North & Central Texas Three-Day Academy English

Pottsboro, Texas

The Prothro Center at Lake Texoma

February 9 - February 11, 2017

Theme:  "Breathe: The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness"

Faculty:  Dr. Joretta Marshall, Dean of Brite Divinity School

Contact:  Bob Holloway, or 817-510-6560

Registrar:  Kristin Warthen,

Sponsors:  North TX and Central TX Conferences of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


More information coming soon ...


The Prothro Center at Lake Texoma


269 Methodist Lane
Pottsboro, TX 75076
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New Academy in Bolivia!! RESCHEDULED FOR 2017 Spanish

Cochabama, Bolivia

Cochabamba Methodist Retreat Center

February 20 - February 24, 2017


We are excited to announce the very first Four-Day Academy in Bolivia! Though registration is open only to residents of Bolivia, we wanted to invite you to "JOIN US THROUGH PRAYER" as this new community develops and grows. We are humbled and thankful to be a part of this community, and we thank YOU for your gifts to the Academy scholarship fund that allow us to train international leaders, and provide support to new beginnings.

Theme:  "Elijah's Spirituality"

Faculty:  U.S. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and Rev. Oscar Carrasco

Contact:  Rev. Lic. Modesto Mamani, BISHOP OF THE IEMB

Sponsors:  Bolivian Methodist Conference and Upper Room Ministries/Academy for Spiritual Formation.



Cochabamba Methodist Retreat Center


Cochabama, Bolivia
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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

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

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,

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, or Rev. Mike Flury, Registrar,

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; Josh Speight at

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

Online registration below ...



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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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 or Rev. Dr. Craig Walls,

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, or 804-897-4060

Registrar:  Cathy Bowen,

Sponsor:  Virginia Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Find the recommended reading selections here for this event.

Brochure coming soon ...


Roslyn Retreat Center


8727 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229
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