Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Adult Young Friends Retreat

The Adult Young Friends (AYF) Retreat is a great place to get a jump start to the FGC Gathering experience.

This optional event will focus on what it means to be an AYF in our meetings and our communities, as well as exploring the structure and function of the AYF community at Gathering.  Please join us Saturday July 4 as we dig deep into our place in Quaker faith. Cost will include early housing and meal fees plus a modest retreat fee. For more information contact Adult Young Friends Retreat clerk, Debra Lenik.

More information is provided below. 

Where and When
Cost
How to Register

Childcare
Scholarships
Invite a Friend

Where and When

The program will be held immediately before the FGC Gathering at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC from  9 am to 5 pm on Saturday July 4.  You may order cafeteria meals beginning with dinner on Friday July 3 through lunch on Sunday July 5.  Friends are encouraged to arrive Friday, and are welcome to join the retreat whenever they arrive on campus. 

Cost

$10 retreat fee, plus early housing and meals. Meals prior to the beginning of the Gathering Sunday evening may be pre-ordered in the cafeteria, bought in the cafeteria at a higher price, or purchased from on campus retail food establishments.

Childcare Is Available

If you are a young adult with children eighth grade or younger, childcare is available for the retreat.  You will only need to pay for housing and meals for your child.  Read more about childcare for pre-Gathering events.

How to Register

When you register for the Gathering, choose the “AYF Retreat.”  Choose early housing (Friday or Saturday nights) to match your housing for the full Gathering.  Select which meals you want in addition to the Gathering meal plan.  The Gathering meal plan will not begin until Sunday supper, July 5. You may add the pre-Gathering housing and meals to your registration until June 15.  Meals purchased with cash at the dining room will be more expensive than pre-ordered early meals.

Registration for the FGC Gathering opens April 1.

Scholarships

You may add a scholarship request for the AYF Retreat on top of the described maximum scholarship.  Registrants may request a scholarship from FGC for up to half of the retreat costs (housing, meals, and retreat fee). Young adults from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region may request a scholarship of the retreat fee plus retreat housing costs.

Request a scholarship when you register for the Gathering.

Invite a Friend

Are you planning on attending the retreat?  Invite a friend to join you.