Open to All
Adults and High School
A rising China will help define the 21st century. Yet despite Quaker commitments to peace, there are linguistic, cultural, and political barriers that prevent Friends from engaging with China. This workshop seeks to overcome these barriers using Quakers’ long history in the country as a roadmap for future engagement.
Workshop Number: 1
Leaders: Patrick Lozada,
This workshop has been cancelled
Workshop Number: 2
Leaders: Jen Ambrose
How does the experience of using ones hands to create integrate with and inform our spiritual path? Bring existing work or an interest in learning something new. We will explore how making can provide space for creativity, contemplation, and affirmation. Co-led by a beader/seamstress and a jeweler/armorer.
Workshop Number: 3
Leaders: dest/jess(ie)/etc. purvis, Keith Barch
A workshop for Friends actively engaged in racial justice work. We will share successful approaches to addressing White Supremacy and colonialism that will enhance our techniques for challenging racial and ethnic divisions. Participants must write a statement about their work.
Workshop Number: 4
Leaders: Vanessa Julye, Janice Domanik
This workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk
of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience
sharing. Most work will be done in a whole group setting.
Workshop Number: 5
Leaders: Steve Mohlke
This workshop has been cancelled
Workshop Number: 6
Leaders: Su Penn
We sit in the presence of God Spirit, in silent worship and contemplation, open and receptive to the Love, Truth and Life in which we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
Workshop Number: 7
Leaders: Jorge Arauz
“I will come in and eat with you, and you with me” (Rev 3:20). This workshop is for self-identified women who want to follow the Indwelling when they make choices about food, drink and physical activity in daily life.
Workshop Number: 8
Leaders: Barbara Birch
Dive into the Enneagram – an ancient wisdom tool for self-discovery and soul growth. This workshop introduces nine personality styles and complementary spiritual practices for a life-long journey toward integration of mind, body, and emotions. Listen within; listen to others’ varied perceptions; listen to grow in the Life.
Workshop Number: 9
Leaders: Christine Hall
Zines are self-published, small-format booklets that arose from the need to share ideas not circulated in the mainstream. How might zines speak to the current condition of the Religious Society of Friends? Come explore zine-making as a creative, contemplative practice in this project-based workshop.
Workshop Number: 10
Leaders: Natalie Ramsland
Anger, fear, grief, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with the Spirit and our own healing energies. Listening to self, others, and Spirit as we practice forgiveness opens us to living in a more peaceful way. Workshop focuses on tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy.
Workshop Number: 11
Leaders: Sue Regen, Lu and Kenn Harper
“Gentle Movement for Traumatic Times” combines energetic grounding, breathing, simple meditative movement and partner practice to address stress and conflict management in daily life. Both seated and standing options, along with other adaptations for physical limitations, make this workshop accessible to all.
The focus will be on movement and approaches of particular benefit for Friends of Color.
This workshop is open to all.
Workshop Number: 12
Leaders: Tomi Nagai-Rothe
Healing Justice work of the AFSC is guided by an internal and external “north star” that illuminates our path to abolition of the racist punishment state by shining light on opportunities for healing and restoration. We will share our journey and invite participants to meet us along the path.
Workshop Number: 13
Leaders: Lewis Webb
This explores two meanings of “see” – how we conceptualize God, and what is our direct experience. The Beatitudes assert “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. Poetic speech or is there a Truth at the heart? Can we listen with the ear of the heart?
Workshop Number: 14
Leaders: Jan Michael
Join members of the Eldering Subcommittee of Pacific Yearly Meeting in interactive exercises designed to immerse and deepen our experience and understanding of Quaker eldering. Engage in eldering as prophetic Spirit-led Listening, as acts of nurture, accompaniment and accountability, and as a practice of decolonization through servant leadership.
Workshop Number: 15
Leaders: Dorothy Henderson, Gordon Bishop
Parker Palmer writes of the tragic gap between what is and what should/could be – Jesus’ “kingdom of God.” Jesus’ story provides insight for us. Listening to each other helps us to heal and gain courage to be in the gap with an open heart.
Workshop Number: 16
Leaders: Gail Thomas
The last chance to take this light-hearted, but serious, workshop for anyone who is bad at being good. This is a joyful, interactive exploration of the testimonies and how they impact our everyday lives. With whimsy, humor, and wisdom, we’ll explore how to live a life that’s filled with SPICE.
Workshop Number: 17
Leaders: J. Brent Bill
Join our experiential workshop in conflict transformation! Grounded in worship, we will study and engage together in spiritually and somatically-based deep listening, brainstorming, forgiveness, paradox and more. We will learn skills to help Meetings and organizations find and name their unspoken truth, strengthen their unity, resolve issues and conflicts.
