If you have ever considered attending Monticello College, TAKE A LOOK at what we are doing.


The following is a list of lectures and books covered during the first semester at Monticello College:


How to Take Notes and Prepare for Class Discussion

How to Read a Book/What are the Liberal Arts?

Who is Plato, Who is Socrates?

Who is Machiavelli?

Who is John Locke?

Who are Epicurus, Cicero, Epictetus, and Aurelius?

(Student Body) Foundations of  Liberty Lecture #1

Who is Skousen?

Who are Adams, Jefferson, and McCullough?

Permaculture & Biodynamics

Composting & Bio-char

Workshop: Fire Making Techniques

Utah Statehood

What are Auxiliary Precautions?

Colonial History/Articles of Confederation/Constitution/Federalist Papers

Workshop: Regional Edible Wild Plants

Who is Bastiat?/Who is Wister?

Foreign Language Block – Hebrew I (one week immersion)


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BOOKS/READINGS (This list will be read, discussed, and written about)

DeMille: A Thomas Jefferson Education

Brooks: Three Words of Caution

Gonzales: Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

Brooks: A Model of Leadership Education

Plato: Apology, Crito, Meno        

Machiavelli: The Prince

Locke: Second Treatise on Civil Government

Ebenstein: Great Political Thinkers (5th Ed.)

Moses: Old Testament, Deuteronomy,  and Ten Commandments

Documents of State:

Magna Charta

Mayflower Compact

Declaration of Independence

Lowenfels: Teaming With Microbes

Forstchen: One Second After

Skousen: The 5,000 Year Leap

McCullough: 1776

Madison, et al: The Federalist Papers

Compilation: The Anti-Federlist Papers

Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice

Bastiat: The Law

Wister: The Virginian

Schneider: A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe

Sessions: Universal Model – A New Millennial Science

Euclid: Elements


Other Activities

Farm Day

One-on-One Mentor Meetings

TREK (hiking, survival etc.)

Service Projects

City Council and County Commission Meetings

Planting, Growing, Harvesting Crops

Animal Husbandry (breeding, birthing, daily care, harvesting etc.)

Shooting Range


NOW IS THE TIME to begin the enrollment process for Monticello College for the 2018 School Year (April to November).

Students will spend 35 hours a week in study/class and another 20-30 hours a week working on the farm, engaged in the physical fitness program, time on the rifle range, hiking etc.

Below is a sample of the first year syllabus:

May 2018

Great Books Seminar

T 3           

Sunrise Solitude (SS)


Study – Plato: Apology, Crito – CL

F 4     


Physical Training (PT)


DiscussPlato: Apology, Crito – CL

Study – Plato: Meno – CL

OED – Vocabulary Discussion

S 5           



San Juan County Commission Meeting 9am or Farm Day

Study – Plato: Meno – CL

Mentor Meeting

M 7           




Discuss – Plato: Meno – CL

Lecture: Who is Machiavelli?

Study – Machiavelli: The Prince* 37p/5rh CL

Mentor Meeting

T 8           



10:00am Student Body FOL Lecture

Study – Machiavelli: The Prince

W 9      




Study – Machiavelli: The Prince* 37p/5rh CL

T 10     



Farm Day (work on rifle range)

Study – Machiavelli: The Prince* 37p/5rh CL

Writing Lab Orientation (all years)


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2018 Scholarships at Monticello College

We are a small liberal arts college that teaches the classics of western and eastern civilization and the manual arts of farming, construction, and survival. For the past 2 years our enrollment has doubled and we have good reason to believe that it will double again in 2018.

Based on the applications we have already received for next year, what appears to be a growing trend of annual doubling of enrollment, and the fact that all students are required to live on campus, housing is going to be at a premium in 2018. Application post marks or email dates will be used to secure limited housing until it is gone, the rest of the applications will go on a waiting list.

All new students will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon acceptance. This means that the sooner you apply the sooner you are eligible to  receive the scholarship.

Recently our students sent a group letter to the Monticello College Board of Trustees, here is a part of what they said:

Dear Monticello College Board of Trustees,

No words can really express how we feel about our experience here at Monticello College, but here is an attempt. We started out the school year in April by installing solar panels to generate our own electricity.


