June 10-12, 2022
Dundo Campground, Shenandoah Valley, VA
How did John Paul II often rejuvenate himself? By heading out of the city and into the mountains and valleys for hiking and kayaking. Follow in his example and do the same on this unplugged retreat, led by our chaplain, Fr. Joaquín Ibarra, IVE. It starts at 4pm on Friday, June 10 and runs until 2pm on Sunday, June 12.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the cost?
Everything. Campsite reservation, kayak and canoe rental, all you need for camping (unless you can bring your own gear) and all meals: Dinner Friday evening, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday.
When & where does it start and end?
The retreat starts at our campsite at Dundo Group Campsite in Crozet, VA at 4 pm on Friday June 10th, and ends at 2 pm on Sunday, June 12th. Details about the meeting point are forthcoming. If you need transportation, there is a space on the pre-registration form to specify.
Do I need my own tent and gear?
No. Each person will only need their own sleeping bag and flashlight, and camping mat or mattress if desired. But if you do have your own tent and camping gear and are willing to share, that would be extremely helpful! You can let us know in your pre-registration form.
Who is this for?
This is a young adult retreat, which we classify as 18-35. Both single young adults and young adult married couples are welcome.
Do I need to be Catholic?
Not at all. This is certainly a Catholic retreat, but people from all walks of faith or those searching are welcome.
Do I need to be experienced in hiking, kayaking or canoeing?
Nope. Any level of outdoorsman (or lack thereof) is welcome. Stretching before the retreat will be encouraged.
How are we retreating?
A cornerstone of this retreat is the spiritual food, facilitated by our chaplain. You’ll be able to participate in daily Mass, adoration, and a discussion on John Paul II’s teaching to young people.
What can I expect from this retreat?
Connecting with God and rejuvenating yourself through sacrament and prayer, nature, physical activity and nature, community and fellowship with others.
What is the drinking policy?
If you’re over 21, you’ll enjoy the drinks at night around the fire. If you’re under 21, you’ll enjoy other beverages.