Okanagan Folk School

The Okanagan Folk School hosted its first class over the weekend – and look at those smiles! Annabel Stanley taught everyone how to make these awesome woven baskets. All the material was sourced from Annabel’s own vineyard, and students were able to make their creations right amongst the vines!

Photo courtesy Annabel Stanley..


Next weekend’s courses are on geocaching and macramé – and there’s plenty more to come next week, like canoeing, painting and knitting! There’s still time to register – check out the OKFS website!


The ribbon has been cut and the Okanagan Folk School is officially open! Here are some pictures from the April 9 VIP event and the April 10 open house at the Peachland Chamber of Commerce (across from Heritage Park). Did you know classes are being offered now? Everything from macramé, geocaching, knitting and more! Check out the OKFS website and sign up!

Thanks to Chamber of Commerce president Greg Sewell for the photo!

Thanks to Chamber of Commerce president Greg Sewell for the photo!

…Bruce (the Town Crier) and LindaLea Klippenstein were a perfect addition to the event. Bruce rang the bell and announced “Class is in session!”

A special guest coming from Washington State to the Folk School’s opening weekend this April 10 and 11 is Dawn Murphy. She’s on the board of directors for the Folk Education Association of America, whose mission it is to further learner and community-led education. There’s folk schools south of the border than have transformed their towns – not only because of the economic spinoff from offering classes – but on a community scale, but the sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency people feel when they learn how to do something new.

As she says in this article, which is worth a read, Murphy says instead of pursuing – and relying on big corporate employers for economic growth, small towns can gravitate to folk schools. And by encouraging and helping local artisans & makers to share what they know, prioritizing the local economy and eventually, adding programs that build jobs and different skills in the community – that’s how folk schools can make a positive impact.

Here’s some pics from the open house:





You can also become a member of the OKFS! Check out the website and if you have any questions, send the directors an email! 


So many local makers – from wood carvers, macramé artists, basket weavers, to hiking experts, geocachers and canoers – are interested in teaching us all about their crafts. Have you ever wanted to try something new, something you do with your hands? That’s why the Okanagan Folk School exists. There’s some established Folk Schools across the US, and with that inspiration, a Folk School serving the entire valley, will be created right here in Peachland!

You’re invited to the Okanagan Folk School’s open house, planned for Sunday, April 10:

Read more about the new Okanagan Folk School


Written by Kristen Friesen

April 25, 2022

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