“We wait all year for the Eshel Parent Retreat.”
Your wait is over.
Registration is open now.
A Retreat for Orthodox Parents* of LGBTQ+ Children
Pearlstone Retreat Center
December 6-8, 2019
*NEW* this year: Adult Relatives are invited!
Join parents in a Comforting, Caring, Community.
Is this for me?
Whether you are accepting of your LGBTQ child or struggling with their identity, or somewhere in between, this is the place for you. No judgments will be made about any retreat participant’s levels of acceptance of their LGBTQ child. We only ask that each attendee agree to respect other participants’ feelings and attitudes.
What will happen at this weekend?
We will create a comfortable place to share. Sessions will address having an LGBTQ child in Orthodox families and the communities of which we are a part.
A weekend of learning and camaraderie in a community of Orthodox parents who have LGBTQ+ children of all ages.
- Workshops, davening, discussion groups,
- Meeting & Connecting with other parents and adult relatives
- Modern conference facilities
- Delicious kosher food in a beautiful location
- The Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center is located right outside of Baltimore
- 3.5 hour drive from New York
- Accessible by public transportation
When you register you can see a description of the housing options: See photos of housing options here.
What Participants are Saying about the Parent’s Retreat
This retreat changed my life in that it helped me relate to my child, to understand their needs without letting go of my own.
It was nice to re-engage with the parent community and catch up with them. Most importantly, it was wonderful to see how some have moved on from initial experiences and a weekend of tears.
Hearing the individual stories of the adults who are navigating this was incredibly reassuring. Being able to tell our stories to others without fear of being judged was amazing.
Choose Your Accomodations
Orchard Guest Rooms: Single and Double Occupancy
Hotel-style lodging with a scenic views of our Fruit Tree Orchard. Double Occupancy: 36 rooms, each with 2 queen-size beds, a twin sleeper couch and private bathroom. Guest-controlled heating and AC.
All rooms are handicap accessible and six are ADA compliant. Mini fridges & Pack ‘n Plays are available by request.
Dormitory-style suites overlooking our natural landscape. Mix of single and bunk beds with a total of 60 beds on 2 separate levels that can be booked individually or together.
Top level has 5 rooms with 24 beds and 6 full bathrooms all surrounding a large central lounge. Bottom level has 7 rooms with 36 beds and 6 full bathrooms and 2 small lounges at each end. All rooms are Handicap Accessible; 2 bathrooms (1 on each level) are ADA compliant.
Fidler’s Grove Cabins
Log cabin style lodging situated in a wooded area just steps from the retreat center. Rustic feel with all the comforts including climate control. A mix of single and bunk beds with a total of 42 beds among all 5 cabins. Each cabin has a sitting area, private bath and kitchenette with microwave and mini fridge. The largest cabin has all that with a full kitchen.
Lovingly nicknamed the “Mud Mansion”, this cabin is designed and constructed using sustainable and recycled materials, with clay plaster walls and recycled denim & newspaper insulation. The two-story 1260 ft2 building has 4 bedrooms with 1 queen bed and 2 full bathrooms (2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on each level).
Registration and Pricing: All prices include full room and board and full program. No one will be turned away for lack of funds! Inquire here: firstname.lastname@example.org