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New Attendee Retreat Brief

This year our group will be cozied up from May 13 – 15, 2022 or May 20 – 22, 2022 ( it will state in your acceptance email on which weekend you are attending) in Stroudsburg, PA at Trout Lake Retreat Centers.

Each heated lakeside or woodside cabin can hold up to 15 people. Don’t worry – there are two bathrooms and showers in each!

FAQ

RETREAT CENTER INFO

If you’d like to contact the Trout Lake Retreat Center for any reason:

(570) 620-0238

office@troutlakeretreats.com

To view more photos of the grounds, go here.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Closest Airports:

Philadelphia International Airport (108 miles/1.5 hours)

Lehigh Valley Airport (40 miles/45 mins)

Newark Airport (75 miles/1.2 hours)

MEDICAL CENTER INFORMATION

Pocono Medical (11 miles)

206 E Brown St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

(570) 421-4000

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST

Clothing

  • Pants and/or shorts (depends how May is acting)
  • Sweatshirt for the evening
  • PJs
  • Bras/Underwear
  • Socks
  • Good walking shoes

Personal Items

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hair dryer/products
  • Makeup
  • Medications
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight
  • Snacks (if you have a special or limited diet)
  • Extra ostomy supplies (if needed)

Bedding

  • Sheets or sleeping bag (beds are twin sized)
  • Pillow 
  • Blanket
  • Towels

 

TENTATIVE WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday, May 13th/20th

4:00pm – Check In

5:00pm – Dinner in The Lake View Dining Hall

6:00-6:30pm – Opening Ceremony outside the Boat House/Icebreaker Activity

6:30pm – Kintsugi Activity in the Boat House

8:00pm – Campfire

Saturday, May 14th/21st

8:00am – Breakfast in The Lake View Dining Hall

9:00am – Group Photo – Location Lakeside outside of Dining Hall

9:30am-11:45am – Small Group Breakout Sessions in and around Boat House

Session #1 – 9:30am-10:30am

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgeries

Session #2 – 10:45am – 11:45am

  • Intimacy
  • Dealing with Trauma
  • Navigating Life – Work, School, Social Life

12:00pm – Lunch in The Lake View Dining Hall

1:00pm-4:00pm – Waterfront Boating/ Archery (free time)

5:00pm – Dinner in The Lake View Dining Hall

7:00pm – Movie Night!

Sunday, May 15th/22nd

8:00am – Breakfast in The Lake View Dining Hall

9:00am – Closing Activity (write to newbies)

10:00am – Check Out

 

 

CAN I CARPOOL WITH OTHERS ATTENDING THE RETREAT?

Of course! You can check out our carpool doc for the May 13-15 weekend here and for the May 20 – 22 weekend here.

INFO FORMS

This must be filled out by March 15, 2022.

Fill out the info form May 13-15 weekend here and for the May 20 – 22 weekend here.

*If you do not complete and submit this form by March 15, 2022 you will not be able to attend the Retreat.

TRAVEL FORMS

Fill out the travel form for the May 13-15 weekend here and for the May 20 – 22 weekend here.

*The travel form must be filled out for the May 13-15 weekend by April 24th and for the May 20 – 22 weekend by May 1st.

DO I RECEIVE ANYTHING FOR ATTENDING?

Yes! Your lodging, meals and all activities are covered. All accepted attendees will also receive an event t-shirt and swag bag full of lots of other Girls With Guts goodies.

*Item color and design may slightly differ.*

I HAVE MEDICATION THAT NEEDS TO BE REFRIGERATED. WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO A REFRIGERATOR

Yep! Contact us directly and we will make sure to get you access.

WHAT AM I FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR?

For this event registration is covered, however travel is not, so you’ll need to pay for your own transportation to make it to the retreat. If you are chosen, you will need to send your travel information to GWG to attend this event. If you’re not able to submit your travel info by March 15, 2022 we will have to pass your spot on to another person on the waitlist.

CAN I BRING A CAREGIVER WITH ME IF THEY DON’T HAVE IBD?

Sorry, this event is only for those with a confirmed IBD diagnosis and/or ostomy.

WHAT WILL MEALS BE LIKE?

We are currently working on the menu. Once it is finalized, it will be announced so you can plan accordingly. The menu is being designed to be IBD friendly, but keep in mind we cannot please everyone.

I HAVE X DIETARY RESTRICTIONS. CAN THESE BE ACCOMMODATED?

Let us know ahead of time and we will try to accommodate you as best as we can. If there are things you would like to bring to eat, we can provide a refrigerator for that.

WHAT WILL THE FOCUS GROUPS BE LIKE?

At every retreat we have small sessions where you get to talk to a group about a specific topic. The topics will vary, but may include:

Work and School
Managing Guilt and Chronic Illness
Intimacy and IBD/ostomies
Pregnancy/Parenting/Family Planning
Body Image Discussions

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION FOR GWG ABOUT THE RETREAT?

Elizabeth Kestel – events@girlswithguts.org

Alicia Aiello – president@girlswithguts.org

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