By Todd R. Michaelis, ’90
Aspen Grove offers family-focused retreats year-round.
CRADLED in the arms of Mt. Timpanogos, Aspen Grove provides a secluded escape from the pressures of the world, a retreat that has sheltered thousands of families as they focus for a few days on their relationships with each other. Many such families have participated in the camp’s popular summer vacations, but the less-well-known weekend marriage and family getaways offer similar escapes during the fall and winter.
The twice-yearly marriage retreats and family getaways (each offered both fall and winter) and the annual married-student retreat all provide enjoyable, educational, and strengthening family-centered activities.
“The marriage-retreat weekend was the perfect getaway for my husband and me,” says Lori Ann Jenkins, a BYU employee. “The motivational speakers, picturesque setting, and great food provided a rejuvenating mini vacation.”
Available for BYU alumni and friends, the marriage weekends include recreational activities and lectures about marriage. The Family Fall Break and Family Winter Wonderland, also open to alumni and friends, offer outdoor adventures, including a ropes course and cross-country skiing. The married-student retreat is scheduled for Valentine’s Day and includes marriage workshops and cross-country skiing.
Aspen Grove—located on the scenic Alpine Loop in Provo Canyon, 2.5 miles above Sundance Ski Resort—continues to evolve as a haven for recreational, educational, and spiritual experiences.