Frequently Asked Questions

Is this retreat only for Furman alumni?
Most of our participants are former Furman students and graduates and they are given priority in registration; however, we invite Furman friends, parents, supporters, interested community members, and significant others to participate. We have so much to learn from each other and our affinity for Furman!

Is this retreat only for religious people or those of a particular faith tradition?
No. This retreat is designed for people of all traditions and backgrounds who want to explore their sense of calling and purpose. We do offer opportunities and workshops focused on spiritual enrichment and engagement, but consider many other aspects in our offerings as well.

Can I organize a group of friends to be in the same apartment for the retreat?
Yes! We welcome alumni and friends to organize a group to attend the retreat. We will do our best to accommodate requests for staying in the same apartment. Each apartment holds four (4) people. Please contact Rolyn Rollins in you have more specific questions or arrangements.

Paying for the retreat - and transportation costs - may not be possible for me right now. Are there opportunities for some financial assistance for those with need?
We try to offer our retreats at a low cost for all participants. Registering early, for example, allows you to save $50 and first-time attendees save $75 off of regular registration costs. If you have financial circumstances that might prevent you from attending this retreat and you have a genuine interest in participating, please contact our office and we will try our best to work with you in your efforts to attend.

Is there an age range for alumni and friends on this retreat?
No. This retreat is open to recent graduates (Class of 2018) to those with a very, very long relationship with Furman - and everyone in between. We sincerely believe that the intergenerational aspect of our retreat is a gift to all participants and the overall experience.

Is this only for people "figuring things out" in their lives?
We believe questions of calling should be considered throughout life. Some participants come to the retreat in the middle of discernment for their next step or stage in life; some attend for the space to be refreshed in their current calling(s) and to be a part of a community during this time; others come for the chance to re-connect with Furman and participate in the engaging discussion; and others come for any number of reasons.

How much "free time" is available during the retreat?
Free time is typically available on Thursday afternoon, prior to the program starting; later afternoon on Friday and Saturday (after workshops and before dinner); and late evenings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (after dinner and program). You are also welcome to stay and explore campus and Greenville more on Sunday afternoon after check-out. We will send a schedule closer to the retreat.

For more information:
Website: furman.edu/cothran
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Twitter: @CothranCenter
Instagram: @CothranCenter
Phone: 864.294.2427
E-mail: rolyn.rollins@furman.edu




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