Portland Friends Meeting, Maine, October 17-19, 2003
percent of success is showing up.”
share things you find creative and maybe experiment with some new ones.
art, writing, movement – playing, thinking, laughing, talking – splurge!
and World/ Politics
Hartford Friends Meeting, CT, November 21-23 2003
Bless what stirs in us compassion . . .what shows us our face in a
who teaches us what we clutch shrivels, but what we give goes off in
the world carrying bread to people . . .
Let us lift each other on our shoulders and carry each other along.
Let holiness move in us.
Let us pay attention to its small voice.
Let us see the light in others and honor that light.
What stirs you? What vision do you want for the future? What understanding are you seeking? Quakers are out there working in the world and we can hear from them. We can begin to see where we fit. We can see where political and spiritual share common ground. We can celebrate our community, talk, laugh, sing. Being a loving community is counter-cultural! Come be with us.
Body and Soul
Friends Midwinter, M L King weekend, January 16-19, 2004
Friendly Crossways Youth Hostel, Littleton MA
Having some extra time
(this is a Friday to Monday retreat) means we will have more time to explore
our theme, an open-ended time of centering, learning more about ourselves and
each other, getting it together to get through the winter. Programs, worship, workshops, talks by the fire,
walking, sledding (think snow), playing, talking – it’s one of our
favorite events for the year.
Because it’s longer and
we’re meeting at a commercial facility, it costs more:
$125. (with a $25 discount for sibs).
But as is the case of all Young Friend events:
don’t let that get in the way of your coming.
Ask for the financial aid you need.
Information about these retreats:
start at 7:30 pm on Friday night and end around 1:00 pm on Sunday.
(Midwinter will start with supper on Friday night and end with lunch on
nights we play games, get to know each other a bit and meet in smaller
affinity groups. Saturday morning
there is singing, worship. Program, and after lunch there is a large chunk of
free time for games, napping, reading, and hanging out.
Late afternoon, there are usually interest groups – a chance to
explore some aspect of the topic in greater depth with a small group.
After dinner, there is more singing, evening program and affinity
groups meet again. Sunday morning
is busy with cleaning up the meetinghouse, doing some final closing and
evaluation as a group, and worshipping with the host Meeting.
cost $40.00, with a $5.00 discount for each sibling from a family attending (ie,
you and one sib would be $70.00). Midwinter
in January, being longer and at a commercial facility, costs $125., with a $25
sib discount. Young friends
has scholarship money, so don’t let cost stand in your way.
Contact me, Chris, or pay what you can at the retreat. We really want
to bring (PUTTING YOUR NAME ON THINGS is a really really good idea):
Sleeping bag and pillow
Towel and soap.
Mug with your name on it.
Toiletries and any medicines
Comfy clothing, layers work best so you can adjust for different temps.
Rainwear, outdoor shoes advisable.
Check the weather.
Night clothes you don’t mind being seen in.
Musical instruments, journal, camera, games, cards, frisbee, etc.
If you are someone who falls asleep better listening to music, it is ok
to bring a walk/discman, but please only plan on using it quietly, by yourself
at night. We ask people not to be
“plugged in” during most of the retreat.
Cell phones. If you carry a cell phone, please do not plan on using it
during the retreat. It’s great
to call your folks to let them know that you arrived safely, but just like
e-music, it could be a barrier to you being part of the community during the
SIGNING UP FOR RETREATS:
deadline for my receiving your forms (registration and health form) is
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27. I
will evaluate all forms received by that time equally.
We have had waiting lists for retreats in the last two years and maybe
we will this year as well, so please get your form in by the deadline.
sure that each person fills out their own forms – no siblings on the same
you get a confirmation for the retreat (which will have directions to the
meetinghouse and a ride list), you can send in the registration money.
We really appreciate getting payments ahead of time because it makes
things easier for the registrar – and remember that you just need to pay
what you can, don’t sweat it.
me with questions or comments. I
look forward to seeing you!
Jorgenson, 22 Cherry Street, Somerville MA 02144
are always looking for new staff
or people who might be interested in presenting part of a program or interest
group. Look around your home
meetings – who might be someone who could lead a workshop at a retreat this
year? Most adults are really pretty flattered when teenagers ask them to come
to a retreat.
Jorgenson, 22 Cherry St., Somerville MA 02144 as soon as possible, but arriving no later than September
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*email addresses change often – please list your
current address. Don’t list
it if you don’t check it.
co:________________________________________ plan/ policy #
in whose name
Emergency contact #1:
Relationship to YF: _______________________
Emergency contact #2:
Relationship to YF: _________________________
permission for my child to participate in the NEYM Young Friends retreats
October 17-19, 2003, November 21-23, 2003 and January 16-19, 2004.
I release New England Yearly Meeting, staff and volunteers, from
liability for any injury or illness that my child may sustain during this
retreat. In the event of an
emergency, I authorize an adult leader to consent to any examination,
diagnosis, treatment or hospital care advised and supervised by a licensed
physician, surgeon or dentist. I
expect to be contacted as soon as possible.
print name: ____________________________________
of parent or guardian, or self if 18 years old or older
# during the weekend:___________________________
Please answer the following questions as completely as possible so that we will be best able to best care for your child. All of this information will be confidential.:
1. Describe allergies, if any:
2. Describe any medications your child is currently taking. We do not have medical staff to administer medications. Please telephone about any conditions that will need staff attention.
3. Please describe any physical, learning, behavioral, or emotional disabilities/ differences that staff should know about in order to help your child be a member of our community:
form for NEYM Young Friend retreats, fall-winter 2003-04
arrive by September 27, 2003
have siblings fill out separate sheets)
list it if you don’t check it)
like to register for the following retreats:
check mark where appropriate
Creative Splurge, Portland Meeting ME, October 17-19
Quakerism & World/Politics, Hartford Meeting CT, November 21-23
Mind, Body, & Soul, Friendly Crossways, Littleton MA, January 16-19, 2004
the retreats you registered for:
would you most want to go to? ___________________________________________
would you be the least sad about missing? __________________________________
there other people (siblings, people for getting a ride) that affect your
read and sign the following:
understand that attending a Young Friends event means I commit to participate
fully in the program, to help form our community, and to abstain from using
alcohol or illegal drugs, or being sexually intimate.
I also understand that if I am unable to attend a retreat that I will
immediately contact Chris so that a Young Friend on the wait list can take my
by the Young Friend: __________________________________________
your parent/guardian fill out and sign the other side and send it in soon!
ride list, and which retreats you are signed up for will be sent out the week
after the September 27 deadline.