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Formation RetreatsFormation Retreats

The center hosts three levels of retreats—Building Awareness, Deepening Learning, and Sustaining Growth—for community college educators and teams at several retreat locations. For information about retreat registration and attendance, contact CFHE staff.

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Building Awareness

Introductory Formation Retreats
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 and facilitation.

Contact the CFHE to schedule a shorter "sampler" retreat at your location.

Deepening Learning

A college’s 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.

One-week Facilitation Team Preparation Retreat:
May 20-26, 2007 in Taos, New Mexico

Sustaining Growth

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.