Upcoming Programs

Click on the links below to see a program flyer and registration form for each event. You can also register for programs on-line.

2019-2020 PROGRAMS

WINTER FLOWERING: IN TOUCH WITH YOUR WHOLE SELF
Annual Year-End Silent Retreat
Joe Garren
December 29, 2019-January 1, 2020 (Sunday to Wednesday)
We are whole when we stop, look and listen with the winds, the stars and the hills. And we are strengthened when we do this together. We will celebrate and be part of the season’s simple wonders, starting again in a new direction within the Eternal cycle of creation.
Each person may engage in whatever combination of solitude and community time feels comfortable.
Activities are indoors and outdoors.
CLICK ON PROGRAM TITLE FOR MORE DETAILS,
INCLUDING LOGISTICS AND FINANCES.
REGISTER HERE.

POLLINATORS PLUS
co-sponsored with Greening Greenfield
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More info coming soon!

THE BIBLE AS A DOOR TO SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION
Peter Blood-Patterson and Adria Gulizia
March 20-22, 2020 (Friday to Sunday)
An irrelevant old history book. Made-up myths and fairy-tales. A list of rules and regulations. This is how many Quakers today view the Bible. But for early Friends like George Fox, Elizabeth Hooten and Mary Dyer, Christian scripture held the seeds of a new world order. As we explore a number of passages that were particularly important to early Quakers, join us in allowing the life and power of the Spirit to bring about fresh spiritual life, courage and compassion in our own hearts.
More info coming soon!

BETZAVTA: DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
Tali Padan and Friends
April 3-6, 2020 (Friday to Monday)
The Betzavta Method, designed to facilitate dialogue with youth in Israel-Palestine, is a method to relate the principles of democracy to everyday decision-making. The principles and concepts behind democracy—equality, freedom, majorities, minorities—are applied in the group context, allowing the individual to reflect on their role in a group.
Learn more about the Betzavta method
More info coming soon!

PRACTICES THAT SUPPORT OUR FAITHFULNESS
Marcelle Martin, Tammy Forner and Benjamin Warnke
May 8-10, 2020 (Friday to Sunday)
Do you want companionship to explore how God is at work in you? Would you welcome support to clarify how you’re called to be faithful in your daily life? Are you discerning a call or leading, or seeking to clarify the next steps in following one? Come learn and practice ways to support one another in attending more deeply to Spirit and the promptings of Truth and Love.
CLICK ON PROGRAM TITLE FOR MORE DETAILS,
INCLUDING LOGISTICS AND FINANCES.
REGISTER HERE.

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NURTURING FAITHFULNESS, August 2019-May 2020
Marcelle Martin and Hilary Burgin, core teachers
Janet Hough, Anne Pomeroy, elder/mentors;
LVM Shelton and Jay O’Hara, guest teachers
Nine-month program with three residencies (by application)
NF is a multi-generational faith and leadership program designed to help Friends in New England explore ways to meet God more deeply, hone methods of discernment, reach for fuller faithfulness, and ultimately bring these gifts and strengthened abilities home to their local meetings and beyond.
More information here.

 

And keep your eyes out for more information coming soon on other great workshops… We continue to update this page with new programs. Let us know if you’d like to be on our e-mail list to receive updates… Hope to see you on the Hill sometime soon!


PAST PROGRAMS

2018-2019 PROGRAMS
Click on the links for more information on each of the following events!

LEAVING EVERYTHING AT THE DOOR
Annual Year-end Silent Retreat

Aggie Mitchkoski
December 28-31, 2018

LISTENING CIRCLES FOR BUILDING RELATIONSHIP
AND TRANSFORMING CONFLICT

Heather Cook and Karen Reixach
January 25-27, 2019

COUPLE ENRICHMENT
Debbie & John Humphries
February 8-10, 2019

PARTNERS IN SPIRIT
A Quaker Mentoring Retreat (by application)

with Hilary Burgin, Nia Thomas and Friends
February 15-17, 2019

WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Emily Savin
March 8-10, 2019

EXPERIMENTS IN QUAKER WORSHIP: FORMS WITH LIFE!
Kristina Keefe-Perry and Jonathan Vogel-Borne
March 15-17, 2019

HANDWORK, HEARTWORK
Allison Randall
March 29-31, 2019

EXPLORING PRAYER AND MEDITATION
with Marcelle Martin
May 24-27, 2019 (Fri-Mon)

PAST 2017-18 PROGRAMS

SWEET SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Annual Year-End Silent Retreat

with Sheila Garrett and Margaret Cooley
December 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018
This four-day gathering will be a gentle-flowing communion in silence, a chance to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. 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.

