Sustainable Living Workshop Series

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.

Upcoming Workshops

Intro to Beekeeping Virtual Workshop

Interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to BEEgin? This is the class for you! Join us to learn some of the basics of beekeeping including setup, costs, ethics, and where to purchase supplies.

This workshop will take place ONLINE on Thursday, February 11 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link for the workshop in the evening of Wednesday, February 10. Registration will close on February 10 at 8pm.

Tickets are $10 for MUD members and $20 for non-members. Purchase tickets here!

Blacksmithing Workshop

Join MUD instructor Mark Vander Meer to learn and practice the foundational concepts of working an old-time charcoal-fired forge with hammer and tongs. Mark will show you the basics of lighting the forge, heating your irons, and shaping molten metal. All equipment and materials provided.

Participants can choose to attend this workshop on Saturday, February 20 or Saturday, February 27. Each day will have a morning session from 9am to 12pm and an afternoon session from 1pm to 4pm. Participants may attend 1 session.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop with 1 person from their “social bubble.” Mark’s blacksmithing space is outdoors and features 3 forges. Each forge may be used by 1 or 2 people. Those sharing a forge will be working in close proximity. Therefore, this workshop is priced per forge, and each ticket may be used for either 1 person or for 2 people of the same social bubble.

This workshop will be held at Mark’s home. We will email you the address once you have purchased tickets.

The cost of this workshop is $40 for MUD members and $80 for non-members. Each ticket may be used by either 1 or 2 people (see COVID precautions, above). Purchase tickets here!

Please contact with any questions.

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.