- Celo, NC and Arthur Morgan School are always a favorite retreat
destination for SAYFers, and our March retreat there reinforced
sentiments. Young Friends enjoyed a variety of activities,
an invigorating (traditional) mountain hike, sushi & miso
adventuring with dungeons and dragons, and the (traditional)
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
the presence of the person facing you. Thanks go to our lead
Mari Ohta, the Celo community, and to the Nurturing Committee team
for stepping up with the planning. The Worship Journal reflections
the retreat can be found on the
- 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 @
- 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.
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:
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
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** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)