The Transforming Community Alumni Retreat

2019 Alumni Retreat with Guest Speaker Gary Haugen: April 29—May 1, 2019

Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission. Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, leading an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of genocide to justice. Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero" - the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice; Just Courage; and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.

"In returning and rest, you shall be saved..." – Isaiah 30:15

Transforming Community
alumni often ask,

How do I stay in rhythms of retreat and rest that have become so sustaining for me?

  • How do I stay connected to the community that is the Transforming Center?
  • Where do I find ongoing support for the sacred rhythms that have become my rule of life?
  • How do I keep forging a connection between my soul and my leadership? What's next for me in my journey of leadership transformation?

In response to these questions and our shared desire for ongoing connection, we have established a "sacred rhythm” for those who have completed the Transforming Community experience – an annual alumni retreat.

One of the great benefits of being a Transforming Community alum is this exclusive opportunity.

The purpose of these annual retreats is to give you a chance to:

  • return to a rhythm...a place...a practice...a community that nourishes your soul
  • rest in God
  • reflect on your rule of life
  • recalibrate for what's ahead
  • AND take next steps in transforming leadership through the teaching and guidance of a master teacher who will build on the foundation of the Transforming Community experience

Typically our alumni retreat will take place just after Easter. The season following Lent and Holy Week is an excellent time for pastors and ministry leaders to "retreat" from their ministry context for rest and replenishment in God's presence.

Past speakers have included Robert Mulholland, Jerry Wagner, Ron Rolheiser, Curt Thompson, and David Bailey.


April 29-May 1, 2019 (Monday-Wednesday)

  • Monday 4:00 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • First Session 5:00 followed by Dinner at 6:00
  • Departure Wednesday at 1:00 pm


Click here to view schedule.


Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus

2710 S. Country Club Road Woodstock, IL 60098


  • Those who have completed a two-year Transforming Community experience
  • Current Transforming Community participants

Registration Cost:

  • $599 regular rate (all-inclusive, private room)

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Questions? Email or call us at 630-588-8133.

Click here to view our cancellation policy.

If it is necessary to cancel a registration for a retreat, please provide as much advance notice as possible so the Transforming Center can offer the available space to another retreatant. Registration fees cannot be transferred to another retreat.

If a request for cancellation is received thirty (30) or more days prior to the start date of a retreat, a refund of the retreat cost minus a $50 administrative fee will be issued.

If a cancellation request is received less than thirty (30) days prior to the start of a retreat, 45% of the program cost will be refunded.

No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves early or arrives late. Out of consideration for others on the waiting list, please make a commitment to attend the entire retreat.

Please note that the Transforming Center cancellation policy does not apply to the nine Transforming Community retreats.  Upon acceptance into a two-year Transforming Community, the commitment to pay for the entire community experience—whether present or absent at any of the nine retreats—is understood.

If you have questions or would like further assistance to register for a Transforming Center retreat, please contact us at (630) 588-8133 or for more information.