2019 Faculty Retreat

Camp Casey in the Sun


You are invited to register for our 2019 Faculty Retreat experience.


What: SPU Faculty Retreat

Where: Camp Casey Conference Center – Whidbey Island
ate: September 9-10, 2019

Who: SPU Faculty

Theme: Flourishing in our Faith for the Nurturing of our Students

One Definition of Retreat: “a period of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation”

Description: This year, we hope that the Faculty Retreat will be a spiritual retreat where we, as faculty, can let go of our regular routines for 30 hours, to enjoy time with God and with one another. The purpose is to deepen our faith as a way to prepare for the academic year and the return of students. Our hope is that through worship, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, meals, and free time, we will be drawn into a soul-refreshing time of receiving God’s love and enjoying fellowship with one another.

Accommodations: If you need special/specific accommodations to make the overnight at Camp Casey work for you, please let us know that as you sign up. We will do our best to accommodate all requests using the faculty houses, staff houses, and various spaces at Camp Casey.

If you are okay to sleep in the barracks, thank you! This is one way to love your colleagues by choosing to give them the slightly nicer spaces.

If your home responsibilities make it impossible for you to stay overnight, please do what you need to do - you will be missed! If it’s possible to come back in the morning, please return for the sake of your colleagues.

Meals: We are trying to reduce the amount of wasted food at Camp Casey. Please do not sign up for a meal unless you are certain that you will eat that meal at Camp Casey. Thank you!

What to Bring
• Sleeping bag, pillow, and towel 
• Toiletries 
• Water bottle and/or mug for hot beverages
• Comfortable clothing, warm layers, rain jacket
• Walking shoes
• Optional: Bible, notebook, bicycle, athletic attire

Yellowjacket & Bee Warning
It’s possible that yellowjackets and bees will be out in force, so be aware and be prepared.

2019 Faculty Retreat Schedule

(*some details subject to change*)

Theme:  “Flourishing in our Faith for the Nurturing of our Students”

Monday, September 9

 9 am  Early Check-In – Camp Casey / Auditorium A
 10 am  Opening Worship Service – Coupeville United Methodist Church
 (608 N. Main Street – Coupeville)
 **Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the Sanctuary. Thank you!**
 11:15 am  Drive to Camp Casey, get nametags, receive room assignments
 11:30 am  Opening Session – Auditorium A
 Bruce Congdon, Interim Provost
 Lorelle Jabs, Faculty Chair
 Noon  Lunch 
 1:30 - 2:30 pm  Breakout Sessions #1 – Perspectives on Spiritual Practices
 2:45 - 3:45 pm  Breakout Sessions #2 – Performing Spiritual Practices
 3:45 - 6 pm  Free Time Options
  • Historical Tour of Camp Casey (led by Bill Woodward)
  • Bike Ride (led by Lane Seeley & Lynette Bikos)
  • Zumba (led by Nyaradzo Mvududu)
  • CrossFit (led by Jeff Keuss) – all fitness levels welcome
  • Do your own thing
 6 pm  Dinner – Mess Hall A
 7 - 8:30 pm
 Arts Showcase – Auditorium A
 After  Evening Options: 
  • Bonfire w S'mores – South Fire Pit (by picnic area)
  • Board Games – Faculty Café
  • Stargazing w/ Giant Telescope – behind Quartermasters (led by Doug Downing)

Tuesday, September 10

 7:30 am  Morning Prayer – Colonel’s House (enter through glass porch on back side)
 8 am  Breakfast – Mess Hall A
 9 - 9:45 am  Key Wesleyan Understanding / Practices of Christian Spirituality
 Matt Sigler
 9:45 - 9:50 am  Wesleyan Small Group Introduction
 Celeste Cranston and Kara Gray
 9:50 - 9:55 am  Faith and Pedagogy Introduction
 Melani Plett
 9:55 - 10 am  Final Sessions – Wesleyan Sessions and Sharing Our Faith in the Classroom
 Lorelle Jabs
 10:10 - 11 am  Breakout Sessions #3 – Wesleyan Spirituality
 11 - 11:15 am  Coffee & Cinnamon Rolls – Faculty Café
 11:15 - noon  Faith and Pedagogy Breakout Sessions
 Noon  Lunch – Mess Hall A
 (you may register in advance for a sack lunch if you want to eat on the road)

Directions to Coupeville United Methodist Church

NE 7th and N. Main St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

  1. Take the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry to Clinton.
  2. Continue straight onto WA-525 (22 mi) to WA-20.
  3. Slight right at WA-20 (5.5 mi).
  4. Turn right at N. Main (.4 mi).

Directions to Camp Casey Conference Center

1276 S Engle Rd.
Coupeville, WA 98239

From ferry (Clinton):

  1. Follow WA-525 N to W Wanamaker Rd (23.4 mi).
  2. Continue on W Wanamaker Rd to your destination (2.8 mi).

From Coupeville United Methodist Church:

  1. Head S on N Main St toward 6th St NE (0.9 mi).
  2. Continue onto S Engle Rd (2.9 mi).