Academic Retreat for Teachers
June 29-July 2 (Level 2)
Thomas Aquinas College – Northfield, MA

July 13-16 (Introductory)
University of Dallas – Irving, TX

PLEASE NOTE: This year, we are offering two sessions of the Academic Retreat for Teachers. For the first time, a “Level 2” retreat will be offered at Thomas Aquinas College in Northfield, MA, as an advanced session for those who have already enjoyed the introductory level of this popular program. The session at the University of Dallas will be our standard introductory retreat. 

The Academic Retreat for Teachers gives teachers, administrators, and board members a chance to rekindle their passion for learning while exploring the foundations of Catholic education with colleagues from around the country. The 2020 retreats will once again be 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.

2020 Early Bird Registration Options (until March 31 – fees increase by $50 April 1)

– Early Bird Member rate: $675
– Early Bird Non-Member rate: $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. 

SCHOOL LEADERS: Be aware that many schools are able to fund program participation via Federal Title funding. Importantly, see here for a recent policy letter from Secretary DeVos indicating that such funding for secular services from religious organizations does not violate the Establishment clause. If you have questions regarding Title funding, please feel free to contact us for guidance.

For more information contact Dr. Andrew Seeley at or 844-425-3832 x701.

“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.”

Academic Retreat for Teachers Registration

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PLEASE NOTE: For all ICLE programs, cancellations received at least 60 days in advance of the event will be honored with a full refund. Cancellations received at least 30 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 30 days in advance will receive no refund. Please allow up to 30 days for a refund to be processed.