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.


Anger, fear, grief, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with the Spirit and our own healing energies. Practicing forgiveness opens us to the power of Truth and its healing. This workshop focuses on tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy.

Workshop Number 11 | Sue Regen

In this workshop we will focus on Restorative Justice practices, exploring how to apply them consciously on a personal level and more broadly as options for healing communities. We seek to better disentangle race and involvement in the criminal justice system, exploring how Truth and Reconciliation can diminish future problems.

Workshop Number 12 | Laura Magnani | Fatimeh Khan

In this workshop we, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous together, will remember the place we call home. With the wisdom and personal connection of Indigenous Knowing, “Active Hope” and the “Good Mind” we will look to find new ways forward in a community of respect, honesty, caring and inspiration.

Workshop Number 13 | Emily Boardman, | Buffy Curtis & Liseli Haines

We will explore how racism and white supremacy operate in our stories, bodies and communities and explore ways to interrupt and shift the normative stories and movements that keep racism moving. This is an intermediate level workshop for white people and people of color (including affinity groups).

Workshop Number 14 | Lucy Duncan | Noah White

A light-hearted, but serious, workshop for anyone who is bad at being good.

In this workshop, attendees will participate in a joyful, interactive exploration of the testimonies. With whimsy, humor, and wisdom, we’ll explore how to live a life that is simple yet satisfying, peaceful yet strong. 

Workshop Number 15 | J. Brent Bill

The greater my Light, the greater the shadow it casts. I believe that faithful and loving action in the world requires clear sight and openness to personal integrity. We will explore individual and group practices inviting Spirit-led exploration and transformation. As wholeness and unity grows, so does personal effectiveness.

Workshop Number 16 | LVM Shelton

Making is a spiritual process.  For millennia, people have made dolls for play, decoration, or as talismans. You will make dolls from cloth and found objects and decorate them using basic sewing, embroidery, and other techniques while listening and connecting to the Spirit. No sewing skills needed.  Beginners welcome.

Workshop Number 17 | Sam Milford

Quakers frequently participate in vigils and protests - how often do we engage in well-prepared, proactive nonviolent action campaigns? This workshop will guide Friends in careful consideration of how individuals and groups can spiritually and organizationally prepare for effective nonviolent action using the principles and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence. 

Workshop Number 18 | Jim Fussell

Spirit-filled worship is a gift. We can’t make it happen, yet there are things we can do to ready ourselves to receive this gift, and to open to it. This workshop will focus on practices which can make us more ready to receive the blessed gift of powerful, transformative worship.

Workshop Number 19 | Christopher Sammond

What is essential? How much is enough? Is my use of time, energy and "things" in right balance to free me to do God's work, and contribute to right order in our world? We'll consider queries, play, sing, and reflect on implications of our personal choices and their ripple effects.

Workshop Number 20 | Jacqueline Stillwell