Florida Five Day Academy English

Fruitland Park, Florida

Life Enrichment Center

March 5 - March 10, 2017

Faculty:  Wilkie Au and Amy Oden

Retreat Leader:  Marilyn Swanson, 813-833-3558 or mandeswanson@gmail.com

Sponsors:  The Spiritual Formation Ministry of the Florida Annual Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Life Enrichment Center


4991 Picciola Rd.
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
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Rio Texas "A Taste of the Academy" English

San Antonio, Texas

Oblate Renewal Center

March 6 - March 8, 2017

Theme: "Befriending: A Celtic Spirituality Experience"

Faculty: Rev. Mary Earle

Contact:  Nancy McDougall nancymcd@nctv.com

Sponsored by the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC in partnership with Upper Room Ministries


Registration form available in downloadable brochure (see below).


Oblate Renewal Center


5700 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216
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Illinois Great Rivers Five Day Academy English

Carlinville, Illinois

Lake Williamson Retreat Center

April 23 - April 28, 2017

Theme:   The Beloved Community

Faculty:  Kathryn Damiano and Luther Smith  (faculty reading list)

Contact:  Brian Caughlan, briancaughlan@gmail.com

Sponsors: Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the UMC and The Upper Room

2017 IGR Team Leaders: Brian Caughlan, Jennie Churchman, Janet Eggleston, Carol Bennet-Barker, and Peg Emmert

Online registration available below.





Lake Williamson Retreat Center


17280 Lakeside Dr.
Carlinville, IL 62626
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Nebraska Five-Day Academy English

Schuyler, Nebraska

St. Benedict Center

April 23 - April 28, 2017

Faculty:  The Rev. Marjorie Thompson and Bishop Hee-Soo Jung  (see faculty book list)

Contact: Russ Terman-White, Team Leader, academytapes@hotmail.co or Rev. Mike Flury, Registrar, flury.micheal50@gmail.com.

Sponsors: Great Plains Conference UMC and Upper Room Ministries

$550.00 for single (first come basis)

$515.00 double

A limited number of scholarships are available.

The Five Day Academy is open to all laity and clergy and is ecumenical.

Contact the registrar for details.

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St. Benedict Center


1226 Road I
Schuyler, NE 68661
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Georgia Five Day Academy English

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Epworth by the Sea

April 30 - May 5, 2017

Theme:  Living the Ways of Grace

Faculty:  Sr. Kathleen Flood and Dr. L. Roger Owens

Contact:  Ken Hagler at ken.hagler@ngumc.net; Josh Speight at jspeight@cbf.net

Sponsors:  Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, North Georgia Annual Conference, South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC, and The Upper Room

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Epworth by the Sea


100 Arthur J. Moore Dr.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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United Kingdom Five-Day Academy English

Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Drumalis Retreat Center

May 28 - June 2, 2017

Theme:  "Living Lightly in Today's World"

Faculty:  Amy Oden presenting "God's Welcome" and Pádraig Ó Tauma presenting "The Theology of Story"

Leadership Team: Nicola Vidamour, Sheryl Anderson, Jill Baker, Kenneth Browne, Jonathan Meads, Oseias Da Silva.

We are pleased to announce an inaugural Five-Day Academy in Northern Ireland, hosted by our UK friends known as the Community for Spiritual Formation. At this time, registration is limited to UK participants. Please remember these pilgrims in your prayers.


Drumalis Retreat Center


Glenarm Road
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Russia/Eurasia Five-Day Academy

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Retreat Center

June 25 - June 30, 2017

Theme: "Renewal Relationships With God"

Faculty:   Bishop Eduard Khegay and Rev. Alla Vuksta

Contact:  Ekaterina Kim, office@umc-eurasia.ru

Sponsors:  Eurasia Conference of the UMC and The Upper Room


(Language spoken for this event:  Russian)


Retreat Center


с.Чон Сары Ой
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Saint Paul School of Theology -- Five-Day Academy English

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewel College

July 16 - July 21, 2017

Theme:  "Draw the Circle Wide"

Faculty:  The Rev. Marjorie Thompson and Bishop Hee-Soo Jung (click here for faculty reading list)

Contact: Dr. Amy Oden at amy.oden@spst.edu or Rev. Dr. Craig Walls, craigmwalls@gmail.com

Sponsors: Saint Paul School of Theology and Upper Room Ministries


Early Bird: $350.00 (by May 31, 2017)

Standard: $395.00 (June 1-30, 2017)

A limited number of scholarships are available.

The Five Day Academy is open to all laity and clergy and is ecumenical.

Contact the registrar for details.




William Jewel College


500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068
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Virginia Five-Day Academy English

Richmond, Virginia

Roslyn Retreat Center

July 30 - August 4, 2017

Theme:  "Guided by Grace: A Journey of Growth in Prayer and Community"

Faculty:  Dr. Elaine Heath (Dean, Duke Divinity School) & Dr. L. Roger Owens (Assoc. Professor of Leadership & Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

Retreat Leader:  Dot Ivey, dotcivey@gmail.com or 804-897-4060

Registrar:  Cathy Bowen, cathy.bowen@verizon.net

Sponsor:  Virginia Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Find the recommended reading selections here for this event.

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Roslyn Retreat Center


8727 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229
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Holston Five-Day Academy English

Emory, Virginia

Emory & Henry College

July 30 - August 4, 2017

Theme: "Wisdom for Today: A Celtic Christian Perspective"

Faculty:  Loyd Allen & Mary Earle

Contact:  Renni Morris, rennimorris@gmail.com

Sponsor: Holston Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Emory & Henry College


30461 Garnand Dr
Emory, VA 24327
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