The 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation


Journey To Wholeness

Sunday Evening, April 15-Friday April 20, 2018

at Ferncliff Camp in Little Rock, AR


Sponsored by the Upper Room and the AR/LA/MS Academy Council



Academy for Spiritual Formation

It is an ecumenical five-day retreat designed for clergy and laity. The purpose is to deepen one’s relationship with God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, study, and reflection. Each day will include:

  • Teachings by gifted spiritual leaders,
  • Periods of silence and reflection, morning and evening prayer,
  • Eucharist,
  • Small group discussion, and
  • Time for rest and relaxation.


The 5-Day Academy is:

  • disciplined Christian Community emphasizing holistic spirituality – nurturing body, mind and spirit. Intended for both clergy and laypersons who hunger for rich spiritual experiences.
  • A retreat following the rhythm of study, prayer, rest and community.
  • A setting where morning and evening prayer and Holy Communion frame each day.
  • A place to rediscover Christianity’s rich, spiritual heritage through worship, learning, and fellowship.
  • A time and space for learning, discerning, and sharing our spiritual journeys with others.
  • A time of learning new ways to deepen our relationship with God and learning how to live as faithful witnesses of God’s love in this world. 
  • A program of Upper Room Ministries providing a time of silent reflection, retreat, rest, and renewal for both laity and clergy.


Contact for More Information

Join the AR/LA/MS 5-Day Academy Facebook Group

Rev. Dede Roberts (Arkansas) 

Rev. Roy Smith (Arkansas)  or (479) 968-1232

Catherine Long (Louisiana)

Susan Meadors (Mississippi) or (601) 316-3351

Upper Room Website


Daily Rhythm

Sunday Afternoon
Registration with orientation, dinner, and worship.

Monday- Thursday
The rhythm of the day is embraced by morning and night prayer and enriched with daily Eucharist. Faculty present each morning and afternoon, followed by silence for individual reflection and then group response time. Evening Covenant groups offer time for sharing spiritual journeys. After night prayer, silence is observed until morning prayer. Ample free time for rest and recreation is provided.

Concludes mid-morning Friday.




    • The Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center is an Earth Care Award winner that features 1200 acres located just ten miles west of Little Rock which focuses on hospitality, sustainability, and outreach.
    • All participants have available either private or shared rooms with private bathrooms, linens and towels. Delicious meals are provided and special diets are accommodated.
    • Location is Ferncliff Camp in Little Rock, Arkansas, thirty minutes from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
    • Directions can be found at



Our Faculty

PAT LUNA is the Retreat Leader for the Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, a writer, speaker, teacher and consultant in the areas of spiritual formation, stewardship and fundraising. She is a delegate to General Conference and President of Compass Consultants, LLC since 1990. Pat says this about her focus for the Five-Day: “During our week together at the Academy we are going to unpack Howard Thurman’s seminal work for spiritual formation, Disciplines of the Spirit, and how five particular disciplines, Growth, Prayer, Commitment, Reconciliation and Suffering, can lead us to healing and wholeness.”

JERRY WEBBER is the community pastor and spiritual director for the Center for Christian Spirituality at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston. Jerry leads worship services in a contemplative style as well as classes and retreats and provides spiritual direction. He has taught at several Two-Year and Five- Day Academies for Spiritual Formation, and is a guide for all who seek to deepen their connection with God to live differently in relation to self, others and the created world. Jerry has titled his focus “Unfolding: Scripture, Stories and Poetry for Uncovering the Self in God.” Jerry will lead us to explore the experience of unfolding, using scripture, stories, poetry, contemporary images and the process of faith development. “The process of spiritual unfolding is the process of becoming who God created us to be.”

ELISE ESLINGER, our worship leader, is one of the foremost leaders, teachers, writers and consultants in Worship, Music and Spiritual Formation. Editor of the Upper Room’s Worshipbook and writer of many of the resources in the book, Elise will be leading our worship during this 5-day Academy!




Download the Brochure

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  • Register CLOSED
  • Event Fee includes lodging, meals, & program.
  • Single-occupancy rooms with private bath are available for each participant.
  • Total cost for room, board and tuition for a single room is $575 January 15 and $625 after January 15.
  • The cost for shared accommodations is $475 if before January and $525 after January 15.
  • A $75 non-refundable deposit is required.

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