Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

How to Change Your Workshop

When you check in at the Gathering, you may change to any workshop that has space available for your age group.

More information:

How do you know which workshops are full?
How to change to a new workshop that is not FULL
Change your workshop at the Gathering
I can’t find a workshop in the registration form
Why aren’t there waitlists for workshops?
How to get into a FULL workshop

How do I know which workshops are full?

During early registration (April 2-13) alll workshops are open to all registrants.  If more people sign up for your first choice workshop selection during early registration, then a lottery will determine who is actually in that workshop.  By April 19, Gathering staff send all adult early registrants an email informing them of which workshop they are in.

After April 19, the workshops page indicates which workshops were FULL approximately one week before viewing the page.  When you register, you may discover that some workshops have filled since the webpage was updated.

How to change to a new workshop that is not FULL

Follow the directions for modifying your registration.  Between April 2 and 13, first read the "During Early Registration" note in the previous answer.

Change your workshop at the Gathering

When you arrive at the Gathering, go to the Workshops table.  The workshops committee will have up-to-date registration information for all workshops.

I can’t find a workshop in the registration form

Workshops which are full do not display in the registration form.
Workshops which are not open to your age group do not display on the registration form.
If you are registering for half-the Gathering or registering part-time, only those workshops that are open to you will dispaly.

How to get into a FULL workshop

Because we offer many workshops at the Gathering and because we have a small staff, we are unable to maintain waitlists for workshops. There are two ways to get into a currently Full workshop:

(1) Monitor the Gathering workshops webpage. When the workshop you want no longer shows as FULL, email or call Gathering staff to request a change. We will then get back to you in a couple days to confirm whether or not you have been moved into your desired workshop. (Because workshop assignments are not instantaneous, if the web shows that a workshop is not full this does NOT guarantee that there will still be room open for you when you contact us.) After May 31, we will no longer accept workshop change requests in the Philadelphia office. The next opportunity to change your workshop will be at the Gathering itself.

(2) When you arrive at the Gathering, go to the Workshops table. The Workshops Committee will have up-to-date registration information for all workshops.

Why aren’t there waitlists for workshop?

The Gathering offers many dozens of workshops at the Gathering and, because we have a small staff, we are unable to maintain waitlists for workshops.