Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


Workshops offer Gathering adults and high school participants the opportunity to be immersed in a topic with other interested Friends. Friends stay in the same workshop throughout the week, forming a small community within the Gathering. Each workshop meets from 9:00 to 11:45AM, Monday-Friday during Gathering. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing.

Workshop registrations are temporarily closed. You can read information on the website, and then choose a workshop when you check in at the Gathering.

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2018 Workshop Descriptions

Click on the workshop title to read a detailed description. Use the filter tools to display workshop by audience type (age group), or by keyword. Workshops marked with * are for different levels of experience - learn more about anti-racism workshop levels. Workshops leaders will be adding more details to their workshop pages over the winter. You can sign up on the Gathering email list to be notified when the expanded descriptions are available.

NOTE : Workshops are listed ten per page. Please scroll to the bottom and click on a page number or "next" to view more workshops, or to view all the workshops at once, select "all" under "Items per page" in the filter box.


Friends’ emphasis on knowing “by experiment” developed hand in hand with the Scientific Revolution. Through the lives of Quaker scientists from Dalton to Eddington, we’ll compare Quaker testimonies with scientific virtues.  To speak truth to power when ”alternative facts” deny climate change and other scientific findings, we need both.

Workshop Number 1 | Robert Pennock

We will de-construct trauma to understand its effects on us and our work for social change. Using movement, play and popular education activities, participants learn ways to build the resiliency needed for life-long activism. From that place of wholeness and compassion, we work passionately for peace with justice for all.

Workshop Number 2 | Bette Rainbow Hoover

We will seek God and a sense of each other as we explore northwestern Ohio on our bicycles. We will ride at least 10 miles a day.

Workshop Number 3 | Chris Hollingshead

Many Friends yearn for vibrant, intergenerational meetings, but it's often difficult to see how our Quaker culture can get in the way.  We'll examine ten cultural barriers to multiage inclusion and how we can flip them.  Come prepared to talk, play, move, write, and draw our way through this work!

Workshop Number 4 | Emily Provance

An advanced workshop for Friends actively engaged in racial justice work. We will share successful approaches to addressing White Supremacy and colonialism that will enhance our techniques for challenging racial and ethnic divisions. Participants must write a statement about their work and facilitate an exercise with the group.

Workshop Number 5 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik

This workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience sharing. All work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a $10 materials charge.

Workshop Number 6 | Arthur M. Larrabee

We gather in worship, each in his or her own way, opening ourselves to the divine flow, entrusting our souls to God's infinite love and care.

Workshop Number 7 | Jorge Arauz
Enhance your life with practices that access the deepest levels of light and resonance: listening in tongues, daily examen, journaling, twilight meeting, spiritual storytelling, centering prayer, life as prayer, gathered meeting, and symphonic listening. We use sharing and the arts to dive joyfully and deeply together. ​​
Workshop Number 8 | Gretchen Morse | Pat Grauer

In this workshop participants will discern a concern, decision, relationship, etc. We’ll support one another in discernment using clearness committees and worship sharing, and practice a simple Tai Chi daily. Before Gathering, participants are expected to read Pendle Hill Pamphlet #443 (by Jerry Knutson) as well as PHP #446 and/or #305.

Workshop Number 9 | Jerry Knutson

Kundalini Yoga meets you where and as you are, asking only that you open to its richness. We include moving/held body and hand positions, and breathing, all to music. The practice attunes the body, quiets the mind, and opens the way for worship and true communion of spirit with Spirit.

Workshop Number 10 | Ann Ritter