Retreats

Students meet face-to-face for an academic retreat of 5-7 days. This contact time is intended to allow sufficient space for spiritually formative experiences as well as academic content. 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 cohort participates in formative learning and connecting experiences that includes prayer, solitude, rest, lectures, practicum experiences, group spiritual direction, and meals together.

Each of the retreats will be hosted at 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.

Students will meet regularly with Dr. Morse at The Waves Cannon Beach, a house located on the ocean front and in the center of downtown Cannon Beach. The home provides a cozy, informal, and hospitable space for cohort sessions. 

Most meals are provided for students while at Cannon Beach with incidentals excepted. Lodging is provided for students at the Ecola Creek Lodge, which is located near 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.

Sample Face-to-Face at Cannon Beach Schedule

A typical Retreat schedule is outlined below:

Wednesday

  • 6pm: Welcome dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center (CBCC)

Thursday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ CBCC
  • 9-9:30am: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • Morning: 
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch @ local restaurant
  • 1:30-5pm: DMIN723 Research Course sessions
  • 5-5:30pm: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • 5:30pm: Dinner @ CBCC

Friday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • 9-9:30am: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • Morning: Sessions with special guest
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch with faculty advisors
  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with Dr. Thurston, the Lead Mentor, and Faculty Advisors
  • 5-5:30pm: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • 5:30pm: Dinner @ Waves House (provided)
  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Saturday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • 9-9:30am: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • Morning: Sessions with special guest
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch: Student responsibility
  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with Dr. Thurston, the Lead Mentor, and Faculty Advisors
  • 5-5:30pm: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • 5:30pm: Dinner @ CBCC

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Student responsibility
  • Morning: Free time
  • 11am: Students gather to depart for field trip
  • Noon-1pm: Lunch provided @ local restaurant
  • Afternoon: Field trip
  • 6pm: Dinner provided @ local restaurant

Monday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • 9-9:30am: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • Morning: Guest lecturer sessions 
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch @ Waves House (provided)
  • Afternoon: Lead Mentor-designed Praxis Experiences
  • 4:30pm: Program and retreat evaluation
  • 5-5:30pm: Prayer with the Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse)
  • 5:30pm: Dinner @ CBCC

Tuesday

  • Students free to leave anytime Tuesday

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