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- Our unplugged retreat in Berea was a wonderful haven from which to
consider the communications technology that seems to increasingly both
invade and enhance our work and social lives. The thoughtful Saturday
workshop discussions of the issues demonstrated that, like most every
aspect of modern living, it's a matter of seeking a balance, and the hiking,
craft and fireside story activities nicely balanced out the weekend with
free time tech usage. Thanks go to Jonathan, Beth, and the local planners
for a relaxing, inspired and inspiring weekend. Berea retreat Worship
Journals have been posted to the EPISTLES page,

The next retreat of the 2016 - 2017 SAYF season is being
hosted by Asheville Friends with planning by Nashville:

November 11-13, 2016 @ Asheville Friends Meetinghouse
- Planning: Nashville Young Friends
- Lead FANs: Mark Wutka & Mary Linda McKinney

The current full season schedule (sans SAYMA date) is on
the SCHEDULE page and available in PDF format for download

Invitations for the November retreat have been mailed and,
as usual, are also posted here on our AwesomeSAYFers site:

Nov. 11-13 Asheville Registration
Nov. 11-13 Asheville Cover Page

Directions to Asheville Friends Meetinghouse
SAYF Medical Release Form (with diet preferences)

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 journals 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 for the SAYF community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Additional details of our SAYF program are found on the Guidelines page and in our annual fall parent letter:

SAYF 2016-2017 Schedule (all but SAYMA dates)
Parent Information Letter for 2016-2017
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2016.11.03