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  For our October retreat in Swannanoa Young Friends shared their favorite
songs and types of music and why it was important, then the group spent time
singing rounds together. All friends split up into sets of two and made pizzas
together for lunch. Friends then had a musical talent show -- along with other
talents -- on Saturday evening.
  The November retreat in Asheville was focused on activities that could help
the community connect and deepen a sense of community as we have several
new SAYFers this year. We went to the NC Botanical Gardens and split into
groups to engage in a scavenger hunt that included several get to know you
games that were photographed or video-recorded by a team member. We later
shared the groups videos & photos on a computer. We also did several baking
and cooking projects, played inside and outside games and completed an art
project. We ended the retreat with a fishbowl activity to allow for more sharing
on a spiritual level. .
  The Worship Journals from these two fall retreats have been added to the
Epistles Page, joining the joyful journals from many years past.

The Next Retreat of our 2022-23 Season will be happening
January 13-13, 2023, in person at Atlanta Friends Meeting
Lead FAN:

    Jennifer Dickie <>

     Atlanta Young Friends

January 13-15 Atlanta Retreat Cover Page
January 13-15 Atlanta Retreat Registration
Directions to Atlanta Friends Meeting
Covid Guidelines for Retreats (revised) **
SAYF Medical Release Form (2023)
SAYF Community Guidelines (2022)

Please read and observe revised Covid guidelines (above) for
in-person SAYF retreats.

Additional Connections for our SAYFers:
-- The April 2021 retreat inspired us to capture the historic
Young Friends Book Recommendations posted as graffiti in
the AFM High School room. Photos are Here, and the page
includes links to epic photos from SAYF white water rafting
adventures, 2010-2014.
-- To help us all stay better connected as we welcome new
lights to our community, SAYFers are asked to please add
or confirm their contact info and preferences via this online
SAYFer Contact Form
-- We continue to invite "anytime" worship journal writing
as another way to stay in touch with our SAYF spirit and
your inner light.
Journal Submissions will be published to
our EPISTLES page as they are
submitted via email to:
Autumn Woodward <>

Retreat attenders, parents and Friends of SAYF are invited to
make tax deductible contributions to this teen program of the
Southern Appalachian Yearly meeting and Association (SAYMA)
Gifts are especially helpful this year, as explained in our
2021 Donation Request Letter.

PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW for the most current
guidelines and additional program information.  Parents
can reference the annual Parent Letter and Schedule of
Retreats for a view of our plans for this year and ways
adults can participate.  Relevant information for the 2022-23
season, includes contact details for our Steering and Nurturing
committees.  Bios of current Steering and Support committee
volunteers will be updated  soon:

Parent Letter & Info Packet 2022-23 (inclusive of below)
New SAYFer Welcome Letter 2022-23
Retreat Schedule 2022-23 (2023.02.02)  
SAYF Nurturers & Steering List (2022.08.29)
SAYF Values & Sleeping Arrangementss (20220829) 
SAYF Community Guidelines (2022.08 rev)
Covid-19 Guidelines for In Person Retreats (2022.03.20 rev3)

Additional Items:
Steering Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
Support Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
Kevin (the suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)

About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting that is sponsoring
or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on worship, workshops,
activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this planning and produce
a schedule for the weekend.

Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline review after all teens have
arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first activity on Saturday morning.
The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in silence to write and share
our worship journal epistles about the weekend.

The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee comprised of experienced
attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and attend an additional
two retreats each year to conduct business and address any issues that arise for
their SAYF community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Attenders of our retreats and their Parents are encouraged to help us improve the
program via our Feedback Form.


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Last updated 2022.12.21