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Address: 12171 Garret Bay Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Phone Number: 877.854.3225
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Valuable adult learning in a spectacular setting

A week at the Clearing comes with quality instruction in a variety of arts and folk arts in a spectacular setting with simple but comfortable lodging and wonderful food including... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A week at the Clearing comes with quality instruction in a variety of arts and folk arts in a spectacular setting with simple but comfortable lodging and wonderful food including homemade bread and desserts. Conceived of and designed by Danish archictect Jens Jensen, the Clearing preserves a reverence for nature while expanding your world view, skill set and sometimes your... More 

Thank MilwAleta
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Clearing is a Folk School on 110 acres on a bluff overlooking Green Bay. The Clearing was started by Jens Jensen, a famous landscape architect, one of the first in the 20th century to landscape with native plants rather than exotic species. Jensen was also a partner on projects with Frank Lloyd Wright on occasion. Students arrive on Sunday... More 

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Algoma, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Beautiful setting and buildings allow for one of the best continuing education locations in Door County. Take a class, learn a hobby or discover a new skill like bread baking in a magical setting

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have been to Door County dozens of times but had never been to The Clearing until this past weekend. This folk school was founded by the great landscape architect Jen Jensen. On the FREE walking tour led by a very knowledgeable docent, I not only learned about the history of The Clearing but saw wonderful scenery as well. The... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

On a whim I took the walking tour on a Sunday afternoon. What a treat! I loved it! The docent was very knowledgeable on the history of The Folk School and her passion to preserve it was clear to see. This is a very quaint, charming, and inspiring place. Would love to take a week long class here! The tour... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I hope you get to take a class here in your lifetime. There is no other place like it. Beautiful, serene, replenishing.

Thank ArtlovingPoet
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This long-standing folk school has a great gift shop with many hand-crafted items, but its true appeal is the multitude of classes offered weekly during the summer. There is something for everyone whether you wish to learn something entirely new or brush up on old skills. Soothing, peaceful, extraordinary. Live at the Clearing for the week (and enjoy their great... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were on a door county tour that took us here and we learned all about the folk school and the classes they have in the summer. An amazing place with such a gorgeous main building!

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Clearing is without a doubt a wonderful, unique place, by trees, water, and nature, with lovely old wood and stone buildings, and a peaceful atmosphere. It offers a wide variety of courses, and like any courses, some are good and some are great. I've had both. In my first experience there, I was a commuter and therefore had my... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you wish to have an experience of a life-time--go to the Clearing. It is entirely unique and absolutely incredible. Now, this is from a man who has traveled 49 of 50 states and seen many wonderful places. First of all, it was created by and for Jens Jensen who created the Forest Preserves of Chicago land---one of the few... More 

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