Fall 2017: November 17-18
Registration Deadline: November 10, 2017
Spring 2018: March 16-17
Registration Deadline: March 9, 2018
November 8, 2017
12:30pm & 3:00pm
Barter Student Center 210
Set the World on Fire
Take a step back from campus life to connect to your calling. Meet new friends and deepen existing relationships with a variety of relationship building games and activities. Dive into your personal values and discover who you are in the world. Find purpose throughout your life and create meaning through self-reflection and intentional discussions. Leave this retreat refreshed and ready to set the world on fire!
Vocational retreats are open to all Sophomore and Junior students. These retreats are designed for students of all faiths and spiritualities. Retreats are one night over the weekend and transportation, food, and lodging are provided. Students must register by the listed registration date. These retreats have limited technology access and are completely alcohol and substance free. Information will be sent to registered students regarding where and when to meet for travel.
“[This retreat] allows (if wanted) for one-on-one attention and true freedom to express yourself. . .It’s about breaking away from the stress or pressures of school and step back to reevaluate yourself. You get the chance to really ask yourself if you’re on the right path, are you enjoying college, are you who you want to be, what’s going on in your life right now, what’s distracting you, what’s motivating you, what isn’t motivating you, are you surrounding yourself with the right people, are you developing from your high school self, and are you living to be the person people expect you to be or who you expect you to be? It gives you the chance to say that even though you’re not the person everyone, including yourself, expects you to be, you’re still good; you’re still valued, wonderful, and are somebody. That you have worth.
You can be shy, outgoing, religious, non-religious, super smart, struggling, have anxiety, be depressed, or be stuck in life, yet the retreat will still be for you. Even if you’re uncomfortable expressing yourself it gives you the chance to see how others do, which might motivate you to release all that’s been clouding and pressuring up in your mind. I’ve witnessed this with my own eyes last year. Even if you don’t end up telling your life story this retreat still gives you the chance to just be free even if it’s just for the weekend. This retreat is extremely valuable and an essential component to your success at Spring Hill College.”
ASHLEY McINTYRE, ’18
“I would definitely recommend attending the retreat. It gave me a chance to get off campus, clear my mind, and really reflect on who I am and where I want to go. It was the first time all semester that I truly spent time working to improve myself.”
DYLAN MIRE, ’19
Relax in nature
Vocational retreats are hosted at facilities in nature allowing students to get off campus and away for the night. The retreat structure allows time for reflection, action, and relaxing conversation.
Pathway to your purpose
Designed specifically for sophomores and juniors, the vocational retreat provides retreatants an opportunity to delve deep into their values in community to better understand how to craft meaning and a vocational journey.
Engage in community
A key piece of the vocational retreat is engagement and reflection within community. Retreatants develop relationships with fellow students, staff, and faculty while examining their lives, purpose, and meaning.