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RETREAT CENTERSYou are Here
Workshops near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours
1525 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville, MD, 21104
Telephone: 410-442-1320
Website: http://rccbonsecours.com/
Workshops near San Francisco, CA Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telephone: 650-325-5614
Website: http://www.vallombrosa.org/                                                                                        More Retreat Center Information HERE
REGISTRATION TYPES
Reg Types (Green)
RESIDENT (with lodging): Includes registration for the 4-day workshop, 3 nights’ lodging and nine meals at the conference center, and all workshop supplies. Your only additional cost is travel.
COMMUTER (without lodging): Includes registration for the 4-day workshop, nine meals at the conference center, and all workshop supplies. Commuting may be a good option if: 1) you live close enough to the conference site to commute from home or 2) all of the sleeping rooms at the conference site are taken and you stay at a nearby hotel. (See “Retreat Center Information” for nearby hotels.)
COST
Cost (Red)
On Course I Workshop:
Workshop Resident (with lodging): $1095
Workshop Commuter (without lodging): $960
On Course II Workshop:
Workshop Resident (with lodging): $1195
Workshop Commuter (without lodging): $1060

NOTE: Registration costs increase as the costs at conference sites increase. When the registration fee does need to be raised, we will honor the lower cost for existing registrations.

MEALS
Meals (Yellow)
Included in all registration fees are nine meals at the workshop, from dinner the first night to lunch on the last day. Food is served buffet style and a salad bar is offered. You’ll also be treated to morning and afternoon snack breaks. All sites provide enough variety that vegetarians can typically find appropriate food at all meals. However, if you have special dietary needs or requests, please include this information (when prompted) on the registration site as you register for the workshop. Email us at workshop@oncourseworkshop.com if you have further questions about special dietary needs.
TRAVEL DETAILSAirfare
Please plan to arrive at the conference center by 3:30pm on the first day to allow time to check in and arrive on time to the opening session, which begins promptly at 4:30pm. Recommended arrival time at the airport is by 1:30pm, which allows time for claiming luggage, connecting with transportation, and traveling to the conference center.

The workshop ends at 12:00 noon on the last day, and a celebration lunch is provided afterwards. Please plan to stay for the entire workshop by booking air travel that leaves after 2:30pm.

ATTIRE
Attire (Green)
Casual, comfortable clothing such as slacks, jeans, shorts, or sweats are fine. During the workshop, dress in layers as meeting room temperatures can be difficult to control.
GRADUATE COURSESGrad Courses (Red)
Strategies for Empowering Students to Become Active, Responsible Learners (TCHG 6530) is a 3.0 credit online graduate course exclusively for graduates of an On Course I Workshop. The course is designed to give you support in doing what you would probably do anyway–implement and assess the impact of the strategies you learned in the workshop. This class–offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville only in the Fall semester–is transferable to most graduate programs at other institutions. For Registration Form and Syllabus, click here.
Designing and Delivering Professional Development Events that Promote Student Success (TCHG 6530) is a 3.0 credit online graduate course exclusively for graduates of the On Course I & II Workshops (Strategies for Empowering Students is also a prerequisite). This course deepens your knowledge of learner-centered strategies and helps you develop design and facilitation skills that will enhance your ability to empower both students and colleagues with your knowledge. This class–offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville only in the Spring semester–is transferable to most graduate programs at other institutions. For Registration Form and Syllabus, click here.
FAMILY OR GUESTSFamily or Guest (Yellow)
Registration is for one person in a single room. We do not recommend bringing non-attending family or guests to the workshop. The workshop offers an ideal opportunity to focus on our professions and ourselves. It’s also a great opportunity to network with some of the finest educators in higher education. Attending with family members (as wonderful as they are) will likely distract you from gaining full value from the workshop. As an alternative, many past attendees who wanted to combine the workshop with a vacation arrange to meet family members on the last day of the workshop (which ends at noon). That said, if you’ll be traveling with others, it may be best to stay at a nearby hotel (options here) and commute to the workshop. Visitors to the conference centers must all be 18 years or older.
WHAT TO BRINGTravel Details (Blue)
We’ll supply almost everything you need to create a valuable experience (including an On Course Workshop Book loaded with activities, handouts, and notepaper). Laptops welcome, if desired. WiFi capability is available in the meeting rooms as well as in other areas of the building.
PREPARATIONSAdditional Details (Green)
Knowing what you want helps you get the most from the workshop (and from life, for that matter). To help you prepare, decide what specific outcomes you’d like to take away with you (e.g. three strategies for helping students take greater responsibility for their education, proven ways to increase retention at your school, two new colleagues at other colleges with whom to network, ideas for starting or improving a student success or FYE course on your campus). Also, consider what experiences you’d like to have during the workshop (e.g., community, fun, inspiration, aha! moments).

Another great preparation for the workshop is taking the self-assessment in the On Course textbook. The self-assessment provides you with personal scores on each of the eight On Course success principles addressed in the workshop.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:

Registrants must follow the cancellation guidelines to avoid incurring an obligatory debt, whether their registration has been pre-paid or payment is still pending.

If registrant cancels 61 or more days before the workshop dates for which he/she is registered, he/she will receive a full refund (if registration paid) or credit (if payment pending) and be released from any cancellation debt.

If registrant cancels 60 or fewer days before the workshop dates* for which he/she is registered, he/she may request one of the following options:

1) If registration is already paid, a 50% refund to be mailed to attendee (or to college if paid by college).

2) If registration is already paid, a 50% credit to be applied to a future workshop within one year.

3) If registration is payment pending, a 50% credit on the invoice with a balance due of the remaining 50% within 10 days.

*If registrant cancels/no-shows after start of workshop, no refund or credit is available.

Unpaid registrations will receive a credit on the outstanding invoice of 50% but will still owe the remaining 50% of the total invoice since monies will have been paid already on their behalf. At 60 days and thereafter, On Course must pay for his/her contracted expenses at the conference center whether he/she attends or not.

The attendee may, if he/she wishes, have someone attend in his/her place at no additional cost. The same cancellation and refund policies will apply to the substitute registration.