Do you have more questions about Family Forward: Weekend Adventure? 

Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you still have more questions, please click around on the site or get in touch with us. We're always here to help.

How is the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure different from other retreats?

The focus of the retreat is part education, part inspiration, and is all about getting your adventure on! Workshops will focus on video with our adventure activities giving you the opportunity to apply your skills while hiking through the beautiful slot canyons in the nearby Zion National Park, participating in a paintball tournament, skeet shooting, zip lining, and more.


Who is attending Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

Family Forward: Weekend Adventure is a retreat organized by Mom It Forward for 60 social media influencers.


What should I wear to Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

Think comfort. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Retreat is a very rustic and rugged environment. Here are some ideas of what to pack for your trip to Zion Ponderosa:


  • Jacket or Sweatshirt

  • Hat

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

  • Walking/Hiking ShoesWater Shoes

  • Swim Suit

  • Sunglasses

  • Shorts

  • Long Pants

  • Flashlight

  • Water Hydration Pack


Is there an entrance fee for Zion National Park? 

Zion National Park charges a $25.00 fee per car to access the park. This is good for one week. You also have the option of purchasing an annual pass for $80.00 that is good for all national parks and monuments. 


Do the resort have cell phone service? 



Do the resort allow pets? 

Sorry, no pets. 


Does the resort have a business center?

Yes. Copy, Fax and Internet are available. Surcharges will apply.


What are the sponsorship guidelines for attendees being sponsored?

The Family Forward team appreciates all sponsors who make this event possible. Our goal is to respect both individual sponsors and official conference sponsors. So we’ve created some simple guidelines to help you as you approach brands about individual sponsorship options.

We allow you to:

  • Email us to tell us about your sponsorship options: We’re happy to brainstorm options with you to help maximize your sponsor’s investment.

  • Hand out business cards to conference attendees. Your cards may include sponsor information.

  • Wear t-shirts or other branded paraphernalia.

  • Write about your sponsor on your blog and promote on your social media channels, including a reference to Family Forward.

We don’t allow you to:

  • Pass out brochures, pamphlets, swag, lanyards, buttons, or other brand collateral or products in the main conference areas or at official conference activities and events, including sponsored suites.

  • Place display advertising/signage of any kind in the main conference areas or at official conference activities and events.

  • Organize or hold informal events any time from Wednesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 24 during regular conference hours (7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

If you have any questions or want to brainstorm, email us at:


What speakers will be at Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

We will be announcing our speakers at a later date. Stay tuned for more speaker, session, and workshop information.


What if I live close by and do not want to stay at the resort?

Staying on property is up to you. Unfortunately, we cannot refund you the cost of the hotel as this is a package deal and pricing is based on a varity of factors, not solely on the price of lodging.


I heard there were other retreats this year. Where do I learn about those?

You heard right! Family Forward has three retreat options in 2014: one for moms (women) only and the other two that are open to the entire family. Visit and click on the retreat that interest you to learn more!

What are the dates of the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure retreat?

Weekend Adventure begins on Friday, May 16 and ends on Sunday, May 18, 2014.


What exactly is included in the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure Pass?

The following is included in the cost of pass:


  • 1 room in a luxury home at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort for 2 Nights: Friday and Saturday, May 16-18, 2014 (All rooms/homes are shared. Choice of bed—shared/unshared, size, location— is first-come, first-served.)

  • 6 meals and all snacks and beverages

  • Adventure activities (including transportation, required gear, and Zion National Park fees)

  • Discount spa packages

  • Fitness activity (including some required gear)

  • Workshops


Can I pay for my pass on a payment plan?

Full payment is due at the time of online registration to secure your spot at the retreat. We do not offer a payment plan or accept partial payments for registrations. Visit to register.


What if my plans change and I'm unable to attend the event after registration?

All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. However, tickets are transferable. If you’d like to sell your pass, you are welcome to sell it to another person, transfer the funds directly with them, and then have us transfer your ticket. While it is your responsibility to find a buyer for your ticket and while we do need to approve registrants prior to your transfer, we are happy to help promote your ticket for sell and do whatever we can to facilitate your transfer.


Will I need transportation while at the retreat?

No! The hotel and retreat space is on resort property.


When will the details of the schedule for the retreat be available on the website?

Please refer to the schedule listed on the website for the current agenda. We will update the agenda as we get additional details.


Are any meals included in the cost of registration?

Six meals and all snacks and beverages are included in the cost of the pass. 


What are the social media IDs for the Family Forward social spaces?

