Academic Retreat for Teachers

“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.”

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 Institute’s Director of Advanced Formation, Dr. Andrew Seeley, will lead the Retreat. Dr. Seeley has over three decades of experience in leading engaging discussions.

The Retreat is not a workshop, though participants 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 often sells out. The program begins on Monday evening and ends Thursday at lunch.

Registration options:

  • ICLE Member School rate: $745
  • Non-Member rate: $795

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 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy 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.

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Jul 12 - 15 2021


Thomas Aquinas College, MA
231 Main St, Northfield, MA 01360


Dr. Andrew Seeley
844-425-3832 x701