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Come Away and Rest Awhile

A Retreat for Teachers, Home Educators, School Administrators, & Anyone Who Loves to learn

February 15-17, 2019

Country Lake Christian Retreat, Underwood, Indiana

Reclaim Your Love of Learning

Winter doldrums? Bogged down in mid-year paperwork? Like Christ’s apostles, we all need to rest sometimes. And we all need to become students again, immersing ourselves in the books, questions, and experiences which first sparked our wonder and drew us to teach.

This retreat offers time for prayer, fellowship, leisure in a beautiful space, workshops by fellow educators, talks on the vocation of teaching and learning, immersive experiences in nature study, poetry, Shakespeare, and more.

For anyone interested in truth, beauty, and goodness, experiential learning, creativity, wonder, story-telling and teaching through story, the roots of Christian Culture, Great Books, good books, and classical education, this retreat offers rest, refreshment, and renewal in the love of learning and desire for God.

Country Lake Christian Retreat

Underwood, Indiana

Natural beauty

Thirty minutes north of Louisville, Country Lake Christian Retreat offers 200 acres of quiet, wooded country-side along Big Bass Lake and surrounded by the low rolling hills of southern Indiana.

Country Lake Christian Retreat
Dining Room Country Lake Christian Retreat

Spacious comfort

A stone hearth, a merry fire, hard-wood floors, warm red brick, and light greet the guests of the center. Enjoy meeting-rooms with lake views, coffee and tea available all day in the main hall, and home-cooking from an attentive full-service kitchen.

Rest and reflection

Commute to the retreat or take advantage of our accommodation options: quiet bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, all pillows, linens, and towels, and choice of king bed or two queen beds. Or bring your own pillows, linens, and towels and bunk in the Old Lodge. 

Country Lake Christian Retreat Porch

Learn more about Country Lake Christian Retreat here or check out our FAQ page.

Good teachers are first of all good learners.

~Mortimer Adler

Retreat Schedule

February 15-17, 2019


6 PM:     Registration and check-in

6: 30 PM:     Welcome dinner

Evening:     Opening reflection, Holy Mass, music, snacks and fellowship by the fire, evening prayer


9 AM:     Morning prayer and reflection

10:30 AM:     Workshops I

12 PM:     Lunch

1:15 PM:     Workshops II; time for outdoor walks, rest, and leisure

6 PM:     Dinner

Evening:     Holy Mass, dramatic common reading of a Shakespeare play, handicrafts, music, snacks and fellowship by the fire, evening prayer


9 AM:     Morning prayer and reflection

10:30 AM:     Workshops III

12 PM:     Lunch with closing reflection to follow. 

2 PM: Departure

Holy Mass will also be offered Sunday, time TBA.

Schedule subject to change. Details and updates to follow.

Gwen Adams, PhD

About the Retreat and the Organizer

This retreat is not technically a “Charlotte Mason retreat,” but it is definitely inspired by such retreats around the country, especially the Virginia-area In a Large Room Retreat. Conferences and books on pedagogy and the craft of teaching have their place. But the Come Away and Rest Awhile Retreat is about leisure, about immersing ourselves first-hand and deeply in the things we want our children and students to know. Let us be born in wonder, that they might be. Don’t talk about how to teach Shakespeare. Read Shakespeare with friends. Don’t read about nature study and scientific method. Get outside; engage reality. 

This retreat takes its inspiration from Josef Pieper, Mortimer Adler, Christopher Dawson, Frederick Wilhelmsen, Hilaire Belloc, Anna Comstock, C. S. Lewis, Benedict XVI, John Senior, John Henry Newman, and more.

Dr. Gwen Adams has been teaching, researching and writing on education for fifteen years. You can learn more about her here. Or see her article about St. Jerome Academy and its intrepid former principal Mary Pat Donoghue, now Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Catholic Education. 

Other questions? Check out our FAQ page.

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Registration: $179 plus accommodation

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