Driftless Folk School

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April 22, 2014 1:38 pm: Driftless Folk School Kickstarter Campaign – We’re putting down roots!

We Have Found Home – First Buildings Begin a timber-frame outdoor classroom (16′ by 20′)  community constructed. Facing an amphitheater of  hillside seats for performances. a beautifully crafted 3 season cabin for two interns and  a road into the 5 acres of campus  We need you financial support! This is your folk school and our folk school. DONATE HERE! We have committed to Read More

April 17, 2014 4:04 pm: We Are Hiring! Part-time Registrar

Accepting Applications until April 30th. Reviewing Resumes and Cover letters as they are submitted. Job available May 2nd, 2014 JOB SUMMARY The registrar’s primary responsibilities include processing class and event registrations, and communication with both students and instructors prior to and after classes. Other responsibilities include keeping records and assisting the outreach coordinator with promotions. Read More

March 31, 2014 2:37 pm: An Instructor’s Mission to Empower and Reconnect


“My real mission is to empower people to become aware of their surroundings and space.” Meet Nicholas Gale, a lifelong student of nature observation, Earth-sufficient lifeways, and traditional craft. He has developed a philosophy of reflective life in tune with the local ecosystem, it’s resources, and gifts. He hopes that his educational work can provide a vehicle to move people toward a Read More

February 22, 2014 12:38 pm: Driftless Folk School’s Monthly Carving Circle

fine carving

The night before Valentine’s Day, six people gathered in to Driftless Folk School’s intimate little office space in the Ark in Viroqua for the first monthly Driftless Folk School Carving Circle. We ran the gamut of ages and experience, from veteran spoon carvers and a promising young new carver, to a curious onlooker – turned Read More

12:23 pm: Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series


Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge! You’re invited to the Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series in La Farge, Wisconsin, EVERY 4TH SATURDAY. What is contra dancing, you ask? Contra dancing is simply social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The rest is just details Read More

February 19, 2014 7:23 pm: The Driftless Area Apple Aficionado

Rikardo Jahnke Bio Pic

“My favorite way to eat an apple is to…well, eat a fresh apple. When the first of the season comes in I will eat 6 to 10 of them a day!” says Rikardo Jahnke, the Driftless Area’s apple aficionado. I love apples, and had been reading about all these wonderful varieties “out there.” But I Read More

January 25, 2014 5:47 pm: Schools For Life Conference: Creating a Space for Connecting People and Ideas


In early January of 2014, Driftless Folk School hosted its first ever Schools for Life conference. In spite of starting out in the midst of an impeding ice storm, over 30 individuals were present over the two days. The conference was titled after N.F.S. Grundtvig’s (Danish founder of the folk school concept) description of folk schools as places where Read More

January 24, 2014 12:11 pm: Shall we Dance?


Twirling neighbors, stompin’ feet, warm smiling faces, and endless laughter. Over 100 friends came out of the woodwork to enjoy a warm evening of food and dance after the Kickapoo Valley Reserve‘s annual Winter Festival. The evening began with dinner thanks to delicious food donations from Keewaydin Farms, the Viroqua Village Market, and the Viroqua Food Cooperative. Read More

December 22, 2013 9:44 am: A Place to Hang our Hat


Since 2006, Driftless Folk School headquarters have been transient, as it has operated out of people’s homes, or places like the public library and the Viroqua Food Co-op seating area. As of November of 2013 though, we established our very first office, and now we have a place to hang our proverbial hat; or at least a place to Read More

December 21, 2013 3:11 pm: Envisioning Future Harvests


The inward-looking season of Winter is a precious link in the agrarian cycle of the year.  The fields are silent and snow covered, the harvest has been gathered in, and the farmer or gardener’s thoughts turn now to the spring to come.  Winter is the time to meditate and dream, to browse the seed catalogues Read More