- Asheville Friends Meeting generously hosted our cozy October
retreat with some new "Perspective" provided through the theme
and planning of Berea Young Friends. The theme was deeply
explored in a morning outing to the River Arts District with many
cameras and cell phones in hand, inviting everyone to explore
their personal perspectives and points of view on the plentiful
graffiti, murals, architecture and art of the reclaimed industrial
area. With the computers and technical support from FANs, the
Young Friends spent the rainy afternoon choosing and organizing
their best examples, all of which were then video projected in a
worshipful group presentation and discussion. Much of the
photography was inspired and inspiring, and it has been
made available for viewing and download by our community.
The awesome Saturday was capped off by many perspectives
on the art of loud, startled screaming in a rousing game of
Bear :-) Our worship journal reflections on the
been added to the long running list on our EPISTLES
November Retreat of our 2019-20 season will be
hosted by NASHVILLE FRIENDS MEETING,
November 15-17 @
- Lead FAN: Kate Wingate
- Planing: Nashville Young Friends
(The rest of our fall and
winter schedule is available
on our Schedule page
and posted in PDF form below.
The March - June 2020 detais will be included soon).
Invitation & forms packets for the October Asheville
retreat are being mailed to all if our active attenders.
The Cover Page, Medical Release form, directions and
corrected Registration Form are
also available here
for convenient download:
(With note that some of the pages of our web site have
PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW for the most CURRENT SAYF
GUIDELINES and additional program information.
See the Parent Letter for info on Volunteering and the Contact
Details for our Steering and Nurturing committees.
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.
Attenders of our retreats and their Parents are encouraged to
help us improve the program via our Feedback
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
Many free applications, both proprietary and Liberated Open
Source, are available
to view and print PDF files. Mac OS X systems include the
"Preview" viewer for this,
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editing of almost all
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support for PDF
view, edit and conversion. Gmail & Googledocs also
support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)