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.

Metamorphosis Year

The Thoreau College Metamorphosis Year is a full-time program for young adults seeking to challenge and develop themselves across all dimensions of their humanity.  Apply now to join us from August 2021 – June 2022!

Microcollege movement

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.

MISSION

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).

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THOREAU COLLEGE BLOG

Larry Littlegeorge on “The Doctrine of Discovery”

Larry Littlegeorge on “The Doctrine of Discovery”

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...

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Walkabout Permaculture August 3-6

Walkabout Permaculture August 3-6

Written by: Garden Juju Collective Thoreau College, Driftless Folk School are offering a 4-day Walkabout Permaculture intensive course this summer 3rd - 6th of August in Wisconsin in collaboration with Bridget O’Brien, Dr Charlie Brennan of Garden Juju Collective and Paula Westmoreland and Lindsey...

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Why Apply to the Metamorphosis Year Program?

Why Apply to the Metamorphosis Year Program?

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...

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