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- The March retreat was a pleasant reconnection with the beautiful natural
surroundings of the Celo land trust and the rustic charm of the Arthur Morgan
School. Highlights included invigorating hiking, nature discovery walks, river
bank relaxation (complete with stone skipping, rock balancing and tadpole
teasing), fresh from scratch breakfast bagels, dancing to the offbeat time
signatures of a country Klezmer band, finding the electrifying joys of petting
livestock, and hearing the beautiful voices of blossoming song writers around
the bonfire. Unfortunately, in the random and free form environment, many of
our activities were only enjoyed by smaller groups, so we hope that the need
for inclusiveness and honoring local guidelines will receive attention from our
Nurturers at upcoming retreats. Other thoughts from our March retreat can be
found in the Worship Journals that are posted on the EPISTLES page.

The final regular retreat of our 2016 - 2017 season is being hosted
by the Asheville Friends Meeting, with planning from the Young
Friends of Durham & Chapel Hill:

April 21-23, 2017 @ Asheville Friends Meetinghouse
- Lead FAN: Jennifer Chapman
- Planning: Durham & Chapel Hill Young Friends

The April retreat invitation packets have been mailed, and the
Cover Page and Registration form are posted below for download

Our 2017 SAYMA retreat on the Warren Wilson College campus
is coming up June 15-18. SAYMA Registration is now open and
the registration deadline is May 23rd! Please link here of see
the web site for the advanced program, registration form,
and registration instructions. Specific considerations for SAYFers
can be found via the SAYMA link on the site menu here, and our
SAYF at SAYMA sponsor and registration forms will be mailed
and posted on this site after the close of SAYMA registration.

April 21-23, 2017 Asheville Registration
April 21-23, 2017 Asheville Cover Page

Directions to Asheville Friends Meetinghouse, 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 letter:

SAYF 2016-2017 Schedule (complete)
Parent Information Letter for 2016-2017
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2017.04.13