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

Thoreau’s Flock – What’s up with the sheep at Thoreau College?

Thoreau’s Flock – What’s up with the sheep at Thoreau College?

On Thursday, December 17, 2020, ten Clun Forest ewes and one Icelandic-Merino ewe arrived at Compostella Farm, home of the Thoreau College farm program. They barrelled out of the trailer and then stood there, looking around sheepishly. Since then, our ewes (and one pet ram) have been happily...

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Fellow Profile: Rory O’Hollaren, DS ’18

Fellow Profile: Rory O’Hollaren, DS ’18

Thoreau College’s second fellow cohort includes Deep Springs College alumni Rory O’Hollaren (DS’18), Levi Freedman (DS’18), and Sean Coomey (DS’19). It is exciting to have them here because Thoreau College was born from the virtues of the Nunnian education that is the core of Deep Springs ideas....

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