Meeting retreats

  • May 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm #1476
    Gabriel Ehri

    Some of us at Green Street Meeting are working on plans for a meeting retreat this fall. I would like to connect with others who have organized meeting retreats. What kinds of activities, locations, and structures were successful? What went wrong? What would you do in the future?

    We are hoping that our retreat will be “in-reach,” helping us to get to know each other better outside the “cliques” that can form in even a small meeting like ours because of our existing relationships with one another.

  • May 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm #1477

    I know Kennett Meeting has regular retreats.  They started with a meeting-wide discussion of what the point of the retreat is that led to interesting awarenesses about community and worship. There’s a story about it on the PYM website.

    Also, I wrote an article about planning multigenerational retreats a really long time ago and it’s still on FGC’s website.  Maybe it would be helpful although I know Green Street is awesome at being inclusive in their community.

  • June 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm #1478

    Harrisburg Friends Meeting has had an annual retreat yearly in the Fall (late September to early October) for a good many years now. Our Meeting has always looked forward to these retreats which are a one day affair, usually on a Saturday. A committee or a few interested individuals have always planned these retreats. The last few years, we have held them a Fort Hunter north of Harrisburg. A Theme is chosen which may be relevant to an issue or interest that we are presently having or which may be of a more general nature. There is a morning session of 2-3 hours, a potluck or catered luncheon, and an afternoon session of 2-3 hours in length. We meet as an entire group of 20-30 individuals. We provide hired adult care for the younger children. For this year, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the building of Harrisburg Meeting in the Fall (many other Meetings will be invited to attend this celebration), and we will have our “usual” retreat next Spring.

  • June 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm #1479
    Chris Mohr

    San Francisco Monthly Meeting has an awesome retreat every year at Ben Lomond Quaker Center. The weekend is unprogrammed until the participants get there and meet to map out strictly voluntary activities. The agenda usually includes power napping, bubble blowing, singing, a campfire, lots of worship, and usually Bible study. If we could find a site that was financially and physically accessible, the format is easy to replicate!

    Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting has “meeting weekend,” with a variety of activities Friday night and Saturday in the meetinghouse and on the grounds at Friends Center. Many of the families sleep overnight Friday in the Cherry Street Room.

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