Retreat: October 4-6, 2019!
We will be returning to Westminster Woods (place of the 2017 and 2018 retreats).
Registration can be completed online or in person. In-person registration will take place September 8 and 15 after church in Wendte Hall. On-line registration can be done anytime: Online Retreat Registration
If you have something you’d like to offer the community (a class, workshop, meditation, hike etc), please email the retreat team.
Links to registration form, various maps and a list of what to bring:
- Register Online
- Pay Online (scroll down to Annual Retreat Registration)
- 2019 Retreat Registration PDF
- What To Bring-What Not To PDF
- Main Camp Map PDF
- Driving Map PDF
Frequently Asked Questions
When is it?
The retreat runs from 5pm on Friday, October 4 (dinner on your own – feel free to bring up a picnic dinner – a grill may be available….) through ~noon on Sunday, October 6 (lunch on your own).
Where is it?
The retreat center is Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center, 6510 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental, CA 95465. It’s about a 90 minute drive from FUCO.
What do people do at the retreat?
The retreat is what you make of it! It’s a great opportunity to connect with others and enjoy nature. There will be optional activities (e.g. crafting, games, hiking, an all-church scavenger hunt, a church history talk, singing, workshops, campfires, a talent show and Sunday Worship). There will be yummy group meals, and staying overnight. You will get the chance to meet/hang with other folks who go to First Unitarian Church of Oakland. You can also opt-out of pretty much everything and just enjoy time alone in the woods!
Are there scholarships?
Yes! At FUCO, we covenant to offer help when we can and ask for help when we need it. Please indicate below if you need scholarship assistance to attend the retreat and the amount of your request, and subtract that amount from your payment. Event organizers will follow up ASAP to confirm available funds and to arrange payment for any balance. And if you are able, please consider making an additional donation to our scholarship fund to ensure that EVERYONE can join the retreat!
Will it be just our group there?
There will be 2 other small groups on the grounds in addition to our group.
What are the housing options?
Standard cabins have 8-12 bunk beds, detached bath/shower facilities, and require you to bring your own bedding.
Tent camping is in the meadow nearby to the standard cabins
Shared Houses are close to the dining hall and provide smaller 1-3 person rooms, indoor bathrooms and bedding.
Will there be a pool?
Yes! They have a heated pool and it will be open for our group for two hours Saturday afternoon.
Will there be hiking?
Yes! There are lots of hiking trails.
What are the food options?
Unfortunately, the retreat center can only accommodate vegetarian food restrictions. They cannot provide meals that are gluten free, nut free, dairy free, etc. Instead, what they can do is send the menu a few weeks in advance so that those who need to supplement at meals can plan to bring extra food. They have a fridge and microwave that folks can use to prepare their extra food. One other restriction is that we cannot bring any alcohol, as they provide an alcohol-free retreat center for groups that are in recovery.
Are dogs allowed?
No pets are allowed on grounds, and the center asks that folks not bring them and leave them in their vehicle either. Service animals are allowed.
Q’s regarding Accessibility needs
How far is the walk between the deluxe houses and the standard cabins?
The distances could be between 40 to 200 yards from cabins to houses.
Are there ADA compliant bathrooms anywhere?
Yes, at the Redwood Center and the Hilltop House.
Is the dining hall accessible to people with wheelchairs/walkers?
Yes to both.
Is the road between the locations paved, dirt (if dirt, how even) or is it gravel?
Most areas are paved. Some of the areas around cabins are dirt. Fairly level.
Is the main gathering area (Homestead Room) up any stairs?
If all else is happening outdoors, are there seats that can be provided for people who cannot sit on the ground?
There are benches throughout camp for people to sit. Of course all are welcome to bring their favorite picnic/outside chair.