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ORGL 522

Leadership and Community

St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo, California

Includes a 5-day residency at St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo, CA

What is the meaning and purpose of life? How is need for such meaning and purpose encountered in a community? How does the leader develop a community to facilitate individual growth and collective success? Through study, experience, and scholarship, students explore how to create structures and processes for sustaining and transforming a community. At the Benedictine monastery of Saint Andrew\’s Abbey, students become participant observers in a five-day immersion designed to explore, practice, and come to an expanded understanding of the role and purpose of the leader’s involvement and commitment to building and sustaining a meaningful and purposeful community.

The Program At-A-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Offered in Fall and Spring terms
  • Eligibility: Graduate Students
  • Estimated cost: $900 per credit plus room and board and transportation
  • Housing: $400 per week for boarding at St. Andrew\’s Abbey
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program
  • Registration: Students must make arrangements to stay at St. Andrew\’s Abbey BEFORE they are registered for the course

Residency Dates

  • Session B of Spring Semester 2014: The required stay at the monastery is from Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, 2014
  • Session A of Fall Semester 2014: The required stay at the monastery is from Monday, September 29 through Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Session B of Spring Semester 2015: The required stay at the monastery is from Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Session A of Fall Semester 2015: The required stay at the monastery is from Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2, 2015

The online-based course includes a one-week stay at St. Andrew’s Abbey located in Valyermo, California, in the upper Mojave Desert, about an hour’s drive from Burbank. The first half of the online learning prepares students for their participation in the community life of the twenty monks at St. Andrew’s, and the second half of the online learning uses monastic life as a metaphor for experiences in all organizational communities. The course concludes in a paper written by each student that applies his or her learning to the very practical (and non-monastic) realities of organizational life.

  • $900 per credit
  • $400 for the week of boarding at St. Andrews Abbey
  • transportation to the Abbey

Transportation from Burbank Airport to St. Andrew\’s Abbey is provided to students between 9am and 2pm on the Monday that begins the week of the monastic experience. For more information contact Dr. Michael Carey or Dr. John Horsman.

Special Reunion/Retreat at St. Andrew’s Abbey for Gonzaga Students

For those who have already taken the community course and been to St. Andrew’s, there will be a reunion retreat held September 26-28, 2014 at the monastery (other students who are not able to find room in their schedules to take the community courses but would like to experience the monastery are invited to attend this retreat as well). Dr. Michael Carey will facilitate the retreat, which will focus on Leadership and Spirituality. If you are interested, contact the Guestmaster at St. Andrews soon to reserve your room. Retreat attendance is limited by the space available in the Guest House. For those interested in the reunion/retreat, Dr. Carey will pick up anyone who arrives at Burbank Airport between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, September 26 and return them to Burbank on Sunday, September 28.

Program information subject to change.