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YAF Spring Retreat 2021 [Grief and Reflection]
May 14 @ 7:00 pm - May 15 @ 4:00 pm
All Young Adult Quakers and Seekers ages 18-35-ish are invited to our Spring Retreat. YAFs are at different places on our journeys, and we come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen our connection to one another & Spirit. This YAF gathering will hold a focus on grief and reflection. We will lean into connection and relationship, with opportunities to listen deeply to Spirit, our inner voices and each other.
7pm: Gather for opening program
8–9: Worship sharing
10:00-10:45am: Opening worship and welcome
11:00-11:30am: Lectio Divina
11:30am-12:00pm: Small Group Reflection
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (communal lunch option)
Folks may choose to take an off-screen break at this time (please return by 1:00pm) or join a small group for a communal lunch and possible deepening of the morning’s learnings
1:00-2:30pm: Revisiting Conversation on Membership
2:45-3:45pm: Closing Program
Cost is sliding scale. Locations are carpool and public transit accessible. There will be childcare available. Space for quiet/alone time is provided, though the weekend is heavily focused on community/group activities. If there are more ways to meet your needs, please let the coordinator know email@example.com
More on Retreats
The Young Adult Engagement Coordinator, along with volunteers, organizes quarterly weekend retreat for young adults (age 18-35ish) in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area and beyond. The retreats are held quarterly – fall, winter, spring, and a YAF community at PYM Annual Sessions in the summer.
Retreats are usually held at a meetinghouse, and typically begin on Friday night with dinner, and run until the rise of meeting on Sunday morning. During the retreat, expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship as our time is centered around a theme. 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. Good food and fun are also assured!
The exact schedule of the retreats vary a bit, but all include a mix of large & small group program and free time. We usually have a choice of workshops, and some time for Meeting for Business. We eat together and can accommodate a variety of dietary needs. We cook and clean up meals in small groups.
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 attend. At each retreat, there are a few YAFs who attend Friday night-Saturday night or just for Saturday.