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Young Adult Friends Midwinter Retreat
This retreat is for young adults (ages 18-35) who are Quaker or who want to explore the Quaker way. Young Adult Friends (YAF) retreats are an opportunity to "try on" Quaker spiritual practices, to connect with peers in the Quaker movement, to enjoy time spent in fun & worshipful togetherness, and to deepen our spiritual friendships with one another.
The theme of this retreat is "Rooting down, leafing out: Quakerism’s roots for vitality today" and the program opportunities will be focused on learning about early Friends and connecting their spiritual experiences to our own. There will also be time at the retreat for resting, playing, eating, singing, worshiping, and enjoying the peaceful beauty of winter atop Woolman Hill in Deerfield, MA. Participants should show up ready to (mostly) unplug and contribute to making the retreat wonderful.
You’ll have three attendance options: full retreat (Thursday evening-Sunday mid-day) , weekend-only (Friday evening-Sunday mid-day) for those who need to work on Friday, and Saturday commuter (10am-after dinner on Saturday) for people who can only come for a short while. We hope these options reduce the fractured a feeling that can arise when people are coming and going throughout the retreat. This also helps us plan for people’s arrival in the flow of the weekend so everyone feels properly welcomed and oriented to the retreat.