In the US and across the globe, there are countless organizations dedicated to an important social cause. While their missions are distinct, these “changemaker” organizations coalesce around common objectives that aim to change the world for the better, whether by challenging unjust systems or harmful practices, innovating and promoting policies that address the needs of vulnerable groups, or defending and caring for the environment.
The Uplands Center is dedicated to nurturing these groups and their leaders by providing a dynamic setting for them to convene, collaborate, strategize and build.
Strategic and energizing gatherings
Changemaker retreats offer an opportunity for leaders and organizations to gather for reflection, program design, team building, stress-reduction and leadership development. Participants come together to reflect on their shared struggles, consider course-corrections and forge a path forward. Because of the immense responsibility these groups bear in serving others, changemakers also need to clear their minds, nurture their spirits and recharge their energies for the work ahead. These retreats integrate a thoughtful blend of focused meeting time in state-of-the-art conference facilities with wellness practices, spa amenities and delicious farm to table cuisine–all in a serene environment of sweeping natural beauty. We invite you to explore some of our past retreats here.
The Uplands Center adheres to responsible practices related to COVID, including dedicated filtration systems in meeting rooms and dining areas, private bedroom and bathroom facilities, and spacious meeting rooms amenable to social distancing.
“It was reinvigorating for us as leaders and teachers to watch [our team] bond in real time and really warmed all of our hearts to watch them unpack and consider their experiences in the beautiful and safe space you and all your staff provided.”
Retreat leader, NY Presbyterian Hospital
“We just want to express our extreme gratitude and appreciation for providing such a beautiful and peaceful space for us to decompress from all of the trauma we experience in our line of work.… and to acknowledge and devise better ways of dealing with [that] trauma.”
Participant, Newark Community Street Team
Some of the changemaker groups that we’ve welcomed at the Uplands include:
Organizations seeking to prevent inner-city gang violence
Education reform advocacy organizations
Community organizations focused on expanding housing options
Organizations that design programs for children with disabilities
Groups that promote the leadership of young women of color
Networks dedicated to advancing racial justice in agriculture
College access and success programs for youth in underserved communities
Co-Create a Retreat
Would you like to consider a changemaker retreat at The Uplands Center? If so, begin by filling out our form below. We can stand ready to co-create a custom retreat with you that responds to your main aims.