HANDS TO WORK, HEARTS TO GOD
A Knitting and Spinning Retreat

with Beth Gorton, Gini Barker, Heidi Babb and Friends
March 2-4, 2018
Knitting is a form of centering; if you don’t know what needs you to knit it, centering and letting go of your pre-conceived ideas will let rise the person, cause or item that needs your energy. There will be plenty of support, knitting needles, and oodles of yarn. AND there will be spinning wheels, drop spindles and fleece available – and lots of help…

PARENTING THROUGH THE LENS OF QUAKER FAITH AND PRACTICE
EXPLORING THE MISSION AND WORK OF THE QUAKER PARENTING INITIATIVE

with QPI facilitators Harriet Heath, Melinda Wenner Bradley, Emma Richter and Martha Smith
March 9-11, 2018
How does parenting fit into one’s spiritual journey? How can a meeting help support children and families and the children’s spiritual journeys? This weekend is designed to reflect on what we offer Quaker parents. We will spend time sharing experiences of raising Quaker children, discussing the needs of parents in our meetings, reviewing current programs and envisioning next steps. Come with curiosity, leave with new ideas, skills and F/friends!

LOVE IS ALL AROUND
A Singing Weekend with Peter & Annie Blood-Patterson
April 27-29, 2018
Celebrate & rejuvenate with song! A music weekend with Annie & Peter is like no other. They weave magic into the fabric of their workshops, teaching and leading songs out of their songbooks, Rise Up Singing and Rise Again. This is a time to sing songs that inspire and renew, songs that open up the hearts of those present as well as songs that are just plain fun! The pace is easy-going with space for relaxing and sharing.

PAST 2016-2017 PROGRAMS

BUILDING PASTORAL CARE SKILLS TO SUPPORT MEETINGS
Fran Brokaw and Lori Martin (SAGE), November 4-6, 2016

ANNUAL CONTEMPLATIVE NEW YEAR’S RETREAT
CONNECTING WITH SPIRIT
THROUGH OUR INNER CREATIVE SPARK:
REFLECTING INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH ART & SPIRIT
Michelle Brimage, Sheila Garrett and Sadelle Wiltshire
December 29, 2016-January 1, 2017 (Thursday-Sunday)

SAY THE WRONG THING
STRATEGIES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY
Amanda Kemp, January 20-22, 2017

DEATH, THE FINAL STAGE OF GROWTH
Daphne Clement and Linda Lyman, February 3-5, 2017

REVOLUTIONARY ROOTS
Peter Blood, February 24-26, 2017
Mid-17th century England was swept by dramatic changes: sharp religious and political conflict, rising hopes, charismatic leaders and popular grassroots movements – in short a world much like the one we live in today. What can we learn from the first generation of Friends about how we might approach worship, belief, and life with others, in our own day and time?

OUR LIFE IS LOVE
AN EVENING WITH MARCELLE MARTIN
April 12, 2017 (Wednesday), 7:15-8:45pm
Friends are welcome to join in midweek worship 5:30-6:30pm,
followed by a simple finger food potluck/brown bag dinner at 6:45pm.

TURNING TO THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE DIVINE 
Marcelle Martin, April 14-16, 2017
The spiritual Power that the First Friends experienced set their hearts on fire, bonded them to one another, and sent them into the world with great energy and courage. This happened after they first learned to still their minds, drop into their hearts, and together wait in silent expectation. Turning to the indwelling presence of God may be even more difficult in our busy, distracted age than it was in theirs. In this weekend workshop, we’ll take guidance from early Friends and accompany each other in making that inward turn.
NOTE: This workshop is also a chance to get a glimpse into the “Nurturing Worship, Faith and Faithfulness” program being offered August 2017-May 2018 through Woolman Hill (more info below).


You can also browse through our other past offerings if you’re curious…