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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2013 Workshop Descriptions
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Reading the 15,000-word, 52-section "Song of Myself" is like climbing Mount Everest: best done with an experienced guide. The poem is a spiritual journey, exploring ecstasy, evil, God, nature, worship, love, birth, death, and the creation of American culture. Come along; I've never lost anybody yet. (PT, HG1, HG2)
Worship together through knitting our own projects and a square to join into an afghan to be donated as we choose. Bring 1 ball of worsted-weight, machine washable yarn, size 9 needles and your own projects (or try some of mine). Bring writing to share which inspires you. No knitting experience necessary. (PT, HG1, HG2)
In these challenging times both mysticism and activism are needed -- a divinely embodied strength and a capacity for compassionate action. Explore using the ancient practices of hatha yoga (postures, breath awareness, and meditation) along with contemplation of sacred texts to discern our work in the world.
CURRENTLY OPEN ONLY FOR AGES 35 AND YOUNGER. A meditative art and play week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing. Create beautiful images from structured patterns, with magical and surprising results. Learn a new way to center down and build community with no art skills needed.
Class is all around us, but where do we go to "get real" about it? In this workshop we'll confront some dynamics of class, and allow responses from heart, head, and spirit. We'll explore how it plays out among us Friends, and how it might affect our spiritual lives together and our social testimonies.
As Friends, the practice of deep listening is a way of life. We strive to distinguish and recognize God’s voice in our lives, and to share “life by leading.” Go back to basics with discernment, remembering how our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits respond to God’s movement in our lives.
CURRENTLY OPEN ONLY FOR AGES 35 AND YOUNGER. We’ll collectively confront and address how radically powerful we actually are. We’ll gain a stronger connection to the meaning and purpose that pervades our very self-awareness. We’ll explore the layers that make up our different identities. We’ll move, worship, and create. Come prepared to sweat a little. (HG1)
"What would you do with a trillion dollars, rather than spend it on war and militarism?" Through activities and discussion that deepen our understanding of federal budget priorities, we will ultimately work with participants to tell their own story about the needs of their communities.
Writing, photography, sketches, poetry, fact, fiction, and more converge in the high school online newsletter. Collaborate on investigative and opinion pieces or share your own personal experiences. Bring creative themes for the Daily Top 10!
Discover “invisible walls” between unfair farmworker conditions and the tomatoes we eat. Learn and use advocacy skills (letter writing/street theater) to bring the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Campaign to the 2013 FGC Gathering. Cross the “invisible walls” that sometimes stand between teen concerns and Quaker business process.