Björklunden* vid Sjön, Swedish for "Birch Grove at the Lake" (but commonly translated to "Birch Forest by the Water") is a 425-acre estate on the Lake Michigan shore just south of Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin. A place of great beauty and serenity, the estate was bequeathed to Lawrence University in 1963 by Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Illinois. Since 1980, Lawrence has offered a series of adult-education seminars at Björklunden, interrupted only by a 1993 fire that destroyed the estate’s main lodge. In 1996, construction was completed on a new and larger facility, and the Björklunden seminars resumed.

Following the 2007 expansion project, the splendid two-story, 37,000-square-foot lodge contains a great room, multi-purpose and seminar rooms, dining room and kitchen, as well as 22 guest rooms. There are two lakeside decks, a second-story observation deck, an elevator and a computer lab. The entire facility has wireless Internet access and plenty of parking.

This magnificent, year-round facility also allows Lawrence University’s mission as an undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music to extend to Björklunden through a popular series of weekend student-faculty seminars which have been running since 1996.

Winifred Boynton captured the enduring spirit of Björklunden when she said of her beloved summer home: “Far removed from confusion and aggression, it offers a sanctuary for all.”

*pronounced "Bee-york-LOON-den"


Björklunden is hiring!

Our current Assistant Director, Samantha Szynskie '09, is moving next year and March 1st, 2016 is her last day.  So we're hiring! Applications for this full-time, year-round salaried position with benefits in beautiful Door County, WI are now being accepted.

Please contact Mark Breseman with any questions - (920) 419-6675,

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Office Hours

The Björklunden office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Hours may vary in the winter. 

The office is generally closed on Saturdays and Sundays.  If you call on the weekend, please leave us a voicemail and we will get back to you the following Monday.

While the estate is open to the general public, we ask that you refrain from visiting on the weekends out of respect for our weekend event guests.  Please try to visit us on a weekday when we'll be here to greet you and show you around.  We encourage you to call the office before you come to ensure someone will be here to assist you.

Phone: 920-839-2216
Fax: 920-839-2688
Mailing address: Björklunden, P.O. Box 10, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Physical address: 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202


Trying to reach someone at Björklunden during a student weekend?

The office is closed on the weekends. In the event you need to reach someone at Björklunden on a student weekend during the academic year, please call the Björklunden kitchen at (920) 839-9400.

Special 2016 Offerings!

Björklunden is excited to announce two special class offerings in 2016:

Business Mediation Training Workshops with Laura Smythe, February 29 - March 4, 2016. These two workshops are designed for anybody who works with people and feel like they spend too time managing conflicts; small business owners, Human Resources personnel, and employees who are concerned about destructive relationships with peers or supervisors.  All can benefit from the valuable communication and conflict resolution skills these workshops have to offer.

Piano Teaching in the 21st Century with Cathy Kautsky, Tony Padilla, and Michael Mizrahi, August 28 - September 2, 2016. This special Björklunden seminar is intended for pianists and piano teachers. Instructors will present a week of performances, lectures, master-classes, and lessons to address pedagogical issues, braistorm community outreach for musicians, enhance repertoire, and more!

REGISTER TODAY for these offerings! Click on the offering titles for more info.

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