When does registration end?
Registration will end on Sunday, March 18. To register, click HERE.
What is the retreat theme and who is speaking?
The retreat theme is Seen Sought Set Free. Connally Gilliam is our speaker and on Saturday we will also include a choice of workshops on social justice, prayer, identity, and emotions. This will be a deep full weekend! You can check Connally out at http://www.connallygilliam.com/. Scroll down to read her biography.
I’d love to know what the schedule looks like.
The schedule is partially set but not final so here is a close idea of what you may expect during our weekend together, please think flexible as life unfolds:
Check In 4:00 start until everyone arrives
Evening Session 7:15- 9:00
Evening Activity 9:15- 10:00
Breakfast 7:00- 8:00
Morning Session 8:30- 11:00
Quiet Time 11:00-12:00
Lunch 12:00- 1:00
Breakout Sessions 2:00- 4:00
Dinner on your own 5:00- 7:30
Get together time? 7:30- 9:30
Breakfast 8:00- 9:00
Morning Session 9:00-10:30
Check-Out/Clear room 11:00-12:00
Box Lunch Pick Up 12:00
I have never been to a BCC Retreat before or I don’t know anyone else going.
We are glad to have you join us and would love to connect with you and connect you with others attending the retreat! During the weeks that retreat registration is open, look for the retreat team members at BCC wearing “retreat with me” name tags. They are available to connect with you before the retreat and will be wearing them at church events they are attending so you may see them in many places- in the hallways or classrooms or wherever they are worshipping or serving on Sunday mornings, Tuesday mornings at Breakaway, and Wednesday evenings at WOW. There will also be a “Retreat with Me” crew available at the retreat to connect with you as desired during meals and free time opportunities.
Where can I get more information on the location?
The website for Wintergreen Resort is http://www.wintergreenresort.com/
What will the retreat cost?
A two-person room will be $220 per person and a single room will be $250 per person. This covers lodging Friday and Saturday evening, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Sunday breakfast and a box lunch that you will be able to enjoy on the grounds there or in your vehicle if you need to head back home at noon.
What will the accommodations be like?
We will be staying in a group of rental condos. Each condo is individually owned and decorated so no two are alike. Each condo has two, three, or four bedrooms connected to a full kitchen and living room with a fireplace. Each bedroom has either one queen or king bed OR two twin beds. The reservations are set up for single occupancy rooms for rooms with only one bed or for two people in the rooms with two twin beds. Here is a link to pictures and descriptions of the condos we will be using: http://www.wintergreenresort.com/Condos/
Will I be able to choose my roommate?
If you pick a room with two beds you will be able to choose your roommate. PLEASE make sure they register when you do and you both request each other as your roommates on your registration forms.
Will I be able to choose my condo mates?
Wintergreen will be assigning attendees to their specific condos and will know what specific bedroom number layouts will be available during our retreat; therefore, we cannot guarantee complete condo mate selection.
Will there be transportation set up for car pools to the retreat?
Yes. There is plenty of parking available at the resort both at the lodging and the meeting sites for everyone to drive, but if you desire to extend your fellowship time on the ride there and the ride home, there will be a sign-up genius site set up to enable those who wish to drive a carpool to connect with those who would like a ride with a car pool.
For your information, we will be using vehicles to move between our lodgings and the meal/conference room -- you will be able to use your own vehicle for transportation (there is plenty of parking) or there is a Wintergreen shuttle that will be at our service on a continual loop from the condo areas to the Skyline Pavilion and Mountain Inn. To see the layout of the lodging and resort meeting area please click HERE. We will have condos in the Devils Knob Area and be meeting in the building labeled 4 in the Blackrock Area.
I didn’t sign up for a car pool when I registered, can I sign up now?
Yes you can sign up for a car pool until April 1st. Here is the link to do so: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4da5ac28a0fc1-carpool
I have significant food allergies, will I be accommodated?
Yes, please let us know about your food allergies when you register, the resort catering team will work with you to provide yummy alternatives. Each condominium has its own kitchen if you desire to bring your own food. We will not be able to reimburse you for meals not eaten with resort catering as the set price includes food and lodging.
I see there are kitchens in our housing and that Saturday evening’s meal is free time and not provided as part of the retreat program, can I bring my own food to cook?
Yes. While there are several restaurants at Wintergreen that will be available for use Saturday evening, you are free to use your own brought food and share a fun meal with your friends in your condominium and cook with them if you choose. Bring your food of choice with you as there are no nearby large grocery stores. The resort is set up so that you can leave the dishes in the sink and they will be cleaned up by housekeeping in the morning.
I have a baby who is nursing, can I bring them?
If you have a young babe in arms who is still nursing, you may choose to bring them, please note that we would ask you to register for a single room.
I have a teen aged daughter; can I bring her?
If your daughter is 14 or older she is welcome to join us as a registered participant.
I have medical issues, will I be accommodated?
The resort area has stairs, if you have mobility challenges, please let us know when you register. We will have a list of attendees with medical training available.
Does my emergency contact person have to be attending the retreat?
No, your emergency contact person may be located elsewhere. They simply need to know how to connect you with your family.
What emergency services are locally available?
Wintergreen Property Owners Association provides many "municipal" services, including road maintenance, operation of community centers and pools, and police, fire and rescue services. The police department information can be found here: http://www.wintergreenpolice.org/about-us/ The fire and rescue information can be found here: https://www.wtgfireresq.org/home.
I will arrive late, leave early, or cannot stay for the whole time, will you give a discount?
Unfortunately, we are billed for a spot for the whole weekend, so we cannot provide part time discounts.
Note: As this is a BCC sponsored and sanctioned event, we ask that as sisters in Christ, we consider those who may be working through relationship and substance use issues and maintain an alcohol and tobacco free zone inside our weekend accommodations. Thank you!
My question is not answered here.
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Up until one year ago when she moved back to Charlottesville, her home town, Connally Gilliam lived in the DC metro area for almost 20 years and is intimately familiar with the transient fast paced busyness of life here in the nation’s capital.
She holds both a BA and MT in English from the University of Virginia and her MA in Theological Studies from Regent College (Vancouver, BC), where she also serves on the Board of Governors. Serving locally, nationally, and internationally with the US Navigators, Connally brings social issues through the filter of a life walking with Jesus as she trains nationally with the Navigators Cultural Development Training Team.
Connally has discovered how God sees us as she continues to walk through her relationships with her brothers who live overseas, in dangerous places. She has experienced God’s grace and how He has continually sought after her in her caring for her aging parents, the death of her father, and the early unexpected deaths of her young nephews. She knows what it is to be set free from sadness and bitterness in the tragedy and disappointment of raw, hard life experiences.
Through her speaking, writing, and mentoring, Connally brings the warm, strong, and revelatory light of Jesus Christ to the hearts of women. In her free time, Connally likes to unpack boxes, walk, drink coffee, and read mystery novels.