Please connect with us online at the following:


What is the hashtag for this year’s retreat?

The following are the hashtags:


  • #familyforward

  • #familyforward14


Are there any social media requirements for the attendees?

While we can't require your online promotion, we’d certainly love to share and reminisce about your adventures and meaningful moments via your blog posts, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Vine, and YouTube. 


We will create lists and groups so we can all follow each other. We’d love you to take part in those. We’d also love to promote your posts, so please let us know if you do share and we’ll be sure to promote you. But again, all social media activity is appreciated, but optional.


What is Mom It Forward? How can I receive the most up to date information about all amazing Mom It Forward events?

Mom It Forward focuses on strengthening parents, helping them raise kids with character, and providing opportunities to better their communities with a goal to change the world one parent at a time. We bring family-friendly brands and social media savvy parents together through compensated social media campaigns, in-home and live events, an annual, family-friendly retreats and more.


Interested in joining or referring your blogger friends? Fill out the form and watch for future emails about events, campaigns, and more: 


If I can’t attend the retreat this year, where can I follow all the happenings online?

If you can’t be part of the action first hand, you can always follow along via the Family Forward Facebook page: 


Or the Family Forward Twitter feed: 


Where can I get an event button to post on my site?

Event buttons are available on the website. Click on the About tab and the Buttons option on the drop-down menu to select the size of your button.


Will there be parties at Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

Yes! We will share more information about this at a later date. 


When and where do we checkin for the retreat?

Zion Ponderosa has a main lodge where guests for the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure will check in upon arrival on Friday, May 16, 2014.


Up until what date can I register for the retreat?

You can register for the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure up until 3 days before the event or until it sells out.


Once we’re registered for the retreat, how do I go about booking the lodging?

Leading up to the event, the Mom It Forward team will send out a lodging form wherein guests will have the opportunity to share lodging preferences. The Mom It Forward team will make all housing and sleeping assignments and when guests check in, they will be directed to their assigned house. Lodging requests will be accommodated as possible and will be decided on a first-come, first-served basis.


Where will people sleep and what will the lodging/sleeping arrangements look like? 

We'll have three luxury homes. All rooms and bathrooms are shared. Some beds are shared. Some are not shared. Room/bed assignments will be made by the Mom It Forward team although requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The low rate we are offering is due to the shared accommodations.


What type of lodging options are available for the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

Zion Ponderosa has a variety of lodging options. For the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure, we are taking advantage of their Mountain Vacation Homes, which are luxury accommodations right outside the entrance to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort in a gated community on the border of Zion National Park. We will have three homes where the guests of our resort will stay. Here is more information:


  • General lodging information for the winter vacation homes:

  • The Gathering Place amenities, floor plan, and pictures: 

  • Zion Ridge Family Lodge amenities, floor plan, and pictures:


Are private rooms available for my lodging at the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

The Family Forward: Weekend Adventure pass is based on double (or more) occupancy. All rooms and bathrooms are shared. Some beds are shared and others (bunk beds) are not. In an attempt to make everyone as comfortable as possible, we are not having anyone sleep on top bunks or on sleeper sofas. 


What meals will be provided during the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

All meals and snacks will be provided, beginning with dinner Friday evening and ending with lunch on Sunday afternoon.


For the adventure activities, what if I can't or don't wish to participate in high adventure activities?

No worries! We will have low-, medium-, and high-level adventure activities for all ability and adventure levels. Also, all activities are optional, so if you'd rather hang back, go right ahead!


Will I need a video camera to take part in the video workshop portion of the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure?

Yes! But, even the video camera on your phone can do! No need to buy new or expensive equipment for these workshops. Just make sure to have video capabilities of some sort available.


I would like to recommend the Family Forward: Weekend Adventure to my a friend. Is that possible?

Yes! The only qualifications for this retreat is that attendees must be women and in the blogging/social media space. If your friend(s) meet that criteria, invite away! 


Are spa services available? 

Yes! Juniper Spa is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. As an attendee, you will receive 10% off of the Swedish, Sports, Hot Rock, or Deep Tissue Massage ... the choice is up to you! They are also offering a Special Couples Massage Price of $150 (savings of $30) on Friday and Saturday. Note: A couple massage is defined as two people scheduling a massage at the same time. The massage is a 50-minute massage of any choice (Swedish, Sports, Hot Rock, or Deep Tissue). There is also a discounted price for a Spa Treatment/Spa Scrub & Massage called the Ultimate Relaxation (90 minutes) for a total of $150 (savings of $30). For more information, please visit the site: