Q: When is the retreat? A: This year's retreat will be April 24-26, 2020.
Q: What is the cost and what does it include? A: This year's Retreat cost is $250. Your $250 Retreat registration fee includes:
3 Meals on Saturday
Breakfast on Sunday
2 Nights of Lodging
Snacks, Desserts, Water, Soda, and Coffee
3 Breakout Sessions
2 Main Sessions
Evening and Morning Worship Experiences
A Q&A Panel
An awesome swag bag
A Weekend Experience Where You Can Connect with Other Foster and/or Adoptive Moms Who "Get It" and The Almighty God who Designed It All
Access to The 2020 Anchored in Hope Retreat Facebook Community
Q: When is the registration fee due? A: The $250 registration fee must be paid when you register. (Registration is not complete until your payment has been submitted) This cost includes ALL meals on Saturday and retreat materials. (You will want to bring your debit card or some extra cash if you want to buy retreat apparel & books, treat yourself to spa services or recreation options, have Friday dinner or Sunday breakfast with new friends, or shop at the vendor tables.)
Q: Who should attend the retreat? A: Any adoptive, foster, or prospective adoptive/foster mom seeking rest, relaxation, and rejuvination. No matter where you are in the adoption journey - from the first few months of waiting to years of experience, this retreat has something for you!
Q: What can I expect? A: You can expect a wonderful weekend. The weekend will include opportunities to attend main sessions, breakout sessions, worship, and panel discussions. Participants will also enjoy prepared meals, connection times, and relaxation/recreation time. It is a chance to rest, relax, refresh, and renew while connecting with God and other mommas.
Q: How do I register for the 2020 Retreat? A: Registration for the 3rd annual Anchored in Hope Retreat will go live on Sunday, September 8th, at 9:00 p.m. CST. You will be able to register and pay on the registration page. A limited number of spots and rooms are available, so you will definitely want to mark your calendars and set your alarm to register . We don’t want you to miss this!
Q: Where is the retreat? A: The 2020 Anchored in Hope Retreat be held at The Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas. Visit the Venue page for more details.
Q: What are the lodging accommodations? A: Each room contains 2 full beds and a private bath. All linens and bedding will be provided. Each attendee will have access to the fitness room, pools, and grounds. Visit the Venue page for more details. Each person will be allowed one roommate request. You and your roommate MUST request each other to ensure your place together. It is not uncommon for women to come on their own and not have a roommate to request. Much thought and prayer is put into the roommate assignments and every year new friendships are formed.
Q: Can I book a room all by myself? A: Yes. Single occupancy requests will be honored for an additional cost of $150.
Q: What airport to I fly in to–and how do I get to the retreat from there? A: You will need to fly into the Bush International Airport. Code: IAH. Retreat registration begins at 4pm on Friday and the resort is approximately 1.5 hours (103 miles) away from Bush International Airport. From the airport, you’ll need to rent a car or book an Uber or Lyft. You will also want to check out driving directions on the Venue page. Houston traffic is unpredictable on Friday, so we recommend flying in as early as possible!
Q: What if I have dietary restrictions? A: The Stella Hotel is able to provide a number of dietary options. Please indicate dietary restrictions on your registration form. We may not be able to meet dietary needs indicated after March 29, 2020 so please plan accordingly.
Q: Can you connect me with a roommate? I don’t know anyone! A: If you need a roommate, you will need to coordinate this on your own by March 1, 2020. You can also go to the Anchored in Hope Facebook page and post there to try and find other moms who are also looking for roommates. You can also scroll through past comments to see if someone has the same need.
Q: Can I bring my baby/child? A: Anchored in Hope is a CHILD FREE event! As much as we LOVE littles, this retreat is designed to be a place where moms can find rest and retreat from daily life. We want to ensure that the environment is free of distractions so attendees can connect and commune with God and others. Please no children or infants of any age. No exceptions. Q: What is the Retreat theme? A: The theme for the 2020 Retreat is GRACE. As believers, we are promised an abundant life. We are only able to do this when we cast our fears on the Lord and release our anxieties and expectations that we hold as both women and mothers. We can do hard things when we recognize and receive GRACE and give it in return. Together we will ponder what it means to accept and receive GRACE, live boldly, walk in freedom, and live an abundant life.
Our theme verses are: For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 ESV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.Hebrews 4:16
Q: What is the cancellation or refund policy? A: Anchored in Hope cannot refund any purchased ticket. If you are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. If we have a wait list at that time, we will help facilitate the transfer of your ticket. There will be ABSOLUTELY no transfers after March 29, 2020.