Women’s Retreat

 

March 10-12, 2023

Given the ongoing and current impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been decided to hang on one more year and look forward to Women’s Retreat in 2023. Stay healthy and safe till then.

Arrival: 7:00pm Friday
Departure: 11:00am Sunday

 

Women’s Retreat

 

March 10-12, 2023

Given the ongoing and current impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been decided to hang on one more year and look forward to Women’s Retreat in 2023. Stay healthy and safe till then.

Arrival: 7:00pm Friday
Departure: 11:00am Sunday

 

Come to the mountains for a weekend away. Retreat, hike, explore, rest, fellowship, laugh, cry, and so much more. This weekend is geared towards women ages 18 and older to come together for laughter, fun, and great fellowship. Be refreshed by socializing with other women or find a quiet corner out in nature to nourish your soul.

    weekend worship 

    Theme: TBA

    Resource: TBA

    Schedule & Information

    RETREAT SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY
    7:00pm – Arrival & settle/move in
    7:30pm – Welcome, orientation, and introductions
    9:00pm – Free time / snacks / games (BERN DH)

    SATURDAY
    8:00-8:30am – Continental breakfast
    8:00-9:00am – Morning Yoga (LANGNAU)
    10:30-11:00am – Brunch
    11:30am – Morning worship session
    1:00pm – Human Curling and Tube Run
    3:00pm – Walking tour of the “Elder” trees (meet by Trails End)
    3:00pm – Coffee and coloring (ZURICH DH)
    3:00-4:00pm – Yoga (LANGNAU)
    Any time Puzzles / Board games (BERN DH)
    5:30-6:00pm – Supper
    7:00pm – Evening worship session
    8:30pm – Contra dance
    Free time / snacks / games (BERN DH)

    SUNDAY
    7:30-8:30am – Morning Yoga (LANGNAU)
    8:00-8:30am – Continental breakfast
    9:00am – Morning worship session
    10:30-11:00am – Brunch
    12:00pm – Farewell

    ACCLIMATION & WEATHER

    ALTITUDE – Camp’s elevation is 9,620 feet so it is important for campers and guests to take time to adjust to the high altitude. About one in four visitors to Colorado suffer from acute mountain sickness, the mildest form of altitude illness. Common symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and dry throat. Things you can do to minimize or avoid altitude sickness include:

    Drink plenty of water before and during your time here to prevent dehydration.
    Avoid strenuous exercise (hiking, jogging, etc.) and salty foods when you first arrive.
    A good first night’s rest is very helpful in giving your body time to acclimate.
    If coming from sea level or low elevation, a day or night spent in Colorado Springs (6,035 ft) will help allow your body more time to adjust to the change in altitude.

    SUNBURN – The sun is more intense at this altitude so be mindful of how quickly sunburn can occur. Use adequate sun protection including sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) or clothing (long sleeves, hat or cap) for outdoor activities. Reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day as needed.

    SUMMER WEATHER – Each day offers a sample of the seasons: spring in the morning; summer in the afternoon; fall in the evening. Even winter can be represented in early June with snow! Rain and hail storms can also come at a moment’s notice just to keep things interesting. Being prepared with appropriate clothing is the key to enjoying the variety of weather the Rocky Mountains offer!

    WINTER WEATHER – Colorado winter temperatures range from -10°-0°F at night to a high of 35°-45°F during the day. Because of low humidity (8-10%) temperatures feel like 45°-65°F. Sunshine makes all the difference with an average of 300 days of sun per year. Clothing items to bring include: warm winter coat, snow pants, gloves, snow boots, and hat.

    PATHS & WALKWAYS (WINTER) – Be aware that paths and walkway conditions (especially on slopes) are a direct result of changing weather conditions (snow, melting & freezing temperatures). While the camp will do its best to remove snow and spread gravel, we need your help to take care and caution as you walk.

    WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS – Be aware that road conditions are a direct result of changing weather conditions (snow, melting and freezing temperatures). While we plow the road to camp and to facilities, plan for the conditions to be snow packed and slick. Four-wheel drive vehicles and two-wheel drive vehicles with chains or bands are recommended.

    LOST & FOUND – Any item left behind by a guest will be kept for two weeks and then donated to charity.

