Beyond Adopteen

Embracing a lifetime of connections

Beyond Adopteen is adult adoptee programming for adoptees 18 years and older. With annual retreats, community events, and tour trips, Beyond Adopteen is dedicated to providing community connection opportunities and resources for adult adoptees, whether you are navigating new worlds, entering the workforce, or starting a family of your own.

Beyond Adopteen: Adult Adoptee Retreat is open to ALL adult adoptees, ages 18+

Join us for an unforgettable weekend of connection and celebration with adult adoptees from around the world! A full weekend of workshops, keynotes, group excursions, and mouth-watering meals in the beautiful Pacific Northwest? What more could you ask for? Whether Beyond Adopteen: Adult Adoptee Retreat is an excuse for a family vacation or a chance to get away, we promise this retreat will be the vacation you need and we cannot wait to meet you.

Beyond Adopteen: Adult Adoptee Retreat offers workshops, keynotes, and group excursions scattered throughout the weekend and every one of them is is a fantastic chance to make new connections! To make the most out of the weekend, it is highly encouraged to participate in all activities, but ultimately the decision is yours. We are here for community and a chance to recharge our batteries. Whatever amount of “official” programming you want to participate in is up to you, but we hope that you are inspired to embrace the experience as much as possible. 

Please Note: This is an adoptee-only event. Partners, family, and friends traveling with attendees are welcome to stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites with the same group rate but will not be able to attend the program.

2022 Pricing Schedule

Beyond Adopteen

Together at last.

Getting Around

2022 Beyond Adopteen: Adult Adoptee Retreat was hosted at Fairfield Inn & Suites in Bremerton, WA, just across the Sound from Seattle, WA.

Attendees flew into Seattle (SeaTac International Airport) to catch the SoundTransit Link Light Rail (1 Line Northgate – 30 minutes – $3) to Pioneer Square and walk to the Seattle Ferry Terminal for the Seattle/Bremerton Fast Ferry (Pier 54 – 30 minutes – $10 cash). After a beautiful ride across the Sound, Fairfield Inn & Suites was just 4 blocks north of Bremerton Ferry Terminal.

Total transit time: ~80 minutes

Don’t worry! Group public transportation coordination available. *Phew*

Bremerton, WA winter waterfront
Seattle, WA skyline at sunset

In true Seattle fashion, attendees were able to ferry between Bremerton and Seattle (as well as neighboring port towns) safely and efficiently to make sure they made the most of their Beyond Adopteen free time.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Bremerton standard double queen room
Convenient Accommodations

We worked hard to ensure that 2022 Beyond Adopteen: Adult Adoptee Retreat was not only comfortable and inspiring, but also affordable.

If you chose to stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites, we booked your room for you! The hotel was just 4 blocks from Bremerton Ferry Terminal and near the water. All rooms were standard double queen rooms, with a handful of single king rooms and ADA accessible rooms available upon request. Breakfast was included and amenities include a business center, gym, pool, and snack mart.

By default, all hotel rooms will be assigned to two same gender attendees per room. If you would prefer a room to yourself, or if you are traveling with a non-attendee (partner/friend/family, etc.), please select “Private Room” when registering.

All workshops and keynotes were held at Fairfield Inn & Suites. Attendees could choose not to stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites and make their own housing arrangements.

Planning Committee

Meet the Committee! Our Beyond Adopteen Committee is an incredible team of passionate adult adoptee volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada dedicated to creating and reimagining new ways to engage, support, and empower the adult adoptee community. Interested in joining their ranks? Let us know!

Beyond Adopteen Adult Adoptee Retreat Registration

Registration for Beyond Adopteen Adult Adoptee Retreat has closed. Please call (303) 221-6688 for more information.

FAQs

We are unfortunately unable to offer financial assistance for Beyond Adopteen Adult Adoptee Retreat this year. However, please contact us if you are struggling to finance your attendance. We will do our best to work with your budget and we want you to be there.

Flights in and out of Seattle, WA should all be through SeaTac International Airport (SEA).

Beyond Adopteen Adult Adoptee Retreat refund policy is as follows:

  • Any cancelation within 61 days or more prior to Retreat is guaranteed a 100% full refund
  • Any cancelation between 31-60 days prior to Retreat will be refunded to the best of our ability, minus any non-refundables that have already been paid by Adopteen to venues and merchants
  • Any cancelation between 14-30 days prior to Camp-Conference will receive 50% refund
  • Any cancelation between  0-13 days prior to Retreat will not qualify for a refund

**If a participant’s COVID-19 test comes back positive, they will be refunded to the best of our ability, minus any non-refundables that have already been paid by Adopteen to venues and merchants.**

No added room booking step is needed after registration. We will book all rooms for attendees who opt to stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. By default, all hotel rooms will be assigned to two same gender attendees per room (1 person per queen bed). If you would prefer a room to yourself, or if you are traveling with a non-attendee (partner/friend/family, etc.), please select “Private Room” when registering.

Although the idea of sharing a bed with a stranger may sound, well, strange to some, we know that it offers a good option for individuals who are hoping to save on budget. If enough are requested, 4-person rooms will be assigned by default to same gender attendees.

If you are traveling with a non-attendee (partner/friend/family member, etc.) and opt to stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites, please only select “Private Room” when registering. We trust that your partner/friend/family member has passed all the vibe checks, but we will not be assigning mixed company shared rooms. We appreciate your understanding.

 

Beyond Adopteen Adult Adopteen Retreat is a build-your-own-adventure type retreat. Lucky for us, we are burdened with an overabundance of things to explore in and around Seattle and Bremerton. Throughout the Retreat, there will be opportunities to sign up for various, optional group excursions (some in the morning, some in the afternoon) and some excursions may overlap with workshop times.

The bulk of Beyond Adopteen’s Adult Adoptee Retreat workshops and keynotes will run on Saturday, with excursions and conversation/networking opportunities scattered throughout the weekend. However, no programming is mandatory. We are here for community and a chance to recharge our batteries. Whatever amount of “official” programming you want to participate in is up to you, but we hope that you are inspired to embrace the experience as much as possible.

The short answer: You will have plenty of time to eat the foods you want to eat and check off at least three of the top Seattle to-do items on your list.

You will definitely not be alone and you will definitely be able to meet new people! Even with our loose schedule structure, this entire retreat is specifically intended to be a care-free, easy, and fun opportunity for the adult adoptee community to meet each other and build new connections! There will be group excursions and conversation/networking opportunities throughout the weekend that will make it arguably impossible to leave without new friends.

You are not required to stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites. We love vacation homes and friend reunions and know that they are often more budget-friendly options than hotels. Please feel free to choose and book whatever accommodations are most comfortable for you!