintbrush

Creativity is healing and my favorite outlets are dancing and painting. Why not combine the two to form Flying Paintbrush. There is drumming, dance music and scarves available to dance with and painting materials are provided. It is a way to open up a way to painting I had never experienced until I tried it. I was spinning with a scarf and it looked like a Flying Paintbrush. Acrylic paints are provided which dries quickly so artists can take their creations home when they are done.

With Naomi,,

Nuts and Bolts of Putting Together a Mobile Village

When people decide to ride their bicycles en mass together over the course
of days, amazing things can happen.  Seth Jensen was part of such amazing
things when he designed a kick off ceremony for the Mobile Village of
Resistance and then went on to serve on the planning team for the Mobile
Village of Resilience.  Drawing on those and other experiences, this class
will give an overview of the basics of planning such a Mobile Village

With Seth,


Build Your Own Bat/Bird/Bee House

It’s spring and many folks in our community are looking for a new abode and a fresh start, including birds, bees, and bats!   We’ll focus on constructing basic houses for small songbirds, mason bees, and brown bats.  Some skill in measuring and cutting lumber is welcome, but not required.  We will also talk about the basic life habits of our feathery, leathery, fuzzy friends and tips to make your house a popular place to be this coming year.

With John Peck,

Fertility Awareness

Tops will cover the basics of Fertility Awareness for those with active ovaries, and their friends and allies.  We will learn more about our bodies, signs of ovulation and hormonal changes, and how to chart our cycles.  This workshop is open and respectful to those of all genders, ages, and ovary-abilities.  We all have something to learn and share.  Those attending the workshop can shape its focus, but topics may include using Fertility Awareness to avoid or achieve pregnancy, identifying secondary signals within your cycle, using Fertility Awareness to help predict menstruation onset, and more!

Blank charts and informative zines will be provided.  Looking for donations of sterile speculums as take-home treats!  😉

With Sarah Tops,


Free Choir and Impromptu String Band

Bring your voice or other instrument and gather round for good times and good songs. Lyrics and chords provided. Musical accompaniment provided by members of the Cyclops for Labor String Band. No experience or expertise necessary! Feel free to bring music for any song you’d like to sing.

With Elena and Shannon Thistle,


“How to Dumpster the Dorms”
Hands-on workshop for student move-out week! Get sweet stuff free with our pro dumpster safari guide, Sarah Tops.

Sarah Tops,


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