Faith Development Week 2024

July 14 - July 21

Connecting with Our Creative Selves

In our divided world, we urgently need ritual and embodied practice. This year at FDW, we offer creative expression- art, music, and drama- to nurture curiosity and joy. Join us for a week-long exploration of beloved spiritual practices that comfort and empower.
Acknowledging we live in a neurodiverse world, all programming will have a focus on how neurodiversity impacts our curriculum and program planning that can be used in a variety of faith engagement contexts. Our workshops include wisdom from former FDW conferees, UUA staff, and more.

Youth Programming

We offer youth programming for all ages, infants through young adults, in the morning. We also offer childcare for kids 0-5 in the afternoons. Mornings in our youth program are spent enjoying nature on both land and sea. They take island field trips to the Pelican Garden, Marine Lab, Music Barn, and Art Barn. Youth also enjoy telling stories, singing, laughing, making and launching the “famous” bottle rockets on the front lawn, the always popular “duct tape” regatta, and so much more! 

Theme Speaker

Emma’s Revolution, the award-winning activist singer/songwriting duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O!

Minister of the Week

Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, Minister of Spiritual Growth at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (MD)

Program Fee

$175 per adult

$90 per youth

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Adults (18+) 

Standard Shared: $1,222 | Standard Single: $1,662

Motel Shared: $1,504 | Motel Single: $2,207 


Under 6: Free | 6-11 years: $565 | 12-17 years: $809 

Financial Aid

We have one full scholarship available each year, the Rev. Dr. Christine M. Wetzel Memorial Scholarship. More information can be found on the Faith Development Week website.

Boat Schedule

Departure from Portsmouth July 14th 2:20 PM  

Departure from Star Island July 21st 8:50 AM  


Visit Faith Development Week’s contact us page if you have questions.