    QUIET HOURS – In consideration of others, noise should be kept to a minimum between 10:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

    SMOKING – RMMC is a smoke free facility. Smoking is only permitted in the outside designated areas, and only when a fire restriction is not in place. Every precaution must be taken to prevent a forest fire.

    CREATION CARE

    STREAMS & POND – Please help us keep the mountain streams clean and do nothing that would pollute them. While clean, it is unsafe to drink from the stream and pond.

    TRAILS – Please stay on trails and roadways when hiking. This allows the plants to maintain a strong root system and prevents the fragile hillsides from eroding away.

    TRASH & RECYCLING – Litter should be put in trash receptacles to maintain the natural beauty of the mountains. Recycling bins are located in the foyer by the Dining Halls and in cabins with kitchens or kitchenettes.

    WILDFLOWERS, TREES, & ROCKS – Please do not pick wildflowers or other plants. Leave natural and historical objects in their place for others to observe and enjoy. Standing trees, living or dead, must not be cut or carved. Rocks are not to be rolled or thrown from high places or thrown at any time.

    WILDLIFE – Please enjoy wildlife from a distance and leave wildlife alone in their habitat. Do not leave food outside for animals of any size (chipmunks, foxes, deer, bear) for your safety and theirs.

    registration fees

    Online registration opens one year prior to the retreat.

    Online registration opens one year prior to the retreat.

    $125

    A-frame, Aspen,
    Edelweiss, Heidi,
    Jungfrau, Tall Timbers

    $170

    A-frame, Aspen,
    Edelweiss, Heidi,
    Jungfrau, Tall Timbers

    REGISTRATION INFO.

    Deposit

    A $25 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. This represents our promise to save you a space to attend (and turn away others as necessary) in exchange for your promise to come! Currently, we are waiving this practice given the unexpected impacts to personal health, finances or caregiving responsibilities (to name a few) from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If a retreat is cancelled, all participants are offered to forward their deposit to a future program or receive a full refund.

    Payments

    Payment options include full payment or deposit with remaining balance due prior/at the retreat. To minimize registration/payment lines while at camp, we're encouraging payment in full before arrival via credit/debit cards or e-check (ACH direct payments). Cash or check payment are also welcome upon your arrival. 

    Scholarships

    Scholarship funds are available to help ensure that finances are not a barrier to attending camp. For scholarship assistance please contact the Executive Director, Corbin Graber (719-687-9506 or [email protected]).

    Cancellations

    Out of care for everyone during this time of coronavirus pandemic uncertainty, the non-refundable deposit policy (i.e. "We'll save you a spot and turn others away if you promise to come") has been temporarily suspended for coronavirus related cancellations. PLEASE stay home if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms for a full refund. You will also receive a full refund should the retreat be cancelled altogether.

    Accommodations

    Housing is assigned on a first come first served basis for your preferred housing location. The housing location options are Pleiades, Emmental, Aspen (lower and upper), Heidi or Jungfrau. Emmental will be used only when Pleiades and Upper Aspen are filled.

    Pleiades/Emmental have two single beds per room and linens (bedding & towels) are provided.

    Chalets utilize an area bathhouse and linens are not included. Please bring your own or you can rent them from Camp for $10.

    To see detailed information about these facilities please go to our Facilities page.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have wi-fi or cell phone reception?

    A wi-fi signal is available in most facilities. Because of camp’s remote location and limited availability of high internet speeds, video or music streaming is not available. With cell phone reception limited at main camp, a land line phone is available in the office foyer of the Dining Hall/Lodge. Ridge accommodations (Eagle’s Nest, Rocky Ridge, Sky-Hi-View, Solitude Center) have limited service based on individual carriers.

    What foodservice is offered? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

    Camp is pleased to offer a great selection of food choices which include a main dish option, vegetarian option, salad (lunch & supper), and dessert (lunch & supper). Cold beverages (water, orange, apple, grape, crabapple) and hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) are also provided.

    As much as possible, the camp will accommodate dietary restrictions. An option will be given to list all of your dietary restrictions during registration. We cannot accommodate dietary preferences.

    RMMC is not a peanut/nut free location since we serve a variety of campers and guest groups utilizing their own kitchen facilities.

