Are you eager to create change in the world?

Have ideas for bettering your community?  

Want to be a part of making an impact?

If so – join us for the Ignite Retreat!

Over the course of 3 days, a team of facilitators, coaches and conspirators will lead you on a journey to discover how you can change the world in a positive way.. From igniting passions to igniting ideas – the weekend is filled with exciting workshops, activities and opportunities to connect you with a tribe of like-minded individuals.

There are three tracks during the retreat and throughout the weekend you are welcome to bounce between any of the workshops that you feel are most relevant to your journey.

Personal Track

For those uncovering their calling, who want to better understand their skills and passions, build self-confidence, and explore the mindset of a social entrepreneur.

Problems Track

Designed for those who have a set of problems that they want to work on but are unsure how to get involved. This track gives you concrete and practical skills.

Project Track

This track is for those who would like to dive deeply into one concrete solution, campus initiative, project, or venture they are actively trying to bring to life.



Connect with a tribe of
across the
American Southeast!

What Can I Expect


Meet Experienced Social Entrepreneurs

Each retreat gives you the opportunity to meet with changemakers from around the country pioneering new solutions to pressing problems. A few of the past groups we have had include (click the logo to play videos of each org):

Connect with an Alumni Tribe of Changemakers

Not only will you have the chance to connect in-person with 100 peers around the campfire each night, you’ll also be invited in to our alumni group of past Ignite Retreat participants.

Dedicate Time to Workshop your Career or Project

The weekend is designed to give you plenty of time to work on a project, get some clarity on potential career paths, or dig deeper into a set of problems you have a heart for. The workshops are incredibly hands-on and experiential.

Get Access to Sullivan Scholar Funds

Students from enrolled Sullivan schools who attend the Ignite Retreat are eligible to receive additional funds through the Sullivan Scholars program to further your changemaking journey. 

Who Will I Get to Meet

During the weekend, there will also be plenty of time to hang out with our facilitators and social entrepreneurs.
Here’s a look at who you can expect to meet at the Ignite Retreat this year.

Who is It For

The Ignite Retreat is designed for a wide range of participants. Whether you are still trying to figure out your role and what skills you have, or if you have an idea or venture that you want to launch and get off the ground, this retreat is for you! 

College Students

The Ignite Retreat is designed largely for university students – from incoming freshman to graduate students – who are seeking to connect their skills and interests in a way that creates positive change.

Young Professionals

The event is also open to recent graduates and young professionals excited to connect with a wider community of changemakers and gain clarity on projects and careers they are pursuing.



General Admission - $425

Students from select Sullivan Schools may be eligible to receive a sponsored ticket. Contact the Sullivan Foundation to find out if you qualify. All attendees get access to the following with their ticket:

  • All meals included (Fri dinner – Sun breakfast)
  • Housing is provided in shared dorm-style rooms on site
  • Transportation to and from retreat venue not included
  • Receive access to an alumni community of changemakers
  • Pitch your project to experienced social entrepreneurs
  • Receive access to Sullivan Scholar funding


Refund Policy

  • 2 weeks out (before March 23) – 50% refund if you cancel OR you can transfer ticket to new student
  • 1.5 week out (before March 28) – no refund for canceling OR you can transfer ticket to new student



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Camp Chestnut Ridge
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Rd, Efland, NC 27243



The Ignite Retreat is made possible through the Sullivan Foundation
and the generous support of our sponsors.