Men’s and Friends Retreat 2020

The time has come for the 2020 Men’s and Friends’ Retreat. Like every year, we anticipate this event to be a great opportunity to bond with others over a weekend learning, laughter, and leveling up in our lives.  This year’s theme is Managing Crossroads.

Each of has had the experience of coming to a crossroad in our lives—a point where it is clear the decision we might have to make could very well change the course of our future? How have you made such decisions? What have you learned? What informed your choices? How have you handled perceived failures? It calls to mind the famous poem below.


The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


We look forward to having you with us and sharing this information with others that you would like to join us for this event.

What to bring:

Toiletries, your own bar soap and snacks to share, and your favorite liquid refreshments. (bedding and towels are provided).  You may also want to bring board/card games, swimsuit for the indoor pool, snowshoes, cross-country skis, gym clothes to play basketball, or other items for “free time.”  See more info about YMCA activities and facilities at


We are continuing our tradition of preparing and cooking our own meals.  Everyone will serve on a cooking/cleaning team for at least one meal (we’ll have sign ups once we arrive).  Drew Schwartz is coordinating meals this year.  If you have special dietary requirements, there is room for you to bring separate food. If you’d like to bring a casserole, soup or dish, please indicate so in the registration form.


There are a number of activities onsite. Groups gather to go on hikes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, etc. If you would like to organize an activity, please feel free to make a note in the registration form.


First Congregational Church Boulder
Men's and Friend's Retreat Registration
Estes Park March 6–8, 2020

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For questions about registration, please contact Rev. Pedro Silva.

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COST:$185 (shared room and meals) Scholarships are available (We want to make sure cost is not a barrier, so if you want to come and need financial assistance please let us know).  Please send check to the church, payable to First Congregational Church, with “Men’s Retreat” in the MEMO line or pay with Credit/Debit Card online here and  select Men’s Retreat from the dropdown menu.


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