January 12-14  Art Inside and Out  

6th-8th Grade

Not just for those who see themselves as artists - this is about the doing and the being present in that moment. We will use a variety of media – clay, snow, food, paint, things in the forest, paper for drawing or folding, pillows, people, sounds, words …. What did we leave out? 


Jan 19-21   Feed the Spirit

9th – 12th Grade

This retreat we will explore the spiritual dimension of feeding ourselves as we create tasty, nutritious meals and heavenly desserts with and for one another.   

Feb 2-4 When You’re Alone
Young Adults (including 11th &12th grade )


Feb 16-18 One Purple Crayon
4th & 5th Grade

That is all it takes to express your creativity and create your own reality. Sometimes in a world that seems ever more complicated all you need is one purple crayon and a big blank wall of paper to feel happy again. We will provide you with both so you can create a world the way you want it to be. All you have to bring is your self and your imagination.  We'll share thoughts on how to move those visions from the walls to the outside world. 



March 17 - 20, 2018  Washington DC

We will take up to 10 high school youth to participate in the Friend's Committee on National Legislation's (FCNL) annual spring lobby and advocacy training weekend.

Register here by January 15, if you are interested and we will contact you.  This is an application process to attend with the PoHo youth program.  We will select up to 10 participants to go with us.  We are looking for people who are serious about social justice issues, particularly immigration, and learning how to create change inn our country through the legislative process.  You must have previously attended Powell House youth programs and demonstrated responsible behavior.

(YOUNG ADULTS should register directly with FCNL and make their own transportation and lodging arrangements.  We would love to have a bunch of young Quaker folks there from NY yearly meeting!)

At Spring Lobby Weekend 2018, hundreds of students, recent grads, and young adults will come to Washington, DC to learn how to be effective change makers.  The main focus for Spring Lobby Weekend will be immigration.
Participants will: 

  • Hear from policy experts, high-profile speakers, and other grassroots advocates on solutions to fix our broken  immigration system.
  • Lobby 3 members of Congress and/or their staff.
  • Practice advocacy techniques from writing effective letters to the editor to grassroots organizing.

We plan to stay together at a youth hostel arranged by FCNL. 

Here is the basic information from FCNL

Here is the FCNL printable flyer

This page has the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The cost:  $445 plus the cost of transportation

We will figure out transportation to Washington DC when we see who is going with us and where they live.  We plan to leave Friday afternoon and return Tuesday night.

(The $445 includes 4 nights at the hostel, meals, the registration fee, local transportation and a Powell House program fee.)


June 7 -8, 2018 

Thursday noon to Friday evening,

with the option to stay for the multigenerational  "Year At Hog Warts"conference.


July 12 to 15, 2018

A long weekend for unwinding ending with an all-night movie festival plus munchies.

Beginning Thursday, we’ll come together to work, reflect, play, swim and converse.

If you’ve seen or heard of movies that handle thought-provoking issues with humor and tenderness, send in the titles with your registration and we’ll preview them to carefully and enthusiastically consider your suggestions.

Fee: $180

Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
Adult Program 
Youth Program