Northland College is committed to lifelong learning. Our adult programs offer an exceptional variety of experiences from nature journaling to geology of Minnesota’s north shore, a nature yoga retreat, and more. There’s something for everyone, including non-credit and credit options. 

Our location on the south shore of Lake Superior makes an outstanding backdrop for our unique enrichment programming. Several retreats and workshops will take place for the first time at Forest Lodge in Cable, Wisconsin.  This unique and historic estate is nestled among 872 acres of old growth forest in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along Lake Namekagon’s pristine shoreline.  So join us this summer and expand your horizons. 2017 registration is now open.

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April 22, 23, & 29, 2017  Ι Ceramic Art Workshop

Get creative, learn a new skill, or hone your craft with art and ceramics instructor Lauren Duffy.  All levels are welcome, from those that have never touched clay to those seeking group feedback. The first two classes focus on the pottery wheel with demonstration, techniques, and individual assistance. You will glaze your work the following Saturday. The studio provides all materials needed for the class.  Please bring a large towel and two hand towels for clean-up.  Participants are welcome to bring their own tools; but not required. Register now.

Lauren is originally from New Orleans and holds a master’s of fine arts in ceramics from Indiana University and a bachelor’s of fine arts from University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Cost: $225 (no meals or lodging included)
For credit: $500 includes 1-credit (must complete pre & post requirements)
Duration: 9 am – 5 pm Saturdays; 8 am – 4 pm Sunday
Location: Northland College
Program: ceramics

May 12-14, 2017 Ι Natural Expressions: Capturing Landscape in Watercolor

Join talented artist Janet Moore and discover how to capture and express the wonder of your experiences in nature. This workshop is at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest on shores of Lake Namekagon. Let the majestic forest and serene water serve as your muse. Learn how to create your own sketchbook/journal with simple bookbinding techniques, basic field drawing in pencil, pen and ink, and plein aire watercolor painting. Selected readings and guided writing exercises are combined with field instruction, and plenty of personal time to create an illustrated journal of this and future adventures to come. Educators will gain valuable resources, techniques, and inspiration to help others connect to nature through art. A field kit of basic supplies needed for the course activities is provided; participants are free to bring their own materials as well. Register now.

Janet Moore has been painting botanical subjects and landscapes in watercolor for over 20 years. She has a B.S. in Art and Environmental Studies from UW-Madison. She lives in Bayfield, WI. Learn more at  

Cost: $245 (Dinner on Friday evening not included)
Commuter Cost: $225 (includes lunch; no lodging, breakfasts, or dinners)
For credit: $500 includes 1-credit (must complete pre & post requirements)
Duration: 7 pm Friday – 3 pm Sunday; 2 nights
Location: Forest Lodge; Cable, WI
Program: art & science integration, sketching, watercolor, writing, readings, relaxation
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Meal options: vegetarian & gluten free; specify at registration for dietary concerns
Lodging: at Forest Lodge

June 15-17, 2017 Ι Geology of Lake Superior’s North Shore

Join Tom Fitz, credited expert and Northland College professor of geology on this exploration of western Lake Superior’s geologic history. Experience some of the region’s most spectacular and scenic trails, lake views, and waterfalls while discovering the story of Earth’s ancient past. Explore huge volcanic eruptions that covered the earth’s surface with vast floods of lava and view some “modern” geologic processes in action. Visit impressive bedrock outcrops, Ely’s ancient greenstone, and the iron range. This program takes place in the field along Wisconsin and Minnesota’s North Shore, and inland through the Superior National Forest to Minnesota’s mysterious iron formations.  Stops include Amnicon State Park, Silver Cliff, Sugarloaf Cove, Gooseberry Falls, and Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Overnight hotel lodging and brown-bag lunches are included. Hotel lodging in Two Harbors includes a shared hotel room for two adults. Rooms have two queen beds. Shared rooms will pair up couples or participants of the same gender. Lodging in Ely is at Vermillion Community College. The group will eat breakfast and dinner together but those costs are on your own. Participants must bring good hiking boots, outdoor clothing, and sun and inject protection. Register now.

