- Our September Atlanta retreat was well attended and brought
from a new meeting to our community, with two new SAYFers from
Huntsville Alabama arriving along side a third newbie from
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
guest, renowned Quaker activist George Lakey (whose presence was
made possible by a generous grant from the McMunn Family
Other activities included an extended lunch break and community
in nearby Adair park, along with an invigorating concert of sing
protest songs led by the legendary Frank Hamilton and his
friends from Sing Out Defiance. As always, worship Journal
from the retreat can be found on our EPISTLES
October Retreat of our 2019-20 season will be
hosted at ASHEVILLE FRIENDS MEETING,
October 18-20 @
- 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:
(With note that some of the pages of our web site have
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.
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
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
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Source, are available
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support for PDF
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support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)