Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Gathering Location

Photo by Susan Greenler

College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN (near St. Cloud, MN)

St. Joseph MN, site of the 2016 Gathering campus, is in the center of Minnesota, on the upper reaches of the mighty Mississippi River. It is at the confluence of the Great Plains, the Northern Central Hardwood Forests and the Northern Boreal Forests. There are many local parks and nature reserves for swimming, hiking, canoeing, even horseback riding.

The College of Saint Benedict is about ten miles west of St. Cloud, and about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Field Trips at the Gathering

Once you are at the Gathering, sign up for trips offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Costs vary.  We will have field trips to a variety of regional attractions, including historic and beautiful Saint John's Abbey, Oliver Kelley Farm (to experience 1860s plains farming), canoeing and nature hikes, the Camp Hill sustainable community, and the rich cultural history of Minnesota. Return here in April to see the list of field trips for the upcoming Gathering.