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Regional Strategy Retreats

This winter, the Real Food Challenge will hold intensive Regional Strategy Retreats around the country. At each, about 20-40 students and veteran organizers will converge for a powerful weekend of strategizing and community-building, workshops, cooking, skill-shares and storytelling. These retreats are geared for students who want to take on (or are in the midst of) real food campaign on their campus--and are ready to dive into RFC's regional and national efforts. 

Below is the list of strategy retreats happening around the country--find the one closest to you!  Click the links below to register!

After registering you can process your $35 registration fee payment here:

Each event will feature a unique series of workshops and discussion -- ranging from trainings on campaign planning to discussions of 'collective liberation' and how we dismantle systems of racism and sexism and homophobia in our work. All participating teams will leave with a full action plan for the spring semester and following year.

These retreats are much more than workshops: we will cook and eat delicious meals together, visit and work with local food justice organizations, and play all sorts of games and interactive activities. Everyone walks away with new friends, allies, concrete skills, and the real tools needed to revolutionize our food system!







As one student from Florida put it:

"Informative. Empowering. This retreat has taught me so much: That it can be done; How to use the tools to get it done; And that I am not alone in this struggle. Everyone was awesome and supportive, which inspires hope that the world can change for the better."

What can you expect from an RFC Leadership Training?

  • RFC and Movement 101: Introductions to the history of the Real Food Challenge and the larger food movement, including conversations on oppression and privilege in the context of food systems & avenues for mobilizing community power for positive social change.
  • Leadership Development: Workshops on strategic campaign planning, story telling, group facilitation, creative event planning, dining service contracts, and engaging community stakeholders.
  • Field trips to local farms and food justice organizations
  • Community: Connect with new partners in this national student movement! Enjoy group meals, late-night jam sessions and dance parties with new friends.
  • Plans for the future: Leave with new friends, concrete skills, and action plans, equipped with REAL goals for REAL change on campus come September.

Check out hightlights from some of our past retreats on Facebook!

Want to host the next Regional Strategy Retreat at your school? Contact us!

Check out our other programs too!