Registration Information

How to Register:

Class sizes are limited. Early registration will help ensure that you get the class or classes you want. You may register for classes online, by phone & through the mail. Online registrations will be available beginning on February 28, 2022. A minimum $300 deposit is required. Please Note: Registrations that are received in the mail on or before the registration start dates below will be processed after all of the other registrations from that day have been processed.

To Register Online:
Online registrations will be available beginning February 28, 2022.
You can register online by visiting the Summer Program Class Page and clicking on a specific class title. This will take you to the class description page. Click the 'Register' button at the bottom of the page.

When to Register:

Please Note: In an effort to reduce the amount of time participants are on the phone, class registration is divided into four separate 'start dates'.


Please note: Online registrations will be available beginning February 28, 2022.

Registration Start Date #1: February 22, 2022
Registration for classes held between May 1 and July 30 begins Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

Registration Start Date #2: February 24, 2022
Registration for classes held between July 31 and October 29 begins Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

On General Registration Start Dates #1 and #2 (see above), an individual may register for him/herself and one other person.


Please note: Online registrations will be available beginning February 28, 2022.

Life Member Registration Start Date #1: February 15, 2022
Friends of The Clearing Life Members may register for classes held between May 1 and July 30 beginning on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

Life Member Registration Start Date #2: February 17, 2022
Friends of The Clearing Life Members may register for classes held between July 31 and October 29 beginning on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

On Life Member Registration Start Dates #1 and #2 (see above), a life member may register for him/herself and one other person who is also a life member.


A minimum $300 deposit is required when registering. The balance is due no later than three weeks before the class begins.

Fees and Pricing:

Information on fees and pricing is listed at the end of each class description. These rates are per person and include tuition, lodging, meals and sales tax. Some classes require an additional materials fee and/or shop fee. These are noted at the end of the class descriptions. Gratuities for the kitchen and housekeeping staff are not included.

Cancellation Policy:

There is a $25 fee for canceling a class registration in 2022. It is helpful if those registered for a class cancel a minimum of three weeks before the class start date. That gives The Clearing a better opportunity to fill the vacant slot with someone on the wait list.

Guaranteed Single Rooms:

There are three single rooms available each week. They are available on a first-come-first-reserved basis. However, as a given class week approaches, if there are rooms available, we may be able to accommodate more than three singles. This will vary from week to week. Therefore, if you were not able to reserve one of the single rooms when you first registered, we encourage you to have your name placed on the waiting list for a single room. We cannot guarantee that you will get a single, but we do use our waiting lists extensively.


Reservation priority is given to students who stay at The Clearing (resident students). Jens Jensen believed that, in order to gain the greatest benefit from the experience, students and instructors should "live" at The Clearing. The Clearing holds to this belief today. However, in order to accommodate Door County residents, and to meet the needs of a broader cross section of Clearing students, one commuter student registration is accepted for each class. As classes fill, those wishing to register as commuter students are strongly encouraged to have their names placed on the waiting list for their chosen class. Many times, as a given class approaches, space becomes available for more commuter students.

The commuter student registration fee includes class tuition, five noon meals, supper on Friday and sales tax. Sales tax is on the meals only. Commuters are invited to all other meals. These are billed on a per-meal basis at the end of the week. Gratuities are not included.

Shop Fees:

Classes held in the Workshop and Forge buildings that use certain power tools, one or both glass fusing kilns and the shop supplies are assessed a shop fee. The fee ranges from $10 to $30, depending on the class. Shop fees help to defray the cost of maintaining tools and equipment, replacing worn or damaged equipment and maintaining and cleaning these classrooms.


Gratuities (tips) for the kitchen, dining room and housekeeping staff are not included in your registration fee. Most guests choose to leave a tip, although it is of course optional. For those who do decide to leave a tip, it’s helpful to know the meal portion of the registration fee. That portion is $245 for those who lodge at The Clearing and $125 for those who commute.

Check-In & Check-Out

Check-in is from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Lodge at 12103 Garrett Bay Road. There will be a staff member in the Lodge during this time to check you in and to answer any questions you might have. Please plan to arrive between 1:00 and 4:00. If you know in advance that you will be arriving after 4:00, please contact us no later than 3:00 the previous Friday so we can tell you where to pick your room key, name tag, welcome letter and other information.

