Retreats

Students meet face to face for four sessions of seven days/six nights each. This contact time is intended to allow sufficient space for spiritually formative experiences, not just academics. Students participate in face-to-face work related to each of the three courses offered in each module.

The Lead Mentor, Dr. MaryKate Morse, designs the overall Retreat experience and schedule. Under her direction the cohorts participate in formative learning and connecting experiences that includes prayer, solitude, rest, lectures, practicum experiences, group spiritual direction, and meals together.

Each of the retreats are hosted at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center. Founded in 1945, the center is one of the premier Christian retreat and conference centers on the West Coast. With a full-time staff of more than 50 dedicated men and women, the center is committed to providing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere where God's people can find refreshment and renewal.

Two meals per day are provided for students while at Cannon Beach with incidentals excepted. Lodging is provided for students at the Ecola Creek Lodge, which is located about a half mile north of the main conference center. Wireless Internet connectivity will be available. Students, however, are responsible for all air-travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, etc) for each of the retreats.

All advances are seven days and six nights in length, beginning mid-day Wednesday and concluding 10 a.m. Tuesday of the following week.

Sample Face to Face at Cannon Beach Schedule

A typical Retreat schedule is outlined below:

Wednesday

  • New student orientation

  • Welcome dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

Thursday

  • Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Morning: Lead Mentor sessions

  • Lunch: Student responsibility

  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with Lead Mentor and specialists

  • Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Friday

  • Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Morning: Guest sessions

  • Lunch: Student responsibility

  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with Lead Mentor, specialists, and Faculty Advisors

  • Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Saturday

  • Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Morning: Guest sessions

  • Lunch: Student responsibility

  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with  Lead Mentor, specialists, and Faculty Advisors

  • Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Evening: Free

Sunday - Guided silent retreat/solitude (all day)

  • Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Lunch: Student responsibility

  • Final dinner: Student responsibility

Monday

  • Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Morning: Lead Mentor sessions

  • Lunch: Student responsibility

  • Afternoon:  Research class

  • Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Tuesday

  • Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

  • Morning: Final worship gathering, debrief, and retreat evaluation

  • Leave 10:00 am

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