The Clearing Folk School
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:41:44 -0800 (PST)
Today I learned of a folk school on the other side of Wisconsin
of the arts and crafts variety.

Some excerpts from their website (about page) :

The Clearing Folk School provides diverse educational
experiences in the folk school tradition, in a setting of quiet forests,
meadows and water. The Clearing is a place where adults who share an
interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.

Ellison Bluff Located near the tip of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula
[which projects north northeast into Lake Michigan from Green Bay]
... historic stone and log buildings and hiking
trails that wind through the property's 130 acres of forest and meadow -

According to Jens Jensen, "Instruction at The Clearing is
non-competitive - there are no credits, no grades, no degrees, no
pitting of one student against another." This method of teaching is what
the Danes called "The Living Word." Discussion, conversation, nature
study and hands-on work are emphasized, rather than learning just in the
classroom, through reading and writing. The folk school experience at
The Clearing is a unique combination of learning, history, tradition,
social interaction and quiet reflection.

The Clearing offers a wide range of classes, including
painting, writing, quilting, birding, wood carving, poetry, rustic
furniture making, photography, poetry, fine wood-working, music,
weaving, philosophy, stained glass, metal work, nature study and paper
arts. All Clearing classes are taught in a relaxed, informal style.

PS I learned of it on Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network.
It's pledge week on MN Public Radio so I've been listening
radio via streaming audio also including:
o NPR via KWIT in Sioux City (and hearing school late start
  announcements for schools I attended :)
o KPFA (Pacifica)
o Air America (the local staion is AM **
o KFAI S Minneapolis / St Paul **
** hard to listen off the air to with the radio by my computer

PS_#2 I've gotten Mpls Wireless recently and also a
One Laptop Per Child laptop (from NGO that aims to get millions
of them to school kids in the third world.  Blog entries on both at:


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