Sample List of Folk Schools
Fana Folk School is situated on the western coast of Norway, fifteen miles south
of Bergen, in peaceful surroundings by the sea on the Fana Fjord. There are several
buildings, which comprise the college, one of which is a restored manor house
built in the early 18th century. The Norwegian Arboretum at Milde is the college’s
neighbor, and displays a variety of foreign trees and shrubs. The area is very
attractive with a landscape of hills, rocky gorges, a small lake and a shoreline
of several miles length.
Paasikivi Opisto, a college-style boarding school and conference center, is housed
on an old estate on the island of Kakskerta, 10 miles from Turku, with facilities
for both studying and recreation including tennis, golf, and saunas. Accommodations
are in double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Finland’s oldest city Turku
dates from the late 12th century, and is known as the cradle of Finnish culture;
it served as the national capital until 1812. Turku today is a busy port with
an international flavor.
Tollare Folk School on the island of Varmdön. Stockholm is easily accessible
by bus (7 miles). Tollare has a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house
in a traditional Swedish style, and is gloriously situated in a park right at
the Baltic Sea. Participants will be able to stroll around and rest in these
quiet and serene surroundings. Accommodations at Tollare are in comfortable double
occupancy rooms with private bathrooms.
Wendelsberg Folk School is located in Mölnlycke, a suburb outside of Göteborg,
the second largest city in Sweden. The college lies on a small hill at one end
of the village in a large park with lovely walking paths along ponds and small
lakes. The main building used to be a private residence built in the late 19 th century. Participants will be lodged in double occupancy rooms in a two-story
building with an elevator. Each room has a private bathroom. Meals are served
in the beautiful old dining room, which dates back to 1883.
International People's College, Denmark
The International People’s College (IPC) is a Danish Folkehøjskole founded in
1921, which offers liberal education to adults. Inter-disciplinary and creative
subjects are taught by an international faculty to students from all parts of
the world residing at the College. IPC was founded after the First World War as
an instrument for the non-violent promotion of social and economic justice through
cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation. Since that time, more than 50,000 students
have participated in its work and in 1988 the College was designated a ‘Peace
Messenger’ by the United Nations. IPC is thus a forum where students can develop
awareness of the part played by personal responsibility and affirmative action
in creating an environment for effective change.
Stensund Folkhögskola, Sweden
Stensund Folkhögskola is beautifully situated in a Swedish Manor House on its
own private beach overlooking the Baltic archipelago. The school lies four miles
from Trosa, a small fishing village on the eastern coast of Sweden, 60 miles south
of Stockholm. Stensund provides a comfortable base for relaxing and learning
and offers an array of outdoor activities. The spectacular setting provides opportunities
for walking in the large forests, swimming in the Baltic Sea, exploring the coast
by bicycle or paddling a canoe. There is also a gym, and several saunas, including
one right on the beach.