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.
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2016 Workshop Descriptions
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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 five mornings in a row? Learning simple energy work, massage, and meditation will deliver this gift of grace. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.
Anger, fear, hurt, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with the Spirit and our own healing energies. Practicing forgiveness can move us towards inner peace and renew our relationship with self and others. This workshop focuses on tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy.
Do you ever feel you are constantly complaining? What if we limited our complaining to one day a week, and chose Thursdays? In this workshop, we will experiment with non-complaining as a spiritual and mindfulness practice of inward peacemaking, and perhaps even gain a humorous perspective on our lives.
Through story sharing, interactive exercises, in-depth discussion, and personal reflection, we will explore root causes of migration, discuss US-Mexico border issues, and review sociopolitical realities affecting immigration. We will gain tools and techniques to take to our Meetings and communities so we can more effectively support immigrant justice.
Discover how digital photography can help you see the world around you more clearly and experience it more deeply. Explore a variety of practices that will open new ways of seeing and being present, grow your Quaker faith, and connect you more closely with yourself, your environment, and your community.
Do you want to delve deeper into the Bible? In this workshop participants will explore a variety of critical lenses for reading the Bible. We’ll look at texts important to Friends and consider how Quakerism influences interpreting a text’s meaning. This is your chance to experience a little of the ESR experience!
This writing workshop will encourage you to look back over your spiritual journey and explore its struggles, questions, and experiences. The part of you that is always listening to the whispers of God will open more fully, listen more deeply, and guide you into sharing that journey in narrative form.
For couples in a committed relationship, to deepen their capacity for intimacy, communication and humor. Couples will experience authenticity enabling both to explore vulnerability within a supportive community. The workshop offers communication skills built on Friends testimonies, principles, and practices. The goal is enrichment not therapy.
For couples in committed relationships who want to discover their spiritual depth together. We will learn the method of the couple dialogue, then practice this form of honest speaking and compassionate listening. We will also use queries, waiting worship, and free writing inviting us to deepen our self-understanding.
Grounded in worship, we’ll use journal prompts and learn existing body prayers as the springboard for making our own prayers. Body prayers, inspired by hopes, values and leadings consist of movements (simple or complicated) and spoken word (original or drawn from others). All spiritual orientations and body types are welcome.