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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2015 Workshop Descriptions
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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. All participants will develop a practice to take home with them.
How often have you felt the Spirit alive in your meeting? How can we open to the Spirit's power to transform us and our meetings? With worship, exercises, readings, and stories we will engage with one another and consider how deep worship, strong community, and active witness overlap to build powerful meetings.
Jesus asked his disciples ”Who do you say I am?” For centuries, Christians and non-Christians gave different answers. Is Jesus a prophet, an ethical teacher, a healer, an ordinary man, the only Son of God? Using the Bible and other sources we’ll share our own responses and experiences of Jesus.
We will investigate Yogic teachings and practices, and suggest what they offer Quaker practice today. We will explore each of the eight yogic limbs, partly through written reflection and discussion, but primarily through an experiential engagement with yoga's concrete social, physical, and meditative practices.
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.
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 the state of the world, and empowering action! We will laugh, play, cry, and free ourselves of despair through ritual, worship sharing, and creative exercises.
We’ll provide a safe environment for Friends to explore nontheism/atheism/agnosticism/etc. among Quakers. Friends of all theologies are welcome! Through interactive activities and discussions, participants explore different facets of spirituality, examine nontheist language, consider how we interact with peers with differing beliefs. Join us for discussions with like-minded Friends!
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!
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.
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.