Academic Retreat for Teachers



To be notified when registration for the 2024 Academic Retreat for Teachers becomes available, please click the “Register” button at the top of this page.

Since 2007, our Academic Retreat for Teachers has been giving new and veteran teachers, administrators, and board members — anyone involved in Catholic liberal education — the opportunity to rekindle their passion for learning while exploring the foundations of Catholic education with colleagues from around the country.

This event elevates reading from a privatized, cerebral process into a communal experience of charitable discussion, debate, and discovery, transforming the way educators introduce to their students the great works of the Western tradition.

With over three decades of experience leading engaging discussions, ICLE’s Co-Founder and Senior Faculty Consultant Dr. Andrew Seeley leads this retreat, balancing genuine fellowship with a deep dive into the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The Academic Retreat for Teachers offers:

  • 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 with fellow 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.
  • All meals and evening social receptions, beginning with dinner on Thursday and concluding with lunch on Sunday.
  • Sacramental and liturgical opportunities, including Morning Prayer, Vespers, Rosary, and Mass.

Space is limited for maximum personal interaction, and the retreat often sells out. This program is suitable for any educator with a love of learning, regardless of the teacher’s level of experience with seminar-style discussion.


The program begins on Thursday at 3 p.m., with check-in from 3-5 p.m. The program concludes on Sunday at 12:15 p.m.


The cost includes all program sessions and materials, overnight lodging, and meals beginning with dinner on Thursday and concluding with lunch on Sunday.


A limited number of partial, needs-based scholarships are available for priests and vowed religious interested in participating in this program. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this scholarship request form.


Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the Academic Retreat for Teachers. Lodging is provided.


Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are granted for participation in ICLE workshops, programs, and events. You may request a certificate of attendance for a previous event HERE.


For all 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.


Please contact Program Manager Megan Fassero with questions:


The Academic Retreat for Teachers can be customized and brought on-site for an entire faculty. Contact Dr. Seeley at for more details.

What Past Participants Say

"The program reminded me that the best teachers are students themselves. Lifelong learning and seeking the truth is a beautiful pursuit that we engage in alongside our scholars. It was a great encouragement that the end of wisdom is never reached, but that lessons in humility and understanding are endless in the seeking of wisdom. We have such a rich culture of beautiful works to draw from and getting to know more of them is such a gift to pass to our students. Enriching our minds helps us to enrich theirs!"

"I came away from this retreat much enriched. I will definitely apply what I learned from our Euclid presentation regarding shadows. I am super excited about that because I will be adding it to my lessons using Plato's Allegory of the Cave!"

"I enjoyed the evening discussions after the official schedule of the day was over. That kind of time to relax and talk through past or coming readings was enjoyable."

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