Friends Life Retreat
Sept 4th - Sept 7th | Near Minneapolis, MN
Three days of connection, reflection and fun!
New friends, fun adventures, self-improvement...and an escape from the routine. You deserve this!
Our modern lives are constantly bombarding us with more. More information, more stuff, more work. It's easy to get disconnected from what really matters. It's easy to just go through the motions.
That's why we're hosting this life retreat! It's a break from the normal, a reset. It's a chance to reconnect with our authentic selves, build lifelong friendships, and just have some old-fashioned fun!
Connect with amazing people
We're gathering a group of thoughtful and motivated people. Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones!
Discover insights about yourself
We'll guide you through some self-reflection activities to help you be your most authentic self.
Relax and have fun
This is summer camp! We'll have tons of unstructured time to swim, boat, play games, do crafts, dance, and bonfire.
Set thoughtful life goals
What does a well-lived life look like to you? We'll help you define your personal success and set goals to get there.
Situated on an island just over an hour from the Minneapolis, YMCA'S Camp Icaghowan will be our home base for a weekend you'll never forget! Swimming, camping, bonfires, ropes courses, tree houses, and more! What's not to love??
You'll stay in one of the camp's nicer sleeping quarters - either the Retreat House or the Health Services Building - and all of your meals will be provided by the camp's highly-regarded dining hall.
What you'll experience
Here's a rough outline of what we're planning for you - a good balance of fun, relaxation, and self-reflection. Let us worry about the planning so you can focus on being present and enjoying the moment!
Fri Sept 4th
Meet the community and relax
Pick your bunk, explore camp, and meet everyone! Arrive any time past noon.
Sat Sept 5th
Morning yoga, self-reflection exercise, and camp activities
Start your day with yoga and self-reflection, followed by an afternoon of play!
Sun Sept 6th
Life visioning exercise, high ropes course, and bonfire dance party
Set intentions for the life you want to lead, climb stuff, and dance the night away!
Mon Sept 7th
Sleep in, pack up, and say "see you next time!"
Farewell brunch, pack up, and head back to the airport. See you next time!
We're aiming for 30 to 50 campers - big enough to be lively but intimate enough that you can learn everyone's names! You've been invited because you're a thoughtful, motivated, and caring person. You can expect to meet others who fit this same description! If you'd like to bring a plus one, please send Grant an email so we can see if there's space.
How to get there
Fly into the Minneapolis International Airport and take a short hour and fifteen minute ride to Camp Icaghowan, 899 115th St, Amery, Wisconsin.
We're working to set up shuttle busses that will depart from the airport at a couple of times to make it easy for you to catch a ride to camp. We'll also send shuttle busses back to the airport a couple of times on Monday September 7th.
We'll be staying in two of the nicer buildings at camp - the Retreat House and the Health Services Building. Both buildings have four bunks per room and full restroom facilities. We'll provide linens (bed sheets and a towel), one blanket and one pillow. If you'd like additional pillows or blankets, you'll need to bring them.
All meals will be provided. The camp has nice dining facilities that will accommodate any dietary needs. Meals are served family style, and will include hot breakfast (pancakes, eggs, etc), a full lunch with salad bar, and yummy dinners (think lasagna, bbq chicken, etc).
We'll also have snacks on hand and you're welcome to bring your own food/snacks to supplement. No alcohol allowed at camp.
RSVP by May 3rd
The total cost for the retreat will be around $200, which includes a shuttle bus to and from the airport, three nights at the camp, all meals, snacks, and supplies.
RSVP by May 3rd to let us know your intent to join!
Once you've RSVP'd, we'll ask that you make a $100 deposit via Venmo (send to Grant, @grant-schroll) or PayPal (gift $100 to firstname.lastname@example.org) to hold your spot. We'll reach out to collect the remaining amount due once we've finalized the costs.
Grant and Yianni
Grant Schroll and Yianni Ellenikiotis will be your hosts for this adventure! Chances are you already know at least one of us, and if you don't yet, we're excited to meet you :)
We met each other at University of Michigan where we both served as Resident Advisors (RA's) together, and all these years later we still love bringing people together, building community, and creating personal-development experiences.
Grant currently lives in Washington, DC where he runs an organization called Mission Collaborative that helps people design careers they love. Yianni lives in the Bay Area and works at both the University of San Francisco and his family dental office.