Goddard College Alumni Weekend Residency

October 6 - October 9

 October 6-9, 2017 | Click here to register by September 22, 2017

The alumni planning committee of Goddard College invites you to an alumni-directed residency weekend to create emergent spaces to:  

  • Gather, share and create in community,
  • Co-develop the Goddard College alumni association,
  • Foster personal/professional growth,
  • Organize opportunities to rise together and create a world that is socially and ecologically just,
  • Become a voice in the alumni community and be part of shaping Goddard’s future,
  • Cultivate and strengthen networks within the Goddard community, and  
  • Actualize the infinite possibilities of our collective identities.

Join us on October 6-9, 2017 during Vermont’s peak foliage season to rediscover the magic of Goddard College.  

Full weekend registration: ($150)  Click here to Register Today!  NOTE: Registration fees include all of your farm fresh meals throughout the weekend and cover the cost of our support staff including our fine kitchen, facilities, and housekeeping teams. Housing is charged separately and is based on the number of evenings you plan to stay in a single or double room. (This option includes the Great Harvest Dinner)

The Great Harvest Dinner & Haybarn Theatre Alumni Cabaret Registration: ($35) Click here to register for the Great Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 7th.  This option includes the Community Photo at 5:15pm, the Great Harvest Dinner at 5:30-7:30pm, and the Haybarn Theatre Alumni Cabaret at 8pm.  This option is available to those who are unable to attend the full weekend; it does not include full weekend access.  For more information visit: https://www.goddard.edu/event/harvestdinner/.

Please direct registration questions to meg.hammond@goddard.edu, 802-322-1685.

Weekend Schedule:

Please note, this schedule is subject to minor changes.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

3:00 PM Registration Begins
5:30- 7:30 PM Welcome Dinner
8:00 PM Meet & Greet Reception
9:00 PM Bonfire

Saturday, October 7, 2017

7:30-8:30AM Yoga
7:45-9:00AM Breakfast
9:15-9:45AM Welcome and Orientation
10:00-11:00AM Goddard-in-the-World Pecha Kucha
10:00-11:30AM WGDR Storytelling Workshop
11:15-12:15PM Goddard-in-the-World Pecha Kucha
11:15-12:15PM Greatwood Writers’ Salon
12:15-1:30PM Lunch
2:00-4:00PM Envisioning the Alumni Association
4:00-5:00PM Building a Social Justice Alumni Affinity Group
4:00-5:00PM Alumni Association Roundtables,
4:00-5:00PM Frisbee on the Manor Lawn
5:15 PM Community Photo
5:30pm-7:30PM Great Harvest Dinner
8:00-9:30PM Haybarn Theatre Alumni Cabaret
10:00 PM Bonfire


Sunday, October 8, 2017

7:30-8:00AM Peace Walk with Michaela Miller
7:30- 8:00AM TBA
8:00-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00-10:00AM Group Conversation: Next Steps for Alumni Association
9:00-10:00AM Weaving, Cordage & Conversation with EarthWalk
10:00-11:30AM Undoing Institutional Racism
10:00-11:30AM #GoddardIs Recording Sessions with WGDR
10:00-11:30AM Alumni Roundtables
11:45-1:00pm Lunch
1:15-2:45PM Historic Campus Tour
1:15-2:45PM Trail Walk with EarthWalk
3:30- 4:30pm Gamelan Sulukala Performance presented by WGDR
4:45-5:45pm Frisbee pick-up game
4:45-5:45pm Self-guided Hike
5:30-7:00pm Dinner
8:00 PM Expressive Movement Workshop by William Freeman
10:00 PM Bonfire


Monday, October 9, 2017

7:00- 8:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00AM Closing Ceremony
10:00-Noon Farewell Brunch
1:00 PM Check out by 1pm


Alumni Weekend Residency FAQ:  


Is there a registration deadline?

Yes, we ask that you register at least 10 business days prior to the event so the kitchen and housekeeping staff can plan accordingly. Please register by Sept 22, 2017.

Can my registration be reimbursed if I cancel?

Yes, if you cancel by Sept 28, 2017 you will receive a reimbursement minus a $20 processing fee. Cancelation must be made in writing to Meg.hammond@goddard.edu by Sept 28, 2017.

What if I can’t afford the registration fee?

The Alumni Weekend Residency Planning Committee is committed to making this event as accessible and affordable as possible and therefore created a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise money to supplement the costs for those in need. If you would like to request financial support to offset your travel or registration for the Alumni Weekend Residency please use the Alumni Weekend Funding Request Form  by Sept 1, 2017 or reach out to the planning committee at goddardalumni17@gmail.com. Please note: 1) the amount of financial support available will be based on the success of the campaign; 2) funding is capped at $400 per alumni/ae.

Can I bring my spouse, partner, childcare provider, or friend?

Yes, please plan on coming for a productive yet relaxing fun weekend of engagement among Goddard’s alumni community. We would like to welcome those close to you to join in. If they are a part of your community, they are part of ours. Anyone attending does need to pay the registration fee and those planning to stay on campus will need to purchase their housing accordingly.

