Have you ever wanted to camp out with some of your favorite friends from Sunstone? Now is your chance! Sunstone is providing an all-inclusive, camp-out style retreat at the Nauvoo House in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois. Think of it as Mormon EFY for adults!


October 14 – 16

2016 Theme: “Gather All the Good and True”


Friday, October 14th
3:00 – 10:00 pm Arrive at the Nauvoo House
7:00 pm Welcome and Orientation
Saturday, October 15th
9:00 am Breakfast at the Nauvoo House
10:00 am

Morning Welcome and Orientation: 

Stephen Carter and Lachlan Mackay

Opening Prayer: TBA

 10:30 am
Break For Tours
Tour Option 1:

Lachlan Mackay, Joseph Johnstun – “‘Carpool to Carthage”

Tour Option 2:

 On your own tour around Nauvoo sites

1:00 pm

Lunch at the Nauvoo House

2:00 pm Break for Tours
Tour Option 3:

 On your own tour around Nauvoo sites

Tour Option 4 (walking tour)

Lachlan Mackay- “Joseph and Emma Smith’s Nauvoo”

Joseph Johnstun- “Polygamy in Nauvoo” tour

6:00 pm Dinner at the Nauvoo House
8:30 pm Keynote Devotional at the Nauvoo House: Martha Bradley Evans
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Dr. Martha Bradley-Evans is a professor in the College of Architecture + Planning who teaches history and theory classes.  Between 2002 and 2011, Dr. Bradley served as the Dean of the Honors College and in July 2011 became the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.   An award winning teacher, Bradley is the recipient of the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award, the University Professorship, the Student Choice Excellence in Teaching Award, the Bennion Center Service Learning Professorship, the Park Fellowship and the Borchard Fellowship.  In 2008, she received the Honorary AIA Award from AIA Utah.  She is the vice chair of the Utah State Board of History and is chair of the Utah Heritage Foundation. 

Her books include:  Kidnapped from that Land:  The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists; The Four Zinas:  Mothers and Daughters on the Frontier; and Pedastals and Podiums:  Utah Women, Religious Authority and Equal Rights.  Her latest book is the newest biography of Joseph Smith, Glorious in Persecution.

Her most recent work on spatial religious communities maps the distinctive patterns, meanings and practices of communal religious groups such as the Branch Davidians, the FLDS, and the Family or the Children of God as they imagine and construct spatial worlds.  Her past scholarship has been in three main areas:  Public History, Gender and Community, and Religious Community.

Saturday’s event will be followed by evening song and fun in the Nauvoo house, provided by folks at the Rational Faiths blog.

Sunday, October 16th
9:00 am Breakfast at the Nauvoo House
9:30 – Noon

Church services onsite with the Community of Christ

 Noon: Break camp and head for home


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$225 3 days, 2 nights, all-inclusive retreat registration (includes 1 bunk bed for 2 nights, meals for Saturday, and Sunday morning, and cost of tours and speakers)

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Conference registration ONLY. Please choose this option if you aren’t planning on staying in the Nauvoo house, but plan to join us for day tours and our keynote evening speaker. Cost of ticket includes Saturday lunch and dinner.


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**You do not need to register for the conference if you are purchasing the full ticket price of $225 above. That price includes the conference. This registration is for JUST the conference.**

**Absolutely no drugs, alcohol, tobacco allowed on site**

**You must bring your own bedding/or sleeping bag and pillow**


Nauvoo House Rental Information

We will be bunking together in the Historic Nauvoo House for two nights (Friday, October  14th, Saturday the 16th).

The Nauvoo House is located on the bank of the mighty Mississippi and directly across the street from Joseph and Emma Smith’s Homestead and Mansion House, it provides the perfect setting from which to explore beautiful Nauvoo.

Space is VERY LIMITED and we can only take reservations for 50 people. Attendees will need to bring their own sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, etc. The sleeping arrangements are open (bunk style) with twin bunk beds. Bathrooms and showers will be shared. Think of it as Mormon EFY, but for adults!

We will be bunking together for two nights with gender neutral sleeping assignments. The sleeping arrangements are camp-style in open rooms. You will not have a private room. If you wish to attend the retreat, but not bunk with us, please contact Lindsay at Lindsay@sunstone.org to make arrangements.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided on Saturday the 16th and breakfast on Sunday morning the 17th. Your registration fee will cover the cost of your lodgings, your tours, and your meals.

*All attendees must agree to the following code of conduct: Sunstone will absolutely not tolerate abuse or harassment in any form, including conduct standards relating to abusive, threatening, intimidating, or harassing actions (including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, gender, disability, age, economic status, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression) and sexual misconduct. Attendees must agree to respect the privacy and space of other attendees.