The Big Book in the Rockies Weekend Retreat

September 14, 2018 – September 16, 2018 all-day
YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park, CO
2515 Tunnel Rd
Estes Park, CO 80511

The Big Book in the Rockies Weekend Retreat

From Desperation to Transformation

September 14 – 16, 2018

An impactful, connecting experience you’ll never forget!

Join us September 14-16, 2018 for The Big Book in the Rockies Weekend Retreat near Estes Park, Colorado. Event registration is just $50!!

Book your room with YMCA of the Rockies–Estes Park.
YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511.

  • Flyer: Big Book in the Rockies
  • Registration:
    • Mail In: Mail registration, payment & scholarship requests to:
      (Make Checks Payable to) OA Retreat, 8610 West 68th Place, Arvada, CO 80004
    • Online: Eventbrite:
  • Hotel: YMCA of the Rockies–Estes Park:
  • Transportation: Options listed below 
  • Contact Person: Carrie S.  720-339-0346

Join Us!

Join together in the glorious Rocky Mountains of Colorado in harmonious OA fellowship. Where, “we commenced to make many fast friends and a fellowship has grows up among us of which it is a wonderful thing to feel a part.” As the promises of working our program & the 12 Steps come to life.


Lodging is being held for you and your roommates ( if you choose) at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. We have set up a Landing Page where you can choose from two different lodges. The Emerald Mountain Lodge is the more upscale accommodations of the two. Each room features two queen beds, and a full bath. All bed and bath linens are provided. For more affordable rooms, we have the Twin Sisters Lodge (see the landing page for more details on both lodges). If you do choose to have roommates, it’s imperative one person take the service roll of reserving the room. That person will be required to place the 35% down on the room  and later collect the fees of their roommates upon checkout.


With your stay at the YMCA, dinner is included for both Friday and Saturday evening. The dining room will be alerted of our memberships need for allergen free items. if something additional is needed, guests are able to ask for an “allergy plate” from the Cashier in the Aspen Dining Room. This plate is typically a grilled chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and rice or potatoes. If there are additional questions or more specific dietary needs, please contact our Food Service Department at 970-586-3341, ext. 1128.


  1. Rent a car
  2. Uber (~$93-124 each way)
  3. Estes Park Shuttle (Reservation Required) — Estes Park Shuttle Flyer
    6 Scheduled DIA trips per day – 2-hour ride. OA members can receive a 10% discount on reservations at,  or by calling their office at (970) 586-5151, using the discount code OA 2018.  (Jolene Fox set this up for us.  Her direct number is 970-586-5024.)

As we….

As we crack open this “chip of a book”, the  Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and are lead thru the precise instructions within its pages. May we set-aside everything we think we know about our program, this text and especially about our Higher Powers. So that we may have a new understanding and new experiences about our programs, this text and especially about our Higher Powers at this weekend retreat in Estes Park, Colorado.

The 2018 Big Book in the Rockies Journey

Step 1: Get Excited! What could be better than an OA weekend retreat with the Big Book, old and new OA friends in recovery, and the mountains in Estes Park, Colorado?

Step 2 : Print and share the retreat information and flyer with your OA friends and at meetings.  The Big Book in the Rockies Flyer

Step 3: Consider bringing a friend from program!  Or, meet new ones at the retreat!

Step 4: Research your travel to Estes Park, Colorado. Will you want to take some extra time for self-care and fun? Will you come early or stay late in Estes Park and/or Colorado?

Step 5: Look at the lodging options at the YMCA landing page.

Step 6: Take some time with HP and mediate on if this retreat is FOR YOU and your recovery.   Tell your OA friends that you are considering the OA Big Book Weekend Retreat in Colorado. See if they would want to join you too.

Step 7: Make the commitment to join us!

Step 8: Sign up for the retreat portion and pay the very small $50 registration fee with EventBrite.

  • ONLINE Registration:
  • MAIL IN Registration: Mail registration, payment & scholarship requests to:
    (Make Checks Payable to) OA Retreat, 8610 West 68th Place, Arvada, CO 80004

Step 9: Book your lodging with YMCA of the Rockies and place 35% deposit.

Step 10: Mak your travel arrangements and plans to get to YMCA of the Rockies, in Estes Park, Colorado.

Step 11: Prepare your mind to make the journey and focus on recovery and The Big Book  in the Rockies.

Step 12: Tell your OA Friends that you are taking the journey to the Big Book in the Rockies retreat and spread the message of Hope and Recovery!


Got Questions? Contact: Carrie S.  720-339-0346

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One Response to The Big Book in the Rockies Weekend Retreat

  1. Betty Jean says:

    Do you have a poster we could distribute at meetings?

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