- Our November Asheville retreat included some cool weather, but
theme of inclusion kept the community warm and cozy throughout our
indoor activities and casual outdoor wanderings. The unity was a
and healing contrast to the divisive trends of current events in
Appreciation goes out to Nasheville Nurturers and FANs for their
and to the Asheville meeting Friends for their support. November's
Journals have been posted to the EPISTLES
page, offering reflections on
the Quaker spirit that was present for everyone throughout the
The next retreat of our 2016 - 2017 season is being hosted
and planned by the Atlanta Young Friends:
13-15, 2017 @ Atlanta
- Planning: Atlanta Young Friends
- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta
The current full season schedule
(sans SAYMA date) is on
the SCHEDULE page (updated
2016.12.30) and available in
PDF format for download below.
Invitations for the January retreat have been mailed out and,
as usual, are also be posted here for convenience:
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 letter:
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