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Maison de Quartier des Eaux-Vives
Chemin de la Clairière 3
1211 Geneva

Nia is a fun workout that tones your mind and tunes your body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia is practiced barefoot, non-impact, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter (bio)
coop gift card
raw chocolate bars
virgin coconut oil (bio)
yogi tea (chocolate flavor or any other)

About the teacher, Katia Mikhailova

Hello, I live in Geneva since 1999. I have been teaching and practicing Nia for 4 years now, running regular classes and events. Dancing is my passion as I started to dance at the age of 8. Please read more about my background on my blog. Thank you. p.s. I would like to give a class in September in Eaux-Vives if possible. I couldn't leave this question unanswered, therefore I selected June 25. Please let me know if you have any questions.



Fall Semester Launch

3:00a.m. to 5:00a.m.
Trade School Indianapols
1125 Brookside Ave.

Curious what classes we'll be hosting this semester? Want to check out our new community classroom? Come one, come all! Fall marks our annual anniversary, and we'll be celebrating by hosting a First Friday open-house to kick off our Fall semester with our teachers and YOU! Light bites and complimentary beverages from Nameless Catering and Sun King Brewing will be provided, along with plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people and engage with Trade School. If you're a member, you'll be able to register early for any class August 14th before we announce our full class calendar at our launch. On-site class registration will be available and we'll provide some interactive ways for you to give our space some LIFE! There is no cost to this event, but if you're able to offer something from our barter item list below, we sincerely THANK YOU for your help in building our space! If you're agreeing to bring a big ticket item (furniture, appliances - we will reach out to you soon!). We can't wait to see you!

Bring one of the following:
*just YOURSELF, along with your enthusiasm & smile!
8-12 oz. eco-friendly paper cups for us to serve tea with during classes
a mini fridge
a nice projector or large projector screen
a pledge to become a member (we'll send you info!)
a pledge to volunteer by facilitating a class (we'll send you info!)
a spare sewing machine that works
any portable electric cooking ware (hot plates, skillets, percolators, induction cooktops, crockpots) for cooking classes
disposable decorating bags & couplers for baking classes
eco-friendly disposable plates & silverware, paper towels, plastic table cloths, or parchment paper for cooking classes & socials
furniture or storage items (tables, drawers, cubbies, trays, lockers, boxes)
good drawing chalk
half-pint or quarter-pint canning jars w/ lids for canning classes
machine sewing thread, tracing paper, fabric scissors, pins/pincushion, or a dress form for sewing classes
sandpaper, fabric scissors or rotary cutters for sewing & craft classes
scrap fabrics (natural fibers a plus. 1/2 yd or more ideal... upholstery or interior decorating fabric in larger quantities would be good, too!) for sewing classes
sharpies (super fine, fine, and bold), watercolor paper, and gridded/see-through rulers for art classes
whiteboards or whiteboard markers
yummy bagged tea to serve during classes

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

Trade School Indianapolis is part of an international collective of alternative, self-organized schools that run on barter. Take a class in exchange for goods or services rather than money! Our mission is to provide non-traditional education focused on mutual aid and respect that makes ideas, skills and resources available to the creative community. We believe that everyone has something to offer, and that paying for services isn't the best way to build community. With mutual respect, anything is possible.


Los Angeles

Social Media Marketing Basics

3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Are ready to expand your business by using social media but don’t know where to start? This course on Social Media Marketing will walk you through the basics of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Youtube, and blogging and how using these tools can benefit your business by attracting new customers, building customer loyalty and increasing brand awareness. In this course, you will learn: - What it means to be a social media marketer - Which social media sites are best for you and your business - What it means to engage and interact on social media - What kind of content works best on each site - How to create a social media content calendar - How to track the success of your social media strategy This class is perfect for small business owners, nonprofits, artists and creatives.

Bring one of the following:
2 bottles of Nail Polish
A Good Bottle of Wine
Package of 2-Pocket Folders without Fasteners (Black or White preferred)
Package of 8.5 x 11 Printer Paper, White
USB Flashdrive, 8GB or more

About the teacher, Brittany A. Gash

Brittany A. Gash is a Marketing & Public Relations Consultant within the Arts, Entertainment and Nonprofit fields. With 9 years of Marketing & PR experience, her expertise lies in event publicity, social media campaigns, content creation, brand and image management and digital marketing. Her philosophy is that well-planned strategies are the key to not only brand identity but also long-term customer loyalty, increased revenues and community engagement. She received her MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. She has also been an Arts & Entertainment Reporter for the online news source, since 2009.


Prototype Your Idea Without Code

11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Simon Residence
5605 Aldama Street
Los Angeles

Everybody has good ideas, and maybe one of them can be the next million-dollar website or mobile app. However, many people never experiment with their ideas because they assume they need to code or hire a programmer. That’s where prototyping comes in. Prototyping is a fast, cheap and easy-to-learn process that can help you evaluate if your idea has legs. In this workshop, we’ll cover the why and how of prototyping. Bring an idea you have for a website or app, and we will walk through a process to quickly prototype and test your idea. Please bring a notebook and pen we will be sketching our ideas out on paper. (Optional, but ideal: bring a laptop with WiFi connection so that we can play with free online prototyping tools.)

Bring one of the following:
Plasticware (cups, plates)
Sticker Nametags ("Hello, My Name is ____")
Tea (bagged or looseleaf OK!)

About the teacher, Oz Chen

Hello, TradeSchool friends! I'm Oz, a User Experiencce Designer based out of Downtown LA. As someone who transitioned into the digital design industry, I understand how hard it is to "get" design, thus I enjoy blogging about my learnings on If you have any questions about UX or design in general, holler at me.