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Youth At The 2019 Retreat. Photo: Lauren Morgan
Youth at the 2019 Retreat. photo: Lauren Morgan

Family Retreat, July 24-26, 2020

Apple to Apples. photo: Nice Ashe

Youth (under 18) and their families to are invited join us for fun-filled weekend, July 24-26, at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, a beautiful natural setting in northern Florida. Activities will include swimming, canoe/kayaking, group games, hiking, star-gazing, all-ages worship, and more.

We will be staying in lakeside air-conditioned cabins, and cooking our own meals. The official program starts at 7pm Friday and ends at 11am Sunday, but families are welcome to arrive at any time on Friday afternoon for an optional picnic lunch, games and swimming at the lake beach.

The retreat is offered on a sliding scale from $5-200 per family. We hope no one will stay away for lack of funds!

Registration opens June 1st, and closes July 15th

The Planning Committee will be paying close attention to the public health situation, and will reschedule if needed. For updates, check back here, or email Kody Hersh, Youth & Young Adult Coordinator.


Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, 6239 State Road 21, Keystone Heights FL 32656

Located midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Florida. Visitors can swim, canoe, hike, and stargaze in a setting of lakes, sandhills, and one of the last remaining old-growth stands of long leaf pine.

Accessibility, lodging & meals

  • Youth at the 2019 Retreat. photo: Lauren Morgan

    Housing will be in the park’s lakeside, air-conditioned cabins. Families interested in camping can reserve tent or RV spots in the nearby campground.

  • All meals and group activities, plus some housing, will be in ADA-accessible spaces.
  • We will plan meals to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Let us know any other access needs when you register, or contact yyacoordinator@seymquakers.org.


What should we bring?

Personal items, plus: games to share, musical instruments, bathing suit, extra towel, telescope if you have one. Food and bedding are all provided.

Is this retreat only for Quakers?

We welcome both Quaker and non-Quaker families who want to build inclusive community and explore Quaker spiritual practices.

Can youth attend without families? Can families attend without youth?

This event is designed for youth (under 18) attending with families (parents, grandparents, caregivers, family friends). We welcome whoever you consider to be your family, as long as all youth are accompanied by a sponsoring adult, and all adults are accompanied by a sponsoring youth!

Is it still possible to register after the July 15 deadline?

After July 15th, contact Kody Hersh, Youth & Young Adult Coordinator to find out if space is still available.