Center for Faculty Innovation

First Fridays at the Farm: A Monthly Scholarship Retreat (Faculty Community)

Fri, 3 Feb 2023 8:30 AM - Fri, 5 May 2023 4:00 PM

Escape main campus to focus on your scholarship in a beautiful natural setting. Need a distraction-free space with other scholars to work on your scholarly projects? Join us for a scholarship retreat the first Friday of each month at the JMU Farm.

Located 20-minutes from JMU’s campus, the facility offers 30 acres of nature including a view of the river and plenty of green space. Get away from the distractions of main campus to focus on your scholarship in a beautiful natural setting. Participants can choose to attend all day or for portions of the day for self-directed time to work on your scholarship, mini-workshops on scholarly processes, and 1:1 scholarship consultations by CFI staff and partners. Workshop topics, facilitators, and times will be sent to registered attendees one week before the event. There will also be check-ins and opportunities to connect with other scholars over meals.

A light breakfast (sponsored by R&S), lunch, snacks and coffee will be provided. Space is limited! 

Note: The main floor of the home is accessible but stairs are required to access the second floor. All group activities will be scheduled on the main floor with the second floor used for quiet working space.   

FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM: A Monthly Scholarship Retreat will meet from 8:30am to 4pm on the following Fridays: 2/3, 3/3, 4/7 and 5/5.

ONGOING REGISTRATION (through CFI's program registration website - CLICK links below!)

MANDATORY selection: We are offering breakfast, an am writing block, lunch and an afternoon writing block. Register for the entire day, the morning or afternoon blocks. However, you must select at least one writing block option other than the meals with your registration.

Deadline: 12 noon - Wednesday, 1 1/2 weeks prior for the following Friday session.  

If the session is full, you may add yourself to the waitlist. You will be contacted by email to complete a survey for your availability. Should space become available, you will be notified by email and asked to confirm your attendance.

  Deadline: Jan 27    
  Deadline: Feb 24    
  Deadline: Mar 31    
  Deadline: Wed, Apr 26    

Note: If this is your first time visiting the registration page this semester, be sure to complete your profile information for our records and clear your browser cache/cookies! Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the "dietary needs/accommodations" under the "profile" nav after signing into your online registration account. 


  • Dayna Henry, Ph.D., Health Sciences, Center for Faculty Innovation

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following program outcomes:

  • Making progress on scholarship project(s)
  • Connecting with other scholars
  • Developing new scholarly skills through workshops (topics vary)

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend please email with your request.

Back to Top