    What should I bring to camp?

    • Friends!
    • Warm clothing for tubing, snowshoeing, broomball, & human curling
    • Toiletries
    • Sleeping bag and pillow (for those staying in Main Camp accommodations)
    • Bible & notebook / journal
    • Musical instruments (optional)
    • Snacks to share (optional)
    • Camera (optional)

    What should I NOT bring to camp?

    • Pets (large or small)
    • Firearms
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
    • Illicit drugs
    • Marijuana
    • Dirt bikes
    • Firework
    • Four Wheelers
    • Drones

    How can I prepare for altitude and weather at camp?

    ALTITUDE - Camp’s elevation is 9,620 feet so it is important for campers and guests to take time to adjust to the high altitude. About one in four visitors to Colorado suffer from acute mountain sickness, the mildest form of altitude illness. Common symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and dry throat. Things you can do to minimize or avoid altitude sickness include:

    Drink plenty of water before and during your time here to prevent dehydration.
    Avoid strenuous exercise (hiking, jogging, etc.) and salty foods when you first arrive.
    A good first night’s rest is very helpful in giving your body time to acclimate.
    If coming from sea level or low elevation, a day or night spent in Colorado Springs (6,035 ft) will help allow your body more time to adjust to the change in altitude.

    SUNBURN – The sun is more intense at this altitude so be mindful of how quickly sunburn can occur. Use adequate sun protection including sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) or clothing (long sleeves, hat or cap) for outdoor activities. Reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day as needed.

    SUMMER WEATHER – Each day offers a sample of the seasons: spring in the morning; summer in the afternoon; fall in the evening. Even winter can be represented in early June with snow! Rain and hail storms can also come at a moment’s notice just to keep things interesting. Being prepared with appropriate clothing is the key to enjoying the variety of weather the Rocky Mountains offer!

    WINTER WEATHER – Colorado winter temperatures range from -10°-0°F at night to a high of 35°-45°F during the day. Because of low humidity (8-10%) temperatures feel like 45°-65°F. Sunshine makes all the difference with an average of 300 days of sun per year. Clothing items to bring include: warm winter coat, snow pants, gloves, snow boots, and hat.

    PATHS & WALKWAYS (WINTER) – Be aware that paths and walkway conditions (especially on slopes) are a direct result of changing weather conditions (snow, melting & freezing temperatures). While the camp will do its best to remove snow and spread gravel, we need your help to take care and caution as you walk.

    WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS – Be aware that road conditions are a direct result of changing weather conditions (snow, melting and freezing temperatures). While we plow the road to camp and to facilities, plan for the conditions to be snow packed and slick. Four-wheel drive vehicles and two-wheel drive vehicles with chains or bands are recommended.

    LOST & FOUND – Any item left behind by a guest will be kept for two weeks and then donated to charity.

    QUIET HOURS – In consideration of others, noise should be kept to a minimum between 10:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

    SMOKING – RMMC is a smoke free facility. Smoking is only permitted in the outside designated areas, and only when a fire restriction is not in place. Every precaution must be taken to prevent a forest fire.

    What are your creation care practices?

    STREAMS & POND – Please keep the mountain streams clean and do nothing that would pollute them. While clean, it is unsafe to drink from the stream and pond.

    TRAILS – Please stay on trails and roadways when hiking. This allows the plants to maintain a strong root system and prevents the fragile hillsides from eroding away.

    TRASH & RECYCLING – Litter should be put in trash receptacles to maintain the natural beauty of the mountains. Recycling bins are located in the foyer by the Dining Halls and in cabins with kitchens or kitchenettes.

    WILDFLOWERS, TREES, & ROCKS – Please do not pick wildflowers or other plants. Leave natural and historical objects in their place for others to observe and enjoy. Standing trees, living or dead, must not be cut or carved. Rocks are not to be rolled or thrown from high places or thrown at any time.

    WILDLIFE – Please enjoy wildlife from a distance and leave wildlife alone in their habitat. Do not leave food outside for animals of any size (chipmunks, foxes, deer, bear) for your safety and theirs.

    Do you have to be Mennonite to attend camp?

    While teachings during the retreat are Bible-based and from a Mennonite perspective, campers of all faiths are respected and welcome to attend.