Young Adult Friends Winter Retreat

January 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – January 8, 2017 @ 11:30 am America/New York Timezone
Swarthmore Friends Meeting
12 Whittier Pl
Swarthmore, PA 19081
$35, financial aid available
Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator

Young Adult Friends (YAF) age 18-35ish come together from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region and beyond for a weekend retreat! Our theme will be on exploring how our relationships, sexuality, and spirituality intersect.

Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship as our program time is focused on exploring the connections between relationships, sexuality, and our spirituality.  YAFs are at different places on our journeys, and we come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen our connection to one another & the Spirit.

Registration is Closed

Registration closed January 1. Contact Elizabeth ASAP to see if there’s still space, or if when you are attending changes.


We’ll gather Friday evening for dinner, opening games & get-to-know you activities, and centering worship sharing.  Saturday, we’ll have a mix of workshops, free time, full group time, and meeting for business. Right now we are planning morning workshops (see descriptions below), and an full group Fishbowl (a kind of worshipful question and answer) on sexuality and spirituality. We’ll also have a time for YAFs with shared identities or interests to meet in affinity groups. More workshops coming soon – see the draft schedule!
We’ll end Sunday morning with a closing circle, and worship with Swarthmore Friends.  (This is an overnight event! We’ll be staying at the meetinghouse.)

Workshop Descriptions

Communication, Consent and Courage in Acro – Justin Angelo & Amrit Moore
Acro yoga (“acro”) incorporates elements of yoga, acrobatics, Thai massage and dance. Working with partners, acro yogis learn and execute moves (like asanas) that facilitate flexibility, agility, strength and concentration. As a group activity, acro is a powerful tool to build and emphasize concepts of community, consent, communication and courage. Acro is accessible to all individuals including those with no prior acro experience. With special emphasis, placed on technique, safety and spotting, participants progressively build an increasingly bold and complex practice.

How to Have Difficult Conversations – Greg Elliott
When we have difficult conversations (planned and unplanned), the hardest thing to do is to stay present and open. We’ll work on how to keep our feet on the ground when we talk about challenging things.

Attending a YAF Retreat

To help build a sense of community, we encourage everyone to attend the full retreat. But we realize that we all have other things going on in our lives, so you can also come part-time if that makes it more possible for you to join us.  There is a spot on the registration form to say when you plan to attend. Learn more about the expectations of the YAF community.

Our Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the retreat. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, you will instead receive credit to a future event. (This helps make sure the retreat planners buy the right amount of food & supplies!)  

To make these events accessible to as many young adults as possible, we keep costs low by sharing the cooking and clean-up chores, and sleeping on the meetinghouse floor (so bring a sleeping pad or air mattress to make it more comfy!) If you have accessibility needs you’re not sure if we can meet (including needing a local homestay option), contact the Young Adult Friends Coordinator.

Have questions?  Learn more about Young Adult Friends retreats, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator.

Getting there

Arrival at the YAF Spring Retreat begins at 5:30PM on Friday, January 6, and dinner begins at 6:30.  If you register early, we can help arrange carpooling when you let us know how you intend to travel on your registration form. Swarthmore Meeting is under a 10 minute walk from the Swarthmore train station on the SEPTA Media/Elwyn regional rail line.

Need financial aid for traveling to the YAF Retreat?  If you attend a monthly meeting or worship group in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, you can apply to the Pemberton Granting Group for travel assistance!

More about the Young Adult Friends program