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


Join us for a knowledge sharing workshop with local chicken keepers, Caitlyn Lewis and Rachel Reaves. They will share their experiences over the years with their flocks that were raised right here in Missoula. We will cover topics such as raising chicks, coop needs, types of feed, common problems, chicken enrichment and more! This workshop will begin at the Blue Mountain Flowers farm, 1829 Trail Street.

MUD Members: $15 Non-Members: $30

Scholarships are available! Email kathleen@mudproject.org to learn more.

Purchase tickets here!


Join us to learn about Knife and Tool Sharpening! This is an incredibly valuable skill to have and you’ll find it more approachable than you think. Join Instructor Miles Jaqua to learn how to properly maintain your kitchen and hunting knives, and also pruners, loppers, axes and more. With these fundamental skills of using oil stones and belt grinders, you’ll leave feeling confident to sharpen on your own.

MUD Members: $20 Non-Members: $40

Scholarships are available! Email kathleen@mudproject.org for more details.

Purchase tickets here!


In this workshop, you will learn how to make a traditional long leaf napa cabbage kimchi (통배추김치, tongbaechu kimchi), washing, salting, chopping, squeezing, blending, marinating and mixing. 

Bring your own 16oz jar to take home what you’ve prepared!

MUD Members: $15 Non-Members: $30

Scholarships are available! Email kathleen@mudproject.org to learn more.

Purchase tickets here!


This 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.

This workshop is designed to be welcoming and inclusive to all individuals, regardless of previous knowledge, skills, or gender identity. You will leave feeling capable and empowered to complete carpentry projects on your own!

MUD Members: $80 Non-Members: $160

Scholarships are available! Email kathleen@mudproject.org to learn more.

Purchase tickets here!


If you have questions or a suggestion for a workshop topic, reach out to our Workshop Coordinator Kathleen at kathleen@mudproject.org.

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.