What to Expect

Expect to be inspired, motivated, emotionally and spiritually fed

• Music – we love to sing together! (Bring an instrument if you like)

• Guest speaker – always someone who stretches our brains a little

• Lots of talking, in formal group discussions and spontaneous conversations

• Exposure to different life experiences and opinions

Expect to slow down

• Take a break from phones and Internet

• Enjoy time away from work, family and Church responsibilities

• Take in the scenery. Hike. Visit. Nap. Activity passes for the YMCA snow mountain ranch are included.

• We’ll be at high altitude – you may get out of breath more easily, so go slow

Expect a little pampering

• Catered family-style dinner Saturday night

• Breakfast provided Saturday and Sunday

• Optional trip Saturday evening to Hot Sulphur Springs – book your spa service ahead (970-725-3306) or just come to the pools for ~$20


Expect to share

• Accommodations – this is a rustic family-style cabin with a common kitchen and dining area. We share rooms and sleep two to a bed (linens and towels provided). Rooms sleep four and all have bathrooms. There are a limited number of futons for sleeping on the floor.

• Food – we always enjoy potluck on Friday with leftovers for lunch on Saturday. Store-bought or homemade, healthy or indulgent, we love it all. Can’t decide what to bring? Watch for a sign-up genius

• Breakfasts and a Sunday sack lunch will be provided. Saturday night dinner is catered, with a vegetarian option. If you have other restrictions (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free) please bring things you can eat.

• Set-up and clean-up – we all take turns pitching in at mealtimes.

• Books – feel free to bring books you’re finished with to exchange for others.


What to bring

  • Mountain clothes – weather can be unpredictable. Dress code is very casual, but bring warm clothes and a jacket for the evening. It’s a great place for hiking, so bring clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoors.

  • Hot Springs – besides your bathing suit, bring flip-flops for walking between pools. Towels and robes may be rented there, or bring your own. Also, bring change for a locker.

  • Food – this is a true potluck; we take whatever we get. Store-bought or homemade, healthy or indulgent, we love it all. We include a vegetarian option for Saturday but if you have other restrictions, (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free) please be sure to bring things you can eat.

  • Other optional items:

    • Refillable water bottle – you’ll be high and dry up there!

    • Sunblock and/or hat

    • Book for book exchange

    • Flashlight or nightlight

    • Headache remedy for altitude headaches

    • Project to finish in the maker space

    • Materials for writers’ room, including any work-in-progress