Business Spotlight: Wild Lore Folk School


As summer fun wraps up and kids go back to school, what is your plan? Each fall I wonder what to do with myself for the upcoming colder months. Why not sign up for a class with Wild Lore to get my creative juices flowing, learn a new hobby or make new friends? This non-profit organization just started in June, but has already brought several classes to our community and peers.

Wild Lore Folk School functions as a collective, non-profit organization started by some like-minded individuals. The goal is to create a sense of community by bringing their “wildcrafting” or traditional skills to those interested in learning these ancient arts while focusing on sustainable living and self-reliance. Classes can be anything from shelter building to book binding or even a nationally recognized, professional-level, wilderness, first aid certification course. The list of options never ends!

I met with a couple of Wild Lore organizers, Alicia and Ben, who happens to be a fellow Corcoran neighbor, to get a better feel for their school, its classes, and their mission. This group of do-it-yourselfers has a background in organization, education, and a love for nature. As Ben points out, the whole idea is not to have to learn and practice them alone! Their vision eventually includes a brick and mortar location that will serve as a resource center, workspace, and tool/craft share for the community. They believe their classes combine unique skills and provide unprecedented level of detail and a hands on approach. This is not your typical classroom setting.

Currently, courses are held mostly in South Minneapolis locations such as Corcoran Park or other community centers. September’s class options include a book binding class, a group sunset canoe trip through the chain of lakes — including flip and rescue techniques (weather permitting), and an instructional class on making your own cob pizza oven. I would love to have one of these for fresh from the garden pizzas! Still unsure? You can get a real feel for Wild Lore and what they have to offer during their Craft Fair and Skill Share at Corcoran Park on Saturday, September 26, 1-5pm, visit their Facebook page or login to their website to view past classes and upcoming offerings.

Wild Lore Folk School


Kelly Savage is a resident of Corcoran neighborhood, and a volunteer reporter with Corcoran News to spotlight local businesses. If you know of a business in neighborhood that should be spotlighted, please contact [email protected].

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