The Adult Young Friends (AYF) Retreat, The Moving Spirit, is a great place to get a jump start to the FGC Gathering experience. Please join us Saturday July 2 for this special Saturday retreat to continue building our community
The Moving Spirit, the Adult Young Friends Pre-Gathering Retreat is a wonderful way to connect with the AYF community before the busy business of Gathering begins. It’s entirely optional, but is a great opportunity to bond with your fellow AYFers. It also provides a way for everyone to transition from the stresses of travel and everyday life so that we can move smoothly into the experience of the Gathering.
The focus will be on allowing participants to open up mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, so that we can create a more cohesive community and enter into the week of Gathering from a grounded, peaceful, and positive place. To this end, we will spend the day alternating between fun physical movement-based activities, group discussions, and worship. This is so we don’t get tired of doing any one thing for too long, and because each of these activities complements the others. Moving and loosening our bodies also allows our hearts and minds to open up to the movement of the Spirit; by clearing away the accumulated clutter of life through releasing our inner stresses and tensions, we can more clearly hear the gentle whispering of the still, small voice within.
The program will be held immediately before the FGC Gathering at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota on Saturday, July 2. You may order cafeteria meals beginning with dinner on Friday July 1 through lunch on Sunday July 3. Friends are encouraged to arrive Friday since the retreat is all day Saturday.
The cost will be $25 plus the costs for early housing and meals.
If you are a young adult with children eighth grade or younger, childcare is available for the retreat. You will only need to pay for housing and meals for your child. Read more about childcare for pre-Gathering events. The deadline to request pre-Gathering childcare is June 10th.
When you register for the Gathering, choose the “AYF Retreat.” Choose early housing (Friday or Saturday nights) to match your housing for the full Gathering. Select which meals you want in addition to the Gathering meal plan. The Gathering meal plan will not begin until Sunday supper, July 3.
Registration for the FGC Gathering opens April 1.
If you register after June 10th, please call the office to find out whether pre-Gathering housing and pre-purchased meals are still available. Children can not be registered for retreat childcare after June 10th.
You may add a scholarship request for the AYF Retreat on top of the described maximum scholarship. Registrants may request a scholarship from FGC for up to half of the retreat costs (housing, meals, and retreat fee).
Request a scholarship when you register for the Gathering.
Are you planning on attending the retreat? Invite a friend to join you.