The Rocky Mountain Retreat is held annually at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies.
We stay in large cabins, with flush toilets, running water, and real beds. Rooms are assigned in advance to make sure that you can stay with your friends. Rooms sleep from 2-8 people so you and your friends may share with another group of friends. Attendance averages around 45. The age of attendees ranges from about 18 to about 80. Slots fill quickly, so don’t delay in registering.
Typically, about 1/3 of the women there have attended every year, another 1/3 have attended most of the time, and another third will be new or newish. We try to be very friendly, and usually, we succeed. As far as religious affiliation, we run the gamut from women who are very active in the LDS church, to women who no longer attend church, along with a few women who have not ever been LDS.
As far as religious affiliation, we run the gamut from women who are very active in the LDS church, to women who no longer attend church, along with a few women who have not ever been LDS.
More specific details about the 2017 retreat will be posted here, as they evolve. Plan to arrive on Friday night by 6 PM if possible. Dinner on Friday is a pot-luck dinner, followed by mixer activities, and possibly one session with one of our speakers.
Saturday morning starts with breakfast, a session with our keynote speaker, lunch, and free time in the afternoon. Many retreat attendees go to the hot springs on Saturday afternoon while others choose to nap, curl up with a book, take a hike/walk, or chat with friends. Saturday evenings dinner is usually from a local catering service. After dinner, there may be one more group session, and some kind of activity, like a movie, craft and/or conversations.
Sunday morning ends our retreat with breakfast and a Quaker Meeting. All the meetings include amazing group singing.
In the past, we have made classic Relief Society glass grapes, and, another year, tampon angels. We’ve watched Trapped by the Mormons, and New York Doll. Past speakers have included Fara Sneddon, Jerilyn Hassell Poole, Lorie Winder-Stromberg, Chelsea Shields Strayer, Fiona Givens, Tresa Edmunds, Joanna Brooks, Sheila Taylor, Virginia Pearce, Valerie Hudson, Jana Riess, Claudia Bushman, Barbara B. Smith, Phyllis Barber, Chieko Okazaki, Aileen Clyde, Linda Hofmann Kimball, Elouise Bell, Dorothy Solomon Allred, Marjorie Condor, Cherry Silver, Peggy Fletcher Stack, Robert Kirby (the first man ever allowed), Emily Watts, Kathy Stokes, Margaret Young, Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, and Fred and Marilyn Matis.