Join Girls With Guts for our 2020 New Attendee Retreat!

This year, Girls With Guts is hosting it’s first ever (aside from our first Retreat in 2013 where EVERYONE was new) New Attendee Retreat that is fully sponsored! What this means is that if you are new to GWG and/or newly diagnosed, this is the event for you to attend and registration is totally covered - all you have to do is get there!

We’ve created this weekend for our new GWGs to join the sisterhood and make connections with other women just like them. This weekend is a retreat to not be the only sick girl in the room and make connections to last a lifetime. This is our way of welcoming you into the GWG sisterhood.

From June 7 - 9, at Trout Lake Retreat Centers in Stroudsburg, PA you have the opportunity to participate in lots of feel good activities including:

  • small group sessions

  • a movie night

  • kintsugi

  • boating/archery

  • fire pit

  • other fun bonding activities!


The GWG annual retreat is an opportunity for adult women with IBD and/or ostomies to gather at a relaxing location. Over the course of a weekend, women create friendships and learn about different ways to improve their lives emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Check out a video recap from our first event in 2013 to give you more of an idea of what this event will be all about. Our 2013 Retreat paved the way for every GWG event since, and we hope you will leave the 2019 New Attendee Retreat feeling much like these ladies did in 2013!


Who can attend the 2019 new attendee retreat?

To attend this specific event you must not have attended an in-person GWG event before.

What if I attended a retreat before?

Sorry! You can’t attend this retreat. You’ll be able to attend the larger retreat later in 2019.

How old do you have to be to attend the retreat?

You must be at least 18 years old to attend the newbie retreat.

Do I have to have IBD to attend?

You must have a confirmed IBD diagnosis and/or an ostomy to attend the retreat.

What if I don’t know anyone at the retreat?

That’s ok! Most of the women attending this one will be in the same exact boat. This is your chance to make new connections with new women!

I READ THAT This event is fully sponsored. What does fully sponsored mean?


This means the usual registration fee is completely waived thanks to our generous sponsors and donors who participated in the 2019 #GWG5K.

What am I financially responsible for?

For this event registration is covered, however travel is not, so you’ll need to pay for your own transportation to make it to the retreat. You will need to send your travel information to GWG to attend this event. If you’re not able to submit your travel info by March 1, 2019 we will have to pass your spot on to another person on the waitlist.

Want a little more information about this event?

Read our event brief here.

Can I sponsor the new attendee retreat?

Absolutely! Our sponsorship levels are below and you can check our entire sponsorship packet for more information here. And if you would like to “Pay It Forward” for a future new GWG you can donate any amount here.

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do i receive anything for attending?

Yes! Your lodging, meals and all activities are covered. All accepted attendees will also receive an event t-shirt and swag bag full of lots of other Girls With Guts goodies.

*Item color and design may slightly differ.*

*Item color and design may slightly differ.*

How do i apply to attend?

You can apply by clicking the link below. Applications close on December 31st, 2018. We will let you know by February 1, 2019 if your application has been accepted.