Women's Retreat

Women+s Retreat 

The annual Women's Retreat will be held October 13th-15th, 2023.

Apply on Toro Link! 

See our FAQ below or contact the WRC at (310) 243-2486 for more information. 

Who can attend the Women⁺s Retreat?

All self-identified women currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at CSUDH are welcome to apply to attend the Women⁺s Retreat. We are inclusive of all those who identify as women and/or with womanhood, including trans women, cis women, queer women, straight women, and non-binary people who identify with womanhood.

How do I apply?

Applications will be posted on Toro Link in early September. The priority deadline is Wednesday, September 27th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and further details by Friday, September 29th, and those not accepted will be waitlisted.

Do I have to pay for the retreat?

The retreat is free for students to attend, but there is a $20 cash deposit required for accepted participants to hold their spot. The deposit will be returned following participation in the retreat, or if a student withdraws by Monday, October 9th. Cancelations after that date will result in forfeiture of the deposit. Students needing financial assistance for the deposit may contact WRC staff for more options. 

What if I can't attend the entire time? 

We depart for the retreat on Friday, October 13th at 11AM and return on Sunday at approximately 4PM. Because all student attendees must ride the charter bus to and from the location, attendance and participation for the entire duration of the retreat is mandatory.

Who facilitates the retreat?

Facilitators will include staff and faculty from the Women⁺s Resource Center and other campus departments.

What if I don't know anyone? 

Don’t worry, this will be a great way to meet new people! Many attendees are first-years, transfer students, or first-time retreat participants. The retreat includes large group activities as well as smaller discussion circles to provide a variety of opportunities for students to interact and share their experiences with one another. Staff facilitators are also there to help ensure that everyone feels included and comfortable.

Where will the retreat be held? 

The retreat will be held at Pali Retreat in the San Bernadino mountains.

What will the weather be like?

Throughout the day it can range from cool to moderately warm while at night it can get quite cold. We recommend checking the forecast for the Running Springs area prior to the retreat and bringing a jacket and warm pajamas.

What is provided?

Transportation to and from the retreat site, meals from Friday lunch through Sunday lunch, and snacks are provided. Each cabin includes bunk beds, a bathroom, and a shower. Attendees will also receive a sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, towel, and a souvenir backpack to keep. 

What should I bring?

Bring comfortable clothes for three days and two nights. There will be some outdoor activities, so you’ll need closed-toe shoes that are good for walking. Please bring personal toiletries (soap, deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrush, pads/tampons, etc.). Other items you may want to consider: sunscreen, sunglasses and hat, bug spray, towel, prescription/over-the-counter medications (Advil, Tylenol, Dramamine, etc.), and a small flashlight. 

Will there be time to do homework?

We pack a lot of programming into one weekend, so there’s not much free time left for homework. Participants are required to attend all meals, workshops, and activities, which are scheduled from approximately 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM. After all the programs are completed for the day, attendees can relax or do homework before going to sleep, but free time is quite limited.

Will I have cell reception or internet access?

Depending on your cell phone provider, you may have reception but it can be spotty. Wi-Fi coverage is available in the main meeting room.