Rio Texas "A Taste of the Academy" English

San Antonio, Texas

Oblate Renewal Center

March 24 - March 27, 2019

Theme: "Transforming Thresholds of Heart and Mind: A Four Gospel Journey"

Faculty: Dr. Alexander John Shaia

Contact:  Paula Long

Sponsored by the Academy Council for Spiritual Formation, South Texas 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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Nebraska Five-Day Academy English

Schuyler, Nebraska

St. Benedict Center

April 28 - May 3, 2019

Faculty:  Chava Bahle & Fr. John Mefrige

Contact: Rev. Mike Flury, Registrar,

Sponsors: Great Plains Conference UMC and Upper Room Ministries


A limited number of scholarships will be available.

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

Contact the registrar for details.

Nebraska Five Day Facebook site


Online registration available below.



St. Benedict Center


1226 Road I
Schuyler, NE 68661
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Illinois Great Rivers Five Day Academy English

Belleville, Illinois

King's House Retreat Center

April 28 - May 3, 2019

Theme:  "Peace-ing Together a Broken World"

Faculty:  Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and Dr. Amy Oden

Contact:  Joy Schlesselman - 309-256-1316 or

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

2019 IGR Team Leaders:  Joy Schlesselman, Keith Zimmerman, In-Sook Hwang, Deb Pollex

Download brochure below. Online registration begins November 1, 2018


King's House Retreat Center


700 N. 66th Street
Belleville, IL 62223
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West Virginia Five-Day Academy English

TBD, West Virginia


May 5 - May 10, 2019


Faculty:  TBD

Retreat Leader:  Rev. Janet Harman, 304-343-2115 or

Registrar: B.A. Miskowiec at 304-542-7248 or

Sponsors: West Virginia Conference of the UMC and The Upper Room


More information coming soon ...




TBD, WV 25314
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Georgia Five Day Academy English

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Epworth by the Sea

May 19 - May 24, 2019



Faculty:  Roberta Bondi (topic: Julian of Norwich) and Loyd Allen (topic: TBD)

Contact:  Ann Smith at; and Dianne Morrison at

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

More information to come ...



Epworth by the Sea


100 Arthur J. Moore Dr.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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A Celtic Pilgrimage to Iona & Lindisfarne English

Iona and Lindisfarne, UK

June 2 - June 15, 2019

You are invited to join Academy Faculty, Loyd Allen, and Academy Retreat Leader, Pat Luna, on a Celtic pilgrimage to the sacred isles of Iona and Lindisfarne as well as other associated Celtic holy sites. This journey will pay particular attention to pace, practice, and purpose. As pilgrims, we journey to sacred places seeking transformation of the inner landscape of our souls. It is our hope that we will leave homes to find our true Home and return renewed with “bliss-bestowing hands.”   

Download a brochure below with full itinerary details and pricing.

Because there are a limited number of spaces available for the Celtic Pilgrimage and we may not be able to accommodate all who wish to go, we ask that you please complete this application to indicate your desire to participate in the pilgrimage.

Apply below using the "Register" button.

Applications are due by the end of the day on Thursday, September 20, 2018. You will be notified of the status of your application by Thursday, Sept. 27. If accepted, you will be given the link to the travel agency website along with a Group ID and Password to register for the trip and pay the deposit.

We look forward to receiving your application.



Iona and Lindisfarne, UK
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Holston Five-Day Academy English

Emory, Virginia

Emory & Henry College

July 14 - July 19, 2019

Theme:  "God with Us: Age to Age"

Faculty:  Roger Owens and Dwight Judy

Contact:  Renni Morris,

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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Arizona Five Day Academy English

Tucson, Arizona

Redemptorist Renewal Center of Picture Rocks

September 15 - September 20, 2019

Theme: "Sources of Compassion and Courage"

Faculty:  Dr. Frank Rogers and Rabbi Chava Bahle

Contact:  Jerry Haas,


Sponsors:  Desert Southwest Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Redemptorist Renewal Center of Picture Rocks


7101 West Picture Rock Rd
Tucson, AZ
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North Carolina Five-Day English

Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

Trinity Center At Salter Path

October 6 - October 11, 2019

(Rescheduled from 2018 to 2019, due to damages of Hurricane Florence)

Faculty:   Ray Buckley: "Native American Spirituality"

                Rev.Dana Trent: "For Sabbath's Sake: Embracing our Need for Rest, Worship, and Community in a 24/7 World"

Contact:  Claire Cox-Woodlief ,

Registrar:  Ani Simpkins, 800-849-4433 or

Sponsor: North Carolina Conference of the UMC and The Upper Room



Trinity Center At Salter Path


618 Salter Path Rd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
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Greater Northwest Five Day Academy English

Federal Way, Washington

Palisades Retreat Center

July 12 - July 17, 2020


Faculty: TBD

Contact: Retreat Leader, Sue Magrath -

Registrar:  Karen Fisher -

Sponsors: The Pacific Northwest and the Oregon-Idaho Conferences of the United Methodist Church and Upper Room Ministries

Visit the PNW Five-Day Facebook site!


More information coming ...


Palisades Retreat Center


4700 Southwest Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023
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