Ribaat Retreat 2022

Ribaat retreaters

 

When: August 17th - 21st, 2022

Where: Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Venue Address: 54165 Audubon Drive, Sandstone, MN 55072

Venue Website: https://ospreywilds.org/

Introduction

The annual Ribaat Retreat brings together the Ribaat students, faculty, and staff for an unforgettable in-person experience. Learning takes place in small and large group settings, a rigorous worship schedule helps participants put their ibadah on the right track for the year to come, and the community of beloved teachers and fellow students brings home the spirit of Ribaat.

Program

The theme of this year's retreat is aqidah, and talks and activities will focus on the strengthening and solidifying of faith. Days will be filled with learning, personal growth, and worship through whole and small group activities, student-to-student interaction, and in-person time with teachers. Evenings and nights will be spent in worship, prayer, and Quran reading. A detailed schedule will be shared with registered retreaters upon arrival.

Eligibility

The Ribaat Retreat is open to current and former Ribaat students ages 17 and above.

 Returning Students: If you have ever registered in a Ribaat course or workshop, even if you were unable to complete it, you are welcome to attend.

New Students: If you have never taken a course, you may register for the retreat and will be automatically enrolled in a course for the upcoming term. The course registration fee of $125 will be added to your retreat fee. Alternatively, students new to Ribaat can register in any current Ribaat course, workshop, or workshop recording.

Policy on children

To allow students and team members to focus fully on the program, children and infants may not accompany retreaters. All attendees must be full participants, women, ages 17 and older.

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

To ensure everyone's safety, and that of our families and loved ones, all attendees must be fully vaccinated and up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Registrants are required to present proof of vaccination before registration. The retreat guidelines will follow the CDC regulations in regards to masking and social distancing at the time of the retreat, and pending further developments, attendees may be required to present a negative COVID test upon arrival.

Accommodations

Retreaters will be assigned to their accommodations upon arrival at the venue. All facilities are shared with other attendees. Accommodations are all cabins or dorm-style housing with bunk beds.

Preference for lower or upper bunks will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis to those who make their payment first. 

A full packing list will be sent prior to the retreat. Attendees will be provided with bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket or sleeping bag) and a towel. Retreaters will be expected to keep their accommodations tidy and clean. 

The wi-fi available at the venue will not support a livestream, so it will not be possible to livestream the retreat. There is some wifi, however, that may be available for retreaters to use social media etc. during break times.

Accessibility

Preference will be given to attendees with accessibility needs. If you have a medical condition, require a lower bunk, or accessible bathroom and shower kindly inform the retreat team as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be reserved. 

Meals

There will be 3 catered meals per full day, with dinner on the day of arrival, and breakfast the morning of departure. Beverages and snacks will also be available throughout the day.

All meals will be halal zabiha. For special dietary needs or allergies, please let the retreat team know well in advance. 

Travel arrangements

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

  • Between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm: Arrive at the Rabata Cultural Center (3533 Lexington Ave N, Arden Hills MN, 55126)
  • Register for the retreat and explore the RCC and bookshop.
  • 4:00 pm: All attendees will depart to the retreat venue in a charter bus
  • 6:00 pm: Arrive at Osprey Wilds and settle in.
  • 6:30 pm: Retreat schedule will begin.

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

  • 9:00 am: Retreaters will depart from Osprey Wilds in a charter bus
  • Group 1: 11:00 am: Arrive at MSP - Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport
  • Group 2: 11:00 am: Arrive at Rabata Cultural Center
  • After 2:00 pm: Returning flights should be scheduled after 2:00 pm

In the event a retreater needs to arrive/depart outside of the coach timings stated above, transportation between the airport and Osprey Wilds (a distance of about 2 hrs) will be the responsibility of the retreater. 

For retreaters arriving directly to Osprey Wilds, ride-share apps are available at MSP airport. Alternatively, a ride can be booked through Groome Transportation from MSP airport to Sandstone Victory Gas Station, which is 5 miles from the venue, and contact the retreat team to request a ride to the venue. Click here for quotes.

Registration Fees

Registration will open March 1st. Spots will be reserved only once payment is received, and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Fees

Registration fees are divided into tiers, based on distance from the bathrooms and number of retreaters sharing the accommodations:

Tier 1: $520. Bathrooms are connected to the bedroom, in dorm-style accommodations shared by 4 people. Accommodations are in the same building as the prayer hall and nearest to the dining hall.

Tier 2: $480. Bathrooms are in the same building, in dorm-style accommodations shared by up to 10 people. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the prayer hall and the dining hall.

Tier 3: $440. Bathrooms are in the same building. Sleeping accommodations are air mattresses provided by the retreat team, in a large room shared by up to 10 people. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the prayer hall and the dining hall. Bring your own bedding/sleeping bag.

Additional $125: Course registration fee for retreaters who have not taken a Ribaat course or workshop.

All payments will be made through PayPal.

Please note that Rabata is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As such, all registration fees go towards the costs of running the retreat.

The registration fee includes:

  • transportation between the Rabata Cultural Center and the retreat venue via coach
  • accommodations
  • meals
  • beverages
  • snacks
  • a welcome packet

The registration fee does NOT include airfare to and from Minnesota or transportation from and to airport.

Installment Plans

If registering before May 1st, total payment can be divided into three monthly installments. If registering after May 1st, total payment will be divided into two payments.

Registration will not be confirmed until at least one payment is made, and all payments must be made before June 30th to reserve your spot. After this date, incomplete registrations may be assigned to a student on the waitlist.

Payment can also be made in full to reserve your spot immediately.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of partial scholarships will be available. A separate scholarship application is required. More details are in the registration form. 

Scholarship recipients will pay a partial registration fee of $100 and need to make their own travel arrangements between home and the Rabata Cultural Center. Scholarships are subject to availability.

Partial Attendance

Full attendace at the retreat is highly recommended to achieve the full benefit from the carefully planned curriculum. In the case a student needs to arrive late or depart early, there will be no partial attendance fees. All retreaters will need to pay in full even if they will not be attending the entire retreat. 

Contact

Contact: For questions, email retreats@rabata.org.

Note: The above information and guidelines are subject to change.

Registration

Please follow these steps to register:

1- Email your proof of vaccination to retreats@rabata.org

2- Click here to complete the Ribaat Retreat 2022 Registration Form

3- Once your status is confirmed, link to payment will be emailed to the email you provided.