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Authentic Parents Retreat

Because every family is a work in progress and God is in the mess

February 7–9, 2020Adult
A Montreat Conference Center Event

This retreat is for parents with kids of all ages (it’s never too early); however, the workshops will primarily focus on families who have elementary, middle, and high school-aged kids. It is also a retreat for church professionals looking to gain insight into parenting topics, parents, and parenting resources.

We hope this is the start of some honest, deep, and renewing conversations. Our leadership will be the first to tell you that there is no such thing as the perfect parent. We all have things to learn from each other. While we feel our leadership has particular gifts to share, we hope you will also be renewed through your time in Montreat away from your kids, talking with other parents around meals, and spending time in worship.

We also hope to send you away with resources and practices that matter to you and your families. While it’s great to get away for a weekend, we know the real work of parenting comes in the day in and day out routines we build into our family life.

This is intentionally a child-free weekend so parents can truly retreat, spend time together, and reflect on their parenting. We are encouraging parents and churches to plan ahead in order to get child care covered. Perhaps local friends or family members can help, or out-of-town family members can plan a visit around this weekend. Some churches are inviting older members to care for children and youth for the weekend while parents attend the retreat. There will be no child care or children’s programming provided in Montreat. We have worked hard to keep the retreat affordable, knowing there may be other retreat-associated costs for parents.

Leadership

Comprehensive Registration

Comprehensive registration includes all retreat activities, accommodations in Assembly Inn for Friday and Saturday night, along with meals in Assembly Inn's Galax Dining Room. One-bedroom guest rooms have either one king bed, one queen bed, or two twin beds with a private bath. All rates below include a community services fee of $1 per night per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

When registering online, please let us know your home congregation by entering your church and city, and also let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions that we need to pass on to the kitchen.

Please note: Prices increase by $25/individual and $50/couple on January 7th!

Comprehensive Option 1: Register a couple sharing a room

$325 before Jan 6th OR $375 on or after Jan 6th - Double occupancy rate includes a shared room in Assembly Inn, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast, keynotes, workshops, social hour, and some goodies for two people, whether spouses or roommates. Please use the comments section to indicate spouse/roommate's name and address (if different).

Comprehensive Option 2: Register one person in a private room

$245 before Jan 6th OR $270 on or after Jan 6th - Single occupancy rate includes a private room in Assembly Inn, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast, keynotes, workshops, social hour, and some goodies for one person. If you wish to have a roommate assigned, please select this option and use the comments section to request a male or female roommate. If the registrar is able to assign a roommate, your charges will be reduced.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by December 27, 2019, in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after December 27, 2019, but on or before January 31, 2020, will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after January 31, 2020. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Commuter Registration

Commuters staying in private housing have the option to register for the retreat WITH or WITHOUT meals. Meals are served in Assembly Inn's Galax Dining Room. All rates below include a community services fee of $1 per night per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

When registering online, please let us know your home congregation by entering your church and city, and if you choose to purchase meals along with your registration, please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions that we need to pass on to the kitchen.

Please note: Prices increase by $25/individual and $50/couple on January 6th!

Commuter Option 1: Register as a commuter WITH MEALS

$160 per person before Jan 6th OR $185 on or after Jan 6th - Commuter WITH MEALS rate includes keynotes, workshops, social hour, some goodies, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast. If you choose this option, you must arrange your own housing.

Commuter Option 2: Register as a commuter WITHOUT MEALS

$120 per person before Jan 6th OR $145 on after Jan 6th - Commuter WITHOUT MEALS rate includes keynotes, workshops, social hour, and some goodies. If you choose this option, you must arrange your own housing and meals.

Meals for Commuters

Please check out the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce as well as our Business Patrons for a list of restaurants in Black Mountain.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by December 27, 2019, in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after December 27, 2019, but on or before January 31, 2020, will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and/or meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after January 31, 2020. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Workshops

Workshops will be offered two times during the retreat. After you register for the retreat, you will be asked for your preferences so we can see where interest is and adjust accordingly based on what is needed. Check back for additional workshop offerings!

Workshop Offerings

Faith at Home - Join Lynn as she explores different ways to bring faith into your everyday lives at home. With prayer, Sabbath practices, conversation topics, and more, how can we engage our families? Come learn practical take-home ideas! Led by Lynn Turnage

Oxygen Mask: Taking Care of Yourself First - On an airplane, we're instructed to put on our oxygen mask first and then help those around us, including children.  It's good advice, but we certainly don't follow it when parenting.  We as parents often feel guilty, are exhausted, and put the needs of our children and others above our own needs. Join Ellen in exploring the importance of self-care. Come find ways to foster a better routine for yourself! This workshop will be offered in two different sessions: one for parents of elementary-aged and younger children and one for adolescent-aged children. Led by Ellen Begley

Good Steps: Being a Good Enough Parent Every Step of the Way - This workshop explores, from a development perspective, how good enough parenting can help develop resilient children. It will be offered in two different sessions: one for elementary-aged children and one for adolescent-aged children. Led by Matt Frease

Schedule

Friday, February 7
4:00 Room Check-in Begins
6:00 Conference Check-in Begins
8:30 pm - Opening Gathering and Keynote

Saturday, February 8
8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast
9:15 - 10:15 - Keynote
10:30 - 12:00 - Workshop
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 - Workshop
3:45 - 5:00 - Keynote
5:00-6:00 – Wine & Cheese Social Hour
6:00 - 7:00 - Dinner on Your Own
7:30 - Family Game Night (learn some new games to play as a family and bring a game to share)

Sunday, February 9
8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 - Closing Worship
11:00 - Check Out

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