Welcome back, Sophomores!

This year, we'll get back to what we do best - bringing students together, exploring our environment and building new relationships with the people and places that matter most. We're excited to re-start this journey with you! 

If you are a first year student who completed just one semester in the Fall of 2020 or Spring of 2021, you are welcome to join these experiences as well! 

An information session about SMOREs was hosted in mid-July. 

View the SMORES info session

You can also receive more information about our SMOREs offerings, by signing up here.

ADVENTURE WITHIN: UVM Mindfulness and Connection Retreat
Monday, August 23 - Thursday, August 26

Register for this four-day, three-night retreat which will take place before the start of a very busy semester. You'll find space for yourself and time with others while we reflect and set new intentions for the year ahead. 

What is "Adventure Within?"

"Adventure Within" is a pre-arrival experience for sophomores centering mindfulness and connection. Whereas many adventures take you out to the wilderness, this adventure guides you to go within; to connect to yourself, to one another and to the beauty and wonder of the more than human world. This 4-day, 3-night mindfulness retreat takes place at Camp Common Ground surrounded by the rolling hills of Starksboro, Vermont. Participants stay in rustic but well-maintained cabins, nestled in a maple forest, with access to hot water, electricity, flush toilets and indoor showers. Wheelchair accessible lodging is also available. Meals are catered by Blossom catering, which specializes in plant based whole foods using as many local organic ingredients as possible. The daily retreat schedule includes a variety of contemplative activities to engage in such as meditation, yoga, dance, wisdom talks, guided hikes and small groups to connect and dive deep with other participants. The retreat environment allows time and space to be quiet, to be social, to be still, to move, to rest and to play but most importantly to be yourself and to tune into what you need. The retreat staff is there to guide and support you, to welcome ALL parts of you, and to create a container for authentic connection and growth that you can carry with you into the upcoming school year. No previous experience with contemplative practices is needed and all identities are celebrated and welcome!

What will I learn? 

We know this last year and a half was a HUGE challenge and we want to provide you with an opportunity to come into your school year filled with connection and resilience. The foundation for this retreat is the contemplative practice of mindfulness. On this retreat you will get to explore how mindfulness can be supportive both personally and interpersonally. Essentially mindfulness is about training the mind to return to the present moment over and over again with a sense of nonjudgmental curiosity and kindness guided by an intention to reduce harm for ourselves and others. Contrary to what you might have heard, mindfulness is not about clearing your mind or getting rid of thoughts. So if you think, “I can’t meditate because my mind is always running,” no need to worry! Meditation and mindfulness are about practicing awareness and acceptance towards ourselves, our thoughts, and strong emotions – not making them go away! How each person practices mindfulness is different based on identity, life experiences, and what sparks your interest. This retreat gives you the opportunity to really dive deep and explore what mindfulness can look like for you, so that you can bring these skills and practices to your life in college and beyond.

What will a typical day look like at the retreat? 

There will be periods of guided silence during the retreat and also a lot of time to connect and talk with other participants. During guided periods of silence there will always be someone available for questions and support.  Dark blue times are silent. Light blue times are not silent. Schedule is subject to changes.

6am Optional sunrise hike
7:00 Wake up
7:30 Movement and sitting meditation
8:00 breakfast
8:30 mindful clean up and free time
9:15 morning meditation program
11:30 small groups
12:30 lunch
1:00 mindful clean up and free time
2:30 workshops ( a variety of workshops will be offered by staff and student leaders)
4:00 movement practice ( yoga, dance, hiking, etc.)
5:30 dinner
6:00 mindful clean up and free time
7:00 lovingkindness
7:30 walk
8:00 wisdom talk
8:30 small groups and snacks
9:30 sitting meditation
10:00 prep for bedtime (camp fire on last night)

What should I bring? 

Packing list

  • A warm sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Sun Hat, sunglasses
  • Long Pants and shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks (include an extra pr.)
  • PJ’s
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals for pond or shower
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Other toiletry items
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping Bag (or sheets & blankets)
  • Pillow

Optional/Activity Specific:

  • Bathing suit (if you want to swim in pond)
  • water shoes (for pond)
  • Day pack for hiking (if you want to participate in guided hikes)

Things to leave at home:

  • Video games & electronics
  • Cell phones (You can bring this, but we will invite you to have it off during the whole retreat)
  • Candles or fuel operated lanterns
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol & drugs (of course please bring your prescription medication(s))
  • Snacks or food (unless you have specific dietary restrictions that cannot be accommodated for. We ask for you to keep food in the communal kitchen and not in your cabin.)

