50 Year Celebration

Remember, Arise & Shine!
30 August – 2 September 2019
3 September 2019 – UofN Vision Day

Event Details

Starts 30 August (Evening)
Ends 2 September

It’s YWAM Training’s year of jubilee! We are thrilled to host friends, alumni, former staff, and the global YWAM family to celebrate with us! Looking back on these years fills us with wonder at God’s faithfulness. Participate in this joyful gathering to remember what God has done, hear one another’s stories, give God glory, and renew vision for the future together. Come celebrate, be encouraged and rejuvenated with Loren and Darlene Cunningham, the founding generation, and the YWAM family from August 30th to September 2nd, 2019!


CELEBRATION PROGRAM: 30 August – 2 September UofN VISION DAY: 3 September

On arrival day Friday the 30th everyone will go through a quick registration. You will then be able to enjoy a coffee from our Café des Alpes, engage in a variety of tours, view exhibitions, and reconnect and reminisce with friends throughout the day. We highly recommend arriving before dinner (5:30 pm) to have time to register, settle in and enjoy fellowship on the grounds before the first session that evening.

The following days we will experience Celebration Gatherings and have opportunities to reunite with friends and build new relationships with those who have had a part in the larger story of YWAM – and perhaps your own story! We will come to the table together in a “Love Feast Experience” on Saturday, just as our forefathers did in the 70s. On Sunday afternoon, we will have the great privilege of hosting a graduation ceremony for UofN graduates; families and invited guests are welcome! Note for Graduates: If you hope to graduate from the UofN during this celebration, please write Donna-Rae at [email protected] by June 30th.

The program will come to an end on Monday, September 2nd after lunch; your own departure day and time depends on the housing you choose (see Housing and Transportation for more info). 

Local Celebration at Lausanne Cathedral

Invitation for the churches: Come and Celebrate 50 years of YWAM Lausanne ministry with our founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham and key leaders on Monday the 2 September 2019 at 19:30 in the Lausanne Cathedral.

UofN Vision Day

September 3rd will be a UofN Vision Day. Celebrating 50 Years of YWAM Training is the perfect moment to come together to remember our story, hear from Loren & Darlene and the founding generation concerning the ways of God with YWAM’s University of the Nations. The program will include fellowship, worship, seeking God and envisioning the future.

The invitation to participate in the Vision Day goes to all UofN Leadership Teams, Base Leaders and Training Directors from the UofN President’s Gathering, the Deans, Centre Directors and their Committees, CILT members, Academic Affairs Service Team, the Board of Regents, Founders Circle, UofN Advisory Board, resource teachers and everyone who loves to participate in shaping the future of the UofN. 

Kids Program hosted by King’s Kids International Team

Attention families: King’s Kids international will be hosting a program for children ages 6-12! Because your children are valued and welcome, they will have correlating topics within their program.


The registration fee of CHF 95 (for kids ages 6 to 16 – CHF 35) includes:

  • Full program participation
  • Love Feast Dinner on Saturday
  • Friday dinner through Monday lunch (3 dinners and 3 lunches)
  • Public Transportation pass for the city of Lausanne (to commute between venues)
  • Arrival pickup and departure drop off at Lausanne Train Station

The registration fee only covers the participants’ costs. The overall cost of the event will be covered by offerings and donations. If you wish to make a donation to contribute to the event cost, please “click here.”

Note: Age for the registration fee should be calculated based on the participants’ age at the end of the event.


There is a limited selection of housing options. For each option, you can select 3, 4 or 5 nights, beginning on Friday, August 30th. The shared accommodation is within walking distance of the base, or there is a shuttle available. With the hotel options your own transportation would be needed.

Base and Shared Accommodation

The housing options below can be booked through the registration system and are as follows (price in CHF/ person/ night):

  • YWAM Lausanne 
    • Cost: CHF 20
    • Dorm-style, Breakfast included
  • Camping (15 min. walking distance)
    • Cost: CHF 10
    • Breakfast included
    • Bring your own tent, sleeping bag & sleeping mat
  • Church/classroom floor 
    • Cost: CHF 10
    • Bring your own sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • Breakfast included
  • JEM Chatel
    • Cost: Dorm-style CHF 30, Couple rooms approx. 40 CHF (per person)
    • Breakfast included
    • Transportation (30 min. drive) to/from YWAM Lausanne included

Pre-booked Accommodation

The following hotel rooms and accommodations are reserved and available to book through YWAM Lausanne. You will need your own transportation to and from this accommodation. To book, contact: [email protected]

Auberge de Corcelles-le-Jorat

  • Dates: Friday, August 30th to Tuesday, September 3rd (4 Nights)
  • Address: Route du Village 3, 1082 Corcelles-le-Jorat
  • 12 min. drive; breakfast included
  • Double room with 1 double bed, share bathroom: CHF 130/night (for 2 people)
  • Double room with 1 double bed plus 2 single beds, own bathroom: CHF 150/night (for 2 people), CHF 75/night for each extra person.

Hotel des Alpes

  • Dates: Friday, August 30th to Monday, September 2nd (3 Nights)
  • Address: Route d’Oron 1, 1073 Savigny
  • 8 min. drive; breakfast included
  • Double room with 1 double bed: CHF 170/night (for 2 people)
  • Double room with 2 single beds: CHF 170/night (for 2 people)

Neighborhood Private Bedrooms

  • Dates: From Friday, August 30th, to Tuesday, September 2nd (3 NIghts), 3rd (4 Nights) or 4th (5 Nights)
  • Address: Route de Cojonnex 23, 1000 Lausanne
  • Walking Distance
  • Double room with 1 double bed, shared bathroom: CHF 100 /night (for 2 people)
  • Single room, shared bathroom: CHF 70/night

Other Accommodation (contact directly):

Contact those listed below directly to book the rooms.

YWAM Burtigny

  • Address: Rte des Matagasses 32, 1268 Burtigny
  • 40 min. drive; breakfast included
  • Single and double rooms: CHF 23/person/night
  • Booking contact: [email protected]

Hôtel de La Gare Moudon

  • Address: Place de la Gare 5, 1510 Moudon
  • 20 min. drive; breakfast included
  • Single and double rooms: average CHF 85/person/night
  • Booking contact: [email protected]

Hotel du Chemin de fer

  • Address: Place Saint-Etienne 4, 1510 Moudon
  • 20 min. drive; breakfast included
  • Single, double and 3-person rooms: CHF 80/person/night
  • Booking contact: [email protected]

Arrival and Departure

Airports: Geneva Airport is the closest airport to YWAM Lausanne; however, Zurich Airport is also a possible destination.

Geneva Airport (GVA)

  • Welcome teams will be at the airport to help you get to the train
  • Cost: CHF 27 one way train ticket.
  • Time: 50 min. train ride to Lausanne-Gare station

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

  • Cost: CHF 78 one way train ticket. 
  • Time: 2 hours 35 min. train ride to Lausanne-Gare station

For train information please visit: https://www.sbb.ch/

Van shuttles will operate between the Lausanne-Gare Train Station and YWAM Lausanne.

  • Arrival shuttles: August 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Departure shuttles: September 2nd from 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

For the duration of the event, a public transport card will be provided for you to commute to, from and around the city of Lausanne.


Visit this link to see visa requirements for your country. Switzerland is included in Europe’s Schengen Area, visit this link for more information: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-countries-list/  

If you travel on a 90-day Tourist Visa and will spend time in Europe before the event or after visit, you can easily calculate your days in Schengen, visit this site: https://ec.europa.eu/assets/home/visa-calculator/calculator.htm?lang=en