This is the description for the 2017 AYF Retreat. For details about the 2018 Retreat, check back in early January.
The Adult Young Friends (AYF) Retreat is a great place to get a jump start to the FGC Gathering experience. Please join us Saturday July 1 for this special Saturday retreat to continue building our community
This year, the retreat theme is Grown-Up Skills: Who Was Supposed to Teach This?? Growing edges happen everywhere. As adults we navigate from dependence to independence and to the ever-growing interdependence within our community. The AYF pre-retreat will address key skills that enable us to live into changing spaces.
The Adult Young Friends Pre-Gathering Retreat is a wonderful way to connect with the AYF community before the busyness 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 program will be held immediately before the FGC Gathering at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York on Saturday, July 1. You may order cafeteria meals beginning with dinner on Friday June 30 through lunch on Sunday July 2. Friends are encouraged to arrive Friday since the retreat is all day Saturday.
The retreat fee will be posted in March. Please see our Gathering Fees for early arrival housing and meal fees.
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 2.
Registration for the FGC Gathering opens April 3.
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.