Parent & Adult Relative Retreat 2019

12/06/2019 02:00 PM - 12/08/2019 12:00 PM ET


Inside Out

Inside our families; outside in our communities


A Retreat for Orthodox Parents* of LGBTQ+ Children

Pearlstone Retreat Center
Reisterstown, MD December 6-8, 2019

*NEW* this year: Adult Relatives are invited!

Join parents in a Comforting, Caring, Community.


December 6-8, 2019


What Happens at the Retreat?


Is This for Me?


What Does It Include?



Register here if you are a parent


Apply here if you are an adult relative


Confidentiality Policy


Cancellation Policy


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What Happens at the Retreat?

  • Workshops: "Transformative, community, family, educational, enlightening."
  • Davening: "I never felt comfortable in shul until this retreat!"
  • Discussion Groups: "Being able to tell our stories to others without fear of being judged was amazing."
  • Meeting & Connecting: "I found that there are others grappling with this issue that come from the same starting place as me and that I can be a resource to help other parents.Back to Menu



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. For more information and/or if you would like to speak to a past parent participant, contact Miryam at  Back to Menu


What Does It Include?

  • Modern conference facilities
  • Comfortable housing
  • Delicious kosher food in a beautiful location
  • Minyanim
  • A full program of workshops
  • The Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center is located right outside of Baltimore 3.5 hour drive from New York
  • Accessible by public transportation Back to Menu




Orchard Guest Rooms: Single and Double Occupancies

Hotel-style lodging with scenic views of our Fruit Tree Orchard, single or double occupancy unless more are requested, queen-size beds, private (en suite) bathroom, twin sleeper couch, and guest-controlled heating and AC.
All rooms are handicap accessible and several are ADA compliant. Mini fridges & Pack ‘n Plays are available by request.


Garden Lodge

Dormitory-style suites overlooking our natural landscape. The top-level has 5 rooms and the bottom level has 7 rooms. Garden Lodge Dormitory Suites have options of en suite bathrooms, shared assigned bathroom for two rooms in the hall directly across from room, and private assigned bathrooms in the hall. There is a handicap accessible hotel style room with two queen beds, twin sleeper couch and private bathroom. There are 2 ADA compliant rooms in the Garden Lodge with private assigned bathrooms in the hallway. Please let us know if you require an ADA compliant room.


Fiddler'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. Cabin 1, the largest cabin, is private with a private bathroom and contains all the above with a full kitchen. Cabins 2, 3, 4, 5 are shared cabins with a shared bathroom (no more than 2 rooms per 1 bathroom).


Eco Cabin

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:

Click here to choose your room today!


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Adult Relatives

We have limited space for other close adult relatives of LGBTQ+ people. If you are an adult relative (21+) or would like to bring other adult relatives, please fill out this form. We will get back to you with details so that you can proceed with registration on another form. Thank you!


Confidentiality Policy

Some participants may have important reasons for keeping their attendance at the retreat confidential. By registering for this weekend, you have agreed to keep confidential all details and identifying information about others. You have affirmed that you WILL NOT POST OR DISTRIBUTE PHOTOGRAPHS or audio/video recordings of other attendees publicly unless you have the EXPLICIT permission of every attendee represented therein. This includes distribution or posting online on flickr, Facebook, MySpace, and similar sites, as well as anywhere else in which photographs and other representations are publicly available. Back to Menu


Cancellation Policy

Participants who cancel their registration more than 2 weeks before the retreat are eligible for a refund less a $25 processing fee. Participants who cancel within 14 days of the retreat or leave the retreat early will not receive a refund or credit. Back to Menu