A Year at Carmel: What does it look like? Mountain Retreat ::: The year kicks off with a time of orientation, then it's off to the mountains for a week. Learning ::: Most mornings are spent in the classroom. Service ::: Students spend 6-8 hours a week at ministry placements. Chopping onions is a favorite! Chapel ::: Weekly chapels involve students in both planning and leading. Gym Time ::: Once a week we take some time to exercise! Road Trip ::: With 4 different trips, we spend over a month away from the classroom. Orientation Week ::: We work to foster deeper relationships through group activities.