Winter Retreat. It’s coming. One incredible weekend to get away from homework and exams and spend a few days meeting some super cool people and connecting with God.

Plus, if this is your first ever CSF retreat, you get a special discount! That’s a deal and a half right there!

It’s all going down in Gatlinburg, TN, February 2–4. Amazing worship. Great teaching. Tons of people. The cost is just $79. Questions? Get in touch!


Winter Retreat is a weekend to get away from the craziness of campus for a few days, meet tons of great people, play some rad games (do people still say “rad?”), explore Gatlinburg, and worship together!

Play board games, explore downtown Gatlinburg (we’re staying right on the strip!), hang out with a few hundred of your new best friends, study/homework, eat so many fruits by the foot (fruit by the feet?), procrastinate from studying/homework, worship with an amazing band, hear some incredible messages from the one and only Rob McDowell, and lots, lots, lots more. Winter Retreat is basically like Fall Retreat’s super chill cousin.

Anyone and everyone. Especially you! Winter Retreat is for introverts and extroverts. It’s for people who grew up and church and people who are still searching for what they believe. For people who have never set foot in CSF, and people who basically live here. If you want to have an incredible (and incredibly chill) weekend meeting new people, relaxing, and exploring what it might look like to follow God in college, Winter Retreat is for you.

We’re staying at River Terrace resort right on the strip in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN (240 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738).

We carpool! Sign up for a ride at the pre-Winter Retreat meeting after Synergy before retreat! If you can’t make it to the meeting, just email us at [email protected] or call/text 859.273.5433.

No worries! We never want anyone to skip Winter Retreat because they’re worried about money. While we work hard to make Winter Retreat as affordable as possible (and give a discount to all retreat first-timers), we understand that money can be tight sometimes.

If you need help paying for Winter Retreat, email [email protected] and we’ll figure out how to make it happen.

Clothes (Cozy stuff for hanging out at the hotel and playing games, swimsuit if you want to hop in that pool, warm stuff for exploring Gatlinburg)
Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, etc.) + Any meds you take
Bible (if you have one) + Journal + Pen
Phone Charger
Games for downtime
Whatever else you want to bring!
Air mattress/sleeping bag (if you have one—we need a few students to volunteer to sleep on air mattresses to make sure we have plenty of room!)
No pets :(

That’s the point! Winter Retreat is the PERFECT PLACE meet new people! We’ll have tons of hangout time for you to play games, explore Gatlinburg, and make a billion new friends. Introverts and extroverts alike, Winter Retreat is for you.

Then you’re out of luck. Sorry!
Just kidding. If you have any other questions, email us!

Christian Student Fellowship