center hosts three levels of retreatsBuilding
Awareness, Deepening Learning, and
Sustaining Growthfor community college
educators and teams at several retreat locations.
For information about retreat registration and attendance, contact CFHE staff.
The purpose of introductory retreats is to build awareness
of the experience of formation. Participants have the opportunity
to focus on their inner lives in a community with similar
interests. The retreat offers time with the whole group (which
is limited to 24 participants), in small groups, and in solitude.
Participants should commit to arriving and departing according
to the schedule, remaining in retreat during the three days,
and avoiding work-related distractions. The agenda will allow
time for Clearness Committees, the discernment practice which
is a microcosm of the formation process.
The cost of the
retreat includes lodging, three meals a day, retreat materials
the CFHE to schedule a shorter "sampler" retreat
at your location.
formation movement can best be served by preparing team members
(e.g., champions, advocates, meeting planners, implementers)
to provide formation experiences for their faculty and, in
many instances, their administrators, staff, and students.
Some colleges start by preparing one or two individuals to
lead their formation effort, while others immediately form
a three- or four-person team. If you have questions about
the best approach for your college, please contact the Center.
The initial preparation
of facilitators and other team members occurs in retreats.
Ongoing preparation occurs through close work with a mentor
provided by the Center. Mentoring begins at the conclusion
of the preparation retreats and continues through the first
year of formation facilitation.
Facilitation Team Preparation Retreat:
May 20-26, 2007 in Taos, New Mexico
An Annual Gathering of community college formation facilitators
and their "champions" is held each fall. Email CFHE
to register or for additional information.
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CFHE is a partner of the
Dallas County Community College District and a project of the League for Innovation.