The Adult Young Friends (AYF) Retreat is a great place to get a jump start to the FGC Gathering experience.
Our theme for this year is working together to try and discover both what it means to be a young adult Friend, and how our community can best support and inspire all of our individual needs. We will have a discussion panel of Friends active in the AYF program when it started in the early 90s, as well as small breakout groups for more intimate discussion. The retreat will have an evening activity dedicated to building a welcoming space for all young adult Friends coming to the Gathering. The day will be full of games and activities, centering worship, deep conversations, and most importantly, lots of fun!
The program will be held at Cal U in California, Pennsylvania, from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday June 28. You may order cafeteria meals beginning with dinner on Friday June 27 through lunch on Sunday June 29. Friends are encouraged to arrive Friday, and are welcome to join the retreat whenever they arrive on campus.
For example, if you choose a double air-conditioned room with shared bathroom for Friday and Saturday nights ($30 total) and 3 meals on Saturday plus breakfast and lunch on Sunday ($39 total), your retreat cost would total $85. See our fees page for price details.
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.
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 cafeteria will open beginning with supper on Friday, June 27. The Gathering meal plan will not begin until Sunday supper, June 29. You may add pre-Gathering housing and meals to your registration until June 10. If meals are available on-site for cash, they will be significantly more expensive than pre-ordered early meals.
You may add a scholarship request for the AYF Retreat on top of the described maximum scholarship.
Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting or who live in its region may receive a full scholarship for the retreat, thanks to a generous grant from Friends Institute.
All other 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.