2019 Annual Retreat Brief

Shadybrook YMCA


This year, our annual Girls With Guts Retreat will be in Deckers, CO at Camp Shadybrook from November 1-4, 2019!

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever. We have so many exciting things planned, and we can’t wait to see your smiling faces!

If you’d like to contact the camp for any reason:

(303) 647-2313

Who do I contact if i have a question for GWG about the retreat?

Elizabeth Cutler - events@girlswithguts.org

Alicia Aiello - alicia@girlswithguts.org

Additional Info

Closest Airport (s)

Denver International Airport is about 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hour drive.

Colorado Springs airport is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital

16420 W US-24, Woodland Park, CO 80863 (23 miles away)

(719) 687-9999

Suggested Packing List


Location photos



Can I carpool with others attending the retreat?

Of course! You can check out our carpool doc here.

Will a shuttle be provided from the airport?

We are working on this now.

Can I bring a caregiver with me if they don’t have IBD?

Sorry, this event is only for those with a confirmed IBD diagnosis and/or ostomy.

tentative schedule

Click here to see a daily schedule for the weekend.

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I have x dietary restrictions. Can these be accommodated?

Let us know ahead of time and we will try to accommodate you as best as we can. If there are things you would like to bring to eat, we can provide a refrigerator for that.

What will the focus groups be like?

At every retreat we have small sessions where you get to talk to a group about a specific topic. The topics to choose from this year will be:

  • Educating Others about IBD

  • Managing Guilt and Chronic Illness

  • J-Pouch Discussions

  • Ostomy Discussions

  • Stress Management Techniques

  • Pregnancy/Parenting

  • Body Image Discussions

I have medication that needs to be refrigerated. Will I have access to a refrigerator?

Yep! Contact us directly and we will make sure to get you access.

what will meals be like?

We are currently working on the menu. The head Chef at Trout Lake and his daughter both have IBD, so they will know how to take special care of us. Once it is finalized, it will be announced so you can plan accordingly.

The menu is being designed to be IBD friendly, but keep in mind we cannot please everyone.

info form

Please click the button to fill out the information form. This must be filled out by March 1, 2019. We must also receive proof of travel by that date. If you do not complete and submit this form by March 1, 2019 with your proof of travel you will not be able to attend the Retreat.