Academic Retreats

Students meet face-to-face for an academic retreat of 6-8 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 courses offered in each semester.

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 include prayer, solitude, rest, lectures, practicum experiences, group spiritual direction, and meals together.

Each of the retreats are 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.

The cohort also meets regularly with Dr. Morse at The Waves Cannon Beach, a house located on the oceanfront and in the center of downtown Cannon Beach. The home provides a cozy, informal, and hospitable space for some 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, carpool, bus, etc) for each of the retreats.

Activities include extensive walking, utilizing stairs, sitting, note taking, meeting regularly at a beach house, participating in field trips, eating out at restaurants, experiencing stormy weather conditions, etc.

Please note that the Leadership and Spiritual Formation retreats are not designed to accommodate guests. They are intended to create and to support a formational learning community. Students should plan to be fully present to one another and for the learning experiences the entire time of the retreat.

Sample Face-to-Face at Cannon Beach Schedule

A typical Retreat schedule is outlined below:

* Food and lodging provided unless otherwise stated. 

Monday (Arrival Day)

3-5:30pm: Check in for guest rooms

6pm: Welcome Dinner

Tuesday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer

9:30am: Session with MaryKate @ Waves House, then into town

12pm: Lunch (provided) catered 

1pm: Program Orientation 

3pm: Session with Dr. Nancy Thurston 

5pm: Project Faculty arrive

5:15pm: Prayer

6pm: Dinner 

7pm: Individual meetings with Dr. Thurston

Wednesday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer

9:30am: Research Orientation (Project Faculty included)

12pm: Project Faculty take their advisees out to lunch

1:30pm: Individual/small peer group meetings with Project Faculty, Dr. Thurston, and Dr. Morse

5:15pm: Prayer

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Individual meetings with Dr. Thurston

Thursday

8am: Breakfast

9am: Prayer

9:30am: Research Orientation (Project Faculty included)

12pm: Lunch 

12pm: Project Faculty join MaryKate for lunch

1:30pm: Individual/small peer group meetings with Project Faculty, Dr. Thurston, and Dr. Morse

5:15pm: Prayer

6pm: Dinner 

7:30pm: Meetings with Dr. Thurston 

After dinner: Project Faculty depart

Friday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer

9:30am: Session with Guest Speaker

12pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Session with Guest Speaker

5:15pm: Prayer

6pm: Dinner

7pm: Movie Night 

Saturday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer

9:30am: Session with Guest Speaker

11am: Beach experience

12pm: Lunch

1pm: Session with MaryKate and Ecola Hike

5:15pm: Prayer

6pm: Dinner 

7pm: Bonfire

Sunday

9am: Breakfast 

For the day: Silent retreat and life map/self map project

10:45am: Attend church at Cannon Beach Community Church

Lunch: Student responsibility

2pm: Small group work/life map

Dinner: Student responsibility

Monday

8am: Breakfast

9am: Prayer

9:30am: Session with MaryKate

12pm: Lunch 

1:30pm: Session with MaryKate

4pm: Program evaluation

5:15pm: Prayer

6pm: Closing Banquet

Tuesday

8am: Breakfast

Check out of rooms