Career Services

Vocational Discernment Retreats

Fall 2015 Vocational Discernment Retreat

Dates: TBA, October 2015

Where: The Oregon Coast

Sign ups: TBA

Cost: The retreat is FREE for students, but we ask that you bring a $30 deposit to the Career Center (UC3) to secure your place for the retreat. The deposit will be returned to you upon completion of the retreat.


Quotes from Participants
  • "Through various reflection tools, I got a clearer sense of my core strengths and values. I learned that not everyone will be 100% happy with what they are doing, but the career with more of my core values will make me happier." [Fall 2014]
  • "I feel a lot more relaxed now. I really needed this time to step back and really examine my values and my current life. I feel like I have a better idea of who I am." [Fall 2014]
  • "Love the cabins, food, and environment. It's a nice place for relaxing and calming down to think about the future." [Fall 2014]
  • "I've learned about other students' ideas and reflected on my personal ideas." [Fall 2014]

    Vocational Discernment Retreat

    VDR Participants, Fall 2014.

    Vocational Discernment is all about understanding who you are and using that information to make life choices that are a good fit. It's all about creating your best lifestyle.

    These retreats are for students interested in knowing their authentic selves, creating a vision for their future, and reflecting on their life purpose and passions.

    Vocational Discernment Retreats give you time to reflect on your values, your strengths, your future, and next steps you can take in your life-path. You will leave with a clearer sense of self, a community of students seeking similar understanding, and a variety of reflection activities/tools to help you build and continue to live an authentic life.  Please note: the retreat is focused on the process of self-discovery and the fulfillment of one’s authentic self and does not focus on specific careers or the nuts and bolts of getting a job.

    Transportation, food, lodging, and supplies are all provided. Attendance is open to all class years; participants must be current Willamette students. For more information, contact Vocational Discernment in Career Services on UC3 or at

    Sponsored by the Career Center, funded by the Lilly Project.

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