Check-out is by 9:00 a.m. the following Saturday.

Early Arrival: (Saturday Arrival)

Students have the option to check-in on Saturday rather than Sunday. The price for the extra night is $50 per person. Meals are not included. The first meal served each week is Sunday supper.

Students, especially first-time students who check-in on Saturday, are strongly encouraged to arrive between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (The Clearing cannot guarantee that all rooms will be ready before 2:00 p.m.)

Independent Study:

Those interested in “doing their own thing” for a week at The Clearing may register for a personal retreat or for independent study. This option is available every week for the full registration fee, or you can request to be placed on the waiting list to be called on “short notice” for this option, when space is available, at a reduced fee--$200 off the normal registration fee. Call anytime to be put on the waiting list for this option. We will notify you as weeks become available. Many weeks have openings. Call The Clearing office for information.

If you need work space during your independent study for a project on which you plan to work, please let us know in advance. We’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Please note the following:
1. The indoor spaces available for use by independent study students are the Lean-To that’s attached to the south side of Mertha’s Cabin, the Professor’s Quarters Living Room in the south wing of the Lodge and, if not being used by a class, the Weaving Room in the Schoolhouse and the Stovewood Room in the Workshop.

2. The outdoor spaces that are occasionally available for use are the Workshop porch and the Forge porch. Any work being done on the Workshop porch may not disturb a class in the Stovewood Room or in the Shop, and the independent study student who is working on the porch may not pass through either classroom to access the kitchenette or bathroom. To access either of those spaces, the independent study student must go around the Workshop building to the front door.

3. Regardless of the work space being used, independent study students may not interfere with a class or, in the case of the Lean-To or the Professor’s Quarter’s living room, with the comfort of the guests in Mertha’s Cabin or the Professor’s Quarters. Examples are excessive noise (tool use, music, etc.), odor (solvents, etc.) or excessive time spent in a classroom where a class is being held. However, independent study students working in the Weaving Room in the Schoolhouse may pass through the back of the Main Studio in order to get to the Weaving Room and to use the kitchenette and bathroom.

4. Independent study students may not set up in a classroom where a class is being held. There are no exceptions to this. Independent study students should not ask instructors for permission to work in their classroom.

5. Any independent study student using the Lean-To or the Professor’s Quarter’s Living Room may not work in there past 8:30 p.m. and may not work in there before 7:00 a.m.

Waiting Lists:

Even though a class is full, there is still a chance that you can take the class. The Clearing maintains waiting lists for all of our classes. These lists are used in the event that registered students in a class need to cancel. While we can't predict when a cancellation will happen, our experience shows us they can happen anytime, even the day before class begins. When someone cancels, we want to fill that vacancy with a new student right away. We do that by using our waiting lists.

You can be added to a waiting list at anytime. All we need is your name and a phone number. If we receive a cancellation, we will start calling names on our waiting list beginning with the first and continuing down our list until we fill the vacancy. If we call and you are unable to come, you can simply tell us 'no' and we will continue down our list.

Health & Medical Information:

All guests receive a health and safety form prior to their arrival at The Clearing. It requests basic health-related information, including allergies, diet restrictions that are based on a medical condition, prescription medications taken and emergency contact information. Although filling out and returning the form is optional, we ask that all guests comply with our request. The information on the form may/can be used by attending professional medical personnel in the event of an emergency. All of the information provided is kept in strict confidence by The Clearing staff, and all forms are destroyed at the end of each week.

Food Policy:

The Clearing's kitchen staff does its best to accommodate individuals with dietary requirements, such as those dictated by food allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But the nature of preparing and serving meals makes it very difficult for the kitchen staff to accommodate requests for separate meals or entrees based on food preferences. We do, however, do our best to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets.


For those lodging at The Clearing, registration includes 13 meals. For commuter students, registration includes all five noon meals and supper on Friday. During the class week, commuters are welcome to sign up and pay for additional meals.

