Over the course of 3 days, a team of facilitators, coaches and conspirators will lead you on a journey to discover how you can change the world in a positive way.. From igniting passions to igniting ideas – the weekend is filled with exciting workshops, activities and opportunities to connect you with a tribe of like-minded individuals.
There are three tracks during the retreat and throughout the weekend you are welcome to bounce between any of the workshops that you feel are most relevant to your journey.
For those uncovering their calling, who want to better understand their skills and passions, build self-confidence, and explore the mindset of a social entrepreneur.
Designed for those who have a set of problems that they want to work on but are unsure how to get involved. This track gives you concrete and practical skills.
This track is for those who would like to dive deeply into one concrete solution, campus initiative, project, or venture they are actively trying to bring to life.
Each retreat gives you the opportunity to meet with changemakers from around the country pioneering new solutions to pressing problems. A few of the past groups we have had include (click the logo to play videos of each org):
Not only will you have the chance to connect in-person with 100 peers around the campfire each night, you’ll also be invited in to our alumni group of past Ignite Retreat participants.
The weekend is designed to give you plenty of time to work on a project, get some clarity on potential career paths, or dig deeper into a set of problems you have a heart for. The workshops are incredibly hands-on and experiential.
Students from enrolled Sullivan schools who attend the Ignite Retreat are eligible to receive additional funds through the Sullivan Scholars program to further your changemaking journey.
The Ignite Retreat is designed for a wide range of participants. Whether you are still trying to figure out your role and what skills you have, or if you have an idea or venture that you want to launch and get off the ground, this retreat is for you!
The Ignite Retreat is designed largely for university students – from incoming freshman to graduate students – who are seeking to connect their skills and interests in a way that creates positive change.
The event is also open to recent graduates and young professionals excited to connect with a wider community of changemakers and gain clarity on projects and careers they are pursuing.
Happening simultaneously to the Ignite Retreat, the Sullivan Foundation hosts the Sullivan Summit which is designed to be a gathering for faculty and staff to learn more about social entrepreneurship and changemaking curriculum. The majority of our student attendees are brought down by a faculty member who drops them off at the venue, and then they travel to the Sullivan Summit for the weekend nearby in downtown Raleigh.
The retreat changed my perspective on how I want to make an impact. It gave me the push I needed to excel and believe in myself.
The Sullivan Foundation allowed me to participate in an amazing weekend that changed my mindset from dreaming to believing I could tackle any project.
Thanks to the knowledge, vision and drive I gained from the incredible facilitators and workshops at the Sullivan Ignite retreat, I’ve now started a social venture that will impact the lives and health of many, empower a small produce store, and potentially grow into a profitable business. These events are like icing on the cake to the many connections I made with the INCREDIBLE facilitators, students and guests at the retreat. Needless to say, this event was truly life changing!!!
The Sullivan Ignite Retreat helped me to realize all that I was already doing in the field of changemaking and all that I can capable of doing in the future.
I went into the weekend not knowing what to expect. I came out knowing my plan for the future.