The Setting

A beautiful beach town, Door County, Wisconsin, has something to offer in every season. Door County is home to five state parks, nineteen county parks and various other natural areas offering recreational opportunities... and the perfect scenic spots to relax. Many restaurants, distilleries, wineries, and breweries also call Door County their home. With a lively nightlife as well as countless family-friendly activities, there is sure to be something for everyone.


Since 1980, Lawrence University has sponsored a summer seminar series at Björklunden, a pristine 425-acre estate on the shore of Lake Michigan.  During the week, seminar participants may stay in a modern, magnificently enhanced, 37,000-square foot "lodge" that retains the estate's Norwegian heritage or commute from the area.

Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings with remaining free time open for exploration of the area's many cultural and recreational opportunities or simple relaxation at Björklunden's meadows, woods, and mile-long, unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline.  Each seminar includes meals prepared by Björklunden's own resident chef, one of Door County's finest.

Donald and Winifred Boynton, self-taught artists, bequeathed the Björklunden estate to Lawrence in 1963.  One of its principal features is a small stavekirke, a rustic wooden chapel handcrafted by the Boyntons from 1939-1947.  The chapel contains 41 hand-painted frescoes and numerous carved-wood furnishings.  The chapel is a popular site for summer weddings.  Tours of the Boynton chapel are open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the summer months.

For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates call (920) 839-2216, email or visit