Professional Development & Research
The CCCU in partnership with the Issachar Fund is pleased to provide CCCU scholars and artists with a retreat opportunity in a cottage near Lake Michigan for the purpose of research, reflection, writing, and production of scholarship or creative work in one of the Issachar Fund's four areas of inquiry:
These subject areas may be addressed from within any academic discipline. The retreat may be for as little as a six-week period, or as long as the full academic year.
The fully furnished 1,560 square-foot cottage in West Michigan offers a quiet, comfortable environment for study and writing and is large enough to accommodate a small family. It includes all linens and towels, as well as a laundry machine and dryer. The workspace includes a desk, bookshelf, printer and paper, and a comfortable task chair.
The cottage is located just a few hundred feet from the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan and it includes semi-private beach access. It is just a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Holland, Michigan. Holland’s picturesque downtown, with coffee shops, restaurants, excellent public and private schools, libraries and Hope College, provides opportunities for enjoyable leisure activities as well as opportunities to connect with the local community. Grand Rapids, home to Calvin College and Cornerstone University, is forty-five minutes away by car.
Retreat participants will receive:
Please note that pets are not allowed.
The retreat may be for as little as a six-week period, or as long as the full academic year. For Academic Year 2017-18, applicants may select from seven options:
Block 1: September 3 through October 22, 2017
Block 2: October 29 through December 11, 2017
Blocks 1 & 2 (includes interim of October 22 through October 29)
Block 3: January 7 through March 11, 2018
Block 4: March 18 through May 26, 2018
Blocks 3 & 4 (includes interim of March 11 through March 18)
Blocks 1, 2, 3 & 4 (includes all interims between blocks)
• A one-block retreat comes with a mileage reimbursement of up to $500 and a per diem of $35 per day. The participant must be in residence for a minimum of six weeks.
• A two-block or four-block retreat comes with a mileage reimbursement of up to $1000 and a per diem of $35 per day. The participant must be in residence for a minimum of twelve weeks per semester.
• The grant to the Participant's employing institution is $5000 per block, up to $20,000 for a full academic year.
Retreat Participants will be asked to submit to the Issachar Fund a copy of the conference presentations, public lectures, published writing, and/or creative works that result in whole or in part from retreat.
Please click here to read the application eligibility requirements.