Invitation to Jan. 6-8 folk school retreat
From: John Wallace (
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 06:15:34 -0800 (PST)
December 13, 2005

Dear Hopework folks,

Join us for a retreat about the future of folk school education at the old
Danebod folk school in Tyler, MN. The retreat starts in early evening on
Friday, Jan. 6, and goes through lunch on Sunday, Jan. 8.

This retreat will bring together about 16 people of all ages who think that
education in the style of the old Danish folk high schools is very much
needed in today's world, who think that this kind of education should have a future, and who want to be part of that future. The purpose is not so much to generate detailed plans, as to get on the same page about why folk school
education is important and to identify directions and possibilities for
future development and next steps.

We will use the themes of "initiation" and "looking backward (understanding
and honoring the past), looking forward (imagining the future)" for the
activities and learning circle conversations that we will do. There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 3:30 pm in John Wallace's office (868 Heller Hall on the West Bank) to map out the sequence of activities and
conversation-launching questions. Please join us if you would like to.

Danebod Folk High School (or People's College) was built by Danish
immigrants in the early 1900s as a school for young Danish Americans. The
founders wanted to keep learning traditions alive that they knew from
Denmark's many folk high schools. For more information on the folk high
schools of Denmark see Danebod is now used in the summer months to host family camps in the Danish folk school tradition. The building and grounds are used during the rest of the year as a retreat center and for Danebod Lutheran Church activities. You can check
out the Danebod campus and facilities at

The costs at Danebod are similar to Shalom Hill Farm. $30 per night for the
first person in a room; $5 per night for each additional person. Danebod
provides linens and towels. Bathrooms are shared. Use of the kitchen is
free, and we will be cooking our own meals just as we have at the Shalom
Hill Farm retreats. Cost for the weekend's food will be about $15-20 per
person. Due to a range of arrival times on Friday afternoon and evening,
supper on Friday will be on your own.

Tyler is about a four hour drive from Minneapolis. Basic directions are to take 494 west > 212 west > 23 south > 14 west > Tyler. Once in Tyler, turn left on Tyler Street and then left again to Danebod Court. The folk school dormitory is in the large brick building on the left at the end of the street.

There may be the possibility of carpooling and sharing rides. Let us know if
you can either offer a ride or would need one.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Nance Longley at longley [at] or 612-626-7257.


The Danebod organizing group (Faith and Joel Krogstad, Faith Clover, Kirsten
Olsen, Nance Longley, Lynn Englund, John Wallace, and Peter Shea)

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