- The November retreat in Asheville encouraged an exploration of
our selves and
our places of belonging in community. Playful Saturday morning
us to think about where our identities fall on the spectrum and
assure us that no
matter where we are, we are not alone. The afternoon scavenger
hunt looking for
obscure items and unique sights showed that there is a lot of fun
to be found in
seeking the oddities that belong to downtown Asheville. Thanks to
planners for the hard work of managing a great retreat weekend
away from home!
More thoughts and appreciations of the experiences can be found in
journals that are now posted on the
retreat of the 2017-2018 SAYF season is:
12-14, 2018 @ Atlanta
- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta
- Planning: Atlanta Nurturers and Young Friends
Watch for invitations
& forms packets to arrive in the mail.
Please note that registration fees are currently $35 in order to
keep our expenses in balance with recent attendance numbers
and scholarship needs. Forms are also posted for download below,
including the cover page theme & things to bring details.
Scheduling for the remainder of the 2017-2018 SAYF season can be
found on the SCHEDULE
page, and a PDF file is available below.
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:
Donation offers, requests for information and inquiries about
or volunteering in SAYF can be directed via email to:
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