Workshop Number: 18
Leaders: Tom Rothschild
This workshop is about how to internalize the wisdom of Braiding Sweetgrass. We will look at how to become naturalized to Turtle Island – examining colonialism, reciprocity, honorable harvest and kinship relationships with all living beings. Worship sharing and experiential exercises for integrating holistic ways of being part of Earth.
Workshop Number: 19
Leaders: Lynn FitzHugh
The Book of Genesis affirms that humans are made in God’s image – a God who creates, tends, and takes joy in the natural world. How do we fulfill that image? We’ll look at relevant Bible passages, celebrate nature, and explore the science of how to slow down climate change.
Workshop Number: 20
Leaders: Confianza del Senor, Frank Granshaw
Participants will learn and practice discernment, the bedrock on which Quakerism is built. There will be a Clearness Committee option if a participant wants to discern a concern, decision, relationship, etc. The facilitator authored Pendle Hill Pamphlet #443, Individual Spiritual Discernment. Reading the pamphlet before Gathering is encouraged.
Workshop Number: 21
Leaders: Jerry Knutson
This workshop has been cancelled
Workshop Number: 22
Leaders: Ruth Fitz
We will consider spiritual and ethical questions that arise as we learn from Native Americans who offer guidance for living in balance with the Earth community. We will explore how Quakers are responding to opportunities for authentic relationships while finding new Light in our own tradition.
Workshop Number: 23
Leaders: Charlotte Basham, Marguerite Dingman
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 relationship in our world? We’ll consider queries, play, sing, and reflect on implications of our personal choices and their ripple effects.
Workshop Number: 24
Leaders: Jacqueline Stillwell
Whether your work is around climate justice, racial justice, defending elections, or some other concern, this experiential workshop will teach you the theory and practice of nonviolent direct action, drawing on the experience of earlier Quakers, the Civil Rights Movement, and Earth Quaker Action Team.
Workshop Number: 25
Leaders: Eileen Flanagan, Carolyn McCoy
We will explore the Bible as ancient Friends did, by living the stories, the narrative. We will try to keep academic theological details to a minimum and focus on what it feels like to be in this story. What does the Spirit of Christ have to teach us from it?
Workshop Number: 26
Leaders: Joseph Snyder, Julie Peyton
Moving outdoors together has opened doors for our Meeting. Walking in a park and stopping to share reflections or ministry began and evolved through the seasons of pandemic. The outdoor setting flavors and deepens our worship. Friends will share this experience and consider other ways to flex Quaker worship forms.
Workshop Number: 27
Leaders: Jay Thatcher, Bob Ward, Kathy Miller
How do we better access the Source of vocal ministry, “where the words come from?” We will forge a community of depth and trust and from that place explore Spirit- led vocal ministry, using practices to better gather ourselves, listen, and distinguish the voice of the Divine from our own.
Workshop Number: 28
Leaders: Christopher Sammond
This workshop guides participants in clarifying what matters most. Together in cared-for stillness, we listen for spiritual guidance with pen in hand. Worshipful writing takes us deep within to identify our core values, compose letters to loved ones, and practice describing our beliefs and commitments in safe worship-sharing circles.
Workshop Number: 29
Leaders: Judith Favor
High School Only
High School Program participants join experienced Junior Gathering leaders to create a fun, supportive, 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 10am Sunday morning 7/2 is mandatory. Application with references required.
Workshop Number: 30
Leaders: Kody Hersh
Age 18+, High School with Permission
We have long been oblivious to our unwitting participation in systemic racism, often ignorant of our history and privilege. It is time for us white folks to step up – to stop relying on People of Color to teach us about racism. It is our work to do, now.
Workshop Number: 31
Leaders: Jeanne Strong
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 and connect you more closely with yourself, your environment and your community.
Workshop Number: 32
Leaders: Peter West Nutting
The trauma inherent in our turbulent times calls for self-care and reflection in addition to deep listening, witness consciousness and an open heart. Kundalini Yoga can meet each of us where and as we are, can help develop a particular kind of strength and endurance that leads to contemplative activism.
Workshop Number: 33
Leaders: Ann Ritter
The future of work is changing and requires a diversity of talents and perspectives. How might our strengths and biases be put to best use in addressing the needs of our emerging world? Through a variety of creative modalities we will explore values and skills and hone your career discernment.
Workshop Number: 34
Leaders: Keira Wilson
The workshop has been cancelled
Workshop Number: 35
Leaders: Kirsten Dembski Brink, Andrew Dembski Brink
Experience short versions of three different workshops!
Monday: Peaceful People Cultivating Silence and Stillness – Amos Smith
Tuesday: Mindfulness Practice and Quaker Practice, Part 1 – Don McCormick
Wednesday: Mindfulness Practice and Quaker Practice, Part 2 – Don McCormick
Thursday: Telling Our Whole Religious Stories, Part 1 – Allison Kirkegaard and Jen Newman
Friday: Telling Our Whole Religious Stories, Part 2 – Allison Kirkegaard and Jen Newman
Workshop Number: 36