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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Velkommen! You’ve arrived in historic Lanesboro, Minnesota, a little city with a big reputation as the premier small-town arts and culture destination in the Midwest. Immerse yourself in Lanesboro’s unique blend of Norwegian heritage, Amish culture, scenic bikeways and rural life as you indulge your passion for the decorative arts, historic architecture and cutting-edge theater. Choose a program date that celebrates the town at large and its internationally acclaimed Commonweal Theater, or opt instead for an in-depth investigation of Norwegian Culture in Minnesota and the dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Whichever date you choose, you’ll see at least one production at the Commonweal Theater, dine at specially selected restaurants and meet local personalities eager to share the best of their historic hometown.


• On a program focused on the award-winning Commonweal Theater, attend two performances in repertory and go behind the scenes of the theater with artist-administrators.
• Alternatively, let expert Ibsen scholars take you into the controversial and introspective dramas of his literary corpus and see a production during Ibsenfest.
• On either date, immerse yourself in small-town life as you learn the story of Amish settlement in rural Minnesota and enjoy meals at dining spots beloved by Lanesboro locals.

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Walking up to three blocks; minimal standing.

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This date focuses on the Commonweal Theatre and explores its rare organizational model. Meet professional artists who come from all over the country to serve as administrators of the theater and explore the process of staging a production. Experience the arts and architecture that have established Lanesboro as the Midwest’s best small town for the arts.4/14/2016
This date focuses on Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and the play will be League of Youth, Ibsen's first play in colloquial prose. It marks a turning point in his style towards realism and away from verse and was widely considered Ibsen's most popular play in nineteenth-century Norway. Though rooted in serious events of the time, the play was lauded for its natural and witty dialogue, cynical humor and farcical intrigue.

Coordinated by Winona State University.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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