Pre-Gathering retreats and conferences give participants a chance to connect in a deeper way before the Gathering week begins. They can be one day, overnight, or most of a weekend. This year they will begin on Friday June 28th, ending by Sunday afternoon June 30th at the latest. Most years there are pre-Gathering retreats for People of Color & their Families and Adult Young Friends.
- Retreat for People of Color and their Families
An opportunity for People of Color and multiracial families to come together to share their Quaker experience and create a supportive community in preparation for and throughout the Gathering. Open only to Friends attending the Gathering.
- Adult Young Friends
Adult Young Friends hope to host a pre-Gathering retreat Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, offering Friends between the ages of 18 and 35 an opportunity to connect and begin building community before the Gathering begins. More information to come this spring.
Pre-Gathering Events and Children: FGC offers a children’s center for children whose parents or caregivers are attending pre-Gathering events in-person. Some pre-Gathering events also include programming for children.
Organizations planning pre-Gathering events online are responsible for managing their own technology needs. FGC will provide an optional Zoom hosting training for leaders & tech. support people. We recommend that you have at least two people at each activity so one person can assist with any tech issues and questions and answers. Gathering staff are unable to support hybrid events this year.
If your group or organization would like to plan a pre-Gathering event, please complete this form by the 8th of March. This form is to express interest in planning a pre-Gathering conference. Our Conference Director will be in touch to discuss your proposal.