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 2019 FGC Gathering experience. Please join other young adults age 18-35 on Saturday, June 29 for this retreat to continue building our community.



This year the AYF Retreat will be a day of self-reflection and skill-building around race and white supremacy. An outside facilitator will guide AYFs in examining how systemic racism has shaped our lives and communities, and provide guidance for how AYFs can continue their individual anti-racism work.

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.

Where and When

Cost

How to Register


Childcare

Scholarships

Invite a Friend

Where and When

The program will be held immediately before the FGC Gathering at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA on Saturday, June 29. You may purchase cafeteria meals beginning with dinner on Friday, June 28 through lunch on Sunday, June 30. Friends are encouraged to arrive Friday since the retreat is all day Saturday.

Cost

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 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, June 30.

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.

Scholarships

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!