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Alabama Folk School

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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October 6, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Quilters, cooks, and blacksmiths pursue their work in an encouraging atmosphere while music students fully immerse themselves in old-time classes, their days and nights filled with instruction from master musicians, jam sessions, and an instructor concert. Afternoon mini classes give all participants a chance to take part in learning something totally new. With more than 1,140 acres of forest consisting of breathtaking canyons, waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and glistening streams, there’s plenty of exploring to do during your free time. Take a hike, go canoeing, or pick a porch and rocking chair to relax.

Read About Classes & Instructors:

Mini classes hosted throughout the event require no registration and are open to all students. This year's offerings will include dulcimer with Laurie Alsobrook ukulele with Jamie Finley, and Alabama Fiddle Tunes with Jim and Joyce Cauthen. Some loaner instruments will be available, but please bring your own if you know you'd like to participate.The mini-class led by Jim and Joyce will let you take home a few old-time Alabama fiddle tunes to share with your friends

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

PRICING:

All music classes are $252.00

Quilting, cooking, and bladesmithing are $275.00 (supplies fee for bladesmithing paid upon arrival)

Lodging prices (including meals) range from:

  • Lodge Room & Meals for 2: $550.00
  • Lodge Room & Meals for 1: $417.00
  • Cabin Bunk Bed & Meals for 1: $145.00
  • Commuter Fee & meals for 1: $75.00
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November 10, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Bring your personal projects and join us for a long weekend of focused time to create and restore. We'll provide all your meals, access to high speed wifi, nature trails, quiet space to work and rest, and evening refreshments. Options to reserve space in our art studio are included in event pricing. Spots are first come first serve.

  • Private Lodge Room for One (meals included) 600.00
  • Private Lodge Room for Two (meals included) 950.00
  • Cabin Bed for One (dorm style, meals included) 325.00

REGISTER HERE

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March 3, 2023 4:30pm - March 5, 2023 1pm

From Scratch weekend is a workshop for true beginners. If you’re interested in learning a new instrument or art form, this is the weekend for you. Come learn with us in a beautiful and encouraging environment! With more than 1,140 acres of forest consisting of breathtaking canyons, waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and glistening streams, there’s plenty of exploring to do during your free time.

Classes:

  • Banjo - Herb Trotman
  • Fiddle - Becky Buller
  • Guitar - Ben Ayers
  • Mandolin - Jason Bailey
  • Ukulele - Jamie Finley
  • Preserves & Ferments - Sarah Chaplin & Lindsay Whiteaker
  • Foraging & Salve Making - Cameron Strouss

Registration Coming Soon!

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April 20, 2023 4pm - April 23, 2023 1pm

One of our most popular workshops is back with great bluegrass music classes and Gee's Bend quilting. This four-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artists. This year join us for bluegrass music classes, famed Gee's Bend quilting with Mary Ann Pettway and China Pettway, tincture making and more!

Class list and registration coming soon!

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September 2, 2023 9am

Join us Labor Day Weekend for a sample of all the Alabama Folk School has to offer. Sign up for one of our day classes for an immersive experience or choose a demonstration pass to experience live music, teacher demonstrations in baking, pottery, dancing, and more! Options available for lodging and meals throughout the weekend.

Registration opens spring of 2023.

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October 12, 2022 - October 15, 2023

Quilters, cooks, and blacksmiths pursue their work in an encouraging atmosphere while music students fully immerse themselves in old-time classes, their days and nights filled with instruction from master musicians, jam sessions, and an instructor concert. Afternoon mini classes give all participants a chance to take part in learning something totally new. With more than 1,140 acres of forest consisting of breathtaking canyons, waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and glistening streams, there’s plenty of exploring to do during your free time. Take a hike, go canoeing, or pick a porch and rocking chair to relax.

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November 10, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Bring your personal projects and join us for a long weekend of focused time to create. We'll provide all your meals, access to wifi, nature trails, quiet space to work and rest, and evening refreshments.

Registration opens summer of 2023.

"I've been to the Folk School Old Time week for 2 or three years. Wonderful experience in a beautiful setting. I'll come again as soon as my shoulders allow me to fiddle. Great instruction." - Mary Brugh, Facebook Review