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FEBRUARY 21 - 24, 2023


This convening is designed to bring together LGBTQIA+ Paharans to connect, build community, and organize at the new Lone Rock Retreat campus in Bailey, Colorado.


This retreat emerges in response to a need identified by our community to respond to this fractured and fragile moment for LGBTQIA+ leaders in education. We believe in organizing towards a braver and empowered world for LGBTQIA+ people, especially the young people in our communities, and this convening will be a space where we can bring our full selves, and connect. During the convening, we will engage with readings to provoke discussions, fireside chat testimonials to amplify voices, activities for the mind, body, and spirit, and have space to organize toward personal and/or collective action.


The goals of this convening are to: 


  • Connect and build trust among Pahara’s LBGTQI+ Fellows; 

  • Organize toward a world where LGBTQIA+ young people, families, and educators are affirmed in their full identities. 

This covening is a 2023 Fellow-led pilot to be hosted at the new Lone Rock Retreat campus in Bailey, Colorado. This is a pilot convening brought to you by Pahara Fellows Adam Falkner, Allen Anderson, Anne Douglass, Michael Duffy, Jason Rohloff, Disha Jain, Godfrey Plata, Steven Toledo.

The Pahara Institute continues to develop pilot offerings as part of our personal and professional transformation programming. Based on the needs identified in the network survey along with 140 calls with Fellows and discussion around the seminar table, Pahara is organizing a series of new initiatives, including virtual consultancies, succession planning workshops, regional socials and convenings.


We aim to bring together Paharans who identify as LGBTQIA+, and will focus on deep community building and the potential for coalition forging in the field. Significant diversity exists within this demographic, including along lines of race, gender expression, sexual orientation, generation, and political ideologies. This convening will acknowledge and hold space for the range of experiences and identities that will be present in the room.


Date & Time

Start: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

End: Friday, February 24, 2023


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 804210


Pahara will sponsor participant’s lodging, meals and ground transportation. Funding for flights available upon request.


We will engage with readings, workshops, and restorative practices at the retreat. All relevant pre-reading or other materials will be shared with participants towards the end of 2022 before the December holidays. 

The initial retreat for RLP will convene the week after Easter at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado from April 19-21, 2022. We endeavor to combine the strengths of the Pahara leadership development approach with a Christ-centered retreat experience. A successful retreat will mean leaders have had the space to share their faith, reflect on ways to bring their faith into their work, find some sense of spiritual renewal from the time together, and initiate new relationships with other believers.     

The deadline for expression of interest has passed. If you have questions email

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