The Welcoming Home: A Retreat For Families with Gender Diverse Children

The Welcoming Home: A Retreat For Families with Gender Diverse Children

Erin Swenson, Michael Adee, Mac Schafer, Katie Schafer
  • Location: Kirkridge
  • Starts: September 25, 2020 5:00 pm
  • Ends: September 27, 2020 12:00 pm
  • $250 per guest

Details & Online Registration

Program information

We are thrilled to invite you to the first Trans and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) family gathering at Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Our focus will be on what “family” means within the context of the trans* and gender fluid life. We welcome families of all flavors – birth, adoptive, chosen – and family members of all ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations. 

Together we will share stories of transformation and growth, engage, play, and create, make new friends, and explore the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains. We welcome all those who are Trans/Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) and their families to gather to explore what it means to be family, and to have a great time doing it. Families of all religious and spiritual identities, or none, will find Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center a safe and welcoming home nestled in the Poconos. 

We will relish in the gathered wisdom and experience of all people present and be guided by the experienced leadership of Michael Adee, Erin Swenson and others.The description will be updated frequently as the schedule and content is confirmed. Please check back frequently. If you have specific questions, please email Jean Richardson, Executive Director at Kirkridge, at

Registration Pricing:

1 or 2 guests: $250USD per person

3 guests: $700USD total

4 or more: an additional $150 per person (after $700USD)

Pricing includes two nights stay, all meals and snacks, and tuition for the program. Please call for commuter rates.

To begin the registration process, please complete the form below and pay the deposit to hold your place. Afterward, a retreat leader will contact you via email to better understand you and (if applicable) your additional guests/family members wants and needs for the week. After that, you’ll confirm your registration and payment.