Learning the responsibility that comes with being off-grid has been fun although challenging at times. We are definitely a lot more conscious of our energy usage than we ever were before. We have also learned to reduce greatly the use of or live entirely without a lot of things we use to think where necessities.  


Watching the sunrise every morning in our Sunrise Solitude routine, thinking about ways to change ourselves and the future is quite literally enlightening. The MC Physical Training Program has been for us both mentally and physically strenuous. But not only have we become much stronger physically, we have learned to overcome hard tasks that have been placed before us and have learned that we are mentally tougher than we thought ourselves capable.


We are so grateful for the greenhouses and apple orchard fence that we were able to put in this year. Not only do we  have a critter free growing area, we are growing the best tasting tomatoes, greens, beets, and carrots in the entire world! We have learned a lot about how to tend plants properly. There is more to growing vegetables than just planting and watering.


We are thriving in an environment that encourages us to think for ourselves, to start projects of our own. Most of these projects have come from seeing a need and fulfilling it.


Learning the process of studying has been such a growing experience for all of us. Studying the words of the Great Thinkers has been life changing for sure! We are starting to scratch the surface of ancient wisdom that has been preserved through the ages. For this we are extremely grateful and to be honest, most of the time we just stand back in awe and wonder at the vast expanse of wisdom there is and wish we could learn it all at once.  

If this sounds like a good fit for your college age student, contact us for more information (435 590-1661) or click here to apply. We are accepting applications for the 2018 school year now (school year – April thru November).



Utah Farm Conference

The first annual Utah Farm Conference was a raving success. If you didn’t go this year, watch for 2018 tickets soon.

If you go to this link, the entire program will still be available for a few days. Otherwise I will give you a quick review.



Daniel Salatin

Bruno Follador

Utah Rep. Marc Roberts  (sponsor of Utah Herd Shares Bill 2016)

Dr. Shanon Brooks

Matt Powers

Will DeMille

Sara Patterson

Dale Thurber

Candace Schaible

Danny McDowel

Laura Bledsoe

Daniel Salatin and Symbria Patterson

Symbria Patterson is the event coordinator. I have worked with Symbria for years and her events are always over the top awesome!

Julia and I left truly inspired and will be incorporating a number of new ideas this spring on our campus farm.


JANUARY 12-13, 2018



2017 Monticello College Campus Events


This year school begins on April 18. While we have a very full academic calendar, there are three events designed especially for you:

JUNE 12-17 



JULY 10-15











JUNE 12-17


Last April a team of volunteers converged on the Monticello College campus

and in just 36 hours transformed a bare piece of land into an orchard with 65

fruit trees.


Thank you so much, we are forever in your debt.

This year we have consulted with Cal-Earth to begin building student housing. Cal-Earth did a wonderful job of training a number of MC faculty in the process of  building “Super Adobe” domes for student housing.


During the week of June 12-17, we are inviting volunteers to join us for a week of hard labor and love as we begin construction on our first MC student domes.

If you are interested in joining us for all or part of this adventure, please

contact me directly at 435 590 1661 or email at sb@monticellocollege.org.

Here’s how it will work, it’s really simple:

  1. bring a tent and camp on site.

2. Work really hard from sun up to sun down.

3. We will feed you and you will have access to restrooms and showers.

When you are done, you will of course have helped us build our campus, and for that you have our eternal gratitude. But that is not all you will take home. When human beings put this kind of effort into helping others, it changes them. It will make you a better person, and if you bring the whole family, it will strengthen your family unit in ways that are almost indescribable.










JULY 10-15


CLICK HERE to learn more or to register.

It has always been truethe youth are the future. So what does your future hold? Are you prepared to lead?

Monticello College hosts our annual Youth For America retreat because we take your future leadership serious.

But nobody said that learning about great American leaders and developing your leadership skills had to be boring.

Come join us for a week of fun, excitement, and some of the most incredible natural beauty you have every seen.

Classes, colloquia, hiking, lake trips, bonfires, and wilderness experiences that will stimulate discussions and help you remember why this is the greatest nation on earth.

