We invite you to join us
on an exciting and focused journey
to discover your passion and a career
– with a small group of your peers.
Unique to this Retreat is its non-lecture format. It is based on a guided interactive curriculum among participants who respect each other’s skills to engage thoughtfully, and who support each other on this intriguing adventure toward a personal awakening about what you'd really like to do in life.
The steps along this adventure roadmap are here.
Participants of all backgrounds are invited.*
Join one of our 5 Peer Groups
Those in mid-career who now find a lack of passion in their work and would love to have some.
College Alumni who have not yet found a career or an internship that they are passionate about.
College Students who have not yet found a college major focused on a career they are passionate about.
High School Students who would love to connect with a passion that lives within them and match it to a career to gain clarity about their focus in college.
A "Certificate of Completion" is provided after the 8 Gatherings.
This 8-Gathering Retreat
is designed for people who really want to be there. We aren’t for everyone, but we may be for you! High school and college students, college alumni, veterans, and those in mid-career who are ready for a new challenge, may apply.
It’s a chance to get off the train of life, hit the pause button, and have time to reflect about what in life brings you joy, match that passion to a satisfying career, and then start on the path to it.
During Passion Spark Retreats a caring environment emerges among participants which is almost magical as those attending support each other in the process of discovery.
The balance between doing what we love and what earns us a living is a lifelong activity. Passion Spark guides its participants to answer it now, and offers a way to do so throughout life. Participants love the unfolding as they see more of themselves.
Continue life’s journey by getting clear on what you really want. After this Retreat, you'll be able to demonstrate in your applications for schools and careers what those judging want most: Applicants who know what they want, now, and are passionate about achieving it. What you take away from this Retreat adventure will support you to stand out competitively in your college and career job applications.
Knowing your passion guides you to decide which colleges, which majors, which career jobs, which vocations, and which education paths are best for you. If you want a career that you like so much that, when you are working it’s not “work” at all, then this Retreat is for you. You are invited to live the dream Confucius described 3000 years ago when he said: “Do what you love and never work a day in your life.”
This retreat adventure may be the chance of a lifetime that few people will ever experience. It's not a course with a grade, or a supervisor's evaluation to worry about. It’s time just for your own personal self-discovery. It's time you set aside just for you, with caring support, to look inside at these big ideas. When will you ever get to do that again?
“The team at Passion Spark have been helping young men and women become exceptional versions of themselves. The workshops and resources they provide to students help my students transform before my eyes. Really, it’s a blessing to observe.”
Marissa Carroll, Director of College Counseling
Villanova Preparatory School [read full letter]
Reduce college cost – and your time. When you are more clear on where you are going, you can graduate in four years, and not five or six years (as do 53% of American students). This saves you $10 to $85,000 for each extra year that is not required.
To view a video of past Retreat participants, experts in the field, and testimonials, please click here.
You’ll be very glad you looked closely at this important option to consider a new life trajectory.
* Passion Spark has long been committed to social equity, and provides scholarships to up to 25% of its participants. Historically, in a program with a similar mission, we served over 50,000 low to very low income students. A bit more of our history is at this link.
How the Retreat Flows
The relaxed curriculum is designed to guide your small group to reflect on topics which, taken together, can lead to your clarity about your favorite passion, a career to engage your passion for a fulfilling life, and the detailed steps for how to make your dream career come true.
The curriculum includes videos to see, ideas to consider, and good conversations with your group members. These conversations stimulate inner thoughts, creativity, and journal writing. When invited to share thoughts, members chose to read passages from their journals – or simply speak extemporaneously. The conversation bubbles below are an example of part of the curriculum topic: “What is Passion?”
bubbles are a
portion of the
“What is Passion?”