Scholar's Retreat

The Issachar Fund is pleased to offer clergy, scholars, writers, thought leaders, and artists a retreat opportunity in a cottage near Lake Michigan for research, reflection, writing, and production of scholarship or creative work in alignment with our Foundational Questions. To read more about our Foundational Questions, please click here.

These subject areas may be addressed from within any academic discipline or field in the arts. The retreat may be for as little as a four-week period, or as long as the full academic year.

Submit an Application 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply for the Scholar's Retreat. You will be required to create a new account if you do not already have one. 

The fully furnished 1,650 square foot cottage in West Michigan offers a quiet, comfortable environment for study and writing and is large enough to accommodate a small family. It includes all linens and towels, as well as a laundry machine and dryer. The workspace includes a desk, bookshelf, printer and paper, and a comfortable task chair.

The cottage is located just a few hundred feet from the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan and is a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Holland, Michigan. Holland’s picturesque downtown, with coffee shops, restaurants, excellent public and private schools, libraries and Hope College, provides opportunities for enjoyable leisure activities as well as opportunities to connect with the local community.  Grand Rapids, home to Calvin University and Cornerstone University, is forty-five minutes away by car. 


  • Since a car will be useful (limited ride-share and grocery delivery is available in the area), a negotiated mileage stipend is available to help defray the cost of getting your car to Holland, MI
  • A per diem of $35 is paid to help defray the costs of food and minor expenses
  • A fully furnished cottage with full kitchen, two full bathrooms, living and dining area, two full bedrooms, and one bedroom/office with writing desk, bookshelf and printer
  • Rent and utilities are covered by the Issachar Fund
  • Monthly professional cleaning service as well as regular snowplow and lawn service
  • Wi-Fi access and cable television
  • Library card to Hope College Libraries and Western Theological Seminary Library

Please note that pets are not allowed.


Retreat participants will be asked to submit to the Issachar Fund a copy of the conference presentations, public lectures, published writing, and/or creative works that result in whole or in part from the retreat.


Applicants must:

  • Have a project topic that addresses one of our Foundational Questions.
  • Agree to use the retreat cottage for a minimum of four continuous weeks.
  • Be approved for a leave from their school or place of employment for the duration of the requested retreat dates.
  • Agree to submit information for a required background check for site management.

Scholar's Retreat Calendar

Each applicant is asked to specify proposed dates for his or her retreat. It may be for as little as a four-week period, or as long as a full academic year.

Please refer to the calendar below for Scholar's Retreat availability. If the cell is highlighted orange, the date is not available.

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