The Thoreau College Semester Program is an opportunity for young people, ages 18-25, to front their own essential facts of life, engaging the existential questions of our time through thoughtful study of great books and natural phenomena, practical labor, immersive wilderness expeditions, community self-governance, inner development, and artistic practice. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's insights into the spiritual dimensions of the natural world and Henry David Thoreau’s experiment at Walden Pond, the semester program integrates this wide variety of experiences into an expanded liberal arts curriculum, designed to create a space for students to become deeply grounded in themselves, the world, and the work they are called to do. In the context of a supportive community of fellow seekers, students will have a chance to enter deeply--head, heart, and hands--into what it means to be a human being today. From these profound encounters with themselves, with nature, and with one another, they may embark on the great human project of constructing lives of integrity, purpose, and wholeness.
At this time, Thoreau College has neither sought nor received formal academic accreditation and the Growing Seasons program does not confer any formal qualification, certification, or transferrable credits.
Thoreau College is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. Thoreau College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.