“Thoreau College creates a context where students can nurture their sacred curiosity, connect with their deepest selves, and cultivate the capacities they will need to manifest their highest aspirations for the world.”
Rooted in the Driftless Region
Thoreau College is located in the rural community of Viroqua, Wisconsin, in the heart of the Driftless Region, a wild unglaciated landscape of ridges and valleys traversed by countless small streams and rivers.
The Thoreau College Fellowship Program is a full time residential program for young adults focused on homesteading skills, folk arts, discussions of ideas, nature, and a community of shared striving.
Thoreau College is a leader in an emergent movement dedicated to the renewal and revitalization of higher education through the creation of new humanly-scaled institutions with holistic curricula known as microcolleges.
Rooted in the ridges and valleys of the Driftless Region of the upper Midwest, Thoreau College models a transformative liberal arts curriculum that immerses students in authentic community, shared labor and governance, and rigorous engagement with great works and natural phenomena. Thoreau College creates a context where students can nurture their sacred curiosity, connect with their deepest selves, and cultivate the capacities they will need to manifest their highest aspirations for the world.
Thoreau College understands liberal arts education to be fundamentally concerned with the cultivation of free human beings who have the capacity to impart direction and meaning to their lives and bring about positive transformation in the world. In our striving to realize an education that meets the needs of the whole human being–body, soul and spirit–we have been deeply informed by the lives and work of Henry David Thoreau (author of Walden), Rudolf Steiner (founder of Waldorf education), and LL Nunn (founder of Deep Springs College).
THOREAU COLLEGE BLOG
By: Fellow Jacob Rowland Thoreau College is a singular place, and perhaps a hard place to understand. The applicant process is, in a way, opposite to the ordinary college search process: most colleges have extensive websites, virtual tours, and brochures to appeal to applicants, but something...
Metamorphosis Year #1 Thoreau College - Fall 2021 “Are we really going to throw away the lungs?” -- Amy Yang, TC2021-2022 This unusual question was put to me in deep earnestness this fall by Amy, one of our 2021-2022 Thoreau College Metamorphosis Year students, as I was introducing her and a...
We are excited to have Larry Littlegeorge joining us this upcoming Tuesday to start off the permaculture workshop. He will be discussing how important the repudiation of the document of discovery is. As well as the consequences the document of discovery had and still has on indigenous people to...