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Our Young Friends, FANs and 13 graduating seniors at the 2022 SAYF
at SAYMA retreat brilliantly adapted to some last minute venue space
challenges to ensure that our Warren Wilson weekend lived up to it's
full potential for Extra Awesomeness!  The joys were further elevated
by having at least a dozen Young Adult Friends attending SAYMA this
year, most of whom were SAYF alumni (of course). The presence of so
many younger Quakers provided new levels of diversity for this year's
revived SAYMA sessions and retreat, and brought new levels of awesome
to Saturday's inter-generational games event!  Huge appreciation goes out
to our three alumni co-lead FANs, Laura Kelley and Levi & Ian Saderholm,
whose facilitation of the retreat and support for an over extended Lead FAN,
retiring veteran Aaron Ruscetta, was truly invaluable.
-- Worship Journals from the SAYF at SAYMA retreat have been posted to
the Epistles Page, along with a page of pictures showing the blooming
sunflowers that March retreat SAYFers planted in honor of the Ukranian
people.  Special thanks to Mari Ohta for thoughtfully taking and sharing
the photos of the Celo Community Garden.

The SAYF 2022-23 Season will begin with our end of Summer
August 19-21, in person at Swannanoa Friends Meeting House
(plus hybrid via Zoom)
Lead FAN & Clerk of Steering Committee:

    Jennifer Dickie <>

August 19-21 Swannanoa NCSCSC Retreat Cover Page
August 19-21 Swannanoa NCSCSC Retreat Registration
Directions to Swannanoa Friends Meeting
REVISED 202203 Covid-19 Guidelines for Retreats **
SAYF Medical Release Form
SAYF Community Guidelines (2021)

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 during these times
of Virtual gatherings, 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, including contact details for our Steering and Nurturing
committees and bios of current Steering and Support committee
volunteers, will be updated promptly following the August
NCSCSC retreat:

2021-22 Retreat Schedule (2022.05.16)  
SAYF Nurturers & Steering List (2021.09.10)
Parent Letter & Info Packet for 2021-2022
Steering Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
Support Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
SAYF Community Guidelines (2021.09.10)
Covid-19 Guidelines for In Person Retreats (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 2022.08.05