“It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. It is time that villages were universities…” Walden, H. D. Thoreau
Thoreau College is excited to announce our new program Growing Seasons, a 9-month, residential program for young adults seeking to challenge themselves through a holistic program that integrates rigorous study and contemplation, artistic work, wilderness adventures, labor and active community life, with this year’s theme HUMANS & NATURE:
Growing Seasons at Thoreau College is a 9-month residential program for young adults seeking to challenge and cultivate themselves through an immersive holistic curriculum designed to engage each participant as a whole human being. The core of Growing Seasons is an extensive and multifaceted exploration of relationship - relationship with community, with work, with ideas, with place, with nature, and with the self. Through an integrated program of study, artistic creation, reflection, labor, and active community life, Growing Seasons participants explore what it means to be a human being today and what we are each called to become and to do with our lives at this moment in history. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's insights into the spiritual dimensions of the natural world and Henry David Thoreau’s experiment at Walden Pond, participants in Growing Seasons will have an opportunity, in the context of a supportive community of fellow seekers, to enter deeply--head, heart and hands--into the essential facts of life. From these profound encounters with themselves, with nature, and with one another, they may embark on the great human project of constructing a life of integrity, purpose, and wholeness.