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YMAD Spring 2020 Retreat #1

September 12, 2019 - 2020 Operation Ekata

August 23-24, 2019 Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Team Ekata’s first retreat started off the year with a bang! During the retreat we got to know each other, announced our teams, and came up with a group name; “Ekata” which is the Hindi translation for Unity.

We also learned several valuable lessons including lessons on integrity, vision, four pillars of fundraising, how to give an inspiring speech, and learned how to talk to businesses and corporations.

        Getting to know each other…

 “This weekend started off a bit weird, but that’s only because we didn’t know each other all that well. As soon as we reached the cabin and turned our phones in, we all started talking to one another finding common interests or dislikes. Having all of this time together made me feel like we became more of a team. This retreat has been so much fun, and I can’t wait for what more is to come.”  -Tegan

“While we have been here at the cabin, I love how everyone here just clicked and we instantly felt comfortable and felt that bond between us all. We have also learned good skills to fundraiser and have positive attitudes.”


 Good Eatin’

               “Since we got here, I have learned so much throughout all the screaming, laughing, sugar highs and sugar crashes. I have seen how much working as a team has impacted me. Even in this short amount of time, I have gained so much inspiration from the lessons. I’m super excited to have this opportunity to be a part of YMAD and make a difference!”

-Jenna B.

 Good Times Ahead…

 “This retreat has gotten me really excited for the adventure we have ahead of us! The people in this team have huge hearts, our team name is Ekata which means unity and I think that is perfect because I already feel so connected to this group.



 “Ekata” or Unity- The state of being united or joined as a whole.

  “During my retreat at ymad, the meaning of “ekata” was made known. I have made friends and have become more united. I also learned aspects such as integrity and vision. Lastly, I have gained more love for this program and people through the actions and kindness given.”


The retreat was a major success and we all left with more knowledge than we came with and built friendships that will last a lifetime! We are looking forward to an amazing year of growth and leadership.


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