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Young Adult Weekend

September 15-17, 2017


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Young Adult Weekend Retreat at Mo-Ranch

Gather with like-minded young adults at Mo-Ranch for a spiritually renewing weekend with thoughtful conversations, recreation, new friends and fun.

Young Adult Weekend is a chance for adults ages 22-39 to recharge, relax, and get away for the weekend.

Mark your calendars and join us for #YAWMO17

2017 Young Adult Weekend theme: “Improvising with God: God’s Work in an Imperfect World.”

MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Keynote discussions will be led by The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana. Click the leadership tab to learn more about MaryAnn!

We affirm that “God is with us,” but how do we understand that in light of our chaotic, ever-changing world? How is God at work in our lives, and how do we respond to that work? Improvisation may provide one answer to these questions. Examples abound in scripture of an “improvising God”–a God who works with us in creative, surprising ways. We will explore some of these biblical stories and see how they might guide us toward faithful lives.

In addition to scripture, we’ll be drawing on theology, psychology, literature, pop culture, music and more.

Free time and recreation

Saturday afternoon during this weekend retreat will be filled with free time to explore and enjoy the land and waters of Mo-Ranch! Optional recreation activities will include paddle board yoga, ropes course, vespers, late night board games, s’mores and more!

Register now, space is limited!


Keynote Speaker: The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana

MaryAnn is a writer, pastor, blue room blogger, conference leader and highly sought-after speaker. Recently, MaryAnn was named the recipient of the 2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild. In her spare time, she is a mother of three, muffin maker and occasional marathoner.



*Schedule subject to change

Friday, September 15

4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Welcome, introduction and opening keynote

9:00 p.m. S’Mores

9:45 p.m. Vespers

10:00 p.m. Fellowship

Saturday, September 16

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast at your leisure

8:45 a.m. Morning prayer

9:30 a.m. Keynote continued (breaks)

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Free time – optional recreational activities include paddle board yoga and/or high ropes course

6:00 p.m. BBQ dinner at the river

7:00 p.m. Keynote continued

9:30 p.m. Vespers

10:00 p.m. Fellowship, including board games

Sunday, September 17

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast at your leisure, pack up

10:00 a.m. Wrap up

11:00 a.m. Closing worship





Cost & Housing

Costs are all-inclusive of housing, meals and conference activities.

Guest Lodge, group housing: $205 per adult ***Guest Lodge is the primary lodging for retreat attendees. Males will be housed on one side, females on the other.
Hotel room, single occupancy: $355 per adult ***This is an alternate option for individuals attending the retreat who opt for their own privacy in hotel lodging instead.
Hotel room, double occupancy: $250 per adult ***This is an alternate option for couples attending the retreat who opt for their own privacy in hotel lodging instead.
Commuter (excludes lodging and breakfast; includes lunch, dinner and tuition): $115 per adult


A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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