Conservatory Retreat

What is Valor Conservatory?

The Valor Conservatory for the Arts is a specialized and concerted college and career arts and media program that offers students maximum advantage in the pursuit of the discipline of choice, while furthering their ability to successfully carry out Valor’s vision to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to transfer the world for Christ. It requires six arts credits in Arts for graduation to the receive the honors cord and distinction on their diploma.

The Conservatory retreat is intended to create a fun environment where new and existing students can meet each other and their mentors, learn more details about the year and provided team building activities and a time of team bonding where students make relationships that last their entire high school career.

A Retreat Experience

It’s hard to know what to expect from school retreats and field trips. Luckily because of the leaders of our arts program, the entire trip was a success. When we arrived, my friend Carolyn and I could not get over the beauty at Glen Eyrie. That night we walked up to Echo Rock Amphitheater to sing and worship on the mountain. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced. We sat in a large group, about 70 of us, on small logs and in the soft grass below towering red rocks and the glittering black sky. The worship team and other singers sat next to a crackling fire and led us through hymns and worship songs. After worship, we had an hour long jam session filled with guitars, ukuleles, cajones, and tambourines to finish off the night. We sang Vance Joy, Ed Sheeran, and other well-known artists. As a musician, there is nothing more inspiring than impromptu jam sessions with other people of your craft.

The next day I decided to go on a hike by myself. As I was walking, I heard a crack to my right. At first, I was frightened because I did not have my phone or a way of protecting myself. I looked over, and to my surprise, there was a small deer eating flowers. Totally excited to see the deer, I walked around the way until I was about three feet from it. I sat down, wrote in my journal, and spent time with the deer for 45 minutes. While I took notes on my experience with the deer, I picked some of the flowers to press in my journal. I can not think of a better way to spend a late morning. After about 45 minutes, I realized I probably needed to find everyone else. I left the deer, packed my bags, and we all left in grey vans back to the real world. I appreciated this retreat because it reminded me of the simple beauty of life. 

May you find beauty in life this week!


Shanelle (Conservatory Student)