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5 Virtual Platforms to Help You Learn a New Skill

February 24, 2021

From a MasterClass with RuPaul to a tutorial on houseplants, 5 online platforms that will teach you a new skill

By Zoe Makhool

Featured photo via @skillshare

Houseplants 101 with the Houseplant Guru

plantPhoto via @thehouseplantguru

If you love houseplants but can’t seem to keep them alive, this is the class for you. Royal Oak Public Library is hosting an online class with Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, a.k.a the “Houseplant Guru,” who will teach you how to cultivate and care for indoor plants. The event is scheduled for March 18 from 7-8 pm and will take place via Zoom. Register online here!


cocktail classPhoto via @masterclass

MasterClass offers a variety of online classes taught by award-winning chefs, writers and performers. There’s a class for virtually everything (pun intended) , from learning self-expression and authenticity (taught by RuPaul), to fashion design (led by Marc Jacobs). A subscription costs $15 a month (billed annually) and can be purchased here.

Quarantine Corner – New Parent Hour

Starting March 2, Ferndale Area District Library is offering a series of parenting classes that will allow you to connect with other local moms and dads via Zoom to learn early literacy tips and parenting strategies. Email elissa@ferndalepubliclibrary.org to register.


Brush up on your creativity and get inspired with Skillshare’s art-focused online classes. The learning community has thousands of classes on topics including illustration, design, photography, writing and more. A premium membership includes access to all videos and costs $32 per month (tip: get the best deal when you sign up for the whole year, only $168 billed annually), or you can watch a selection of free classes here.

Yoga Teacher Training

yogaPhoto via @yogashelter

In addition to online and in-studio yoga classes, Yoga Shelter also offers a virtual yoga teacher training. During the 200-hour course you’ll learn all the basics, like foundational yoga philosophy and anatomy. Flexible payment plans and scholarships are available. Visit their website now to apply for the next class, starting April 5!

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