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The Art of Inquiry: A Special Retreat for Headmasters and Teachers


The Art of Inquiry: A Retreat on Norms & Nobility

Designed for administrators and teachers in Christian classical schools, this retreat is sponsored by the CiRCE Institute and will be a concentrated study of the powerful book, Norms and Nobility: A Treatise On Education by David Hicks.

Limited to 12 participants, this intimate, inspiring conversation will take place in beautiful Blowing Rock, North Carolina at the Blowing Rock Conference Center.

According to Hicks classical education is not primarily concerned with a particular time or place, but stands instead for “a spirit of inquiry and a form of instruction concerned with the development of style through language and of conscience through myth. The key word here is inquiry. Everything springs from the special nature of the inquiry” (Hicks, 18).

This retreat will examine the nature of this inquiry by looking primarily at the following elements of Christian classical education:

  • Normative vs. Analytical Questions
  • Prescriptive vs. Descriptive nature of education
  • The intensely relational nature of classical education
  • Dialectical teaching methods
  • Christian Paideia

Conversation Guide: Dr. Peter Vande Brake, CiRCE Institute Leadership Consultant

When: August 8-9, 2011

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center in beautiful Blowing Rock, North Carolina

$325.00. This includes lodging in a private room, dinner on Sunday, August 7, and breakfast and lunch on August 8 and 9. Dinner on August 8-9 will be on your own or with the group at a local restaurant.

Accommodations: We will be staying in Corriher Lodge. It has fifty-one guest rooms comfortably appointed with two double beds and a private bath. It is the BRCC’s principal facility and hub of activity. In addition to guest rooms and meeting facilities, the Lodge also contains the administrative offices, registration desk, two lobbies, dining room and meditation chapel. Wireless internet is available in common areas free of charge. (


Monday, August 8: 8:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday, August 9: 8:00am-12:00pm

Prerequisite: Read Norms and Nobility before the retreat begins.

Questions: Email Peter Vande Brake at

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