Folk School Registration Information

Course Registration

You may register for your folk school classes  by simply signing up through our secure payment portal, which may be accessed on each course description page.  If you do not, or cannot sign up online, just give us a call and we will get you enrolled: (608) 924-4000.

Registration Deadlines

Because our classes are intentionally designed to be small, it is advisable to sign up as quickly as possible. Registering by the deadline –  at least three weeks before the class starting date – is recommended, as classes without the minimum number of students at that time may be cancelled. Additionally, if you wait until closer to the date, your tuition will be more expensive, as we offer a discount to those who sign up by the deadline.  However, if you do find a class you would like to take close to the start date, give us a call. A last-minute cancellation may have left a spot open for you. And we do manage wait-lists for all classes.

Tuition and other fees

Materials fees are payable directly to the instructor, usually on the first day of class, unless otherwise specified. Instructors are generally unprepared to accept credit cards.

Lodging and Food

Folklore Village offers two choices for affordable simple, rustic accommodations.

Tenting: $10 per tent per night, many beautiful sites. No campfires, please.

Self-contained units: $10 per site per night.  No plumbing hook-ups.  Limited electricity upon prior request at an extra $5 per night.

Please call us, or email if you plan to camp with us during your Folk School stay (608) 924-4000.

Bunkhouses:  $20 per person per night, within walking distance of Farwell Hall (main activity building) – very rustic, now heated and cooled, cots provided. Bring your own bedding, pillow, towel, flashlight, etc. Camp-style toilets and hand pump. Men and women are in separate buildings. Limited space. Showers in Farwell Hall.  Please call us if you would like to stay in our bunkhouse, so we may have it ready for your stay!  (608) 924-4000.

We have a list of area motels if you would prefer to lodge elsewhere. 

The Americinn, located north of Dodgeville near Governor Dodge State Park has offered a 10% discount to Folklore Village participants.  The link to register with your discount may be found HERE.  The 10% discount will be applied when you check out.

Food (Lunches currently on hold)

Although we are situated in a beautiful rural location, we are only 10 minutes from the town of Dodgeville, where several options for meals can be found including restaurants, bars, bakeries, cafes, and grocery stores. Venturing further afield to Mineral Point, or to Mount Horeb, the choices are even more varied for breakfast and for dinner.


A limited number of partial or full scholarships are available for Folklore Village Folk School classes, thanks to the generosity of our instructors who share their creative output with Folklore Village auctions.  To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the form HERE.  Please submit scholarship applications at least 3 weeks before the class begins.


When you arrive the day of your class, please be sure and check in 1/2 hour before the start of your class (most classes begin at 9:00 am, unless a different time is specified).  Check-in will be at the table in the foyer of our main building, Farwell Hall.  From there, you will be directed to the location where your class is to be held.

Safety Policy

Students need to be aware that in many classes, you will be working with tools, equipment or materials which, if improperly or carelessly used, have the potential to cause injury. Instructors of Folklore Village’s Folk School will provide training and supervision in the proper use of all tools. However, students assume risk when working with the tools, equipment, and materials required for class.

Cancellation Policy

If the student cancels prior to 21 days before the first day of class, all monies paid in will be refunded except for processing fees (monies we have paid the bank for processing your initial fee, which we do not get back), or $20, whichever is greater. Regardless of how you have paid for your class, your refund will be issued via check.

If the student cancels after 21 days before the first day of class, there will be no refund; however you may receive credit for a tax-deductible donation to Folklore Village.

If for any reason Folklore Village needs to cancel the class, there will be a full refund of registration fees.


All classes are consciously planned to intersect on a Saturday, when a barn dance or an ice cream social will take place.  All enrolled students are encouraged to attend the Saturday night festivities; admission fees are included in your tuition, and things kick off with a dinner-time potluck as well.

General Policies

By entering event premises you consent to photography, video and audio recording and its release, publication and reproduction. If you do not consent you must inform Folklore Village in writing, including a photograph of yourself, of your desire to not be photographed or recorded.

Folklore Village does not sell alcohol; however you may bring ‘Class B’ beverages (wine, beer) to events as appropriate.

More policies may be found HERE

Questions?  Call Terri (608) 924-4000