Formation Retreat for GRCC Employees in May 2012

GRCC’s Staff Professional Development department is offering its eleventh year of a unique form of professional development for GRCC employees.

Intro to Formation Retreat

  • Dates/Times: Retreat begins at 5:00 PM Wed, May 9, 2012 and ends with lunch on Fri, May 11, 2012
  • Location: The Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, MI |  http://www.fetzer.org/gilchrist/

The retreat is only for faculty or staff members who have not previously participated in a Formation Retreat.

This work has grown out of the Formation work of Dr. Parker J. Palmer, noted educational leader and author, and builds upon a decade of Formation work at GRCC for leaders, faculty, and staff. In addition, Grand Rapids Community College is part of a network of colleges, health care organizations, K-12 districts, philanthropic organizations, law firms, government agencies, and community leaders engaged in this form of deep professional development. More info on the national work can be found at the Center for Courage and Renewal and Richland Colleges Center for Renewal and Wholeness in Higher Education.

For three days, GRCC faculty and staff are invited to step away from their daily work activities to consider the personal and professional questions of working at the college.

The themes and questions to consider include:

  • Why were you called to this work?
  • What is the intention of your work?
  • How do you stay renewed in your role?

These retreats offer a safe space to pose questions, seek answers, examine motives, and explore new ideas about the most important work we do at the college. The goal is to help those who work at GRCC sustain and renew their passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to the students, their colleagues, the college, and the communities they serve.

In this retreat, skilled facilitators help create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space in which participants can pause and reflect on their own beliefs about working at the college. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. These retreats strive to develop a deeper understanding of how your role at the college intersects with who you are as a person.

Grounded in reflective practice, these retreats have sufficient research based evidence supporting a positive impact on the development of employees and their organization(s).

Register at http://cms.grcc.edu/currentlearning or call Staff Development at 616.234.4285. If you have questions about the retreat, feel free to email Frank Conner at fconner@grcc.edu, call him at 616.234.3612, or contact Judy Jankowski at jjankows@grcc.edu or 616.234.4409.
Participation is open to all GRCC employees and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We can only accommodate 10 participants, so make certain to enroll early if you are interested. Participants must commit to all three days of the series. The cost of this event is covered by Staff Development.

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