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The Summer Program, which runs from May through October, is The Clearing's oldest and the one that most closely resembles Jensen's original folk school vision. The mainstay of the Summer Program is week-long classes, with 25 to 35 students and instructors living at The Clearing, eating family-style meals and renewing their spirit through close contact with the native landscape. The Clearing experience is made up of many special components. The classes, sense of community, forests, meadows, water, sunsets, home-cooked meals, traditions and history all blend to create a wonderful place to learn, relax, reflect and make new friends.



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May 3 - 9

Quilting: Circle of Friends #1
Judy Hasheider

Weaving: Hand-Woven Tapes & Rya Knots #2 - Cancelled -
Marjorie Durko Puryear

A Wood Craft Sampler: Wood Turning, Fine Woodworking & Wood Carving #3
Carole Floate, Curt Wessel, Erik Rinkleff

May 10 - 16

Spring Birds of Northern Woods & Waters #4
Nancy Stevenson & Gerry Janz

Multimedia Art Pieces #5
Lou Covotsos

May 17 - 23

Watercolor Techniques #7
Betty Delinck & Barbara Farrell

Writing Well: Memoir Workshop #8
Margaret Hawkins

Bird Watching: Birding Basics & More #9
Paul Regnier

Wood Turning: Having Fun With A Wood Lathe #10
Rob Nelson

May 24 - 30

Watercolor Excitement & Beyond #11 - Limited -
Ed Fenendael

Poetry Camp 2015: Writing The Missing Poems #12 -FULL- Call or email to be added to wait list
Robin Chapman

Spring Wildflowers #13 - Limited -
Larry Morrison

Beginning & Intermediate Wood Turning #14 - Cancelled -
Carole Floate

May 31 - June 6

Drawing Nature With Color Pencil #15
Kimberly Mullarkey

Writing Life & Family Stories #16
Judy Bridges

Creative Photoshop Elements #17
Bill Brown & Mark Southard

June 7 - 13

Awakening: Yoga and the Natural World #18
Don Wenig

iPhone-ography: The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You #19
Jerry Hug

Glass Fusing #20
Nance Tucker

A Nature Sampler: Birds, Geology, Wildflowers & Trees #21 - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Roger Kuhns, Paul Regnier, Mike Schneider

June 14 - 20

Traditional Quilting Open Studio #22
Kathy Swanson

The Middle Ages: Light & Darkness In An Age Of Feudalism & Faith #23
Pat Gardner

Fine Woodworking: Build A Hall Table Or Wall Cabinet #24 - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Curt Wessel

Beginning Spinning #25
Deb Jones

June 21 - 27

Writing Well: Fiction Workshop #26
Margaret Hawkins

Paper Arts: Marbling, Boxes & Books #27
Nancy Akerly

Making Pottery: Beginning & Beyond #28
John Hanson & John Dietrich

Stained Glass At The Clearing #29
Jill Wicke

June 28 - July 4

Beginning & Intermediate Pastel #30
Sandy Place

Photographing Door County #31
Hank Erdmann

Art Jewelry #32
Julie Lukosaitis

Serendipitous Quilt Sampler: Picture Image Machine Appliqué, Free-Form Piecing & Brave Bold Borders #33
Wendy Butler Berns

July 5 - 11

Chamber Music for Strings #34
Klara Fenyo Bahcall

Off-Loom Weaving #5 #35
Wendy Carpenter

Books By Hand: An Introduction To Book Binding #36
Florian Bieschke

July 12 - 18

Pencil Drawing #37 - Limited -
Rebecca Venn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An American Classic #38 - Limited -
Marilyn Johnson

Silk Painting & Surface Design #39 - Cancelled -
Karen Rognsvoog

Hike, Bike & Paddle Door County #40 - Limited -
Bob Bultman & Dave Bultman

July 19 - 25

The Watercolor Journal Goes A-Travelin’ #41
Marilyn Brandenburger

The Geology & Natural History Of Door County & The Niagara Escarpment #42
Roger Kuhns

Basic & Intermediate Wood Turning #43
Kelley Bresnahan

Beginning Quilting #44
Carol Hay

July 26 - August 1

Recorder at The Clearing #45
Pat Badger & Adrianne Paffrath

Soft Pastel Landscape Adventure #46
Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Making Glass Beads & Blowing Glass Ornaments #47
Julie Lukosaitis

August 2 - 8

A Wellness Sampler #48
Beth Coleman, Therese Evans & Carol Hoehn

Spaces & Places: Photographing Architecture In Northern Door County #49
Suzanne Rose

Norbert Blei Writing Workshop #50
Albert DeGenova

Norbert Blei Writing Workshop #51
Albert DeGenova

Norbert Blei Writing Workshop #52
Albert DeGenova

August 9 - 15

The Painters Mark: Painterly Plein Air in Pastel or Oil #53 - Limited -
Bonnie Paruch

World Religions Survey #54
Jerry Leitner

Relief Wood Carving #55
Jock Holmen

A Fiber Art Sampler #56
Sue Hoffman, Rosie Dittmann, Jenni Stultz & Nora Ahleen

August 16 - 22

Awakening the Art Quilter Within #57 - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Wendy Butler Berns

Meditation In Motion #58 - Limited -
Beth Coleman

Glass Fusing #59 - Limited -
Nance Tucker

The Craft Of Wood Carving Open Studio #60 - Limited -
Erik Rinkleff

August 23 - 29

Watercolor: Pursue Your Creative Path #61
Jane Barnard

Robinson's Writings Revisited #62
Jeff Doane

Weaving: Open Studio #63
Geke de Vries

Wood Carving: Artistry in Wood #64
Dave Ostrem

August 30 - September 5

Illusions In Watercolor #65 - Limited -
Judy Barnewolt-Jones

Let’s Write A Mystery #66 - Limited -
Sara Rath

Making Rustic Furniture #67 - Limited -
Sandy Lotto

How To Take Snapshots & Create Great Shots With Adobe Photoshop Elements #68 - Limited -
Bill Brown

September 13 - 19

SomaYoga: An Integrative Approach To Yoga #69
Theresa Evans

Writer’s Craft #70
Susan O'Leary

Stained Glass #71
Gary Chaudoir

Drawing In Nature #72
Barbara Manger

September 20 - 26

Quilting: Circle of Friends #73 - Limited -
Judy Hasheider

Wood Carver’s Workshop #74 - Limited -
Ann Fawver

Primitive Rug Hooking #75 - Limited -
Patsy Weich

September 27 - October 3

Watercolor For Beginners & Beyond #76
Chris Sommerfelt

Women’s Writing Retreat #77
Judy Bridges

Beginning Knitting #78
Nora Ahlen

Build A Dry-Stack Stone Wall #79
Dave Bultman

October 4 - 10

Watercolor Studio #80 - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Bridget Austin

The Art Of Nature & Outdoor Photography #81
Hank Erdmann

Open Studio For Woodworkers #82
Curt Wessel

October 11 - 17

Open Studio For Artists #83 - Limited -
Frankie Johnson

Knitting: From The Beginning To The End #84 - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Arnhild Hillesland

Off The Beaten Path: Exploring Wild Door County #85 - Limited -
Paul Regnier

October 18 - 24

Watercolor Techniques #86
Barbara Farrell & Betty Delinck

Poetry & Fiction: Writing From The Well Of Diverse Genres #87
Robert Vaughan

Wood Turning: Making Ornaments & Gifts #88
Rob Nelson

Adventures In Polymer Clay #89
Judie Yamamoto