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Fall Retreat 2019

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Norwalk 789 Connecticut Avenue Norwalk, CT, 06854 United States (map)
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Eligible Registrants and Registration Fees

Fall Retreat 2019 is only open to current full-time students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees from accredited universities. Due to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer free registration for students from certain target universities (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, UPenn, Yale, and NYU). Registration includes lodging and meals throughout the event, and additionally, we provide free transportation for students from certain universities (see details below).

Students are eligible for free registration up until the Free Registration Deadline on November 1, 2019, at midnight PST. After this deadline, the registration fee is $49. If you attend a non-target university, please email for more information.

For this retreat, we will not request a deposit from students who register prior to the free registration deadline. However, students who subsequently realize they are unable to attend should notify us so that our resources are not wasted. There is no penalty for cancellation. However, students who are "no-shows" will not be permitted to register for future events.


Students will generally be responsible for providing their own transportation to the conference. Our campus representatives are available to help students coordinate travel if needed.

For this retreat, our staff will provide FREE transportation for students from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, UPenn, Yale, and NYU. Please note that our vans will depart from these campuses as early as noon on Friday Nov 15 and may not return until late afternoon/evening on Sun Nov 17. This service is available to all students who register prior to the free registration deadline.

Retreat Format

The retreat will include sessions, meals, and small groups from Friday evening to Saturday evening in which we strongly recommend attendees to stay for the entire retreat. We invite all attendees to join us for Sunday service at our local church in NYC (see more info here). However, regardless of Sunday plans, hotel accommodations will be provided until Sunday morning if needed.


As a courtesy to attendees, we provide complimentary accommodations for all students at the conference hotel. Rooms will be shared by up to 4 students. We request that registrants obey all hotel rules and act in a respectful manner toward hotel staff and other guests.

Requesting Roommates: Students may request roommates on their registration form or by emailing We cannot guarantee these rooming preferences and will only accommodate them when possible. However, we may be unlikely to honor roommate requests for any student arriving late.

Disclaimer of Liability: Alabaster Group arranges accommodations solely as a convenience to attendees. Please know that we cannot vouch for registrants. Since we invite all qualified students to attend our events, it is impossible for us to have any insight regarding the behavior of other attendees. By accepting our rooming arrangements, you release Alabaster Group, our staff/affiliates, the conference hotel, and our partners from all liability directly or indirectly related to our offer to provide rooming. Though it is standard policy for student conferences like ours to room students together, certain students may feel more comfortable purchasing their own room and we encourage you to do so.


All meals are provided throughout the conference. Our caterers represent different ethnic traditions, so certain foods may be unfamiliar. Our caterers cannot always accommodate dietary restrictions, although we will offer vegetarian options when possible. We recommend for attendees with more restrictive diets to bring their own food. If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss options that would best serve you.


Q: When should I plan to arrive on Friday, November 15th, 2019?

A: Students are responsible for managing their own transportation and planning extra time to account for traffic. Students are highly encouraged to arrive before 5PM when dinner begins. Evening session commences promptly at 7PM. If you anticipate arriving after 5PM on Friday, please email your campus coordinator with your arrival time.

Q: I am a non-target university student and would like to attend the event. What should I do?

Please email and a campus representative will respond promptly with information on how to register.

Q: I have another question. Who should I reach out to?

For all other questions/concerns, please email and our campus representatives will respond promptly.

Speaker Biography

Beau Barton

Missionary, Freedom Ministries

Missionary, Freedom Ministries

Beau Barton is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He and his wife Rachel met in 1998 and were married the following year. In the summer of 2000, they left for the mission field to work in Mexico with Freedom Ministries. They live in Central Mexico. The Barton family includes their children Brianna, Phinehas, Moses, Amos and Zadok.

Beau serves in villages and regions in Mexico where there is no established work of the Gospel, establishing churches, training leaders and enabling national pastors to spread the Gospel. Reaching out now to a third generation since its beginning, the work is a lifelong commitment for Beau and his family who work there.

Earlier Event: September 26
Gospel Forum 2019