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- Celo, NC and Arthur Morgan School are always a favorite retreat
destination for SAYFers, and our March retreat there reinforced those
sentiments.  Young Friends enjoyed a variety of activities, including
an invigorating (traditional) mountain hike, sushi & miso kitchen fun,
adventuring with dungeons and dragons, and the (traditional) Saturday
night bonfire (with smores and singing, of course). Our workshop
focused on methodologies for environmental activism and included
a fascinating physical exercise in silently "sensing" and experiencing
the presence of the person facing you.  Thanks go to our lead FAN,
Mari Ohta, the Celo community, and to the Nurturing Committee team
for stepping up with the planning. The Worship Journal reflections on
the retreat can be found on the EPISTLES page.
- A note that our new Kevin Guidelines remain posted near the
bottom of this page, along with our current SAYF guidelines, our
annual parent letter, the Schedule PDF and our Quaker Queries
for Young Friends.

The last regular retreat of the 2018-19 SAYF season will be
April 26-28
@ Berea Friends Meeting
- Lead FAN: Beth Meyers
- Planners: Berea SAYFers

Berea invitation & forms packets will be mailed out soon,
with everything posted below for download as needed.

The packets also included our "Join Us" reminder cards
for attending our
SAYF at SAYMA 2019 retreat, June 13-16.
SAYMA registration is open but deadlines are earlier this
year, so now is the time to get signed up! Late fees will
be applicable after May 4th; final deadline is May 23rd.
The Advance Program, forms and detailed information
are all available on this site's SAYMA page. SAYF specific
forms required on arrival at SAYMA will be posted here
on the front page after the May 23rd SAYMA reg deadline.

April 26-28, 2019 - Berea Retreat Registration
April 26-28, 2019 - Berea Retreat Cover Page
Directions to Berea Friends Meeting (Berea, KY)
SAYF Medical Release Form (with diet preferences)
SAYF at SAYMA  Registration Invitation Card

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 letters:

SAYF 2018-2019 Schedule (final 09/26)
Parent Information Letter for 2018-2019 (w/ Steering Cmte. Info)
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2017.08)
New Kevin (suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)


* 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,
and Adobe's Acrobat reader for Mac, Linux & other systems can be downloaded for
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(for Mac, Linux & others) supports the reading, saving and editing of almost all
common document formats, both open and proprietary, including 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. :-)


Last updated 2019.04.15