Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Housing Clusters

All registrants (except High School Program participants) are assigned to General Housing unless they choose one of the following clusters:

AYF Cluster (Adult Young Friends) is open to adults aged 18-35. You may participate in all of the AYF programs regardless of whether you live in the AYF Cluster.  Families which include parents who identify as AYF and young children up to age 5 are welcome in the AYF Cluster. The AYF Cluster will include a gender-neutral housing block. Friends with concerns about accessing housing, bathrooms, or other Gathering facilities appropriate to their gender identity and expression are welcome to contact Kody Hersh, Gender Diversity Liaison, 786-246-2566, for information and support.

Contemplative Cluster.  The Contemplative Cluster is a place for people intentionally seeking to deepen their spiritual life through contemplative practices such as worship, worship sharing, prayer, related study, and other opportunities for spiritual friendship.  If you desire contemplative living space and seek others who are similarly inclined, you may wish to choose this housing cluster and co-create a contemplative experience.  All are welcome who value your own sacred space and honor that of others. 

FLGBTQC Cluster (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns).  Friends of all ages who support LGBTQ concerns are welcome to join the FLGBTQC housing cluster, including children. Friends will be housed in designated gender neutral, female, or male housing areas with nearby corresponding bathrooms according to their stated housing preference.  Friends with concerns about accessing housing, bathrooms, or other Gathering facilities appropriate to their gender identity and expression are welcome to contact Kody Hersh, Gender Diversity Liaison, 786-246-2566, for information and support. Because fragranced products make some FLGBTQC Friends very ill, all who choose to be housed in this cluster should plan to use only fragrance-free personal products during Gathering week.

Fragrance-Free Cluster. There will be Fragrance Fee rooms with private baths or Fragrance Free Suites. You may open the window to your room which turns off the air conditioning in your room or suite.  Friends who choose this housing cluster agree not to use perfumes or scented personal or laundry products.  Gathering staff will ask the University not to use conventional cleaning products during the Gathering in the bathrooms of these suites.  Friends with scent/chemical sensitivities may choose to bring their own bed linens.

High School Cluster. You must choose this cluster if you are in the High School program or a High School staff person.  Please avoid early arrival by High School participants when possible, and read these early arrival policies for  High Schoolers.

Singles Cluster (i.e., unpartnered adults) will be in in a dorm with air conditioning with suites which include the option of singles or doubles with private baths.  This cluster also welcomes adults who are attending the Gathering without their partner. Unpartnered young adults generally choose the AYF Cluster.

Families.  Unless families choose one of the above clusters, they will be housed with other families in a dorm with air conditioned suites.  All High Schoolers will be in the High School dorm.

Go to the Gathering Fees page.