This summer’s alumni retreat
offers you the opportunity to gather with other Furman alumni and friends who
enjoy sharing their stories and questions, as well as hearing what others have
found inspiring and encouraging along the way. It also sets aside space for
You will have a chance to
hear some of your favorite faculty and staff talk about their vocational
journeys and ongoing questions. Our faculty/staff presenters this summer
include Nancy Cooper (Heller Service Corps/CESC), Glen Halva-Neubauer
(Politics & International Affairs), and Natalie The (Health
This year’s theme is
“Pathways That Shape Our Journey.” During our lives, we take many paths—some
planned, others unexpected. The experiences and people we encounter along the
way shape us in both small and profound ways. Michelle Horhota (Psychology)
will share insight into the psychology of wisdom and how we make decisions as
we age. John Harris (Mathematics) will discuss the mathematics behind decision-making
and planning along the journey, using as a case study a popular interactive
study away program.
this summer will provide opportunities for engagement on topics and activities
such as mindfulness practices, Furman’s “vocational story,” spirituality,
community, and current events.
A pre-retreat hiking
pilgrimage in the Greenville area is also available to retreat participants on
the first afternoon. More information on this event is available below.
This retreat, offered every
other summer, is a great opportunity to reconnect with Furman and Greenville,
enjoy the beautiful campus, and have a wonderful time with old and new friends,
learning, exploring, and growing along the way.
The retreat will begin with
dinner on Thursday, July 19th and end by noon on Sunday, July 22nd.
Participants will be housed in the on-campus apartments in North Village
(individual rooms in clusters of four, with a common living room area). The
registration cost includes lodging (3 nights), meals, programs, and retreat
materials (unless otherwise noted). Space is limited.
- Early Registration:
$295 (by 04/15)
Registration: $345 (by 06/01)
Attendee: $270 (by 06/01)
- Local (No
$220 (by 06/01)
Refund policy: Refunds up to 30 days before event.
Download registration form here: Alumni Reservation Form 2018.doc
Or, if you prefer to register and pay online, please follow this link to the registration page: 2018 Alumni Retreat Registration
(Please note that there is an extra processing fee for registering online.)
Experience: Pilgrimage Hike
Start the alumni retreat
experience with reflection time in the outdoors!
As an optional pre-retreat
opportunity, retreatants can be a part of a hiking pilgrimage in Greenville’s
Paris Mountain State Park. This hike (approximately 2 ½ hours) will give alumni
a chance to hear a meditative reading and hike part of the time in silence
while reflecting and enjoying the beauty of nature.
This opportunity is free and
available only for registered alumni retreat participants. Transportation will
be provided from Furman’s campus to the park. The group will plan to depart
Furman’s campus at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th and return to
campus by 5:00 p.m. Space is limited.
Please note: once the
necessary group size has been confirmed, more details will be sent to
participants. Weather might also affect pilgrimage hike plans. Trails will vary
in intensity. Participants should bring appropriate hiking attire, shoes/boots,
water bottle or hydration system, and anything else to prepare for an afternoon
hike in the Greenville area during the summer. If you have questions about the
pilgrimage hike, please contact the Cothran Center.
Frequently asked questions about the Alumni Retreat can be found here:Alumni-Retreat-Questions.aspx
Click here to view photos from the 2016 Alumni Retreat.