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- Our September Atlanta retreat was well attended and brought Friends
from a new meeting to our community, with two new SAYFers from
Huntsville Alabama arriving along side a third newbie from Nashville.
We also got to welcome two new FANs in training, Atlanta Friends
Ari and Julia! Both new and returning SAYFers got to explore some
techniques for "Effective Activism" in workshops led by our special
guest, renowned Quaker activist George Lakey (whose presence was
made possible by a generous grant from the McMunn Family Foundation).
Other activities included an extended lunch break and community games
in nearby Adair park, along with an invigorating concert of sing along
protest songs led by the legendary Frank Hamilton and his songwriter
friends from Sing Out Defiance. As always, worship Journal reflections
from the retreat can be found on our EPISTLES page.

The October Retreat of our 2019-20 season will be
October 18-20
@ Asheville Friends Meetinghouse
- Lead FAN: Beth Myers
- Planing: Berea Young Friends

(The rest of our confirmed fall schedule is available
on our Schedule page and posted in PDF form below.
The May - June 2020 dates 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
have all been posted below
for convenience as well:

Oct. 18-20, 2019  ASHEVILLE Retreat Cover Page
Oct. 18-20, 2019  ASHEVILLE Retreat Registration
Directions to Asheville, NC Friends Meeting
SAYF Medical Release Form

(With note that some of the pages of our web site have updates pending...)

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. 

SAYF 2019-2020 Schedule  (rev 2019/09/02 to Feb. 2020)
Parent Letter for 2019-2020 (w/ Steering & Nurturing Cmte. Info)
Steering Committee Bios (2019-2020)
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2019.08)
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 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 Form.


* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly distributable) PDF format.
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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 2019.09.26