The Understory Gap Term Admissions

We are now accepting applications for the fall 2022 Understory Gap Term which will run 9 weeks, September 18 - November 20, 2022.  Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Application Process

This term is offered in partnership with Kroka Expeditions and they are hosting the application. In the initial application, we ask for some information about you and why you want to join The Understory. After reviewing your answers, we will ask you to complete a few forms (emergency contacts, dietary needs, health information, etc.) and submit a letter of recommendation. We will also invite you to schedule an interview, via Zoom or phone, with the admissions teams.  Applications are accepted and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition includes ecological housing, nourishing and delicious food, a full curriculum complete with accomplished mentors, guest teachers and elective classes, your own axe and knife, in-course travel, and all materials and supplies for academics and handwork projects.


In all ecological systems, resources cycle through different forms. Surplus leaves are laid down on the forest floor to feed new growth. Your tuition is a part of this cycle. If you are able to pay the full tuition, we need you to, as you are enabling others to enter the circle. If you need scholarship assistance, please ask. We want to make this circle accessible to all.    


Fall 2022 9 week immersion:  $12,500

College Credit

Transferable college credit may be available for the fall 2022 program. Please check back in May for details.