Retreats

2019 Retreats

For more information on Alumni Retreats email: alumniretreats@gonzaga.edu


Entering the Tension Together

Date: TBD
2-day Retreat
Spokane, WA

Dr. Mike Carey, Dr. Kristine Hoover & Fr. Steve Hess

Regardless of our backgrounds, we all find ourselves living in a polarized environment: politically, socially, racially, and religiously. This fragmentation of community is felt in our world, our nation, our organizations, our families, and in our very selves, creating a tremendous sense of anxiety and tension. This retreat examines models of success, experiences of groundedness, and hope for the future so we may form community to deal productively with our concerns, make the world a better place, and as leaders creatively enter the tension together.

Meals Included
$140 per person


Change Leadership

September 21, 2019
1-day Retreat
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Dr. Kristine Hoover

This alumni gathering serves to reconnect and refresh those who have completed the Change Leadership course. The one day alumni gathering will focus attention on our common challenges and successes as well as contemporary and classic concepts and tools from leading change authors and practitioners.

Outcomes

  • Learn new techniques and tools to facilitate inclusive organizational change
  • Gain greater skill in dialogue
  • Interact and reconnect with the School of Leadership Studies

Immediately following the alumni retreat, the ORGL 517 Organizational Transformation and Change immersion class will begin. We invite alumni to apply to stay and engage with the students, participating as Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the three day class. TAs are invited to bring live teaching cases from their own organizations, participate in class book discussions, and even re-engage with the Experience Change simulation (last day of class). TAs can participate in 1-3 days of the class.

$65 per person


Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Conversatio

September 20 – 22, 2019
3-day Retreat
St. Andrew's Abbey
Valyermo, CA

Dr. Mike Carey

The monastic vows of Stability and Obedience are deeply integrated into who a monk is by his or her vow of Conversatio, or “constant conversion.” Stability means to be fully present to the reality of what is; obedience means to respond authentically to that reality. Conversatio means moving from individual acts of stability and obedience to being stable and obedient.  This retreat will use the film Romero, which tells the story of St. Oscar Romero when he was the archbishop of El Salvador and was martyred because he was the voice for the powerless. St. Oscar’s life is one of constant development and personal transformation as he seeks to be an instrument of God’s will for the good of the Salvadoran people. We will use his life to reflect on our own journeys of development and transformation as servant-leaders.

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Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Conversatio

March 27 – 29, 2020
3-day Retreat
St. Andrew's Abbey
Valyermo, CA

Dr. Mike Carey

The monastic vows of Stability and Obedience are deeply integrated into who a monk is by his or her vow of Conversatio, or “constant conversion.” Stability means to be fully present to the reality of what is; obedience means to respond authentically to that reality. Conversatio means moving from individual acts of stability and obedience to being stable and obedient.  This retreat will use the film Romero, which tells the story of St. Oscar Romero when he was the archbishop of El Salvador and was martyred because he was the voice for the powerless. St. Oscar’s life is one of constant development and personal transformation as he seeks to be an instrument of God’s will for the good of the Salvadoran people. We will use his life to reflect on our own journeys of development and transformation as servant-leaders.

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Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Purity of Heart

September 25-27, 2020
3-day Retreat
St. Andrew's Abbey
Valyermo, CA

Dr. Mike Carey


The goal of the desert monks of the 3rd-5th century C.E. Egypt, Syria, and Palestine was a deep interior stillness. For John Cassian this path was through purity of heart: stability, steadiness, integrity, and tranquility. Cassian’s concept describes a purity of intention and a singleness of heart; in the context of addiction, obsessions, and compulsions, purity of heart is radical honesty about the self. The end result of this purification process, according to 20th century C.E. American monk Thomas Merton, was "a clear unobstructed vision of the true state of affairs, an intuitive grasp of one's own inner reality as anchored, or lost, in God through Christ.”

This retreat will use the film Of Gods and Men, which tells the story of monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. What do John Cassian, Thomas Merton, and the monks of Tibhirine have to offer us in our own struggles to purify our intentions by overcoming our addictions, obsessions, and compulsions. We’ll find out together at this retreat.

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Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Purity of Heart

April 9-11, 2021
3-day Retreat
St. Andrew's Abbey
Valyermo, CA

Dr. Mike Carey


The goal of the desert monks of the 3rd-5th century C.E. Egypt, Syria, and Palestine was a deep interior stillness. For John Cassian this path was through purity of heart: stability, steadiness, integrity, and tranquility. Cassian’s concept describes a purity of intention and a singleness of heart; in the context of addiction, obsessions, and compulsions, purity of heart is radical honesty about the self. The end result of this purification process, according to 20th century C.E. American monk Thomas Merton, was "a clear unobstructed vision of the true state of affairs, an intuitive grasp of one's own inner reality as anchored, or lost, in God through Christ.”

This retreat will use the film Of Gods and Men, which tells the story of monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. What do John Cassian, Thomas Merton, and the monks of Tibhirine have to offer us in our own struggles to purify our intentions by overcoming our addictions, obsessions, and compulsions. We’ll find out together at this retreat.

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