Informal EventsTo discuss informal meet-ups, visit our new forum. Member-run events are also often announced and discussed on our private Facebook page and in the listservs.
PGR held our first Summer of Virtual Experiences in 2020 in response to member requests (and COVID). As of October 2020, no virtual summer is planned for 2021. Members can see more on our Virtual Summer page and links to individual sessions at the bottom of the Event Registration page.
2021 ESTES PARK
For 2021, we have a new home in Estes Park, Colorado: the YMCA of the Rockies. Next door to the Rocky Mountain National Park, this new location gives us room for our community to grow.
In 2020, we reserved virtually all of the two adjoining conference facilities for our sole use by PGR. We will have privacy for our community combined with plenty of space for our families.
We are also pleased to reduce costs. Our prior home would have raised costs for PGR by another $30,000 for 2020. In 2020 we trialed a per person rather than per family fee to be more equitable for all family sizes.
We work together as a team of volunteers to design, organize, and implement the entire retreat. Ask any volunteer -- it's a great way to meet other parents who become each others' network for supporting our children. Among this group are some fairly amazing talents, so while we may be casual and informal, these events excel at connecting the PG community with one another, creating the connections that sustain, and building a sense of community we all find so meaningful. Information about the specific events are restricted to members only. For more information you may want to read our testimonials, consider applying for membership, or, once you are a member, learn about positions in PGR.
Calendar Summary (see Event Registration for details)
WHAT HAPPENS AT RETREATS?
Amazing people connect person to person! And yes, sometimes the best times are over meals, in between sessions, and simply enjoying the company of those who already understand.
At our Retreats, however, we do organize a broad and diverse program for adults and kids. In past retreats, kids have learned fencing, jammed in music sessions, danced, created amazing works of art, and much more. A professional Magic: The Gathering judge inspires our kids, and many play Dungeons and Dragons, build towering structures, pursue engineering challenges-- not to mention daily hikes, yoga, book clubs, women's and men's circles, youth hangouts, and chess classes by a Grand Master and so much more. You can even participate in an epic capture the flag battle in -- many create their own costumes!
Parents of younger children can engage on their own while kids are participating in younger set activities geared towards their asynchronous development needs. In the evenings and throughout the days, adults and teens can socialize with true peers in a no-pressure environment where you can truly be yourself.
Content varies each year and if you don't see something you want, volunteer and bring your passion to our retreat. We have a wide range of education levels, socio-economic levels, and cultures all sharing in awelcoming environment where our kids can just be themselves. Returning members frequently state that the people of PGR feel like family and they can't wait for the homecoming each year.