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 9:15 to 12:00 noon every weekday. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing.
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2017 Workshop Descriptions
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We plan to experience a greater union with the Spirit in our lives. We will study the teachings of George Fox, Rex Ambler, Thomas Kelly, Edgar Cayce, and the Bible and strengthen these with guided meditations and worship sharing. We will also learn and daily practice an easy Tai Chi.
The Freedom School curriculum was designed by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Explore the history of race and racism in our country, examine power and why people are poor, and examine beliefs holding our current system in place. Develop action steps for undoing racism in your life and community. (Beginner Workshop)
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.
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.
We know we should be thinking about end of life decisions. This workshop will allow ample time to reflect on and discuss those myriad decisions in the context of our shared values as Friends. We will also consider the Spiritual Opportunities of Aging. Participants will complete an end of life workbook. ($10 fee)
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.
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.
Start a ripple of conversation in your relationship that radiates into communities in desperate need of love. As couples we use witnessed dialogues and other practices to say and hear what's most important. Experience deep connection and new understandings. Let your relationship grow and change in the Spirit of love.