Who should attend the Retreat?
Any adoptive, foster, or prospective adoptive/foster mom!
Whether you are interested in adoption or foster care, are just starting out, in the process, in the waiting stage, have just completed an adoption or foster placement, or have been an adoptive or foster mama for years...this retreat is for you!
What can I expect from attending the Joy in the Journey Retreat?
You can expect a weekend full of encouragement and connection with other adoptive and foster moms, where you will be poured into and taken care of. We are an interdenominational ministry. The weekend will include main sessions, breakout sessions, worship times, meals, connection times, and some recreation time. It is a chance to rest, rejuvenate, refresh, and connect with God and other women who are walking similar paths.
When is the Retreat?
This year's retreat will be February 26-28, 2022
Where is the Retreat?
The Retreat will take place at the beautiful Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Please click here to find out more about our amazing new venue. Stoney Creek is located in the Kansas City area and is less than four hours away from both St. Louis, MO and Tulsa, OK.
What is included in the Retreat cost?
This year, we will have two retreat ticket options:
Option #1: 4-person room $260
Option #2: 2-person room $325
Both options are all-inclusive and include the following:
Two Nights of Lodging in a Shared Hotel Room
Snacks, Desserts, and Unlimited Coffee
Four Breakout Sessions
Three Main Sessions
An Evening Worship Experience
An Awesome SWAG Bag
Opportunity to Shop with Our Incredible Vendors (part of all proceeds go towards adoption, foster care, first family, or orphan ministry)
A Unique Opportunity to Connect with Other Foster and/or Adoptive Moms Who "Get It" During the Weekend, as Well as Before and After the Retreat in Our Active 2021 Retreat Facebook Community.
Can I book my own room through Stoney Creek?
The Joy in the Journey ticket price is all-inclusive and reserves your spot in a 4-person or 2-person room. If you wish to reserve a room with the hotel on your own, you are welcome to do so. That cost would be on your own (through the hotel, not Joy in the Journey) and would be in addition to the conference ticket price.
What is the cancellation or refund policy?
Joy in the Journey will not refund any purchased ticket. If you are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to contact us at as soon as possible. If we have a waitlist at that time, we will help facilitate the transfer of your ticket. There will be ABSOLUTELY no transfers after February 1, 2021.
In the event that Joy in the Journey, Inc. has to cancel the retreat due to health guidelines, a full refund (minus a handling fee) will be offered to ticket holders.
Can I bring my baby/child?
THIS IS A CHILD FREE event! As much as we LOVE children and babies, this retreat is designed for moms to rest, rejuvenate, refresh, and connect with God and others. Please no children or infants of any age. No exceptions.
What is the Retreat theme?
The theme for the 2022 Retreat is Abide.
In John 15: 1-17, Jesus commands us to abide in Him, just as He abides in us as His followers. He also addresses the fruit that comes from our choice to abide in Him and reminds us that apart from Him, we can “do nothing”. As foster and adoptive moms, it is our duty to raise up children in a healthy and loving environment that centers around abiding in Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
We are able to provide “Gluten Friendly” lunch and dinners. Please mark this on your registration form. We are not able to meet any additional dietary needs, so please plan accordingly. There are mini fridges located in each hotel room.
What are the lodging accommodations?
Stoney Creek is a beautiful hotel and set up incredibly well for the retreat. There is a hot tub, a heated indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, a scenic 1.5 walking/running trail and lots of areas to rest, relax, and to connect with each other. Each hotel room contains 2 queen beds, a microwave, Keurig coffee maker, and mini fridge.
Each person will be allowed to request 1-3 roommates. You and your roommates MUST request each other to ensure you are placed 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.
What if I want to be a vendor?
If you would like to be considered to host a vendor booth at the 2021 retreat, you may apply for a spot. Please watch for this application to become available shortly after registration. Vendor spots are available for retreat attendees only and are limited.
How do I register for the 2022 Joy in the Journey Retreat?
Registration for the 8th annual Joy in the Journey Retreat will be in fall of 2021. We will will post on Social Media and send out email reminders when the exact date has been determined. You will be able to register and pay using the link on this website. If you are interested in attending the 2022 retreat, you will definitely want to mark your calendars and set your alarm so you are prepared to register and purchase your ticket at that time! In an effort to maintain the smaller, more intimate atmosphere of this event, there are limited tickets available. Each year the retreat sells out quickly (in as little as 27 minutes!) and there is usually an extensive wait list. We don't want you to miss it!
How do I know this retreat will be worth the trip/registration fee?
The Joy in the Journey team volunteers hundreds of hours praying, planning, and preparing for the Retreat each year. We work hard to offer a weekend that is designed with you and other foster and adoptive mamas in mind. We pray that you are truly blessed by the Retreat. Click here to see pictures, videos, and what others are saying about our past retreats.