AUW Spring Retreat 2022
Things to Know
The Retreat will be held at:
Camp Courage (a True Friends camp)
8046 83rd St NW
Maple Lake, MN 55358
We will be in the Lakeside Cabins and the Health Center.
For maps and driving directions:
What's New This Year
The Venue! Our previous Retreat site, Koinonia, has closed. This year we will be at Camp Courage, located about an hour northwest of Minneapolis on 305 acres of lakeshore, woods and fields near Maple Lake. This venue is very close to our former Retreat site, Koinonia.
Camp Courage tries to make food for everyone with vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free options. If you have specific food requirements and are unsure about the food that the Center will provide, please feel free to bring your own food. There are refrigerators, stove tops and microwave ovens in the cabins.
The Camp is located on a lake and they have kayaks and canoes. (Use of watercraft depends on the weather.)
There is wifi everywhere and cell phone coverage.
Camp Courage has a heated pool! If other groups are at the Camp when we are there, we may have assigned times that we can use the pool.
Alcohol is allowed in the cabins.
Waivers – Camp Courage requires that guests sign a liability waiver and AUW will also have one. You can review both waivers; see the “Policies – Liability Waivers” section.
Health Concerns – In this ongoing COVID pandemic, we have addressed the safety of participants by requiring that participants be fully vaccinated or recently tested for COVID. See the section “Policies” – Health and Safety.”
AUW has reserved five cabins; each cabin has five spacious rooms; most rooms have four beds. We also have reserved the Health Center, which has six rooms with two beds each. Depending on how many people attend, we will have two, three or four people in a room.
When you register, you can indicate up to three "Roommate Choices" and we will attempt to honor that when assigning rooms. If you do not indicate any "Roommate Choices," you will be assigned to a room with at least one other person.
Also when you register, you have an option to pay for an upgrade to a single room. This nominal fee is an attempt to offset some of the cost of the rooms that would otherwise be able to accommodate more than one person.
There are no refunds for cancellations. If you cannot attend, you may find a replacement for your spot. AUW will not issue a refund, so you are responsible for working out the finances with whomever you find to take your place. You must give AUW the substitute person's contact information so they can be included in the registration list for Camp Courage. Contact AUW Board member Carol Gilbert (email@example.com)
Health and Safety
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test result after April 20 is required to attend the Retreat. Please email a copy of your vaccination card to AUW Board member Gayle Swarts (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1.
You will be required to sign two liability waivers. Below are links to the two waivers. You may review the waivers now. We will have copies at the Retreat check-in where you will be able to sign them.
What to Bring
If you are able, please bring:
A scarf or shawl for the large group gatherings
Snacks to share (kept in the dining space for on-demand snacking)
Additional options to bring if you like:
Alarm clock, flashlight or just your phone
Bathing suit/towel for swimming pool
Books, coloring books, markers, pencils
Casual clothing for changing weather
Comfy clothes for yoga, meditation, relaxing
Ear plugs (We will have some at registration.)
Food that you may want for yourself
Games and puzzles
Jackets, gloves, hats
Knitting or other hand crafts
Medications if needed
Money for services: massage, bodywork, spiritual direction
PJs, robe, slippers
Running gear (if you plan on running)
Walking shoes, hiking shoes or boots
Wine (Yes, wine is allowed, but only in the cabins!)
Yoga mats (Don't worry if you don't have one.)
What Not to Bring
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
Pets (exceptions for guide dogs and companion animals)
Perfume or heavily scented lotions
NO NEED TO BRING
Sheets, pillows, towels and a blanket are provided by Camp Courage. Feel free to bring your own pillows, towels and blankets if you like.
Do I need to be a member of AUW to attend the Retreat?
No, but there is an upcharge for non-members that is greater than the cost of AUW membership, so why not join! Click below for information and to sign up:
What are the deadlines?
Registrations will be discounted until January 20. After that, the cost of the two-day and Saturday only registration will increase by $25. Be an Early Bird and register before January 20.
Dietary requests (vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free) are needed by March 23. If you do not register by that date, special dietary requests cannot be made.
Registrations will be accepted until the rooms are filled or until April 15, whichever comes first. Please register soon to assure your spot.
What if I need financial assistance?
Partial scholarships are available through the Kate Tucker Scholarship Fund due to the generosity of AUW members. We have limited funds. If you need a partial scholarship for the Retreat, contact Sydney Dunitz (email@example.com) to request financial help and to register. Your registration will be handled off-line, rather than here on this website.
When will I get confirmation of my scholarship request (if any)?
Your scholarship request will be processed and you will be informed within a week of your request.
How is the Kate Tucker Scholarship Fund managed?
Donations to this fund throughout the year are tracked and tallied. The total amount will be distributed to those who request financial assistance as fairly as possible by the AUW Board.
How can I donate to the Kate Tucker Scholarship fund to help others attend the Retreat?
There is an option to make a donation to the fund when you register for the Retreat. Your donation will be added to the scholarship fund.
Do I have to stay both nights? What are the options when I register?
You can register for two nights, or Saturday (daytime) only. We highly encourage people to attend the full Retreat, from Friday evening to Sunday lunch. Therefore, register for two nights.
The option to add a third night (Sunday) is no longer available due to low demand and a minimum number not being met.
What if I cannot use the online system to register and pay?
Contact AUW Board member, Carol Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who can attend?
Women, non-binary or gender fluid people aged 18 and up.
Are children allowed?
No. The Retreat is a space to get away from “normal life” and responsibilities.
When should I arrive?
If you are arriving on Friday, come any time after 4 p.m. and before dinner at 6 p.m. if possible.
If you are coming for Saturday only, arrive for check-in from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
What about wifi and cell phone service?
Both are available at Camp Courage, but this is your opportunity to unplug. Enjoy the bliss!
Who can I talk to if I still have questions?
Contact AUW Board member, Carol Gilbert (email@example.com)