Do I have to be a Ruby developer?

Absolutely not! While this retreat is run by Rubyists, it is for the whole developer community and there is something here for everyone!

What is a Ruby Retreat?

Ruby Retreat is an unconference run by and for the whole programming community!

Picture yourself in the mountains with your smartest friends. The air is clear and so is your mind. There's no limit to what you can achieve here.

• Scheming? Certainly.
• Coding? It's likely.
• Enlightenment? Maybe.
• Drinking? *Not* alcohol. Ruby Retreat is alcohol free.

What do I do at Ruby Retreat?

It's a low-structure unconference; activities are driven by the community. Some suggestions:
• Work on projects.
• Share your work with others.
• Talk through gnarly problems with thoughtful, friendly folks.
• Connect with the developer community.
• Follow your dreams.

For this retreat, we have also organised some talks and workshops in advance. More details will be added soon, including a way to schedule a talk or workshop if you're keen to give one too.

Is there financial assistance available?


If you are a student, or are currently unwaged, we have a discounted ticket price of $149 available. Just select "Student / Unwaged" when booking a ticket at Lil Regie.

We also have an opportunity scholarship ticket thanks to Ruby New Zealand. This ticket is available to anyone who self-identifies as belonging to a group that is poorly represented in tech. Examples of groups that meet this criteria include (but are not limited to) women, non-binary, and trans people, Māori and Pasifika, people of colour, people whose age group is not well represented in tech, and people with disabilities. No explanation will be required if you choose this ticket – we just want to see you there!

If this applies to you, then to secure your ticket for the low price of $0, simply choose "Opportunity Scholarship" when booking a ticket at Lil Regie.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, we also have some financial assistance available for travel costs. If this is something that would enable you to come, please get in touch with us

What's the accessibility like?

This Ruby Retreat is held near the summit of a mountain, at a ski lodge, in an alpine environment. Due to the layout of the accommodation lodge and day lodge, including some stairs, the venue is not well suited for people with mobility issues, and is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

When should I arrive to and leave from Christchurch Airport?

Please arrive before 3PM on Friday, 27th March. Transport for the retreat is provided from, and back to, Christchurch Airport.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances out of our control, it's safe to book flights to leave after 12PM on Monday, 30th March.

You are more than welcome to arrive early! There is a lot of beauty in the Canterbury region, and the either South Island, which is very much worth seeing.

What do I need to bring?

Some bedding. There are mattresses and pillows and 1 blanket per bunk but no sheets, duvets etc so you will need to bring these, or sleeping bags along with pillow cases. Please also bring a towel.

Can we sponsor Ruby Retreat?

We'd love to have your support. Get in touch with us and we'll send through more details.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, Ruby Retreat is run under the auspices of Ruby New Zealand. Their Code of Conduct is in place to make sure that Ruby Retreat is a safe and delightful time for everyone.