Official Reunion FAQ
"I’m not the biggest fan of camping...can I still come and sleep at a hotel?"
Yes you can :) There are a few hotels within a 10-15 minute drive, near Dickson, TN.
"Can children come? Will there be a price break?"
Yes! We only ask that parents fill out a parental supervision waiver at least 10 days before the event, per the request of our hosts. As for family discounts, children under 12 are free.
"Who will be leading worship, speaking, etc?
The whole UP community will be leading & sharing throughout the weekend, along with a bunch of our good friends, spiritual parents, and mentors. We could name some names...naw, you should just come & be surprised later :)
“What about food?”
We will have a selection of food trucks on site serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. All will be reasonably priced. You are welcome to bring your own food as well. There will be limited cooking facilities but you can rely heavily on the campfires if you so desire. Smoky meals are some of the best around.
"When exactly does Reunion begin and end?"
You are free to arrive, set up camp, relax, and get to know your tent neighbors any time after 12pm on Thursday, October 5th. Our first gathering will be that evening around 6pm. The weekend will officially end after lunch on Sunday, October 8th, although you are free to hang out through the afternoon.
"So, what exactly will we do?"
A little bit of everything, really. We'll eat scrumptious meals from local food trucks, revel in extended open-air worship times, participate in collaborative workshops, wrestle with ideas, experience blow-your-mind teaching from our spiritual parents, swap stories of God's faithfulness, and unwind around a massive campfire. You get the idea. It's worth taking a few days off work.
"Why isn't it free?"
Well, it turns out these events are expensive to run. Generators, toilets for days, stages, sound systems, you get the idea...$$$$. And we'd like to honour our guests by compensating them fairly. Comparatively speaking, we think the ticket price is reasonable. We hope you do to:)
“Is this a music festival?”
Kinda. It’s a hybrid spiritual retreat-meets-small music festival. Will there be music? Absolutely. Camping? You bet. There will also be time ample set aside to learn from one another through storytelling and workshops.
“Are animals allowed?”
NO. Only guide dogs are permitted on the farm. If you are registered blind and plan to bring a guide dog, kindly let us know in advance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that we can prepare accordingly.
“How should I prepare for weather?”
Statistically, this is Tennessee's driest time of the year, with highs in the mid 70s & lows in the mid 50s. Typically, it's perfect for camping but just to be safe, we suggest checking the weather forecast before you depart. Packing lightweight layers and a waterproof shell is a safe bet.
“Can I bring my own BBQ?”
It depends. Disposable BBQs or portable fire pits are NOT permitted. Proper BBQs with legs and covers ARE permitted, so long as they are adequately suspended off the ground. There will be large designated fire pits around the site for toasting s'mores, hosting spontaneous songwriter-in-the-round sessions, and enjoying late-night drinks.
“Will there be on-site parking?”
Yes. We have two parking options for Reunion 2017: parking lot or drive-up campsites.
1) Parking Lot: This is the same as last year's parking arrangement but located in a different spot on the grounds. You'll park a few hundred yards off site and hike into the camp area with your gear. Cost: FREE
2) Drive-up Campsites: New for 2017, we're providing a limited number of drive-up campsites. Purchase a Campsite Parking Pass before the event to guarantee your spot or take a gamble on October 5th. We predict these will sell out in advance but if there are leftover drive-up campsites when the event kicks off, they'll be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Cost: $30 in advance; FREE on Oct 5, first come, first served.
“Can we bring our own alcohol?”
People who are legally able to drink (21yrs+) may bring alcohol to the farm. We ask that those who choose to drink do so responsibly. We trust you'll exercise discretion. Anyone who drinks irresponsibly risks being permanently removed from the site. Absolutely no under-age drinking will be tolerated.
"Why are tickets more expensive this year?"
Reunion 2016 was made possible by the insane generosity of many friends. (Thanks, everyone!) We believe in honouring people's time and professionalism by paying them respectably for what they contribute to Reunion. In order to sustainably pull it off again, we need to increase ticket prices by a small margin. We think the cost is beyond fair for a 4-day festival. We hope you agree.