• Region


  • Where

    Yosemite Park Way
    Yosemite National Park, California 95389

  • Starts (EST)

    March 13, 2020 @ 08:00 PM

  • Ends (EST)

    March 15, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

YJA West Retreat 2020
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If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Event Description

The YJA West Retreat is back and with an exciting twist! Come join us this March for West’s first-ever ski retreat in Yosemite National Park! You’ll enjoy a weekend full of thought-provoking conversations, fun adventures and activities, and delicious Jain food. The retreat will be taking place from Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 15th, 2020.


You must be between 14-29 years old to attend this retreat. (A photo ID will be required for check-in).



Registration fees begin at $120 during Phase 1 and $130 during Phase 2. Your registration fee includes accommodations, meals, and access to all sessions and activities for the weekend. Also included is a region t-shirt! Any skiing or tubing add-ons will be at an additional cost, and any extra transportation fees are not included (though, we will be coordinating carpools).

 Dates  Registration Phase  Cost
1/15 - 1/29  Phase 1  $120 
1/30 - 3/5  Phase 2  $130
1/15 - 3/5  Unsubsidized  $140





Other Activities

Every attendee skiing/snowboarding must have a helmet! Lessons for skiing and snowboarding are at 10 AM. The Tubing session is from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.

 Item  Price 
 Tubing    $26
 Lift Ticket (needed for skiing and snowboarding)   $54
 Ski Equipment Rental (Skis, Boots, Poles) (Helmet not included)   $44
 Skis Only   $31
 Boots Only (needed for skiing)   $25
 Poles Only (optional for skiing)   $10
 Snowboard Rental (board and boots) (Helmet not included)   $44

 Helmet (*REQUIRED for skiing/snowboarding, unless you bring your own) 


 Lesson Package (Rentals- skiing/snowboarding, Lesson, and Learning slopes lift)

 (Helmet and All Slopes Lift Ticket Not Included)














Unsubsidized Registration

To provide each attendee with accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to attend sessions and participate in activities, the actual total cost per person is well over the registration cost. YJA works very hard in fundraising during the year to help subsidize each attendee's cost of attendance. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help YJA by choosing the Unsubsidized pricing option at the time of payment. This would help us raise the money we need to ensure YJA remains affordable for as many potential attendees as possible.


Financial Assistance

For those that would like to attend but are in need of financial assistance, please download this Financial Assistance Form, fill it out, and email it to the YJA Co-Chairs at [email protected] Financial assistance is limited and will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis until our allocation of funds is exhausted.



We are planning to arrange a carpool to and from the venue from different areas in the West region. Please let us know where you are coming on the google form you receive upon registration confirmation, and we will help you organize your transportation if you can’t drive. Email Bansari Shah at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Liability Policy

Every attendee must arrive at the retreat with a signed liability form. If a retreat attendee does not have a signed liability form, they will not be able to participate in retreat activities. For YJA members between the ages of 14 and 17, the liability form can be found here. For YJA members between the ages of 18 and 29, you will sign the liability form during registration.


Safety Policy

This is the West Retreat. The retreat is an intimate environment where attendees will have an opportunity to learn about Jain values, meet old friends, and make new ones. YJA wants to ensure that everyone has a great time.

There are a few basic but important ground rules that all attendees are expected to follow:

  1. Please be respectful of other attendees in your speech and actions. Any inappropriate comments or language will not be tolerated.

  2. There is a strict policy against alcohol consumption.

  3. Those who are reported to have acted inappropriately or to have significantly impacted others’ retreat experiences in a negative way will be subject to consequences at the discretion of the Regional Coordinator and other members of YJA Board present at the retreat.

  4. All attendees will read and sign the appropriate liability form before the start of the retreat.

We want to state the boundaries of the event clearly to ensure that everyone learns, grows, is respected, and has fun! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email [email protected]



How long are we going to be in sessions?

Most sessions will be between 60 and 90 minutes long. There will be ample time in between sessions for snack and restroom breaks. 

What if I have to leave during the retreat?

To ensure attendee safety, we ask everyone to remain on the premises for the duration of the retreat unless authorized to do so by the YJA Executive Board. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

What kind of clothes do I need to bring?

Yosemite can get super cold in March, especially at night! Hats, gloves, socks, and the works are important for the outdoors. And of course, if you plan on going skiing or snowboarding, be sure to pack suitable jackets and pants. Keep in mind that we’ll be doing yoga, outdoor activities, and playing games late at night, so bring comfortable (and sturdy!) shoes and clothing for these activities. Otherwise, it’s up to you, but just remember to keep your clothes appropriate for a YJA retreat.

What does the registration cost cover?

The registration cost includes lodging, food, educational materials, and t-shirts. Each attendee is responsible for additional charges such as transportation.

Will I need to bring extra spending money?

You won't be needing any money at the retreat itself, but we recommend bringing extra money for gas.

Will there be any doctors on site?

There will not be any doctors on site, but safety is a priority and basic first aid supplies will be available. If anything goes wrong, medical attention is only a few minutes away.


Cancellation Policy

If we receive your cancellation while the registration period for the retreat is still open (until 3/5), you will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.

After March 5th, refunds will only be granted on a case-by-case basis under extremely extenuating circumstances. If you wish to cancel your registration or have questions about the retreat, please email [email protected]