Living In Maine Semester Application

Five Parts of the Application:

  1. Your application form.

  2. Two letters of recommendation.  One from a previous teacher, and one from  anyone outside of your family

  3. An essay or creative writing that expresses why you want to come on the Living in Maine Semester

  4. An interview

The Application Process: 

  1. Contact us at or call 207-778-0318 to request an application, 

  2. Send us your 2 letters of recommendation, essay, and application form.

  3. Once we receive your application materials we will review them and schedule an interview.

Thank you for your interest in this experience.  We are so excited to meet you!

We are now receiving applications for the spring of 2022!

Living in Maine Semester Program Tuition

See Below for more information on sliding scale, scholarship, and funding opportunities.

Combined Household Income

  • up to $29,000

  • $30,000 - $50,000

  • $51,000 - $75,000

  • $75,000- 100,000

  • $100,000- $150,000

  • $151,000 or more


  • $6,000

  • $8,000

  • $9,000

  • $11,000

  • $13,000

  • $15,000

Why the sliding Scale and why is this program less than half the cost of other semester experiences?

  • The sliding scale allows families with more means to cover the expenses for families with less means.  In this simple way we make the program more accessible and the access more equitable.


  • We are teaching a lifestyle that builds resiliency, self reliance, thrift, and the ability to find emotional, spiritual and physical abundance without material excess.   After 25 years of living like kings on very little money, Founders Chris and Ashirah Knapp hope to bring this skill and philosophy of abundance to our programs.   Students will be integrally involved in systems for living that contribute to a creative culture, not a consumerist culture.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities:

We are currently perusing alternative funding scenarios.  Our Partnership with The Ecology Learning Center and the Maine Charter Schools may allow students to attend this program for the cost of room and board alone.  We are also seeking funding for a scholarship fund.  Please bear with us in the formative stages of this innovative educational opportunity!  And if you have ideas to increase accessibility please be in touch, we welcome your ideas.