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- Our November Asheville retreat included some cool weather, but the
theme of inclusion kept the community warm and cozy throughout our group
indoor activities and casual outdoor wanderings. The unity was a refreshing
and healing contrast to the divisive trends of current events in our nation.
Appreciation goes out to Nasheville Nurturers and FANs for their planning,
and to the Asheville meeting Friends for their support. November's Worship
Journals have been posted to the EPISTLES page, offering reflections on
the Quaker spirit that was present for everyone throughout the weekend.

The next retreat of our 2016 - 2017 season is being hosted
and planned by the Atlanta Young Friends:

January 13-15, 2017 @ Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse
- Planning: Atlanta Young Friends
- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta

The current full season schedule (sans SAYMA date) is on
the SCHEDULE page (updated 2016.12.30) and available in
PDF format for download below.

Invitations for the January retreat have been mailed out and,
as usual, are also be posted here for convenience:

Jan. 13-15 2017 Atlanta Registration
Jan. 13-15 2017 Atlanta Cover Page

Directions to Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse
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 (all but SAYMA dates)
Parent Information Letter for 2016-2017
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2016.12.30