Community Retreat FAQ

Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center is nestled amidst the picturesque Ozark Mountains in Branson, Missouri. The property is set against the backdrop of Table Rock Lake, providing breathtaking views that create a sense of tranquility and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The closest airport to Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri is the Branson Airport (BKG), also known as Branson National Airport. It is approximately 13 miles (about 21 kilometers) away from Chateau on the Lake. This airport is the most convenient option for travelers heading to this region.

Travelers can also fly into Springfield Branson National Airport, which is about 75 minutes from the hotel.

Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center

415 North State Highway 265

Branson, Missouri 65616

The transportation options available to arrive at Chateau on the Lake Resort and Conference Center are: 

  1. Airport: The closest airport to Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri is the Branson Airport (BKG), also known as Branson National Airport. It is approximately 13 miles (about 21 kilometers) away from Chateau on the Lake. 
  2. Airport Shuttle: The SUDC Foundation will be providing shuttle services at specific scheduled times throughout Thursday afternoon from the Branson National Airport to the hotel.
  3. Car Rental: Many visitors prefer renting a car, especially if they are arriving from a nearby city or airport. This provides flexibility and convenience, allowing you to explore the surrounding area. The airport provides several rental car services, please check with the airport which you plan to fly into.
  4. Taxi or Ride-Sharing Services: Taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft are available in the Branson area. You can use these services for transportation from the airport or other locations to Chateau on the Lake.
  5. Limousine Services: Ambassador Car Service of Branson, and Uber are both available for private transportation.

The hotel does not provide childcare at this time. The SUDC Foundation is currently exploring options to assist families with childcare, so that all the adults in each party can attend sessions together. More information regarding costs and availability will be provided soon.

The calculations below assume that individuals are flying, that a family of 4 is sharing one hotel room, and certain costs, like transportation and incidentals, are shared. The base food cost has been adjusted to reflect the assumption of shared meals for a family of 4. Actual costs may still vary.


$600 per person
$2400 per Family of 4

$75 per person
$200 per Family of 4

Transportation to Venue
$200 per person
$200 per Family of 4

$526.42 per person
$526.42 per Family of 4

Hotel (3 nights/1 room)
$580 per room

Financial assistance is available for those in need. The SUDC Foundation has established the Unity Fund, specifically designed to provide support and subsidize attendance for individuals facing financial constraints. This fund is a testament to the Foundation’s commitment to inclusivity and ensuring that the retreat is accessible to as many individuals as possible.

The Unity Fund application process opened on February 1st, allowing individuals to apply for financial assistance to help cover the costs associated with attending the retreat. The Unity Fund is now closed. The Foundation understands the importance of making the retreat accessible to all members of the SUDC community and encourages those in need to take advantage of this resource.

The SUDC Foundation Community Retreat offers complimentary attendance to individuals registered with the SUDC Foundation. The Retreat covers all programming expenses and includes the cost of select meals. 

The SUDC Foundation will also cover the $12.50 per room daily resort fee. 

The Chateau on the Lake Resort amenities include: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Refrigerator
  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Plush Bedding
  • Flat-Screen HDV
  • Writing Desk with Chair
  • Alarm Clock Radio
  • Gilchrist & Soames Toiletries
  • Iron & Ironing Board, Safe, & Hair Dryer
  • Self-parking

**2023 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award

Parking is complimentary in the hotel lot. Garage parking is available for $10 per day, and valet parking is available for $20.00 per day. Parking is the responsibility of each attendee as applicable.

Meals: The Retreat will cover select meals. Participants will be responsible for the following meals: Thursday night dinner, Sunday lunch,  and Snacks & other incidentals, etc… 

Hotel accommodations are available at a discounted group room rate of $159.00 per night + tax if booked by: August 27, 2024.

The weekend at the SUDC Foundation Community Retreat is thoughtfully designed to provide a supportive and healing experience for attendees. The general flow typically includes a blend of therapeutic activities, group sessions, and opportunities for connection. Here’s an overview:

  1. Welcome Reception: The retreat usually begins with a welcome reception, setting the tone for the weekend and providing an overview of the available activities.
  2. Group Sessions: Throughout the retreat, there are dedicated group sessions where participants can share their experiences, emotions, and insights. These sessions often create a safe space for open dialogue and mutual support.
  3. Therapeutic Workshops: The schedule often includes therapeutic workshops led by professionals. These may cover various aspects of grief, coping mechanisms, and tools for healing.
  4. Memorial Activities: The Community Retreat will incorporate memorial activities and a memorial ceremony on Saturday to honor and remember the children who have passed away. These activities aim to provide a meaningful and comforting experience for attendees.
  5. Breakout Sessions: Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in smaller breakout sessions focused on specific topics or activities, allowing for more personalized discussions and connections.
  6. Recreational and Relaxation Time: The schedule will include breaks for recreational and relaxation activities, providing moments for attendees to unwind, connect with nature, or enjoy the amenities of the retreat location.
  7. Unity and Connection: The retreat often emphasizes the importance of unity and connection within the SUDC community. Attendees may find comfort and strength in building relationships with others who share similar experiences.
  8. Closing Ceremony: The weekend usually concludes with a closing ceremony, providing a reflective space to acknowledge the shared journey and the support gained throughout the retreat.