Can I bring my child(ren)?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your child(ren) but please keep in mind that there is no current programing or childcare provided by Goddard College. Registration for a children under twelve is $35 and will cover all of their meals for the weekend. Housing will need to be purchased separately to accommodate for your child(ren).

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not allowed on campus unless they are your service or emotional support animal. Alumni who have service or emotional support animals as an accommodation for documented disabilities should contact us prior to the Alumni Weekend Residency so that the accommodation can be processed.

Can alumni who attended a program in Port Townsend or Seattle attend this event?

Yes, please do! This Alumni Weekend Residency is intended for all alumni from all current and legacy programs and all of Goddard’s campus. (Believe it or not, Goddard College took place in many places throughout its history.) Goddard’s Plainfield, VT campus is the only campus owned by the College which is our least expensive way to host a large gathering at this time. While we recognize that it makes it more difficult for alumni to travel from the west coast we hope it gives reason to visit our beautiful New England campus during its peak foliage season.

Will there be an event on the west coast?

The advancement department is currently working to host Alumni Gatherings in major cities around the country in effort to start Regional Alumni Chapters that collaboratively will be the engine of our new Alumni Association. Recent gatherings were held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brooklyn, and Southern Vermont. Meg Hammond of the Advancement office is currently scheduling gatherings in Seattle, Port Townsend, and Tampa for the coming year. As we grow the Goddard College Alumni Association, it may be possible rotate the location of an Alumni Weekend Residency.

Can I just show up on campus for the Alumni Weekend Residency?

Goddard’s Plainfield campus is not fully operational outside of its low-residency program schedule. The Alumni Weekend Residency registration fee is what is makes it possible to staff the campus for the weekend, prepare meals, chop the wood, provide security, assist registrants, and to provide the campus cleanup which is necessary when many people come together. We encourage you to help sustain Goddard and its efforts to provide alumni gatherings by helping us cover the costs through the registration fee. Your support is what will continue to sustain Goddard.



What’s the deal with meals?

Eating meals together fosters a sense of community and connection. All of your meals throughout the weekend starting with Friday’s welcome dinner through Monday farewell brunch are included in your registration fee. (Friday-dinner/ Saturday-breakfast, lunch dinner/ Sunday- breakfast, lunch, dinner/ Monday- farewell brunch) Goddard College is committed to supporting local and organic food sources (and in some cases is able to buy direct from our local alumni farmers!) The kitchen is thankful for your support and hopes to meet your dining needs.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

Goddard College aims to meet your dietary needs. When you fill out the registration form you will be presented with a question to this regard. In addition, the kitchen staff are happy to help answer questions or seek solutions. Please reach out as you need.


Do I have to have a roommate to choose a double room?

No, if you would like to stay in a double room you don’t need to indicate who your roommate will be. Those who leave this question blank on the registration will be assigned a roommate.

Can I stay off campus?

Yes, you are more than welcome to seek alternative housing during this gathering but we encourage you to stay on campus for a more united community feel. If you are interested in finding alternative housing options click here to see some of your options or try Airbnb.com. Please keep in mind that this is peak foliage season for Vermont so you must plan ahead to book hotels, etc.


How do I possibly get to Plainfield, VT?

Yes, Plainfield is not the easiest place to get to and obviously not an easy place to leave based on the amount of Goddard alumni living in the hills of central Vermont. Please visit this following link for all of your transportation needs: https://www.goddard.edu/about-goddard/plainfield-transportation/

Is there a carpooling system?

If you are interested in sharing a ride with someone who is attending from your area, please post your offering or need for a ride-share here.


Will there be a last minute option to present during the weekend?

Yes, if you know that you want to participate in a particular program such as the cabaret or the pecha kucha go ahead and sign up so we can get an estimated count for participants even if you are not quite sure what you will present. If you don’t want the pressure to decide now or the moment moves you and you are encouraged or decide last minute to present, we are here to remind you that Goddard College is good at making spontaneity prosper.


Alumni Weekend Scholarship Fund:

The Alumni Weekend Residency Planning Committee is committed to making this event as accessible and affordable as possible.  To do this we have created this GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise money to supplement the costs for those in need. The amount of financial support we will be able to provide is based on the success of this campaign!  Click this link to join our campaign!  *This fund is created by alumni for alumni and is not being managed by the College. 


We look forward to connecting with you!

The Alumni Weekend Planning Committee:  Sophia Maravell, Britta Love, Maria Segura, Celeste Ross, Jennifer Arlia, Michaela Miller, Martina Bottinelli, TJ McGlinchey, Vanessa Steck, Nicolette Stosur-Bassett, Caity Bryant, Silvia Perdiguero, Tina Baldera, Tyson Pease, Jacqueline Fischer, and Karla Haas Moskowitz.

Click here to register today!


Additional Questions? Comments? Concerns?  

Organizing a one-size fits all event for alumni from around the country and beyond who come from various economic and cultural backgrounds is not a simple task.  We are working hard to make this event as accessible as possible and hope to meet the needs and desires of all of our alumni.  If you have questions, comments and/or concerns please reach out and help us find a solution!  Please direct your questions to Meg Hammond at meg.hammond@goddard.edu or 802-322-1685.



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