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(Our website is in transition, so thanks for your patience.
 Current forms and information can still be found below.)

Activities and Highlights from Recent Retreats:
=> November 23, Asheville Friends Meeting
We started the retreat Friday evening and waited for SAYFers
from other states to arrive. With everyone present, we went
over sleeping guidelines, and headed to bed. In the morning
after breakfast, we discussed the query of this retreat, followed
by meeting with attention to business. After lunch we went into
Asheville for a scavenger hunt intended to bring attention to the
everyday beauty around us. Upon arriving back at the meeting,
we prepared for Friendsgiving, which we started with information
about the original thanksgiving, and how the spirit of the holiday
has changed. Sunday morning we cleaned the meeting house,
and joined Ashville Friends for singing and Meeting for Worship.
[Notes from Feb. Nurturing Retreat in West Knoxville pending.]
Worship Journals for recent retreats are fond on the Epistles page.

Our next retreat of the 2023-2024 season is scheduled
for Celo / Arthur Morgan School, March 22-24
Contact FAN:

     Mari Ohta < >
     Celo Young Friends

March 22-24 Celo/AMS Retreat Cover Sheet
March 22-24 Celo/AMS Online Registration Form (see instructions)
SAYF Medical Release form (2024)
Covid-19 and Community Guidelines with 2023-24 packet
Directions to Celo Arthur Morgan School

Registration instructions:
1. Fill out the online registration form at the link above, press submit
2. Click SAYF's PayPal link (appears at the top of the registration form)
to pay your retreat fees - please write your young friend(s)' name(s) in
the comments section of the PayPal payment.
3. Please be in touch with the FAN from your meeting with any questions
about transportation and logistics.
4. If you have not yet filled out a med form for this year, the PDF of that
form is also attached. A med form must travel with your young friend(s).

Please be sure to read and observe revised Covid guidelines
for in-person SAYF retreats.
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.
-- 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.  Relevant information for the 2022-23
season, includes contact details for our Steering and Nurturing
committees.  Bios of current Steering and Support committee
volunteers will be updated  soon:

Parent Letter & Info Packet 2023-24
> New SAYFers Background Letter (p. 3)
> Contacts for SAYF Steering and Nurturing Committee (p. 4)
> SAYF Calendar 2023-24 [as of 2023/09] (p. 5)
> SAYF Community Values & Sleeping Arrangements [2022/08] (p. 6)
> SAYF Community Guidelines [2023/08] (p. 7-9)
> SAYF Covid-19 Guidelines [vers4 update 2023/08] (p. 10)

Additional Items:
Steering Committee Bios (2021.09.10)
Support Committee Bios (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 2023.08.27