Please check back frequently to see our schedule updates which will be posted on this website and also on the SUDC Foundation Network. We recommend that you register for each of the workshops.

The SUDC Foundation Community Retreat welcomes a diverse and supportive community of individuals affected by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). Attendees often include newly bereaved families, siblings, grandparents, and relatives who share a common connection through the experience of losing a child suddenly and unexpectedly. 

The retreat is designed to provide a compassionate space for sharing, healing, and fostering connections with others who have faced similar challenges. It offers a supportive environment for learning, emotional support, and building lasting connections within the SUDC community.

Absolutely, it is perfectly okay to attend the SUDC Foundation Community Retreat either by yourself or with your partner, family member, or friend. The retreat is designed to be inclusive and welcoming to individuals who have experienced the loss of a child to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC).

During the retreat, a variety of activities are planned to cater to different preferences and needs. There will be group sessions where attendees can share their experiences, feelings, and insights. These sessions provide a supportive space for connecting with others who understand the unique challenges of SUDC.

Additionally, the retreat offers inclusive activities such as workshops, therapeutic sessions, and communal gatherings, fostering an environment where individuals and their support networks can find comfort, understanding, and a sense of community. 

Whether you come alone or with a companion, the retreat is structured to accommodate everyone, promoting healing and connection within the SUDC community.

Deciding whether you’re ready to attend the retreat is a personal consideration, and it depends on various factors. Take a moment to reflect on the following:

  1. Expectations: Consider what you hope to gain from the retreat. Whether it’s relaxation, family bonding, or personal growth, having clear expectations can help you assess your readiness.
  2. Preparedness: Ensure that you have all the necessary logistical details sorted, such as travel arrangements, accommodation, and any required documentation. Feeling prepared can contribute to a more positive experience.
  3. Openness: A family retreat often involves activities and interactions with others. Assess your openness to new experiences, meeting new people, and engaging in group activities.
  4. Emotional Readiness: Check in with your emotional state. If you’ve been dealing with stress or challenges, consider whether you’re in a mindset to benefit from the retreat. Retreats often provide a supportive environment for self-reflection and healing.
  5. Physical Well-being: Assess your physical well-being to ensure you’re up for any travel and planned activities. If you decide to  involve yourself in any of the  physical activities available, make sure you are prepared and comfortable participating.
  6. Commitment: Evaluate your commitment to fully engage in the retreat. Being present and actively participating can significantly enhance your experience.

If, after considering these factors, you feel mentally, emotionally, and logistically ready, it’s likely that you are prepared to attend the Community Retreat. However, if you have specific concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to us for more information or guidance at: [email protected]  

Ultimately, the decision to attend should align with your personal goals and well-being. We hope you have a fulfilling and enriching experience at the Community Retreat!

Absolutely. The SUDC Foundation Community Retreat welcomes individuals who have experienced the loss of a child, regardless of whether the cause of death has been determined, is unknown, or falls outside the classification of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). The retreat is designed to provide support, restoration, renewal,  and connection for all participants  navigating the challenges of child loss.

The shared experiences, understanding, and compassion within the community extend to those facing the complexities of undetermined or non-SUDC-related causes of death. The retreat aims to create a supportive environment where individuals from various circumstances can come together to find solace, healing, and a sense of belonging within the broader landscape of child loss.

Please reach out to the SUDC Foundation at [email protected]. The Chateau on the Lake’s  culinary team is experienced in accommodating various dietary restrictions and allergies and will ensure that suitable options are available for you and your family.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring your stay with us is comfortable and enjoyable. If you require specific accommodations, please reach out to the SUDC Foundation at [email protected].

The last day to reserve a hotel room at the group rate is August 27, 2024.

The Chateau on the Lake Hotel policy requires a 48-hour notice for cancellations or changes to reservation dates. To cancel or make any date changes, please ensure that the request is submitted at least two (2) days before the scheduled check-in date.

The SUDC Foundation prefers that attendees notify us of cancellation within (ten) 10 days of the event. This is to ensure we provide accurate food and beverage numbers to the hotel.

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