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FW101 Retreat Info & Registration

Fall 2020 FW101 Retreats

  • Saturdays, November 14 & 21, 2020

    • This retreat is OPEN TO ALL and sessions will be entirely ONLINE using zoom!
    • Beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding by 4 p.m. each day with homework between sessions.
    • We will try to minimize screen time while still providing powerful sessions and interaction time.  The flow of the retreat includes 5 roughly 30-minute sessions, each with 45 minute times of solitude away from screens in reflection, then time in small group and large group sharing, and some breaks in between sessions.  Participants will need a good internet connection and device with a camera and microphone (smartphone, tablet, or computer) as well as to create a distraction free worshipful space to engage as best as able.  More information below.
    • Cost:  The cost of this retreat is $75.  Repeat FW101 participants pay only $25 and team members of churches enrolled in Churches Learning Change or the Fellow's Program are free.
    • Update November 6:  We have some participants, but need some more for a complete group.  We are extending the deadline through the weekend, but will need to wrap up registration and determine whether we will move forward on Monday night.  Please join in ASAP!!
    • Deadline to Register is November 7 November 9.  Registration is OPEN.  
  • November 5 - 7, 2020  CANCELED

    • Beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday (with dinner), concluding by 4 p.m. Saturday.
    • Includes a 2-night stay and 6 meals.
    • Hosted at Camp Fowler, Speculator, NY
    • Deadline to Register is October 22. 
    • October 15, 2020  UPDATE - Due to low enrollment and continuing pandemic related concerns, the leadership team is choosing to re-group and instead create an online offering.  SEE ABOVE.  
Please read all the information below, before registering.

Clergy and non-clergy alike get much out of FW101, as we all are invited into the journey of spiritual transformation!  
Faithwalking mainly focuses on spiritual formation for adults, yet young adults are welcome.    

What is included:

A shame-free environment is provided for you to learn through presentations, times of solitude and prayer, small group sharing, and large group reflection.  You will receive a link to download and print a workbook for the retreat with key information on each session, which will also be your solitude guide.  If you cannot print a workbook yourself, please contact to make arrangements in advance.

What to have ready:

Please have a Bible, a writing utensil, and a non-distracting way to keep time (smartphones may be convenient, but they may distract you).
An open and prayerful spirit.  We encourage participants to create a worshipful, reflective, distraction free space for you to engage as well as you can.  This may look like a quiet clean room with a candle and a few pictures of beautiful places or objects that remind you of God's presence with you.  


These retreats are such a bargain because of the partnership between the Reformed Church in America with the Regional Synods of Albany, New York, and Mid Atlantics as a part of Churches Learning Change (formerly Ridder Church Renewal) in conjunction with the New York Faithwalking Circle.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Presbyterian, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Methodist... any affiliation or those with no church affiliation are all welcome to participate.


In an in-person retreat, we would use some time to watch the movie "The Kid" by Disney.  In order to minimize screen time and fit this retreat into two days, we will not be doing that together, but ask you to watch the movie on your own using a movie guide to watch for specific patterns in the storyline related to our discussion and reflections together.  The Kid is available on Disney+ or through Amazon.  Participants will need to find and watch the movie.  

Additionally, Faithwalking 101 retreats are often described as a "fire-hose" introduction of the Faithwalking process.  Participants will need to spend time in reflection throughout the week between on what was heard and in personalizing the retreat content.  A Google Classroom space will be created and recordings of sessions will be provided for playback at participants convenience.  

Before You Register

Registration Cost for Faithwalking 101 ONLINE retreat November 2020
First-time Participant: $75
Repeat Participant: $25
Retreat Leader or Small Group Leader: $0
CLC Pastor, First Learner, or Fellow's Program or CLC Team member already enrolled in the 2020 - 2022 Module of CLC: $0  (Please note if your congregation enrolls AFTER these retreats, you/your congregation will need to pay and then your registration fee will be applied to your first CLC payment)


If you are a repeat participant and would like to serve as a small group leader, please email Sherri ( or Greg ( to confirm, so you can register as a Small Group Leader at no cost.

Payment -  
Should you wish to pay online via credit card, you will need a PayPal account to finish the registration process (setting up a PayPal account is simple and safe).  
If you wish to pay by personal check or if your church will be paying for all or part of your cost, you will be able to enter the discount code "SendCheck" to bypass the online payment requirement. 
Checks for retreat registration should be made out to 'Regional Synod of Albany' with 'FW101' and the location in the memo, and mailed to 1790 Grand Blvd, Schenectady, NY 12309.  

Personal Information -
During the registration process, you will be asked a few personal questions. The answers to these questions will not be shared beyond the Faithwalking Leadership Team, and are requested as a way to get you to think about your family of origin and to offer the Faithwalking Leadership Team a better understanding of retreat participants.
Additionally, participants are encouraged to ask three people to be in prayer for them during the retreat time.  Prayer partners will receive emails throughout the retreat, detailing the learning and reflection topics, in order to pray for you in specific ways.  We ask that you provide the names/emails for these prayer partners when you register so that we can guarantee they remain connected with you (we can share your prayer partners with us later, but this has proven to add a lot of extra work for the leadership).

If your congregation (or a group of congregations) are interested in hosting a FW101 retreat, please email Greg at and/or Sherri at, and we'll share information with you about what hosting FW101 looks like and how best to go about it.