12 Whittier Pl
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Young Adult Friends (YAFs) age 18-35ish gather from the PYM region and beyond to rejuvenate, relax, and deepen our connection to one another & Spirit.
Our theme for this retreat is Empowering Our Inner Leaders. 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 thematic workshops (stay tuned for workshop descriptions!), free time, full group time, and meeting for business. 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.)
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 that you’re unsure can be met at the YAF retreat (including needing a local homestay option, for instance), contact the Young Adult Friends Coordinator.
Arrival at the YAF Spring Retreat begins at 5:30PM on Friday, January 5, and dinner begins at 6:30. There will be the option to set up carpools. Swarthmore Meeting is under a 10 minute walk from the Swarthmore train station on the SEPTA Media/Elwyn regional rail line and rides can be arranged for Friends in need of that assistance.
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!