Cost: $425 (lunches and lodging included; breakfast and dinner expense on your own)
For credit: $700 includes 1-credit (must complete pre & post requirements)
Duration: 9 am Thursday – 5 pm Saturday; 2 nights
Location: Ashland, WI to Ely, MN
Program: walking/hiking, geology, history
Meals: 3 lunches
Lodging: hotel in Two Harbors, MN and Vermillion Community College in Ely, MN

June 24 – 25, 2017 Ι Photography: Outdoor Animals & Pets

Photography is a rewarding way to explore and discover the world. It engages ones curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Join Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, owner of Stonehouse Photo and Bird Dog Photography, in this one-of-a-kind opportunity to improve your photography skills. Known worldwide for her dog photography, Hannah will teach the art of photographing animals in their element. This fun and unique course is designed for the enthusiastic photographer, amateur, or professional. You’ll learn camera basics and settings such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and ISO. Discover how to create engaging environmental portraits, photograph animals who are camera shy, and utilize technical skills specific to fast action photography. Round out your skills by learning specific editing and workflow techniques that apply to animal photography. Course concludes with participants sharing photos with the group. Workshop participants should bring their own cameras and flash cards to download images. Dress for the weather and bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, sturdy footwear and other outdoor gear if needed. Register now.

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson’s photography and writing have been featured world-wide, including Success Magazine, Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, The London Daily News, Lake Superior Magazine, Washington Post,  St Paul Pioneer Press, and the Today Show.

Cost: $225 (no lodging included)
Duration: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday; 8 am – 3 pm Sunday
Location: Northland College
Program: photography, walking
Meals: 3 lunches
Meal options: vegetarian & gluten free; specify at registration for dietary concerns

July 8-9, 2017 Ι Wellness Weekend

Enjoy a restorative weekend that draws on interaction with the natural world, mindfulness, quiet space, meditation, and engaging with others to maximize your well-being.  The program is offered at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest on shores of Lake Namekagon. Let the magical old growth forest and serene water awaken your senses and rejuvenate you. Receive an introduction to Eastern Religion and explore the seven Dimensions of Wellness with practices focusing on emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical wellbeing.  You’ll also have personal time to explore the grounds, read or relax, enjoy the natural beauty of the north woods, or paddle on Lake Namekagon. Register now.

Cost: $225
Commuter Cost: $199 (includes all meals; no lodging)
Duration: 9 am Saturday -3 pm Sunday; 1 night
Location: Forest Lodge in Cable, WI
Program: meditation, relaxation, recreation
Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Meal options: vegetarian & gluten free; specify at registration for dietary concerns
Lodging: at Forest Lodge

July 21-23, 2017 Ι Nurture in Nature: A Forest Lodge Yoga Retreat

Retreat to the woods and enjoy peace, quiet, and relaxation during this weekend yoga retreat at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest on shores of Lake Namekagon. Take some time to reconnect with nature and yourself through yoga, meditation, forested walks, and relaxing by the water. Join Valerie Damstra for daily all-level yoga classes.In between classes, walk the grounds, explore the area, read, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Northwoods. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards may be rented for paddling on Lake Namekagon. Register now.

Valerie Damstra’s (RYT-200) approach to yoga is down to earth and believes that the experience is best enjoyed in a safe, supportive and fun environment. She strives to teach classes that are non-intimidating for beginners, while offering challenges for more experienced yoga practitioners. Val currently teaches drop-in yoga classes at Spot Wellness and Ignite Fitness Studio in Ashland.

Cost: $200
Commuter Cost: $175 (includes all meals; no lodging)
: 6 pm Friday – noon Sunday; 2 nights
Location: Forest Lodge in Cable, WI
Program: yoga, relaxation, recreation
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Meal options: vegetarian & gluten free; specify at registration for dietary concerns
Lodging: at Forest Lodge

August 11-13, 2017 Ι Wolf Ecology & Conservation

Join Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) Coordinator Adrian Wydeven and others from TWA for a weekend with wolves. Learn about wolf ecology, wolf monitoring techniques, and the latest wolf issues from biologists and educators immersed in this field. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the field surveying wolf pack territories. Assist with wolf howling surveys and learn techniques in wolf tracking and radio telemetry. This workshop meets the ecology qualifications for both DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for winter wolf counts, and the training for TWA Speakers Bureau. This workshop is designed for any one with an interest in wolves and experiencing them in the wild. Workshop fees include meals, bunkhouse accommodations, and all workshop materials. Register now.

