Center for Faculty Innovation

Summer Scholarship Retreats @ the Farm (Faculty Community)

Wed, 31 May 2023 9:00 AM - Wed, 26 Jul 2023 4:00 PM

Need a distraction-free space with other scholars to work on your scholarly projects? Join us for summer scholarship retreats on Wednesdays 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. Participants can choose to attend all day or 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 before the retreat. There will also be check-ins and opportunities to connect with other scholars over meals.

Lunch, snacks, and coffee/tea will be provided. Please include any accessibility needs including dietary restrictions in your profile (refer to the registration process).

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.

Program Dates / Times

May 31, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


JMU Farm


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


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.

If this is your first time visiting the registration page this semester, be sure to complete your profile information (including updating your college/division and department) for our records and clear your browser cache/cookies! You should also add comments about your dietary needs at the bottom of the profile form. This information is collected and stored with your online account for all future programs you may attend.


Registration will open approximately 30 days before the retreat date and will close on Monday the week prior to the scheduled retreat date (10 days). Space is limited!

REGISTER: Register to attend each date separately through the registration links below. The links will direct you to the CFI Program Registration site. You will sign in with your JMU eID and password.

Click on the "ENROLL YOURSELF" button on the registration page and make your selection under program options – “workshop selections.”

SESSION FULL: If the session is full, you may add yourself to the waitlist. You will be contacted by CFI staff via email to complete a survey to indicate your preferences for the retreat options. Only those who complete the survey will be contacte via email, if space becomes available.


We are offering an am writing block, lunch and an afternoon writing block. Register for the entire day, or just one of the writing blocks and/or lunch. However, you must select at least one writing block option other than the meal with your registration.

Select the options you plan to attend for the morning writing block (9-12), lunch (12-1) and/or the afternoon writing block (1-4) through the bullets or dropdown menu; save to cart, check out, then complete the registration.

Event Date(s) - registration links

May 31 June 14

Register April 24 - May 22

Register May 15 - June 5


June 28 July 12
Register May 29 - June 21 Register June 12 - July 5

July 26
Register June 21 - July 19


If you find that you are unable to attend a scheduled event prior to the registration deadline, please return to your "CFI Program Account" and cancel your registration. If it is after the event registration deadline, please email as early as possible to avoid being waitlisted for future events.

We value your interest in this popular writing retreat; however, due to the high demand of faculty interest for this program, a registered participant who doesn't attend one of these scheduled events without prior notification to CFI may result in being waitlisted for future writing retreats this semester.

We appreciate your respect for our programs and others that wish to attend.

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

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.

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