Center for Faculty Innovation

Scholarship Retreats @ the Farm

Fri, 26 Jan 2024 9:00 AM - Fri, 3 May 2024 4:00 PM

Need a distraction-free space with other scholars to work on your scholarly projects? Join us for scholarship retreats on Fridays 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 any portion 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.

Prior to the retreat date, workshop topics, facilitators, and times will be sent to registered attendees. 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 (submit with your registration account setup).

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.

Program Dates 

  • Jan 26
  • Feb 9, 23
  • Mar 8, 22
  • Apr 5, 19
  • May 3

Time: 9 AM - 4 PM


JMU Farm

Facilitator: Dayna Henry, CFI & CHBS

Program Outcomes

  • Connecting with other scholars
  • Feeling connected to oneself as a scholar
  • Making progress on scholarship project(s)
  • Developing new scholarly skills through workshops (topics vary)

What some previous attendees say are their favorite things about the farm retreats:

“The Farm is gorgeous. I liked the huge chunks of writing time. I liked that the workshops were optional and also very helpful, and so I was attracted to them. I liked that it's far enough outside campus to seem a world away but is actually only 20 minutes from where I live. I liked the community that I experienced with faculty from other Colleges. I appreciated how nonjudgmental and generous the leaders are. I liked how they protected our quiet spaces and were encouraging in ways that felt real. The retreats were so affirming for me. I will be a regular.” 

“Very pretty; nice to have a space where I wasn't tempted to do other needed tasks; nice to have other people working nearby.” 

“The quiet unstructured time to work for hours on research, the opportunity to meet and talk with colleagues in other departments, the peace and beauty of the place, the convenience of having food and drinks available.”

Session Time Blocks Available


  • Morning Writing Block (9 AM - 12 PM)
  • Lunch (12 - 1 PM)
  • Afternoon Writing Block (1 - 4 PM)

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.

NOTE: You are not required to attend for the entire writing block. If you are only able to attend for a portion, please select the writing block that overlaps with your availability. For example, if you can attend from 11-3, select morning, lunch, and afternoon.

Attendance & Registration Information

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.

LOG IN: The registration link (below) will direct you to the CFI Program Registration site. If this is your first time visiting the registration page, your account will be created automatically when you sign in with your JMU e-ID and password (DUO required). Be sure to clear your browser cache/cookies upon each visit to the registration page.

  • Please complete your profile information
    • Update your college/division and department (use the search feature and/or select from the dropdown) and enter your Mail Stop Code (MSC) for your department on-campus mail.
    • Add comments about your dietary & accommodation 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.) Meals are ordered in advance of programming; therefore, we are unable to order individual meals based on request. However, we attempt to have options available for everyone and we request that Catering label food accordingly.
  • Once your profile is complete
    • You should see a status update as complete on your Dashboard (an overview of your account).

REGISTRATION: Register to attend each date separately after signing in through the registration page.

Sign up for each retreat date separately through the links below. The links will direct you to the CFI Program Registration site.

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, if applicable. Only those who complete the survey will be contacted via email should space becomes available.

Event Dates / Registration Links

January 26 February 9 February 23 March 8
March 22 April 5 April 19 May 3

Register by Monday, 11:59 PM, the week of the scheduled retreat date.


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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