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Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Obedience
April 5 – 7, 2019
St. Andrew’s Abbey
Dr. Mike Carey
One of the three vows monks take when entering a monastic community it that of Obedience. The root of the word obedience means “to hear,” which makes the first word of the Rule of Benedict all the more key to the monastic journey of obedience: Listen. This retreat will use the film Entertaining Angels, which tells the story of Dorothy Day, to reflect on the dynamics of obedience in our lives. Participants will learn about monastic obedience in history and at Valyermo, will use the life and actions of Dorothy Day (who was a Benedictine oblate) to illustrate the key concepts of obedience, and will reflect on how this is made real in their own personal and work lives.
Mt. Whitney - Full
May 2 – 5, 2019
Lone Pine and Mt. Whitney, CA
Dr. Adrian Popa
An intensive leadership retreat designed to challenge you to climb the tallest mountain in California while focusing on the leadership themes of choosing courage over comfort, community, vulnerability and resilience. This retreat requires significant physical activity over the course of multiple days, with a 2-day 22-mile hike at 14,000 feet elevation.
Transportation provided from Burbank Airport, both directions.
Permits, Saturday dinner also included.
$325 per person
Entering the Tension Together
September 7 - 8, 2019
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.
$140 per person
September 21, 2019
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.
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. Join us at the Change Leadership one day alumni retreat and discuss issues that are important to you, network with fellow alumni, and consider how leading change relates to your life's journey and career path.
$65 per person
Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Conversatio
September 20 – 22, 2019
St. Andrew's Abbey
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.