Academic Retreats

Students meet face-to-face for an academic retreat of six to eight 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, car pool, 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.

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 @ Waves House

9:30am: Session with Dr. Morse @ Waves House 

12pm: Lunch

1pm: Program Orientation 

3pm: Individual advising and assessment meetings 

5pm: Advisors arrive

5:15pm: Prayer @ Waves House

6pm: Dinner

Wednesday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer @ Waves House

9:30am: DMIN713 Research Course

12pm: Lunch out with advisors

1:30pm: DMIN713, guest presenter, University Theological Librarian

3pm: Individual advising and assessment meetings 

5:15pm: Prayer 

6pm: Cohort dinner out

Thursday

8am: Breakfast 

8am: Advisor orientation 

9am: Prayer @ Waves House

9:30am: DMIN713 Session

10:30am: Guest Presenter Presentation

12pm: Lunch 

1:30pm: Individual advising and assessment meetings 

5:15pm: Prayer @ Waves House

6pm: Dinner 

Advisors depart

Friday

8am: Breakfast

9am: Prayer @ Waves House

9:30am: Session with Guest Presenter on Enneagram 

12pm: Lunch 

1:30pm: Session with Guest Presenter on Enneagram 

5:15pm: Prayer @ Waves House

6pm: Dinner 

7pm: Movie night @ Waves House

Saturday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer @ Waves House

9:30am: Session with Guest Presenter @ Waves House

10:30am: Beach experience

12pm: Lunch

1pm: Session with Dr. Morse and Ecola Hike (weather dependent)

5:15pm: Prayer @ Waves House

6pm: Dinner

7pm: Beach bonfire (weather permitting & optional)

Sunday

8am: Breakfast

10:45am: Cohort attend church at Cannon Beach Community Church.

Lunch and dinner, student responsibility

Four hour silent retreat and life map/self map project

Monday

8am: Breakfast 

9am: Prayer @ Waves House

9:30am: Session with Dr. Morse @ Waves House

12pm: Lunch 

1:30pm: Session with Dr. Morse @ Waves House

4pm: Evaluation @ Waves House

5:15pm: Prayer @ Waves House

6pm: Closing banquet 

Tuesday (departure day)

8am: Breakfast 

Check out of rooms

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