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.


When was the last time you were free of worry, really laughed, and your entire body relaxed? This workshop is for seekers and the weary to rest. We’ll learn simple forms of energy work, clothes-on massage, or meditation each morning, working in pairs. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.

Workshop Number 41 | John Calvi

Discover how digital photography can help you see the world around you more clearly and experience it more deeply.  Explore a variety of practices that will open new ways of seeing and being present, grow your Quaker faith, and connect you more closely with yourself, your environment, and your community.

Workshop Number 42 | Peter West Nutting

In these beloved poems and praise songs, we find a range of human emotions mirroring our own humanity. Let us play, pray and invite Spirit to open our hearts and strengthen our purpose through the Psalms. How can we sing our song in our own strange land?

Workshop Number 43 | Gail Thomas

Facilitated by two Quaker psychiatrists, participants will explore and discuss various points of contact between Quakerism and what is called mental illness. Topics will include our leadings to make treatment more compassionate, dealing with troubled members/attenders, how to support Friends/family undergoing extreme states, and distinguishing an intense religious experience from "psychosis".

Workshop Number 44 | David Anick | Claire Cohen

This is principally a movement workshop. We will discover the experiences of body awareness, movement, internal energy (chi), and meditative practice. Participants will be taught a simplified tai chi form called Tai Chi Chih. We'll also explore selections of the Taoist contemplative classic, the Tao Te Ching.

Workshop Number 45 | John Smallwood

This writing workshop will encourage you to look back over your spiritual journey and explore its struggles, questions, and experiences. The part of you that is always listening to the whispers of God will open more fully, listen more deeply, and guide you into sharing that journey in narrative form.

Workshop Number 46 | Ellen Michaud

Friends’ Couple Enrichment skills enable couples in committed relationships to deepen their intimacy, spiritual connection, communication, love, and humor.  Exploring vulnerability and connection within a supportive community enables couples to develop the courage to enter into a deeper level of intimacy.  Advanced communication skills build on Friends' testimonies and practices.

Workshop Number 47 | Dave Minden | Pamela Minden

Each day will have a different presenter and focus, yet all will provide a window into ways in which Friends experience and express the Power of Truth. 

  • The Peace Testimony, Conscientious Objection, and Moral Injury - Kindra Bradley
  • Seeking Truth: Experiment with Light - JoAnn Seaver
  • Gandhi's Search for Truth - Mike Heller
  • Publishers of Truth: John Woolman and HD Thoreau - Bob Fisher
  • Website Design and Social Media for Quaker Organizations - Sarah Juliusson
Workshop Number 48 | Susan Wilson