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- Our January retreat in Atlanta was a small gathering due to winter weather and
rough driving conditions in Tennessee and Kentucky. Nashville and Berea Young
Friends were dearly missed, but keeping our SAYFers safer was, of course, the
sensible decision. We can assure everyone that the Young Friends in attendance
made sure their absent friends spirit was still present in Createen' Our '18 with
demonstrations of our identifying strengths and Celebrating this newest year with
unique food, treat liberation (aka piņata bashing), creative cake baking and fiery
talent sharing -- the Atlanta planners made certain it was a lively and memorable
free form retreat event for all! As always, thoughts and appreciations of this and
other retreats can be found in the worship journals that are posted on the

The next retreat is our 2nd and final business meeting for this season's
Nurturing and Steering Committees:

February 16-18, 2018 @ Swannanoa Friends Meetinghouse (NC)
- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta
- Steering Clerk: Jennifer Chapman
- Nurturing Clerk: Julia Hudson

Nurturers should watch for invitations & forms packets to arrive in the mail
and should check in with their local monthly meeting FANs for transportation
arrangements. A reminder that there is no retreat registration fee for Nuturing
Committee members to attend.

Scheduling for the remainder of the 2017-2018 SAYF season can be
found on the SCHEDULE page, and a PDF file is available below.

Feb. 16-18, 2018 NCSC Swannanoa Retreat Cover Page
Feb. 16-18, 2018 NCSC Swannanoa Retreat Registration
Directions to Swannanoa Friends Meeting, Black Mtn. NC
SAYF Medical Release Form with Diet Preferences

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 2017-2018 Schedule (complete, 10/27)
Parent Information Letter for 2017-2018
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2017.08)

Donation offers, requests for information and inquiries about participation
or volunteering in SAYF can be directed via email to:

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Last updated 2018.02.05