Vacationing with a focus invites a deep walk into the forest, the embracing sound of lapping waves along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and being inspired to learn and create. Along the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline in Door County, WI, the Björklunden (pronounced “Bee-york-lun-den” – Birch Forest by the Water), is a 425-acre estate just south of Baileys Harbor, WI. The picturesque setting brings inspiration in this place of natural beauty and serenity. The sprawling campus hosts seminars to fulfill the desire of lifelong learning enrichment. The charming location greets nontraditional vacation studies in a natural environment. Virtual tour: http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/bjork/vt/
The location serves as Lawrence University’s (Appleton, WI) northern campus, hosting retreats and seminars for Lawrence students throughout the academic year, and adult continuing-education seminars during the summer. http://www.lawrence.edu/ The welcoming sanctuary is a year-round facility fulfilling Lawrence University’s mission as an undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music to extend to Björklunden. The popular series of weekend and weeklong student-faculty seminars is now in its seventeenth year. The Lawrence University Seminar Center in Door County, offers a series of adult-education seminars in the inviting two-story, 37,000-square-foot lodge containing a great room, multi-purpose and seminar rooms, dining room and kitchen, as well as 22 guest rooms. http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/bjork/bjorkseminars/
Instructor, Helen Klebesadel, has taught watercolor classes at the center for over 15 years. She currently serves as director of the University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Consortium, and notes, “Learning is a continuing lifelong experience, and people gravitate to the arts and cultural offerings.” Klebesadel serves as a visual artist on the Wisconsin Arts Board. http://artsboard.wisconsin.gov/ The current teaching at Björklunden includes faculty from liberal arts colleges.
“The adult seminars attract other likeminded learners, combining vacation with enrichment. There are 3 seminars held at a time at the center, providing couples different options who may want to go to study/experience separate subjects,” commented Klebesadel .
Enrichment learning in the seminars is in the morning, and afternoons are free to explore the geography of the area, view galleries and shops throughout the Peninsula, or study and read, and explore on one’s field of study. The Vail Hall at the center provides an environment for concerts, large meetings, and intimate theatre presentations. It has a theater-style seating capacity of 150 and a table-style seating capacity of 120. The Björklunden lodge hosts many musical events that are open to the public and the facilities, including lodging, are available for use by private, public, and corporate groups for conferences, meetings, and special events. http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/bjork/
Samantha Szynskie, Assistant Director of Björklunden, explains: “Some of the popular venues include US history, watercolor, religious studies and opera/Shakespeare. http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/bjork/bjorkseminars/instructor.shtml
“Guests like the socialization and the opportunity to step away from a regular schedule, with the aspects of vacation to relax, and to learn. The all-inclusive offerings are well received and guests return year after year. The hospitality in this setting invites a welcoming ambience. Professors teach students in an inspired community of learning. Some guests have made this their location and offering of choice for 16 plus years. Additionally, meals are served in the dining room, with lakeshore views, and with an on-staff chef to make the meal times well received. ”
Klebesadel commented: “Educations don’t end; these opportunities offer individuals the pathway to keep growing, learning and embracing new experiences.”
http://www.lawrence.edu/ Lawrence University, Appleton, WI