Skills & Tools for
Sustainable, Resilient Living

A folk school serving central North Carolina

Based in Franklinville, NC, the Deep River Folk School was founded to create healthier, more resilient and sustainable lives at all levels and share those skills and tools with our community.

We develop local programming on a broad range of folk skills from expert instructors for simple & sustainable living and host free public talks & workshops.

Feed Yourself

Shelter Yourself

Equip Yourself

Workshops & Event Schedule 2024

Skills Workshops

Every 3rd Saturday March Through November

Skill-building Workshops run from 9am to Noon & from 1 pm to 4 pm. Lunch is provided to all participants

Free Public Talks

Every 4th Friday 6pm at Persnickety Books in downtown Burlington

  • February 23: Intuitive Wellness
  • March 22: Tiny House Q&A
  • April 26: Starting Your Own Business
  • May 24: TBD

Free Community Workshops with PLC

Partnership between Piedmont Land Conservancy & the Deep River Folk School

Tiny House Building Series

Two 4-day Workshops
$800 per 4 day workshop
Work trade scholarships available
Limit 12 students

  • Workshop 1: June 28–July 1
  • Workshop 2: August 23–26

Special Events

Green Woodworking Mini-Event

“Kick Back and Carve”

April 19-21

Piedmont Earthskills Gathering

Held at NC Forestry property in Bahama, NC

September 11-15

2024 3rd Saturday Workshops Overview

Highlights from our March foundation & framing workshop


Living Well Community
Rising Sun Way, Franklinville NC


Every 3rd Saturday from March to November


Adults: $50 per session or $80 for the whole day
Youth (18 & under): $25 / session, $50 / day

Note: Youth must take same workshop as sponsoring adult Sign up for 3 full days of workshops and get the 4th day free

Scholarship opportunities available

Lunch is provided to all participants