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Address: 12171 Garret Bay Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Phone Number: 877.854.3225
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Visit the gift shop, but sign up for a class

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We happened upon The Clearing by accident. We read an article in the local Door County paper that morning about the recent documentary made about Jens Jensen. My fiance, a horticulturist and landscape designer and builder, is a student and follower of the theories of natural landscape and design. When we noticed the small sign on the gated entryway reading,... More 

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

In the room in which the wonderful Jerry Apps holds his one-day writing workshop has six panels sharing the history and context of The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay. Jens Jensen, founder, explains the "name" The Clearing: "The name signifies the school's real purpose ... to clear away all debris of overstuffed learning, steeped form and tradition and get... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My friend and I attended a day-long workshop with Roger Kuhns, who has a Ph.D. in Geology but also has great skill at telling stories that are vivid and very humorous. Half the day we hiked around the large property of The Clearing, which is on the coastline of Green Bay. He was showing us examples of what he taught... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you ever have a chance to enroll for a weeklong class at the Clearing in Door County, WI, you won't regret it. Thanks to the foresight of a brilliant landscape architect, Jens Jensen, the Clearing sits on a gorgeous, unspoiled slice of northern WI on Ellison Bay. The accommodations are simple, clean and homey. The food is served family... More 

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Sister Bay
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Gorgeous grounds, rustic and lovely along the shores of Green Bay in the Door Peninsula. Excellent classes, comfy accommodations, and incredibly good food! A real vacation for adults, a place to clear your mind and find peace in nature. Outstanding experience!

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Unless you are staying at the Clearing or taking a class, chances are you may miss this gem. Established by Jens Jensen, a genius who recognized the great beauty of Door County before most people could spell "green" and "environment". It was during the same period when he helped design and create some of Chicago's most-loved parks. If you have... More 

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