a network of folk schools

Schools & Hosts


our schools & hosts

In the first year and a half we have had 30 maker swaps, and 98 workshops, in 18 different locations across Nova Scotia (homes, barns, community spaces, etc). There are now 7 dedicated hosts in our province who regularly open up their homes for workshops in our first regional roll out. All of this accomplished on 100% volunteer, community-driven power. 


portland street, dartmouth (jenn decoste)

I started the Life.School.House. movement because I wanted to share my family’s space with our community. By inviting people in to our home, my two boys are growing up with a tremendous sense of connection to our neighbours and a trust in the goodness of others AND we get the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of life-long learning to the next generation!


john street, hrm (jodene dunleavy)

Originally from Ontario, but Nova Scotia feels much more like home. I chose this photo because it shows how I love to try new things. Here I was taking a ukulele class at Long and MacQuade. When I’m not out hiking with my two amazing dogs, I love to sew, stitch, take photographs, cook (vegan and gluten free), garden and grow indoor plants, practice Feldenkrais, and decorate.


Clarence, ns (maureen macinnIs)

We live in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, where we grow our own meat and veggies, I make soaps and lotions as well as raise sheep for fiber and goats for milk. We love all things local and are planning on expanding our homestead, check us out on facebook @fivetumbleweeds. We are working towards growing at least 85% of what we eat! We have a passion to learn both old skills and new that we can incorporate into a life well lived. We look forward to all of the different forms of learning that we can find in our community! We love to share our home and spending time experiencing life together within our community.


Spryfield, NS (Karen Hyde)

I am a Tour Guide who spends most of my summers in the Canadian Rockies and Alaska. I also spent 16 years working in the catering business and love to cook/bake and generally just have fun in the kitchen. I trained in Europe to be a professional Butler and worked in some pretty amazing castles and heritage mansions as well. I love to try out new things and hunting for antiques, gardening, home decorating projects, anything in the kitchen...and all things historical.


East Hants, NS (Candi Hauser)

My name is Candi, I moved to Nova Scotia from Alberta 5 years ago, and since then, have immersed myself into my community of East Hants. I volunteer, own a sewing and knitting business, work at the local library, and am all about giving back to my community. My husband and I are currently transforming our acreage into a homestead and I feel I have finally found my place. I love gardening, animals, all crafts (especially sewing), cooking, and doing what I can to live a life of self-sustainability.


West Hants, NS (tarah gibbon)

Tarah is a Community Herbalist who loves to share the many benefits of the wild herbs growing right under our feet. Tarah has recently transformed her almost 70 year old barn into a charming and eclectic community event hosting venue, which is also home to her wild-crafted herbal body care line Dig It! Naturals. All events are held in the Resilient Barn or outside at the Fire Circle.


brookside, ns (stella samuels)

Hi, I'm Stella, host of Life.School.House Brookside. I'm a non-profit professional by day and a vintage seller by night. I love cabin in the woods living in Brookside, NS as do my resident pets. When I'm not out at various plays, festivals, workshops, etc, you're likely to find me at the beach with the dog, volunteering, curled up somewhere with a good book, trying to find folks to play Euchre with, or thinking about how to build community. In Toronto I was involved in trade schools and skill shares and am looking forward to incorporating that into my life in Nova Scotia!


cork street, hrm (keith macisaac)

I love to cook and share food with people! I came to Nova Scotia 8 years ago; the people and the lifestyle have been huge factors in me setting up roots here. I enjoy being social and experimenting in the kitchen. I’m super excited to run workshops in our house on Cork Street that I share with  roommates, a cat, and 6 chickens.