Perhaps most importantly, you will meet some of the best youth in the nation—youth like you who care about the important things, and you will make new friends that will change your life forever.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to enjoy the beauties of the Blue Mountains and catch the vision of a lifelong Thomas Jefferson Education on the campus of Monticello College!









CLICK HERE to learn more or to register.




The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

For some, this summit will be the beginning of an education they have longed for.

For others, it will be the next step in their intellectual development.

Still for others, it will be a launching pad into social/political change and impact.

Regardless your reason for attending, this summit will be a major turning point in knowledge acquisition and intellectual insight, in building deep meaningful relationships, and bonding with nature and nature’s God.

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.”

We believe this so strongly that we have taken our theme from Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and will address the essence of this tome comparing and contrasting it with American history and our potential future.

Holding such a summit in the wilderness of the Blue Mountains, in the company of some of the greatest people in our land, and learning, analyzing, and meditating on the knowledge gained here will be the experience of a lifetime.

Come join us and begin to become part of the American solution.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

Lecture Topics: 

Origins of Conservative and Liberal Thought

Decline and Fall of the Roman & American Empires

The Economy: Local, National, Global

Millennial’s: The New Economy

The Servile State: Medieval Economics

Location:  Monticello College 1849 North Creek Road, Monticello, UT 84535

Cost*:  $300 per person/$500 per couple

San Juan County Discount – $250 per person/$400 per couple

MA NL Student Discount – $215 per person/$375 per couple

Information:  (435) 590 – 1661

*Cost covers meals and materials only.  Housing should be secured separately.






The Twist

On October 13 I posted the idea of voting your conscious rather than following the offerings of the parties in an article entitled The Sting. A few days ago Unite for America (a progressive organization) uploaded a video making an appeal to all Republican Electors of the up coming Electoral College.

Unite for America is asking the Republican Electoral College Electors to not vote for Trump. Most people I have shared this with have no idea what this means. “I thought we already voted Trump in as president,” they respond. Well, not really.

Let’s review.  November last, American citizens voted for the next president of the United States. Well, that’s what most thought they were doing. Really what was happening is that we were fulfilling the requirements of Article 2 Section 1 of the US Constitution, it reads: “Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in Congress…”

This means that these special Electors are really the ones who vote for president. Our job as voters is to select the Electors. The method used by all the states is the current party system. For the vast majority of the states, there is a “winner takes all” approach which means whichever party gets the most presidential votes, that party’s group of electors will represent the state in the presidential Electoral College election. “What? There is another election for the president? I thought we the people were voting for the president? I thought this was a democracy?”

Actually it’s not, it is a Democratic Republic and we have been following this same system for the past 226 years.

Article 2 continues (it was modified by the 12th Amendment in 1804): “The electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed t0 the seat of government…”

The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election (December 19 for this election). The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots. Your state’s electors’ votes are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the electors. Your state’s Certificates of Votes are sent to the Congress and the National Archives as part of the official records of the presidential election. The votes are tallied by the President of the Senate, (Vice President) in the presence of the House and the Senate, the President being the person having the most votes, and the same follows for the Vice President.

This is all outlined clearly in the US Constitution Article 2 and in Federalist Paper 68.

Right now, you may be saying, “Wait a second, I thought Trump was President-Elect because he already got the majority of the electoral votes?” Well that’s not quite accurate. Trump is President-Elect because he got the majority of Electors, or a majority of the voters in a majority of the states voted Republican. That means that in each of those states, the Republican Electoral College Electors will represent that state in the real Presidential Election on Monday December 19, 2016.

Now to the real point of this post. As I started out, Unite for America is not happy with the direction of this election and they have created a video to try to influence the The Republican Electors to not vote for Trump and either swing to Hillary or cause the election to move to the House of Representatives.

I find this interesting. Progressive groups have been trying in earnest to abolish the Electoral College for decades, but now, when it seems to serve their interests, they are trying to use it to influence the election.

Unite for America is encouraging the Republican Electors to vote against their party or to become a “faithless elector.” This November 8, 2016 New York Times Article will walk you thru this in a bit more detail.

If this is new to you or not really clear, perhaps it is time to get a better education on how our government works and what part we play.