Wisconsin Five-Day Academy English

Racine, Wisconsin

Siena Retreat Center

October 29 - November 3, 2017

Theme: "Kindling the Faith: Engaging the World"

Faculty: Mary Margaret Pazdan & David Brownlee

Contact:  Linda Vance at 608-630-9485 or lindaandmel@charter.net

Sponsors: Wisconsin Annual Conference of the UMC and The Upper Room


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Siena Retreat Center


5637 Erie St.
Racine, WI 53402
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Pilgrimage to Israel English

Jerusalem, Israel

January 4 - January 17, 2018


Led by Loyd Allen and Johnny Sears

Space is limited to twenty participants on a "first come, first serve" basis.

NOTE: Once it is full, you can still be added to a wait list by contacting the travel agency at academy@aitsatl.com. A number of people from the wait list have been able to participate in previous pilgrimages.



Join us and a small group of friends on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Israel. We will begin with five-days and nights in Galilee to connect with the Gospel narratives in this region of beauty and sacred significance. As the scene shifts from Galilee to Jerusalem in the Gospel narratives, so will the pilgrimage with a drive to Jerusalem visiting important places along the way. You will have five nights and four days in Jerusalem to explore the entire vicinity beginning with a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We will explore the Old City starting with the Garden tomb, take a full day excursion to the Dead Sea, and visit the Israeli Museum which includes the Shrine of the Book Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls) and the model of New Testament Jerusalem. Our last day will include exploring Bethlehem, then return to Jerusalem for reflection and dinner before departing the next morning. A detailed itinerary, registration, photos, and more can be found following the "LOG IN" instructions below in the green box.  
NOTE: Full participation in the pilgrimage assumes average good health and the ability to walk two or three miles unassisted.
(*Previous Academy participants will receive preferred status in registration and may bring a guest who has not attended an Academy for Spiritual Formation.)



Go to http://www.aitsatl.com

Click the Register button under Group Registration on the right side of the page and login using the Group ID and Password below:

Group ID:        academyisrael2018
Password:       journey

Approximate cost for Land and Air is $5,472.36 based on double occupancy. You may request a single occupancy for an additional $685.00.

Registration must be completed through the link above. A passport number is required. If you do not have a current passport, you can enter 123456789 and update with a valid number once you’ve acquired or renewed your passport.




Thursday, January 4, 2018  -   Depart for Israel
Friday, January 5, 2018  -  Arrive at Tel Aviv airport: Your guide, coach and driver will be waiting for you at the Tel Aviv airport when you arrive. We will board the bus and drive north to Tiberias in the Galilee for five-days and nights.

Saturday, January 6, 2018  -  Morning walk to Mt. Arbel with remainder of day in Sepphoris and Nazareth.

Sunday, January 7, 2018  - Morning walk from atop the Mount of Beatitudes down to seashore and visit two traditional pilgrimage sites along the shore.

Monday, January 8, 2018  - Take an extended boat ride from Tiberias, North of Ginnosar across the Sea of Galilee to En Gev, then drive north through upper Jordan Valley.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018  - Sea of Galilee - a day to explore the small villages around the Sea of Galilee.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Retreat Day - enjoy today as you explore the area on your own. Time for prayer and reflection in the area of Jesus' ministry.

Thursday, January 11, 2018  - Drive to Jerusalem and visit Megiddo and Caesarea along the way, reaching Jerusalem in the late afternoon.

Friday, January 12, 2018  - Mount of Olives, then walk the Palm Sunday trail by way of the Garden of Gethsemane.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Continue exploring the Old City beginning with the Garden Tomb, then Western Wall and Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Full day excursion to the Dead Sea with visits to three important places along its northwestern shore.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Visit the Israeli Museum which includes the Shrine of the Book Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls) and the model of New Testament Jerusalem.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Explore Bethlehem! Return to Jerusalem for dinner and reflection.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Early breakfast before departing for home.




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North & Central Texas Five-Day Academy English

Pottsboro, Texas

The Prothro Center at Lake Texoma

February 18 - February 23, 2018


Faculty:  Dr. Roger Owens and Dr. Mary Earle

Contact:  Bob Holloway, bobholloway@ctcumc.org or 817-510-6560

Registrar:  Kristin Warthen, KristinWarthen@ctcumc.org

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


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The Prothro Center at Lake Texoma


269 Methodist Lane
Pottsboro, TX 75076
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Florida Five Day Academy English

Fruitland Park, Florida

Life Enrichment Center

March 11 - March 16, 2018

Theme:  "Seeking Sabbath/Keeping Sabbath"

Faculty:  The Rev. Marjorie Thompson and Rabbi David Horowitz

Retreat Leader:  Sarah Madsen, 352-796-0868 or smadsen62@tampabay.rr.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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Nebraska Five-Day Academy English

Schuyler, Nebraska

St. Benedict Center

April 8 - April 13, 2018

Faculty:  Mary Earl and Loyd Allen

Contact: Rev. Mike Flury, Registrar, flury.micheal50@gmail.com.

Sponsors: Great Plains Conference UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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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Cost for Room and Board

$550 for Single room (early birds only - these are limited in number and requesting one does not guarantee you will receive one.)

$515 for Shared room (You may request a roommate.  Couples will be assigned to the same room unless otherwise requested.)



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St. Benedict Center


1226 Road I
Schuyler, NE 68661
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Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi Five Day Academy English

Little Rock, Arkansas

Ferncliff Camp & Retreat Center

April 15 - April 20, 2018


Faculty:  TBD

Contact:  Deidre Roberts  droberts@ARUMC.org;  Catherine Long  clong91@bellsouth.net;  Linda Beasley  mrsbeas@windstream.net;  Roy Smith  rsmith@fumcrsvl.org;  Susan Meadors  susanmeadors@comcast.net

Sponsors: Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi Conferences of the UMC, Mississippi Cooperative Baptists, and Upper Room Ministries


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Ferncliff Camp & Retreat Center


26525 Ferncliff Circle
Little Rock, AR 72223
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Greater Northwest Five Day Academy English

Federal Way, Washington

Palisades Retreat Center

April 29 - May 4, 2018

Theme:  Resonate: Listening for Connection

Faculty: Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson and Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks

Contact: Denise McGuiness; d.mcguiness@gmail.com

Registrar:  Pat Rankin, roxyshouse@msn.com

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

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Palisades Retreat Center


4700 Southwest Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023
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Georgia Five Day Academy English

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Epworth by the Sea

April 29 - May 4, 2018

Theme:  Drawing from the Inner Well

Faculty:  Marjorie Thompson & Don Saliers

Contact:  Ann Smith at annsmith828@gmail.com; and Dianne Morrison at dianne.morrison@gmail.com

Sponsors:  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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Rio Texas Five-Day Academy English

San Antonio, Texas

Oblate Renewal Center

August 27 - September 1, 2018


Faculty:  (To be determined)

Contact:  Janet Weatherston, jweatherston@sbcglobal.net

Sponsors:  Rio Annual Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries

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Oblate Renewal Center


5700 Blanco Rd
San Antonio, TX 78216-6615
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Iowa Three-Day "Spirit Streams" Academy English

Indianola, Iowa

Wesley Wood UM Camp

September 24 - September 27, 2018


Faculty:  (TBD)

Contact:  Jerry Oakland, jerry.e.oakland@gmail.com

Sponsors:  Iowa Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Wesley Wood UM Camp


10896 Nixon St.
Indianola, IA 50125
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