Young Adults Conference: Go On Being

June 9 or June 12, 2018 to June 16, 2018

The Young Adults Conference (YAC), is a radical combination of summer camp, experimental community and spiritual retreat. This year’s theme, “Go On Being”, explores how inner experience is impacted by the outer world. Programming will provide space to share experience; create and destroy; and discover what happens when we “Go On Being”.

YAC is an intentional community for people living the early decades of adulthood. We seek to establish ourselves and define our world view, communicate our ideas and live by our principles. We may struggle through droughts of creativity, question our spiritual direction and realign our core concepts of self-identity as we discover our view of adulthood. Some of us pursue degrees, others careers and still others pursue alternative paths, all of which afford us powerful and formative experiences.

Our programming will include discussions, workshops, seminars, special guests and Worship services that experiment with tradition and innovation while encouraging spontaneous authentic experience. YAC provides a space to share experience; learn from one another; create and destroy; debate and reflect; laugh and cry and be your true self. The early years of adulthood are often a time of personal inquiry, spiritual introspection, and self-discovery. Defined independently yet with respect to our family, our friends and our community, we become ourselves. As adults, we experience grief and joy in new ways and frequently without the frameworks we came to rely upon as young people. As we begin to ask ourselves who we are, what we do and who we can become, a need emerges for a safe space to explore such spiritual questions in depth and in the context of community. YAC offers such a space. YAC challenges us to speak to each other and listen and participate without judgment.

Deeply tied to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s core principles, YAC is dedicated to the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Our programming reflects this spirt and allows us to play, explore and express ourselves in simple yet radical ways. We will share our talents and skills with each other in our workshops and our activities. We will enrich our creativity and our spirituality. YAC also offers respite at Star Island where one may enjoy a quiet sunset, be lulled by the ocean, or join in on many of our group activities. You can join the softball team, jam with fellow musicians, take a yoga class, or sing your heart out at karaoke night. You may also use the week to take time to yourself, relax with a good book, and catch up with old friends. YAC invites you to experience our community and Star Island and experience self-discovery by becoming lost in group experience. ”


Though YAC welcomes children under the age of 6, there is no child specific programming offered.

Minister of the Week


Program Fee

$125 per person for 7-night stay; $100 per person for 4-night stay; $25 per person per night for any other duration

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

***Online registration will not be collecting a deposit or the programming fee.  It will be free to register online. You will pay the full cost of room & board on the island. YAC will be collecting their programming fees directly.

Young Adults Adult Rate
7 Nights $885
4 Nights $550


Scholarship applications due by Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Check for more information.

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, June 9
Departure: Portsmouth 12:55 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 1:55 p.m
Tuesday, June 12
Departure: Portsmouth 12:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 1:25 p.m
Saturday, June 16
Departure: Star Island 10:45 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 12:00 p.m.


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