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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been following the news, then you know COVID-19 is on the rise including new variants. We are working diligently to follow appropriate guidelines for group gatherings and keep you as safe as possible. That’s why it’s imperative that you review in detail our updated COVID-19 Testing policy below. It is critical that you read and follow these instructions carefully for us to ensure the safety and health of all participants. 


    1. All participants must take an at-home antigen test no more than 24 hours before your expected arrival time to Denver. If you arrive to Denver ahead of 9/2, the same rule applies.

    2. The antigen test must be a BinaxNow COVID-19 antigen self-test, which you can purchase from your local CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club stores.


    1. We are using a verified app called NAVICA to track at-home testing results. The app is FREE, available for both iPhone and Android, and is easy to navigate.  

      1. If you are an iPhone user, download the app HERE

      2. If you are an Android user, download the app HERE.

      3. If you prefer to use the website version of the app, you can do so HERE.

    2. We recommend downloading the app now and creating an account. To create an account, enter your address and additional details. You can select “Travel” as your primary use. 


    1. Open the app and on the Welcome screen page, select “Self Report a Result” and confirm the test details. Make sure to have your BinaxNow test in hand. 

    2. Follow the instructions to scan the QR code on the front of the test card to link the test card to your NAVICA profile. 

    3. Conduct your rapid test at home, carefully following the instructions outlined in your testing box. 

    4. After 15 minutes, report the result of your test in the NAVICA app. 


    1. If negative, you’re good to go! We ask that you show your result at check-in.

    2. If positive, we ask you to stay home and recover. You will unfortunately not be able to attend this year’s event. 

      1. Participants who test positive will be able to roll over their registration fee to next year’s Stress Protest less 20% administration fee.  Make sure to keep your results on your phone. You will be asked to show your negative test result upon check-in at the Welcome Lounge. 

REMINDER: Your self-reported test but be taken within 24 hours of your arrival to Denver.* 


    1. Masks will be required in the Welcome Lounge and on the bus ride to the YMCA. Please be sure to bring one with you. Masks are optional throughout the rest of the weekend and events. 


    1. Upon arrival to the YMCA, all participants will be given a FlowFlex rapid antigen self-test in your welcome bags. You will be expected to test in your rooms or lodges immediately before engaging in any activities. 

    2. If you test negative, you’re good to go! No self-reporting is required.

    3. If you test positive, you must let the Lodge Leader on duty know immediately. You will be provided transportation back to Denver where you are expected to identify and follow your own steps for recovery and healing. 

      1. Participants who test positive will be able to roll over their registration fee to next year’s Stress Protest less 20% administration fee.  Make sure to keep your results on your phone. You will be asked to show your negative test result upon check-in at the Welcome Lounge. 

      2. Participants who need assistance with their care plan in Denver, can call 855-GRL-TREK. 

It’s imperative we all take proper precautions in the days leading up to Stress Protest to limit our likelihood of contracting COVID-19. We recommend masking up indoors and limiting your exposure to other group gatherings. We don’t want you to miss out on the event. We ask for your cooperation and understanding to provide a safe space for all! 

If you have additional questions about the on-site testing policy, you can email us at

We ask all attendees to arrive at Denver International Airport no later than 2pm MT on Friday, Sept 2nd. The earlier you arrive, the better and more quickly you can be transported to the YMCA and settled in. 

Once you arrive, you will be directed to gather at the welcome lounge at the Westin Hotel, which is connected to the airport. You will sign in at the welcome lounge, take a rapid COVID-19 test, and be transported to the YMCA by bus. It is about a 2-hour commute.

The final bus will depart at 3pm MT and arrive to the YMCA by 5pm MT. Upon arrival to the YMCA, you will check-in to your rooms. Dinner will be provided prior to the opening ceremony, which will kick off promptly at 7pm MT.

Anyone who arrives after 3pm MT on Friday may have to arrange their own transportation to the YMCA. We highly encourage everyone to arrive as early as possible on Friday in time for the start of the opening ceremony.

There is no scheduled programming for Monday so guests can choose to leave anytime that day. Transportation will be provided from Estes Park to Denver International Airport as early as 3am MT to arrive to the airport around 5am MT.

Absolutely! Hundreds of women have come over the years and left with new friends from all walks of life. We are intentional about pairing participants in rooms with sisters with similar interests.

We sure hope you don’t have to cancel.

