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Teach at the learnary

There are lots of places to learn in this city, but nowhere quite like this. We’re where people come to find out what they never knew they wanted to know!

Learnary teachers are folks who know something about something. They want to share what they know and they’re excited to be build their community. We’re not looking for famous experts or artisans. We have a huge respect for these folks, we’re just not in that business.

We’re looking for unique, strange, quirky, unusual…you can see where we’re going here…everything from the how to’s to the what if’s.

Teaching faqs

Do I have to be “a teacher”?

If you have teaching experience, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s also great. We’re looking for people who have experience in, and passion for, their chosen subject and who want to share both their knowledge and their enthusiasm with humour and creativity.

If you’ve never taught before, or even if you have, we can give you some tips on teaching in this environment. We also ask the students to give feedback, so this is a chance for you to learn too. If the class turns out to be popular, we’ll work with you to schedule another one soon. If it looks like we could improve on the experience, we’ll work with you on that. Like we say, it’s a lot about passion and everything about learning.

The Learnary is built on its own special brand of chaos and community. You need to be into that kind of thing. You probably won’t find binders in our “classrooms” and we definitely don’t do tests (unless you’re teaching a class on “how to ace a test). This is a casual, welcoming space that encourages people to be curious, ask questions, and get to know each other.

How does it work?

First, you come to us and say, “hey, I want to teach (something super cool)”.

Then we say, “yay!”

Then we have to make some decisions.

What kind of a class will it be? table-based, maker-style, lecture-y, a fieldtrip, a performance piece, etc… ? It should make sense to your subject matter, but really, anything goes.

How long will it be? An hour and a half to two hours is generally good for a casual evening or weekend offering. Some topics might lend themselves to a more in-depth approach over a few weeks. At this point, classes can run any length of time, depending on what they offer, but we’re really interested in keeping the costs down and the options open. So, shorter is usually better.

Who are you? We’ll ask you to give us a bit of information about who you are, what you know and why someone might like to learn from you.

Who does what?

We will provide the space, the supplies, and the students. You bring a willingness to share and the ability to hold space for others to learn.

We take care of all the registration stuff. You just focus on what you're teaching and having fun!

Will I get paid?

First time teachers are asked to volunteer a class. This is a good way to get to know each other and how this all works. We will take care of the supplies and provide you with refreshments, so you won’t be out of pocket, but we ask you to invest a little bit of your time with us to start out. Oh, and you get to take a free class of your choice for every class you’ve taught!

If you are coming with a wealth of experience teaching this subject, we will work with you on a payment agreement . We want to honour the work that artists and makers put into building their careers.

Once we’ve established a relationship, payment is $50 - $150 a class, depending on the material, time, and your own expertise. In some cases, we may pay more, but we like to keep the cost of classes as affordable as possible, so that’s one of our limitations.

Ready to go? Clock on the link below to submit a proposal. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

make a workshop proposal

Search our website here. If you can't find what you're looking for, please email us at becurious@thelearnary.ca

The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 778-802-3544

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5

Canada


Parking

Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Monday    Closed

Tuesday    Closed

Wednesday    11:00 - 5:00 

Thursday.    11:00 - 5:00

Friday 11:00 - 5:00

Saturday   11:00 - 5:00

Sunday      11:00 - 5:00


Special Closure Days:

Dec. 25 - Jan. 10 (Winter Break)

Accessibility

Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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