Retirement doesn’t mean the end of intellectual challenges or using your creative muscles. In fact, it’s just the opposite! Whether you want to learn a new skill or delve into an existing passion, there are plenty of unique opportunities in the StL—here’s just a sample of what’s available.

third degree glass factory
Beginners can test the waters and create glass items like ornaments, paperweights or jewelry in a single class, or aspiring glass artists can commit to 4-week courses dedicated to flameworking, fused glass, hot glass and more. Experienced individuals can take master classes taught by experts from around the world. Worried about how classes will fit into your schedule? One-on-one training is available, too.

osher lifelong learning institute
Washington University offers not-for-credit courses for adults ages 50 and older through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Interested ‘students’ can sign up for an annual membership, which allows them to take multiple courses, or register for individual classes. The best part? No grades or exams!  To keep participants safe, the fall 2020 semester will be held via Zoom.

kitchen conservatory
Did quarantine reveal your culinary skills are lacking? Kitchen Conservatory offers hundreds of classes each year, both hands-on experiences and demonstrations. The courses are taught by culinary experts and cover everything from desserts to cuisines from around the world. Date night classes offer couples the opportunity to cook together, and the grandkids can get involved with sessions designed for adults and children ages 7 and older.

bowood farms
The studio at Bowood Farms in the Central West End provides a space to explore, learn and create. Each month, it offers a rotating schedule of classes, workshops and events. Learn about container gardening, get culinary tips from the staff at Cafe Osage or explore wellness and lifestyle topics. During the pandemic, you can find a unique selection of arts and crafts tutorials at