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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 reflection.

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 Sciences).

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. Liz Bouzarth and Kevin Hutson (Mathematics) will discuss the mathematics behind decision-making and planning along the journey, using as a case study a popular interactive study away program.

Breakout sessions/workshops 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) CLOSED
  • Regular Registration:        $345 (by 06/01)
  • First-Time Attendee:         $270 (by 06/01)
  • Local (No Lodging):            $220 (by 06/01)

Refund policy: Refunds up to 30 days before event.

Download registration form here: Alumni Reservation Form 2018.docAlumni 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.)

Optional Pre-Retreat 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:

Click here to view photos from the 2016 Alumni Retreat.

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