Guests at Meals:

It is The Clearing’s policy to not allow students to invite guests to meals. This helps protect the retreat atmosphere, which is an important part of The Clearing experience. Also, some weeks, the dining room is at capacity, and there is no room for an extra person.


Although every reasonable effort has been made or is being made to make The Clearing's buildings and grounds accessible for students with physical disabilities, some students may find our campus difficult to negotiate. (Note that The Clearing's dining room is on the second floor of the Lodge.) Please call The Clearing to discuss any concerns you have regarding accessibility.

Buildings & Grounds:

The Clearing is a rustic, “natural” place. The buildings in which the sleeping rooms are located are made of log and stone. Several rooms, although modernized over the years, are in buildings that date to the late 1800s. The paths around buildings are flagstone. The paths away from buildings—in the woods, meadows and along the edge of the escarpment cliff—have either a sawdust or wood chip surface, or are bare soil. rocks and tree roots are at the surface in some areas on these paths, so care should be taken when walking. Good walking shoes and a walking stick are helpful.

What to Bring:

In addition to those items you are bringing for your class, you might also find it helpful to bring an alarm clock and a flashlight, book light and hair dryer. During warm months, mosquito repellent is helpful. If you plan to explore The Clearing’s property, make sure to bring good, sturdy walking shoes. A walking stick is also useful, although The Clearing has some walking sticks for guests to use.

Internet Service:

There is internet service in three of The Clearing’s buildings—the Schoolhouse, the Workshop and the Jens Jensen Center. At the Schoolhouse and Workshop, internet service was installed for class use. Guests are asked to limit personal internet use to the extent possible in order to maintain and protect The Clearing’s retreat atmosphere.


Camping is not allowed at The Clearing. This includes tents, pop-up campers and RVs.


The Clearing does not allow pets. This includes pets kept in cars.

Perfumes & Other Fragrances:

Chemicals in scented products can trigger serious health reactions, including asthma, in some people. Please be aware of this while at The Clearing, and please be sensitive to the fact that fragrances, especially heavy fragrances, can cause illness in others.


Smoking is not allowed in or near any Clearing building. Smoking is only allowed in the campus parking lot and the employee parking lot.


Clearing guests often gather before supper in the central campus courtyard or in one of the guest rooms to share snacks and have a glass of wine or beer. Drinking alcohol is allowed at The Clearing, but only in moderation and not in classrooms.

Cell Phone Use at The Clearing:

Cell phones and other digital devices can be an intrusion in certain places. The Clearing is one of those places. When used excessively, indiscreetly or without regard for others, they seriously diminish The Clearing’s retreat atmosphere. Those who frequently make or receive cell phone calls during their stay at The Clearing not only “remove” themselves from their retreat—the reason they are here—but also have a negative impact on others. Therefore, it is The Clearing’s policy that all guests and staff limit their cell phone calls to those that are truly necessary. In addition, when a cell phone call has to be made, it is The Clearing’s policy that all guests and staff make those calls from one of two places—the campus parking lot or the employee parking lot. Except for an emergency, cell phone calls are not to be made from inside any building, including lodging rooms, on hiking trails or from any of the outdoor sitting areas on campus. Except for emergency situations, cell phone ringers should be turned off at all times.

Jens Jensen Center Hours:

Weekdays: 8 - 4

Visitor Center:
Weekdays: 8 - 4
Weekends: 12 - 4 (May - October)

Weekdays: 8 - 4
Weekends: 12 - 4 (May - October)
Online: Anytime!

Campus Visiting Hours:

For many years, The Clearing has had a "closed campus" policy while resident classes are in session. This means that the area west of the main road through The Clearing property - the area where the old buildings are located (the Lodge, Schoolhouse, Workshop and cabins) - is closed to visitors, including those participating in one and two-day workshops at The Clearing, from Monday through Friday. This closed campus policy is strictly enforced in order to ensure the privacy of resident students and instructors and to enhance the retreat aspect of The Clearing experience.

From May to October, The Clearing campus is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. A member of The Clearing staff will be in the Lodge, during this time, to answer questions.

Admission Policy:

Students must be at least 18 years old to attend classes at The Clearing. All students are welcome at The Clearing.


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