Feed your head. Amaze yourself.

Westboro Brainery offers affordable, enriching single-session classes in food, art and DIY.  Taught by quasi-experts, passionate enthusiasts, and seasoned pros, Westboro Brainery is community-driven and made possible by Dovercourt Recreation Centre.

Classes are brief (usually no more than 3 hours at the most) and inexpensive (averaging $15-$60). Because the Brainery is a citizen-led affair, classes are largely determined by YOU, the public. You come to us with your idea, and provided it meets the basic criteria, you have yourself a class. 

What types of classes are we looking for?

We're open to lots of things but FOOD, ART and DIY have become our mainstay, so we tend to focus on those. Have a look at our Past Classes page and you'll get an idea of the sorts of subject matter we go for. We tend to avoid subjects in the health and wellness and professional development categories (fitness, yoga, nutrition, resume building, computer skills etc.) and reserve the right to refuse anything that is borderline sales-y.

Do you need to have teaching experience?

If you have little or no teaching experience, no biggie. We just ask that your first class be pro-bono and we'll give you access to a free class of your choosing by another instructor as compensation for your time. After that first class is under your belt, and provided the class is generally well-received, you will be compensated for all future classes you teach at a rate of $25 per hour. We also compensate you for any material supplies needed for the class.

And it helps if you're comfortable in front of an audience and understand the importance having a class outline before you enter the classroom. :-) 

Give us your suggestions!

So -- do you have some interesting knowledge and/or skills to share? Then sign up to teach a class!

Is there something you'd like to learn about? Let us know and we'll do our best to make to happen.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ or send an email to Sarah Banks, the Westboro Brainery Coordinator. sbanks@dovercourt.org

Powered by Dovercourt Recreation Centre

The Westboro Brainery is a program initiative of the Dovercourt Recreation Assocation (DRA). For more information on DRA visit the website at www.dovercourt.org or the Dovercourt Recreation Centre at 411 Dovercourt Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2A 0S9. Customer Service can be reached at (613) 798-8950 or info@dovercourt.org