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October 18-20, 2019

Gather The Spirit FAQ

What is this retreat?

It’s a time for members of our church to gather together in the beautiful space of Snow Mountain Ranch for a weekend. This will give us all a time to play, learn and just slow down for a bit. Learn more about the location at

Will it be fun?

YES! There will be age related activities on Saturday morning, and a variety of intergenerational activities for Saturday afternoon and evening. We’ll also have worship Sunday morning at the Y. And, if you just want to take advantage of the Y’s great facilities and resources, you can do that, too! There’s horseback riding, an indoor pool, a climbing wall, lots of hiking trails, a craft room with all kinds of projects to make, and great spaces just to hang out. We’ll have a game room where you can share your favorites with friends, old and new. Musicians can bring your instruments and just jam out. It’s going to be GREAT!

What about my kids?

We’re planning childcare for preschool and younger kids on Saturday morning, a program space for elementary aged kids also on Saturday morning, and a group program for middle and high school age youth together on Saturday. Saturday afternoon is for all intergenerational activities. Remember, the Y was built for families. So, if you want to be together with your kids the entire time, you can do that, too!

When will it be?

The retreat will start Friday evening, October 18 and run through Sunday, October 20. While all the formal program activities will end by midday on Sunday, you’re welcome to stay until any time on Sunday afternoon or evening.

Is food provided?

Yes. Your registration includes three meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. We encourage people to eat before they come on Friday night, or bring something with you to eat on site after you arrive.

What are the rooms like?

The rooms are all identical. We’ll be staying in Indian Peaks Lodge. Each room has two queen size beds and a pull out couch. With shared beds, each room can accommodate up to 6 people. You can have a room of your own if you like or share it with your friends. There are a limited number of rooms with handicap amenities which you can request upon registration. All rooms have the same configuration of beds.

How much does it cost?

There is a $25 per person charge from JUC to cover program costs. The room fee of $188 (for two nights) is payable to YMCA of the Rockies. This rate is for any number in one room, from 1 to 6 people. Meals (also payable to YMCA) are $70 for each adult and teen, $43 for each child (age 6-12) and free for all kids 5 and under.

How do I register?

Start by filling out the online registration form. There are two steps: First you’ll register with JUC and pay the program charge(s). Once you’ve done that, you’ll get the link to the YMCA website where you’ll register for a room. You’ll just pay the Y a deposit and you will pay the remainder when you checkout on Sunday, October 20.

What if I need a scholarship?

On the registration form you will find a box to check if you think you will need some financial assistance to participate. Simply checkmark the box provided and we’ll be in touch to hear what you need and show you how to register.

I want a roommate, but I don’t know anyone else who is going?

We encourage everyone to find your own roommates, if you want to reduce the cost. But we appreciate that everyone is ‘new’ to JUC when you first join. While we can’t make promises, just let us know about you and your request and we’ll seek to connect you with potential roommates.