Connections: new student Retreat

Community Building. Personal Growth. Celebration. 

Student Involvement and Success is pleased to introduce Connections, a three-day retreat for new students. Connections, previously known as TRAIN, is designed to help new students develop connections, celebrate fall semester triumphs, and promote personal growth. Each day students will participate in a variety of activities, both peer and individual, intended to cause reflection and create bonds. The retreat will culminate with students applying their experiences by setting goals for the next semester.

Participants must be Freshman and Sophomore students committed to attending all three days of the retreat. This experience is completely free of charge, but we do require $20 deposit to reserve your space. This deposit will be returned to those who attend the retreat. If you are unable to attend, the deposit will be non-refundable. Scholarships are available to those interested; more information can be found on the application. 

The Connections retreat will take place from December 13th to 16th. Meals, transportation and housing will be provided for you during that time. The retreat will begin after finals on Monday, December 13, leave campus for Pilgrim Pines Retreat Center in Oak Glenn on Tuesday December 14, at 2pm and return to campus on Thursday, December 16, at 3pm. On the 16th, after a brief stop on campus the bus will continue to Ontario Airport to drop off students. 

First & Second Year Students

Only 40 Seats available. Deadline to apply is December 5th! 

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Connections FAQs

What is Connections?

Connections is an annual retreat hosted by Student Involvement and Success that helps new students make friends, grow personally, and rejuvenate from the semester in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. Retreat activities are planned and led by the University of Redlands student leaders who serve as facilitators.  


What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable clothing for three days and two nights. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable so make sure to bring layers. In the past, it has even snowed! This could include sweatshirts, sweatpants, gloves, extra socks, etc.. 
  • Hygiene items  
  • Water bottle  
  • Sleeping bag and pillow, if you do not have one a sheet and thick blanket will do or you can rent from Outdoor Programs.  
  • Pens and something to write on 

What do we do?

Connections is not a typical retreat! This retreat allows students to lead certain activities. The activities are fun and engaging. They will focus on areas such as intercultural fluency, self-assessment, teamwork, problem-solving, creating goals, and communication. 

Where do we go?

The retreat takes place on campus in the beginning, and then we travel to a retreat center called Pilgrim Pines in the small mountain town of Oak Glen, about 30min from campus.   

Where do we sleep?

The first night you sleep wherever you normally sleep. At the retreat center, the cabins sleep 8-12 people in an open floor plan with bunk beds. Each cabin has two bathrooms attached.  

I am busy one of the days, can I just come to a part of the retreat?

The retreat is an all or nothing experience. This is because each activity builds on the activity that took place before it.   

If I am flying home after when should I book my ticket?

We will be back to campus by no later than 3 pm on December 16th. The earliest we recommend booking a flight out of ONT is 5:30 that night.