Friends General Conference

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Adult Young Friends Retreat

The Adult Young Friends (AYF) Retreat is a great place to get a jump start to the 2020 FGC Gathering experience. Please join other young adults age 18-35 on Saturday, June 27 for this retreat to continue building our community (AYFs are welcome to arrive Friday night.)

The AYF Pre-Gathering Retreat provides an additional day for self selecting AYFs to gather. Past retreats have been spaces for self-reflection, exploring how our Quaker values can influence and impact our day to day lives, and how our Quakerism impacts the wider world. The topic for this year’s retreat will be announced at a later date.

The Adult Young Friends Pre-Gathering Retreat is a wonderful way to connect with the AYF community before the busyness of Gathering begins. You don't have to participate in the retreat to attend the AYF program at the Gathering, but it's 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.

Where and When

The program will be held immediately before the FGC Gathering at Radford University in Radford, VA Saturday, June 27, 2020. You may pre-purchase cafeteria meals beginning with dinner on Friday, June 26 through lunch on Sunday, June 28, or purchase meals on-site for cash. 


The retreat fee is $TBD. Please see our Gathering Fees for early arrival housing and meal fees.

Childcare Is Available

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 10.

How to Register

When you register for the Gathering, choose the “AYF Retreat.”  Choose early housing (Friday and Saturday nights) to match your housing for the full Gathering. Select which meals you want to eat on campus (if any) - you can choose a pre-Gathering meal plan that includes breakfasts or not. (The Gathering meal plan will not begin until Sunday supper, June 28.)

Registration for the FGC Gathering opens April 1.

If you register after June 10, please call the office to find out whether pre-Gathering housing is still available. Children can not be registered for retreat childcare after June 10.


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.

Invite a Friend

Are you planning on attending the retreat?  Invite a friend to join you!