BLU Retreat Breaking News Update!
BLU was recently notified that our reatreat location will be undergoing major construction for our previously scheduled weekend (Sept 25-27).
The loss of our cherished location could have put us in the position to cancel the retreat this year.
Luckily, a different weekend (Labor Day Weekend September 4-7) was available at a retreat site up the hill from our normal space!
So... BOOK THOSE DATES...
Friday, September 4th, through Monday, September 7th.
This gives us an extra day together, plus the opportunity to experience Malibu from a different perspective... From the top!
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!
What is the BLU Retreat? The BLU retreat is an opportunity for women of African Descent to celebrate, build community, and share good times with women who love women. In the last four years, over 500 women descended upon our 120 acre private wooded retreat in the hills of Malibu to make magic…
With registration, you will
BLU ALL-ACCESS PASS
Which provides access to
ALL retreat activities, events
and workshops, including:
- Welcome Celebration
- Opening Ceremony
- Live Performances
- Workshops and Games
- Afrikan Dance and Drumming Lessons
- Blu Flag Football Game and BBQ
- Singles Meet and Greet
- Wealth Building
- Black Lesbian Film Fest
- Butch/Femme Switch Competition
- Club BLU Give-Aways And More!
What do women do at BLU?
- Meet new people
- Build long-lasting friendships
- Stay cabin-side and get the "BLU's Gone Wild' community experience
- Refresh and rejuvenate in Sunny California Treat yourself!
So, whether you're seeking personal growth, networking, or just a place to kick off your shoes and be you, BLU has got what you want and need.
Events and Activities
The weekend offers dozens of interactive workshops, lively discussion groups, and a dazzling array of performances, including musicians, poetry, vocalists, and dance.
You can take our hike into the hills, walk down to the beach, or relax under the old oak canopies.
Experience our drumming circle, our Afrikan dance class,or even black lesbian centered kraftwork.
We have sports for the athletically inclined (or those who would like to be) including a basketball tournament and a flag football game that is not to be missed…
And take heart: we also have opportunities in case you want to release your inner cheerleader!
We have events for singles, as well as couples, we have events for singles who become couples...
If you are a “newbie”, have no fear, you will be embraced by the community and will feel connected within 15 minutes of arrival. Guaranteed!
Location, Location, Location!
For this weekend, we take over an amazing conference facility, just steps from the beach. This retreat is well suited for the nature lover, or the urban sistahs who “don’t do dirt!” We will be nestled in a rustic canyon lined with old oak, sycamore and eucalyptus trees. All activities are within easy walking distance, with much of the path following a shaded creek, which provides an atmosphere secluded from the outside world.
We have several different types of accommodations from our cabin facilities (which hold 8-10 women), with each cabin having attached restroom facilities. For those who desire more privacy, there are a limited number of private style rooms... more information will be coming out shortly! We also a camping option for our nature loving sistahs, and and Camper/Van option for those who bring their comfort with them!
Your “all-inclusive” registration includes five delicious meals, which are lovingly served family style in our SistahCentral communal space. The meals are a place to replenish your body as well as your soul… the experience of hundreds of us breaking bread together is one that you will not soon forget.
Most areas are accessible, yet certain areas may pose difficulty for some women. For those who are differently-abled, we do provide “SistahShuttle” service for those who need additional assistance with mobility, sign language interpreters (if requested), and assistance by our team of volunteers to ensure that every sistah is able to participate as fully as possible.
Please advise us on your registration form if you will be in need of additional services.
Clean and Sober
The BLU retreat is a clean and sober event. Alcohol, non-prescription drugs, and prescriptions drugs that are not prescribed to you, are strictly prohibited on the premises. Please respect this policy.
The BLU Crew
There are many opportunities to volunteer on the land once you arrive. We appreciate our volunteers greatly. Providing service on the BLU Crew allows us to present the BLU Retreat at an affordable price, plus it's a great way to meet some amazing women! If interested in volunteering, fill out our volunteer form, or contact us via our contact page.
If you have speciallized skills, such as sound engineering, lights, medical training, or a lifeguard certificate, please contact us as soon as possible!
If you are interested in presenting a workshop or activity, click here!