New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Sweet Sounds of Silence: Annual Year-End Silent Retreat


Friday, December 29, 2017 - 4:30pm to Monday, January 1, 2018 - 2:00pm


107 Keets Rd
Deerfield , MA


This four-day gathering will be a gentle-flowing communion in silence, a chance to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. We will co-create our time together, with chances for worship, walks, wildlife-watching, and woodstove-gazing. Weather permitting, we’ll welcome the new year with a bonfire. There will be art supplies available, as well as books and writing materials. You’re welcome to bring your own to add to the collection. Or simply bring yourself, with no pre-conceived expectations of how you will spend the time. Participants are welcome to engage in activities in whatever way best serves them. This retreat is an invitation into a simple spaciousness, a time to re-ground, to re-center and to step gracefully into a new year.

Workshop leaders: Sheila Garrett (Putney, VT Friends Meeting) has attended many silent New Years retreats at Woolman Hill and is a life-long artist. Margaret Cooley (Mount Toby, MA Friends Meeting) is Executive Director of Woolman Hill and has been involved with several silent year-end retreats. They look forward to co-creating this experience with all of the participants.

Register online or use the form attached below.

Contact Information


New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]