PGR Events include annual in-person and also (since Covid) virtual retreats, as well as year-round informal in-person gatherings and online events. 

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 a welcoming 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.

Previous Retreat Speakers

Ed Amend; Todd Bardwick; Azizi Birkeland; Jeff Bushnell, Center for Compassionate Connections; Regan Byrd; Stephen Chou, Summit Center; Jim Delisle, Gifted Professional; Miriam Darnell, Druidawn; Drs Brock and Fernette Eide; Susan Marie Frontzcak, Storyteller; Allie Golon; Bobbie Gilman; Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD.; Barbara Hutton; Garrett Hartman, Gifted Professional, Center for Identity Potential; Patty Gatto-Walden, Gifted Professional; Isaac Hartsell, Children's Book Artist; Jenny Hecht, Gifted Professional; Joey Harris; Paul Hildebrandt, Zometool, Inc.;  P. Susan Jackson, daimon institute, Gifted Professional; Dave Jackson, CaveSim; Carolyn K., Hoagies Gifted; Michele Kane, Gifted Professional; Megan Locke, Able Kids Foundation; Betty Maxwell, GDC; Cassidy Melczak, Renaissance Adventures; Pat Mendoza, Storyteller; Christy Olezeski (Yale); Marlo Payne-Thurman; Nick Thompson; Gitanjali Rao; Liz Richardson, Gaming Expert; Victor Roberts; Bryan Scheihing, LMFT; Carey Smith; Dale Stuart; Dr. Shelaugh A. Gallagher; Linda Silverman, GDC, Gifted Professional; Dan Tichenor; Stephan Tolan; Jeff Wirth; Jim Weiss, Greathall Productions; Catherine Zakoian, and many others.

Organizations included

Able Kids Foundation; Catamount Institute; CaveSim, LLC; Center for Compassionate Connections; Colorado Geographic Alliance; Colorado State University Extension; daimon institute; Denver Police Crime Laboratory; Gifted Development Center; Greathall Productions; Improv Colorado; Lumineux Institute; Renaissance Adventures; Yale Pediatric Gender Program; Zometool, Inc. and many others.

 2022 Estes Park

For 2022, 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. 

We may be in all or virtually all of two adjoining conference facilities for PGR's sole use.  The goal is privacy for our community combined with plenty of space for our families. 

We continue to work on retreat costs. Our prior home would have raised costs for PGR by another $30,000 for 2020. We are trialing 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 or read Retreat informaiton for first time attendees.

Virtual Events

2021 Virtual Summer for members only is from mid-June to mid-August.

PGR held our first Summer of Virtual Experiences in 2020 in response to member requests (and COVID).  Members can learn more about our Virtual Summer and read past session descriptions at the bottom of the Event Registration page (with other completed PGR event descriptions).

2020-2021 is our pilot Home for Interactive Virtual Events (HIVE) year. Monthly member-lead virtual programming is planned for November 2020 to June 2021. HIVE Event Registration is open through June.  

Informal Events

Members can list and discuss informal meet-ups in our new forum. Member-run events are also often announced and discussed on our private Facebook page and on PGR members-only listservs.

Past events have included Women's Weekends for PGR Moms, meet-ups at other events, Thanksgiving dinner, weekend campouts, and more.

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