 Hundreds of beautiful Black sisters from all over the world are looking forward to seeing you on the mountaintop. Keep this promise to yourself sister. You are worth it.

However, we understand life can happen, so we have the following cancellation policy that allows you to cancel for a partial refund in case of extenuating circumstances:

  • Initial Deposits are non-refundable
  • Processing Fees are non-refundable (late fees included)
  • Up until June 15 – 50% is refundable (including the non-refundable items stated above)
  • As of July 1 – 25% is refundable (including the non-refundable items stated above)
  • As of August 1 – 0% is refundable, 100% penalty applies

There will be no refunds for arriving late or leaving early. We will not be held responsible for any additional travel expenses incurred in preparation for canceled retreats including airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or illness. Therefore, we recommend that you purchase a travel insurance (with trip cancellation coverage) policy.

If you absolutely must cancel, consider being a sisters-keeper. Your registration is transferrable and allows you to transfer your registration to another woman in the unfortunate event that you are unable to attend.

To cancel/transfer your registration, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel/transfer your registration to StressProtest@GirlTrek.Org by the above cancellation deadlines.

In the event that COVID-19 cases begin to spike and prevent us from hosting this year’s event, GirlTrek will be forced to cancel. If this occurs, refunds will not be administered. However, payments can be rolled over to account for registration the following year (2023). 

You may want to consider getting travel insurance:

  • Although travel insurance is not required, we do recommend that you consider purchasing it.
  • The basic purpose of a standard travel insurance policy (with trip cancellation coverage) is to reimburse travelers for their insured pre-paid and non-refundable trip costs in the event they have to cancel their trip due to a covered reason.
  • Travel insurance can be purchased through your travel agent, or you can visit to purchase your own.

If you have a discount code for registration, you can redeem it during checkout on the registration page.

There will be a box designated “coupon” where you will input the code your were provided by GirlTrek.

When registration closes on August 14, 2022, all registered attendees will receive an email that includes a form that will enable you to select your roommate(s). Please be advised your roommate(s) will need to already be registered to attend Stress Protest.

Unfortunately, no single-occupancy rooms are available. If you do not have a roommate, not to worry. We will provide a questionnaire to all attendees in need of a roommate. The questionnaire will provide us with insights on your personality and interest, thus informing how we pair attendees as roommates. This is the method we have used for room assignments for the past 2 years with great success.

Yes! We hosted an informational session where we shared tips on what to expect, things to pack and how to prepare for the event. 

You can watch the recording HERE if you missed it. 

Like Badu taught us, we ain’t no bag ladies! 
Please review the packing list HERE and commit to only bringing the necessities on this trip. 

We’ve designed #StressProtest for a variety of health and fitness levels. We have activities for the very active and for those who may not be engaged in any fitness at all. We do hope that you will at least try a low impact activity for the sake of getting the blood flowing and body pumping.

GirlTrek’s mission is to get one million Black women to walk 30 minutes a day. But when it comes to #StressProtest, this is YOUR self-care retreat, and the ultimate goal is for you to relax and destress.

We are so ready to have a transformational outdoor experience with you! Please check out the Stress Protest Hike FAQ to prepare physically and mentally.

Yes. We have lots of vegetarians and vegans in our tribe. We’ve made sure that there are food options to accommodate most food types.
While #StressProtest is not designed with a specific religion or spiritual practice, the weekend does offer many different faith systems and healing traditions in the forms of workshops and experiences.

Although we describe the retreat as rustic, we’re not camping. The venue is the YMCA of the Rockies. All participants will be housed in lodges that are comparable to 3-star hotel accommodations. 

It’s not a glamour getaway but it isn’t necessarily “roughing it” either. We chose modest accommodations to keep the prices affordable for the average Black woman.

#StressProtest caters to all Black women ages 18 and up. We host everyone from budding college students to seniors with swag.

There will be an abundance of activities to engage in over the course of the weekend. We will have nearly 50+ facilitators leading various workshops and adventures including yoga sessions, archery, rock climbing, hiking, sound baths, and various spiritual healing sessions to help make the retreat the most transformative experience. Registrants will be able to sign up for their preferred sessions once the final schedule releases in late August.

2022 Registration is now open


Don’t wait until the last minute. Spaces are very limited and #STRESSPROTEST 2022 will sell out.

early bird 'til

May 31

General open 'til

Aug 14