Reservations for all courses will be made by the:

MU Conference Office
344 Hearnes Building
Columbia, MO 65211

Tel: 573-882-4349
Fax: 573-882-1953

Online registration:

The Elms Resort and Spa

The recently refurbished Elms Resort and Spa uniquely blends the distinctive charm of yesteryear with all the modern conveniences of today. Participants will experience the appeal of a historic retreat plus the amenities of a contemporary hotel in a relaxed setting. The Elms is situated on 16.1 acres of rolling hills above the Fishing River in Excelsior Springs, Mo., just 40 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport. Originally constructed in 1888 as a luxury resort featuring mineral waters believed to possess healing powers, The Elms has been a destination spot for generations of Missourians and other travelers. In its restored state, the resort offers a unique, pastoral setting in which to enjoy the ultimate in lodging comforts while participating in the Community Development Academy. 

Driving instructions to The Elms Resort and Spa.

The Mercy Center

The Mercy Center is a tranquil environment of hospitality and healing in the Mercy tradition, where groups and individuals can engage in reflection and dialogue for personal, communal and global transformation. The Mercy Center provides comfortable space for conference and retreat activities in an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality. The Mercy Center's 70-acre campus is situated in west St. Louis County, within 30 minutes of downtown and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Driving instructions to The Mercy Center.