What is the cost? 

We are delighted to say that we are able to keep the cost of this program very low. The cost to participate is $75! If that is an economic barrier for you to participate we can provide financial assistance. Please register as normal if you'd like to apply for financial assistance, as you will be prompted in the process.

What does arrival day look like? 

On August 23rd, you'll be able to access your residental hall and move into your room starting at 9am. You'll first go to you hall for check in where you will receive your key to you room. You'll have until 1pm to move into your room. Registration for Adventure Within will take place from 1pm-2pm at the Davis Center. Lunch will not be provide on August 23rd, so please arrive to registration having already eaten. At this time, we will make sure we have all the forms we need from you and that you have everything on the packing list. By 2:30pm we will load the bus and head to the Common Ground Center. 

What does the return day look like? 

On August 26th, you'll leave the Common Ground Center after lunch to return to campus around 2:30pm. At this point, you'll be able to get back into your room and you and free to do your own thing! You'll have access to your on campus meal plans starting at dinner on August 26th. You are welcome to be on campus and enjoy Burlington until the start of the semester. 

 

Register

SOPHOMORE SUMMER CAMP

Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29

*Please note, this event is currently sold out. We are working on adding more spaces. Please fill out the above form to be added to the contact list.*

Start the year off with a weekend of camp with fellow Sophomore's on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain. Test your aim at archery, stretch those legs on the climbing wall, take a dip in Lake Champlain to cool off. In the evening you'll enjoy smores around the campfire with new friends and old friends too! 

What is "Sophomore Summer Camp?"

Sophomore Summer Camp is a fun-filled early arrival experience for Sophomores Only! The weekend before the start of the semester, we've rented out an entire camp on North Hero in Lake Champlain for you and your fellow Sophomores to relax, rejuvenated and reconnect before re-entering college. Sophomore Summer Camp will have options for you to chose from! Activities such as archery, climbing, skatepark, art & crafts, canoeing, and swimming are all on the menu. Evenings will be spent with additional activities like campfires and capture the flag! Meals from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday will be served at camp. 

What should I bring? 

Packing list

  • A warm sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Sun Hat, sunglasses
  • Long Pants and shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks (include an extra pr.)
  • PJ’s
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals for pond or shower
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Other toiletry items
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping Bag (or sheets & blankets)
  • Pillow

Optional/Activity Specific:

  • Bathing suit (if you want to swim in pond)
  • water shoes (for lake)

Things to leave at home:

  • Video games & electronics
  • Cell phones (You can bring this, but we will invite you to have it off during the whole retreat)
  • Candles or fuel operated lanterns
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol & drugs (of course please bring your prescription medication(s))
  • Snacks or food (unless you have specific dietary restrictions that cannot be accommodated for. We ask for you to keep food in the communal kitchen and not in your cabin.)

What is the cost? 

We are delighted to say that we are able to keep the cost of this program very low. The cost to participate is $75! If that is an economic barrier for you to participate we can provide financial assistance. Please register as normal if you'd like to apply for financial assistance, as you will be prompted in the process.

What does arrival day look like? 

On August 27th, you'll be able to access your residental hall and move into your room starting at 9am. You'll first go to you hall for check in where you will receive your key to you room. You'll have until 2pm to move into your room. Registration for Sophomore Summer Camp will take place from 2pm-3pm at the Davis Center. Lunch will not be provide on August 27th, so please arrive to registration having already eaten. At this time, we will make sure we have all the forms we need from you and that you have everything on the packing list. By 3:30pm we will load the bus and head to Camp Abnaki. 

What does the return day look like? 

On August 29th, you'll leave the Camp Abnaki after breakfast to return to campus around 1:00pm. At this point, you'll be able to get back into your room and you and free to do your own thing! You'll have access to your on campus meal plans starting at lunch on August 29th. 

 

Register

WEEKEND TRIPS

Sophomores-only! Head out on a hike, an overnight or new adventure on these guided excursions. These trips will be announced in mid-August. 

Sign-up (link coming soon)

SOPHOMORE PROM

That's right, prom! We are going back to the future with this dose of nostalgia. Save the date: September 18 in the Grand Maple Ballroom. 

UVM Bored Event Details (coming soon)