Apply to Teach with Driftless Folk School!

Apply to Teach with Driftless Folk School!

2017 -- Apply to Teach

Now accepting applications!  Classes may be held April 1st, 2017 thru November 19th, 2017

Application due February 20th


Read the details below and...

Click here to propose a class and complete the form




  • DFS offers hands-on, experiential classes in homesteading, culinary arts, farming, gardening, wilderness skills, alternative energy, natural building, and self-reliance. 
  • Classes may be half-day, full-day or multi-day.
    • Full-day classes: 9am-4:30pm
    • Half-day classes: 9am-12:30pm or 1pm-4:30pm
  • For full-day classes, instructors receive $30/student + $8/meal if you choose to provide lunch for students.
  • For half-day classes, instructors receive $20/student.  Half-day classes do not include lunch.
  • Instructors set supply fees.  Students will pay DFS and DFS will pay instructor in full.
  • The DFS Programming Committee will make final decisions regarding classes for the term.  We will be in touch with you with regard to your class.
  • The form must be completed by February 20th, 2017.  Preference for class dates will be given to those received first.

The offering of your unique skills to the Driftless Folk School is the foundation on which the school began and continues to evolve.  Thank you!

Once again, the application can be found here

Please contact the DFS Registrar with any questions by email or phone. or (608)-620-3234



Spring & Summer 2016 Catalog Now Available!

Hot off the presses! We're excited to share with you the Spring & Summer Driftless Folk School Catalog! Download a copy of the Catalog HERE! Watch for the paper version of the catalog in early April at locations around the Driftless region or if you are on our mailing list you should receive it in your mail! You can register for any of the courses now on our Course Calendar HERE.

Volunteer at RampFest!

If you'd like to volunteer at Rampfest, please sign up here. You can attend the festival for free in exchange for 4 hours of volunteering. A great opportunity to be involved in this event! 

Photo by Bjorn Bergman

The Driftless Experience

The Driftless region has a lot to offer. It truly is a gem. A mecca. When you come to the Driftless for a folk school class, why not take advantage of the whole Driftless experience. 


Celebrating 10 Years

On a cold day in January 2006, a group of 18 people met beside a masonry stove in the handsome self-built timber frame home of Dan Pepper and Ruth Kittleson in the small town of Liberty Pole, south of Viroqua. The topic of the meeting was to develop a way to teach and share skills and knowledge within the local community. Many of the people there had never heard the word or concept of "folk school" before, but there was a common recognition that there was a rich concentration of people in the local area with unique and essential knowledge to share with each other and the wider world. (more…)

Why knot?

Because lines are frequently too short, new lines must be added.
Because items must be secured in travel.
Because loads must be lifted into place during construction.Overhand
Because human lives must be rescued.
And because.... the list is endless.
But mostly because the world needs connections.
- Philipe Petit (World Trade Center tightrope walker and knot book author)


Become a Sustaining Member

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Driftless Folk School –

When the Driftless Folk School began almost a decade ago, in the winter of 2006, the founders were inspired by a vision of the Driftless Region as a place of special possibility for the development and spread of a vibrant culture of sustainability and authentic community life.  Nurtured by a diverse natural and cultural landscape, a unique community of people interested in living consciously on the land and with each other has arisen here in the Driftless Region.  The Driftless Folk School was created as a way to facilitate this process by acting as a locus for sharing key skills and ideas and as a catalyst for the development of resilient community life. (more…)