OurHistory Retreat is a 2 ½-day, 2-night retreat for adult adoptees. We hope you will be able to renew friendships and create new connections with other adoptees by attending OurHistory Retreat. It is possible to create connections and friendships with the adoptee community outside of a retreat-setting; however, it is our hope during OurHistory Retreat, it will be a conducive venue to help you gain further insight to your own journey as an adoptee, while gaining support from the adoptee community.

OurHistory Retreat is open to adult adoptees ages 21+.


“Creating Connections & Community" is the theme of the 2020 OurHistory Retreat.

  • Connections—whether it’s spending time with adoptees you regularly meet during the year, or meeting adoptees from a different part of Minnesota (or the U.S.), OurHistory Retreat will have reflective, interactive, and fun activities to foster connections. See below for a sample itinerary.

  • Community—comes in the form of the connections and friendships made between the adoptees who attend OurHistory Retreat. This retreat is a time for adoptees to spend time with one another, in a supportive and safe environment.

Location:

Audubon Center of the North Woods
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55072

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Sample Itinerary—this is a sample itinerary of the 2020 OurHistory Retreat. More details will be shared in the registration confirmation packet.

Friday

  • Ice breakers

  • Dinner

  • Small & large group discussion

  • Free time—games, discussion, K-dramas, etc.

Saturday

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided

  • Small & large group discussions

  • Panel with adoptive parents

  • Guest presenter (more information to come)

  • Korean cooking class

  • Returning to birthland conversation—panel & discussion

Sunday

  • Breakfast and lunch provided

  • Visit Audubon wildlife (optional)

  • Large group discussions

  • Reflections

  • Closing Circle


FAQs


I am unable to attend the full retreat. Can I attend 1 day?

We encourage you to participate for the entire retreat, but do understand schedules may prohibit this option. There is an option of attending a portion of the retreat.

Is there Wi-Fi available?

There is a limited amount of Wi-Fi available in the lodge.

How close is the nearest medical facility?

Emergency medical care and ambulance services is available at North Pine Medical Center in Sandstone 8 minutes away.


What are the accommodations?

There are 5 dormitory-style lodging rooms. Each room sleeps 4-6 people, with shared bathrooms (men and women separate). There is a full-size kitchen and communal space for meetings and breakout sessions.

Lodging is available on both the upper and lower-levels of the lodge and there are ADA accessible bathrooms. There are separate shower stalls and bathrooms.

What should I pack?

A packing list will be provided to you upon registration confirmation. However, be prepared to pack warm winter clothing! Also, prepare clothing you can wear in layers.

Are there restrictions on what I can bring?

Please refrain from bringing perfumes, colognes, after shave, body spray, hair spray, mists, scented lotions, etc. This is due to the increasing sensitivity to such items.

No alcohol is permitted at the retreat center.

A packing list will be provided to you upon registration confirmation. In this packing list, there will be a list of other prohibited items.


Can I request to room with my friend?

Yes!
When filling out the camp registration form, there will be a space to request a friend whom you wish to room with. For flexibility in assigning rooms we request you limit this to 1 friend. We will try our best to honor requests, but there are no guarantees.

Will we have any free time?

The schedule of the retreat is full, but there is time for participants to have self-reflection, meet other participants, etc. There is always the option of breaking away from the group, if need be, for personal time.

What is on the menu?

Breakfasts, Friday dinner, and Saturday and Sunday lunches will be American food. Saturday dinner will be Korean food. Snacks will include American and Korean options. If you would like to bring your own snacks, you may choose to do so. However, please label your food.

If participants have dietary restrictions or needs (e.g. allergies, gluten/lactose intolerance, religious reasons), please contact AdopteeBridge and we are happy to discuss accommodations.


Can I bring my cell phone?

You can bring your cell phone, but please be aware cell phone coverage is spotty, due to the remote location.

Can I bring my laptop/iPad/iPod electronic device to the retreat?

We ask participants to please refrain from bringing laptops, iPad, iPod, etc. to the retreat. While we understand participants may need to work, do homework, etc., they deter from the community environment we stress and hope to foster. Therefore, we ask all electronic devices to remain at home.


How much does it cost?

Full Retreat

  • Regular: $175

  • Student: $150*

Friday & Saturday

  • Regular: $135

  • Student: $110*

Saturday Only

  • Regular: $115

  • Student: $95*

A deposit of $50 is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due no later than 1 week prior to the beginning of the retreat. The balance can be paid via check or credit card. Those paying by credit card will be subject to a 2.9% credit card fee.

*Proof of enrollment is needed to qualify for the student rate. After submitting registration for retreat, you will be required to send proof of enrollment (e.g. school ID) to AdopteeBridge.

We do not want the cost to prohibit individuals from participating in OurHistory Retreat. Therefore, AdopteeBridge is offering a few scholarships to help offset the cost of the retreat. Please contact info@adopteebridge.org for more information on how to apply for a scholarship.