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SAYMA Registration has closed and we are excited to see the
number SAYFers that will be attending!  Just as exciting is seeing
all the Young Adult Friends and SAYF alumni who will be attending
the 2022 Sessions & Retreat! See the retreat Cover Page, Info, and
Forms links below for all the registration and attendance details!

SAYF at SAYMA 2022
June 16-19 at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
Lead FAN:

    Aaron Ruscetta <>

Co-Lead FANs:
    Laura Kelley with Levi and Ian Saderholm

This could be our largest SAYF graduation ever, as we are honoring the
perseverance of SAYFers who graduated high school in 2020 and 2021
with invitation to attend and be recognized for our 2022 SAYF at SAYMA
graduation retreat. Nurturers and FANs should please watch their email
for invitations to a SAYF at SAYMA planning meeting in the first week of
June.  Any and all questions and concerns about SAYF at SAYMA 2022
can be directed to the Lead FAN or our SAYF program coordinator:
Autumn Woodward <>

June 16-19 SAYF at SAYMA Cover Page & Registration Info
June 16-19 SAYF at SAYMA Registration Steps & Arrival Checklist
Required SAYF at SAYMA Adult Sponsor form
Required SAYF at SAYMA Retreat Registration form
SAYMA Yearly Meeting Advance Program (Live Google Doc)
Directions to Warren Wilson College
REVISED 202203 Covid-19 Guidelines for Retreatsv
SAYF Medical Release Form
SAYF Community Guidelines (2021)

Please read and observe revised Covid guidelines (above) for
in-person SAYF retreats. Safety considerations for the SAYF
at SAYMA retreat are also found in the Advance Program.

Additional Connections for our SAYFers:
-- The April 2021 retreat inspired us to capture the historic
Young Friends Book Recommendations posted as graffiti in
the AFM High School room. Photos are Here, and the page
includes links to epic photos from SAYF white water rafting
adventures, 2010-2014.
-- To help us all stay better connected during these times
of Virtual gatherings, SAYFers are asked to please add or
confirm their contact info and preferences via this online
SAYFer Contact Form
-- We continue to invite "anytime" worship journal writing
as another way to stay in touch with our SAYF spirit and
your inner light.
Journal Submissions will be published to
our EPISTLES page as they are
submitted via email to:
Autumn Woodward <>

Retreat attenders, parents and Friends of SAYF are invited to
make tax deductible contributions to this teen program of the
Southern Appalachian Yearly meeting and Association (SAYMA)
Gifts are especially helpful this year, as explained in our
2021 Donation Request Letter.

PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW for the most current
guidelines and additional program information.  Parents
can reference the annual Parent Letter and Schedule of
Retreats for a view of our plans for this year and ways
adults can participate.  Contact Details for our Steering
and Nurturing committees, plus Bios of current Steering
and Support committee volunteers are also here:

2021-22 Retreat Schedule (2022.05.16)  
SAYF Nurturers & Steering List (2021.09.10)
Parent Letter & Info Packet for 2021-2022
Steering Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
Support Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
SAYF Community Guidelines (2021.09.10)
Covid-19 Guidelines for In Person Retreats (2021.09.10)
Kevin (the suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)

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 journal epistles 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 that arise for
their 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 Form.


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Last updated 2022.05.30