Rooted in the hills and valleys of western Wisconsin, the Thoreau College Semester Program is an opportunity for young adults to discover their own essential facts of life, engaging with the existential questions of our time through thoughtful study of great books and natural phenomena, manual labor, wilderness expeditions, and solos, community self-governance, contemplative inner development, and artistic practice.
Inspired by Thoreau’s experiment at Walden Pond, by Deep Springs College, and by a Waldorf education, the program integrates a wide variety of experiences into an expanded liberal arts curriculum, designed to create a space for students to become deeply grounded in themselves, the world, and the work they are called to do. In the context of a supportive community of fellow seekers, students will have a chance to enter deeply — head, heart, and hands — into what it means to be a human being today.
Join us in Viroqua, Wisconsin!
- Biodynamic gardening, permaculture, and sustainable agriculture
- Environmental philosophy and history of consciousness
- Community self-governance and communication skills
- Visual arts, creative writing, and manual homesteading skills
- Wilderness expeditions and solos