The Timber Wolf Alliance is a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, Ashland Wisconsin. The Timber Wolf Alliance promotes education about wolves and use of sound science for wolf conservation.

Cost: $125
Commuter Cost: $99 (includes all meals; no lodging)
For credit: $400 includes 1-credit
Duration: 7 pm Friday – 1 pm Sunday; 2 nights
Location: Forest Lodge; Cable, WI
Program: wolf ecology, training, monitoring techniques, conservation biology
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Meal options: vegetarian & gluten free; specify at registration for dietary concerns
Lodging: at Forest Lodge

September 27-29, 2017 Ι Artist’s Northwoods Retreat

Join professional artists Diana Randolph and Jan Wise for this artist’s retreat at Forest Lodge on Lake Namekagon in Cable, Wisconsin. Interpret the pristine water and old growth forest environment of this historic north woods estate through ink drawing and watercolor. Diana will instruct contour line and shading techniques including cross-hatching and pointillism. Express your emotional response to this inspiring natural landscape through use of drawing pens and watercolor pencils. Jan will follow up with activities that explore creativity and whimsical drawing skills. Discover creation of imaginative designs and compositions using the wonders of nature as inspiration. This workshop includes individual projects, guided exercises, onsite field instruction, and personal work time. You’ll also learn about the ecology and cultural history of the landscape with Cable Natural History Museum’s Naturalist and Education Director, Emily Stone who write a news column and is the author of the book, Natural Connections. Register now.

Participants must supply the following items: Notebook and pen, pencil, 12 inch ruler, heavyweight all-purpose sketchbook or similar paper (not rough watercolor paper), ultra-thin permanent pens (non-bleed) such as Micron (size: 005, 01, 03 and 05), minimum of 24 watercolor pencils (any brand), small watercolor brushes and cup for water, paper towels, a campstool or portable chair for working outside, tote bag to haul your supplies, and reference photos of northern wildlife (could be from calendars images). Optional items include: camera, drawing board and masking tape.

Diana will have the following for purchase: drawing pens, cut mats to fit paper: 5 x 7 inches and 6 x 9 inches, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. Please email Diana if you have any questions or call  715-798-3619. Jan will have some materials available for you to use in class. Please email Jan if you have any questions.

Diana Randolph writes and paints in her northern Wisconsin home studio surrounded by Chequamegon National Forest. She received a B.A. degree from Northland College in Ashland, WI. Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections including UW-Madison, UW-Stevens Point and Memorial Medical Center – Ashland. She’s represented by Whispering Pines Gift & Gallery – Cable, Stone’s Throw Gallery – Bayfield, and Moondeer & Friends Gallery – Boulder Junction She’s the author of Beacons of the Earth and Sky. For more information visit

Jan Wise has spent a lifetime in the arts, she began her formal art studies at the University of Kansas where she graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in art and education. After teaching in public schools for ten years, she began an art business where she collaborated with architects and designers to create art for public spaces through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 1980 she has been studio painting from her home in Washburn, Wisconsin and has exhibited in major galleries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her work focuses on environmental and spiritual themes.

Cost: $265
Commuter Cost: $225 (includes lunch; no lodging, breakfasts, or dinners)
Duration: 9:30 am Wednesday – 4:00pm Friday; 2 night
Location: Forest Lodge; Cable, WI
Program: art, recreation
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Meal options: vegetarian & gluten free; specify at registration for dietary concerns
Lodging: at Forest Lodge


Campus meals will be served in Northland’s cafeteria where staff is highly skilled in providing well-rounded and delicious meals, a stocked salad bar at lunch and dinner, and accommodating dietary restrictions.

Vegetarian and vegan options are available at all meals. On field days, students assemble a brown-bag lunch in the cafeteria, including a sandwich, chips, fruit or veggie, and a snack. Camping trips include hot or cold breakfasts, brown-bag lunch, and a hot dinner cooked over a camp stove or fire. Note any dietary requirements in the registration packet.


If your program requires overnight lodging, you will be responsible for that on your own, except for the programs that list the “Location” as Forest Lodge. Programs at Forest Lodge include residential lodging but you must bring your own bedding and towel.

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  • Prior to June 1: Cancellations made prior to June 1, 2015, will result in a $150 cancellation fee, with the remainder refunded in the form of a check from Northland College.

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