New Faculty Retreat

Monday, January 30, 2006 (Around 8 years ago)

Please join your new (first- and second-year) colleagues for a well-deserved retreat, Friday evening into Saturday afternoon, April 28-29, at Shalom Hill Farm retreat center near Windom (about 90 minutes west of St. Peter). We’ll leave from campus at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and return by about 3:00 on Saturday.

This event, sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection in partnership with the Faculty Development program, will offer a healthy mix of rest and conversation, solitude and good company, rich ideas and rejuvenation — in a safe (no mentors, department chairs, or tenured colleagues allowed!), supportive, beautiful environment. The retreat is meant to provide a chance to reflect on your time at Gustavus so far, your transition into the life of a teacher/scholar, and your own sense of self and of “calling” in/to the larger world. It’s meant to be a chance to explore, as Parker Palmer puts it, not only what you teach, or how you teach, or why you teach, but who you are who teaches. It’s meant to help you consider the intersections between the inner and outer landscapes of your lives.

Another major aim of the retreat is for it to be an opportunity to do just that: retreat. Our hope is that you’ll embrace this time as time-away, time-within, and time-refreshingly-on-your-side. Finally, it’s a chance to get to know one another better, and to connect with colleagues and friends in a space that’s all your own.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Chris Johnson (x7159, e-mail cjohnso5) or Amy Pehrson (x7169, e-mail apehrson) by Friday, April 14. We hope you can come!

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