Henry V: A Profile in Leadership – Shakespeare Retreat
Henry V has been called Shakespeare’s play about “England’s ideal king.” As king, Henry unified his country and won the affection of his people. As the hero of the Battle of Agincourt against improbable odds, Henry achieved an approval rating seldom equaled by an English monarch. But while showing how effective and how welcome good leadership can be, Shakespeare’s keen and ironic analysis also reveals the anxieties and the manipulative ploys of the man behind a mask. Shakespeare is our contemporary and our guide in the way he lifts the veil from the “ceremonies” of kingship and leadership to reveal the mixed motives and the unintended consequences of kingly – or presidential – action.
The purpose of this retreat is to explore and to learn from Shakespeare’s analysis of the kingly role so that “we the people,” citizens of a democratic republic, can become a more quizzical and informed electorate.
Those attending the retreat should bring a copy of the text with them and will benefit from having read the play in advance.
Henry V Folger Edition
$269.00 Private single room (one person)
$229.00 Shared room (2 people, price per person)
Our guestrooms have one queen or double sized bed per room. Rooms are simply furnished with bedding, towels, and soap as well as a Bible and crucifix.
Registration includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath.
On the first evening of your retreat, you are welcome to arrive any time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The retreat will officially begin with dinner at 6:00pm. The retreat will conclude at 1:00pm on the last day of your retreat, following lunch.
A computer with internet access is open for use in our lobby, and WiFi is available throughout the building.
Our staff or retreat volunteers are eager to assist you throughout your stay. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies are offered 24/7 in the Dining Room. Our Chapel is always open, giving you a quiet place for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.