Academic Retreat for Teachers
Next offered in June 2020. 
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The Academic Retreat for Teachers gives teachers, administrators, and board members a chance to re-kindle their passion for learning while exploring the foundations of Catholic education with colleagues from around the country. The 2019 Retreat was led by Dr. Andrew Seeley, ICLE’s Director of Advanced Formation. 

The Retreat is not a workshop, though retreatants do benefit greatly from conversations about each other’s experiences. Rather it gives participants the opportunity to taste Truth as it is found throughout the typical Catholic liberal education curriculum – in Language, History, Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, and Theology. Discuss the emotional conclusion of the Iliad, Pericles and Lincoln’s stirring funeral orations, the trial of Socrates, Augustine’s dramatic conversion story, the elegance of Euclid’s geometry, Descartes’ rejection of classical education, and much more. Small group discussions led by master teachers will foster encounters with the great traditions and with fellow participants.

The Academic Retreat is intended for those Catholic educators who want to ponder the depth and breadth of a curriculum alive with Catholic wisdom and experience the joy of a vibrant Catholic learning community.

Space is limited and the retreat has sold out the last two years. The program begins on Wednesday evening and ends Saturday at lunch. 

2019 registration rates:

– Member: $675
– Non-Member: $725

Registration includes all program sessions and materials, meals, and housing.

The Academic Retreat for Teachers can be customized and brought on site for an entire faculty. Contact us for more details. 

“The experience in the classroom was most beneficial. I learned a lot from the work, which rekindled a desire to read more, but also from the attitude of the discussion leaders. I saw clearly their goal was not for us to come to a particular understanding, primarily, but to learn how to discover the truth – the process.”