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.


An opportunity for talented songwriter/performers in our midst to share, critique, showcase, publish their works in the supportive company of their peers.  Additionally, I/we will look for opportunities to share songs with the rest of the Gathering community.  Worshipful woodsheding; practical publishing; joyous jamming; getting the gig; courageous concertizing.

Workshop Number 31 | Demi Miller

A highly-interactive beginning/intermediate level workshop for people of European American descent interested in understanding the forces of racism in our lives. We will explore the impact of racism through presentations, films and discussion, and consider our own racial justice response, and our part in co-creating the beloved community.

Workshop Number 32 | Marijke van Roojen | Polly Attwood & Chuck Esser

Come for a workshop of worship through movement. We will practice yoga, qigong and other body prayers. Daily practices include sun salutations, standing, seated and lying-down postures. Movement will be tied to poetry, music, and contemplative practices. Our intention is to open ourselves to Spirit and our Blessed Community.

Workshop Number 33 | Cindy Herr | Jim Herr

This workshop explores Zen's approach to truth and compatibility with Quakerism. Zen is about living the truth. Instead of defining truth, Zen favors a negative approach:  dropping false ideas.  We will read a number of Zen and Quaker authors, and sit daily for two 30-minute periods.  Open to experienced meditators.

Workshop Number 34 | Victor Thuronyi

This workshop on faith and nonviolent direct action will be highly experiential, and will integrate intergenerational stories of action and spiritual grounding into each day, while participants learn the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning and some of the theory of liberation theology and other spirit-grounded activism traditions. 

Workshop Number 35 | Lina Blount | Francisco Burgos

This intergenerational workshop is full for Friends over age 35

Quakers broke into the world in an era of great turmoil with radically new beliefs about God, worship, gender, class, and ways of living together and in the world. We will walk together with these Friends and explore how their extraordinary experiences can inform our shared journey as Friends today.

Workshop Number 36 | Peter Blood-Patterson | Adria Gulizia

Share your deepest truths using meditative and contemplative art as a form of expression. Use easy-to-learn contemplative mark making and visual journaling practices, (including the Zentangle* method of drawing abstract patterned images). Explore new ways to center down. Trust that we ALL are capable of making beauty and stories.

Workshop Number 37 | Sadelle Wiltshire

Experience body balancing, spinning poi, slack-lining, archery, and possibly high ropes or hiking, with Quakers.  Challenging physical activities clear mental distractions, promote present-centeredness, and harness physical energy towards spiritual experience.  Come be vibrant in body and spirit! Activity fee: $10 CASH.  (Financial aid available). Please read online detail before selecting!

Workshop Number 38 | MaryHelen Lewis | Jessica Klaassen-Wright

High School Program participants join experienced Junior Gathering leaders to create 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 11:00 am Sunday morning is mandatory (12 noon if online Child Safety training certificate is submitted by June 30.) Application with references required.

Workshop Number 39 | Patsy Arnold Martin

Participants will consider how to manage money in an economy stacked against them while maintaining Quaker values. The goal is to create a supportive context for wrestling with money dilemmas, on both personal and global/systemic levels, and finding ways to move forward with greater clarity, integrity, creativity and courage.

Workshop Number 40 | Pamela Haines | JT Dorr-Bremme