Explore! 2015 is January 9 & 10. 

Online registration will open in mid-November.

EXPLORE! is an off-campus retreat that offers first-year students a chance to discuss their journeys at PLU and beyond.  Join us for conversations about your interests and passions.  The retreat is a great way to meet new people, too!


The retreat will begin on Friday evening at 5:45pm on the PLU campus.  Saturday morning begins with breakfast at PLU at 8am.  We will load buses to spend the day at Charles Wright Academy in University Place, WA and will return to campus by 5pm.

Key Ideas

Big Enough Questions

One of the concepts you will address at EXPLORE is the idea of "Big Enough Questions." They are always very personal and can vary widely from one person to another. It is the challenge to think about what you want to ask yourself about the big picture of your life.

This questioning and self-exploration can take a long time, but the important thing is to continue the journey. Having "the answer" to these questions is not important, because as you go through life, your question can be answered in different ways.

One example of a Big Enough Question can be "How can I use my talents to help my community?"

You can split your BEQ's into smaller, more easily measurable and achievable personal goals. Using the BEQ example above, the companion question may be: "What talents or skills do I have?" or "How can I use my ability to listen to people to help my community?"


In one word, "vocation" means "a calling." While a career is about your professional development, vocation has a broader scope and addresses your purpose in life. Your career might be one expression of your vocation, but each person may take a different journey from another. Being a teacher, a social activist, a community organizer, or a student can all be examples of vocation. Students attending EXPLORE! will gain tools to think about their vocation and will have the space and time for reflection.

Amber Dehne Baillon

Assistant Director, Programs and Leadership

Office 253-535-7195