Workshops for Sustainable Living

Since 1981, MUD workshops have provided Missoulians with hands-on experiences in self-reliance. Our workshops teach topics that help you live lighter on the land and lighter on your budget. Past topics include Small Engine Repair, Basic Auto Mechanics, Beer Brewing, Cheese Making, Alternative Energy, Tiling, a Start-to-Finish Gardening Series, and much more! Ranging in skill level from introductory to highly skilled, our workshops pair you with local experts who demonstrate skills and empower you to master them yourself.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for all MUD workshops. Fill out the application here and a staff member will follow up with details to register for the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Women-led Introduction to Carpentry – October 16th and 17th, 10 am – 4 pm

This workshop is sold out. To be placed on the waitlist please email info@mudproject.org.

Join MUD for our annual women-led introduction to carpentry workshop! This 2-day workshop will give you an overview of a variety of common carpentry tools and the opportunity to use them while you build your own project with the guidance of MUD staff and volunteers.

Participants should come prepared with materials and a small carpentry project in mind. We will email you some project ideas in advance and we are happy to answer any questions you have to make sure your project will fit within the scope of the workshop.

This workshop is designed to be welcoming and inclusive to all individuals, regardless of previous knowledge, skills, or gender identity!

When: October 16th and 17th, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: MUD Tool Library
1527 Wyoming St, Missoula, MT 59801
Cost: $30 MUD Members; $60 Nonmembers
Purchase tickets here.

Scholarships are available! Fill out the application here and a staff member will follow up with details to register for the workshop.

Butchering Workshop – October 27th, 6-8 pm

Whether you’re a new hunter or a just someone taking advantage of Montana’s law allowing roadkill harvest, this workshop will you give you the basics for how to cut up your quarry. The workshop will be led by DeAnna Bublitz – ambassador for the Montana Wildlife Federation, cofounder of Deer Camp MT, and MUD board member!

This workshop will take place in the learning kitchen at the Missoula Food Bank. Masks are required during the workshop.

This workshop is designed to be welcoming and inclusive to all individuals, regardless of previous knowledge or skills.

When: Wednesday October 27th, 6-8 pm
Where: Missoula Food Bank Learning Kitchen
1720 Wyoming St, Missoula, MT 59801
Cost: $15 MUD Members; $30 Nonmembers
Purchase tickets here.

Scholarships are available! Fill out the application here and a staff member will follow up with details to register for the workshop.

Women-led Car Maintenance Workshop – Saturday, October 30th, 12-3 pm

This workshop will give you an overview of a variety of common car maintenance tasks including how to change oil, check fluids, replace a tire, and replace windshield wipers. We will also talk about the basics of a car engine and help you learn the lingo for talking to a mechanic when your car is acting up. Please come prepared to get your hands dirty and be dressed to work outside. This workshop is designed to be welcoming and inclusive to all individuals, regardless of previous knowledge, skills, or gender identity!

When: Saturday, October 30th, 12-3 pm
Where: MUD Tool Library
1527 Wyoming St, Missoula, MT 59801
Cost: $15 MUD Members; $30 Nonmembers
Purchase tickets here.

Scholarships are available! Fill out the application here and a staff member will follow up with details to register for the workshop.

Coming Prepared

  • Dress appropriately.
    • Most workshops take place outdoors regardless of rain, snow, or heat. Please wear/bring appropriate layers, sun protection, and water.
    • You may be working with some serious tools that can catch loose objects! Wear comfortable and well fitted clothing, close-toed shoes, tie back your hair, and be prepared to get a little dirty.
  • Come a little early. Some classes can’t start until everyone gets here.
  • You must be 18 years or older to attend without a guardian or parent present.
  • We’ll provide tools and protective equipment to keep you safe. Some classes may require your own materials to complete the project. Contact us if you have any questions on what to bring for a workshop.

Refund Policy

We know that sometimes life comes up and plans change. If you can’t make a workshop, please let us know as soon as possible. The earlier we know you can’t make the class, the better the chance we can fill your spot, ensuring that 1) instructors, MUD, and our partners are compensated appropriately for their time and effort, and 2) other people interested in the class have the opportunity to participate. With that in mind, our policy is as follows:

From purchase until 1 week before the workshop: full refund
1 week to 48 hours before the workshop: 50% refund
48 hours to workshop start: Sorry, no refund!**

**Your tickets are transferable at any time! If you have a friend who would like to attend the workshop in your place, you can pass your ticket on to them for free. Just send us their contact info to let us know.

We rarely cancel workshops but sometimes it is necessary due to extreme weather, instructor concerns, or low workshops signups. If MUD cancels a workshop, we will give participants the option to either attend a different workshop or receive a full refund.