Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


Workshops offer Gathering attenders the opportunity to be immersed in a topic with other interested Friends. Attenders stay in the same workshop throughout the week, helping form a mini-community within the Gathering. Each workshop meets from 9:00-11:45 AM each weekday. Most workshops include worship or worship-sharing each day.

2015 Workshop Descriptions

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People of faith are called to work with our neighbors to foster a spiritually fulfilling, socially just, and ecologically sustainable human presence on our planet. This workshop will provide ideas and tools on how to face our global challenges through local Transition Town Movement organizing.

Workshop Number 29 | Ruah Swennerfelt | Steve Chase

We will explore the triple jewels of movement, meditation, and writing as a means of being present to ourselves. Through basic yoga poses, breathing, meditation, and writing, participants will experience their own creative integration of body, mind, and spirit. Each student will develop a practice to take home with them.

Workshop Number 30 | Ann Hostetler

In this workshop participants will engage in a variety of improvisational "games" including drumming, vocalization, and exploring sound on melodic instruments, in an attempt to improvise music together, to be heard expressing ourselves creatively, and to work together to create something vibrant and beautiful.

Workshop Number 34 | Timothy Simmons

Do you feel despair or fear about the state of the world? This experiential workshop will touch into gratitude, grief, new ways of being with it, and empowering action!  We will laugh, play, cry and free ourselves of despair through ritual, worship sharing, and creative exercises.

Workshop Number 36 | Lynn Fitz-Hugh

Experience the Quaker perspective on body balancing, juggling, slacklining, rock climbing and more. We’ll try challenging physical activities that clear mental distractions and promote the present-centeredness that helps us be aware of God’s immediate presence in our lives. Come be vibrant in body and spirit!


Workshop Number 37 | MaryHelen Lewis | Jessica Klaassen-Wright

High School Program participants will join experienced Junior Gathering leaders in creating a fun, safe, and Spirit-filled Junior Gathering environment for our youngest Gathering participants. Learn to lead, and use your talents to give back to our community! Early arrival by 8:30 am Sunday morning is mandatory.

Workshop Number 38 | Patsy Arnold Martin | Patsy Arnold Martin

Delve into various Quaker practices and processes vital to the High School community. Throughout the week we'll learn various aspects of clerking, nurturing, and discernment, through, discussions, activities, and practicing on issues relevant to the HS Program.

Workshop Number 39 | Erin Abbott-Haines | Andrew Esser-Haines

Adult Young Friends are experiencing a variety of transitions: independent, adventurous, seeking career, finding a life partner, establishing home and family. Our AYF program needs further development to support a variety of conditions. We invite you to dream the future and playfully craft the details of your Spiritual community.

Workshop Number 40 | Chad Gilmartin | Carolyn Lejuste

When was the last time your entire body relaxed, you were free of worry, and you really laughed? Wouldn’t it be great to have all this 5 mornings in a row? Learning simple energy work, massage, and meditation will deliver this gift of grace. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.

Workshop Number 41 | John Calvi

Let’s face it, many of us are uneasy with the topic of death.  Join us as we explore our emotional and spiritual relationship to death and dying using artistic elements such as collage, music, poetry, photography, and more.  This workshop will be particularly helpful to personal and professional caregivers.

Workshop Number 42 | David Foster | Julie Hliboki