Cherish Family & Friends - PoHo's Annual New Year Celebration

December 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018

This multigenerational conference is one of our most popular. We can only house 90 people, so register early! At this annual event we can have activities for all ages - and you can help! Let us know what type of activity you want to see and will lead. We've had finger painting, energy work, tai chi, pilates, work projects, a walk to Dorson's Rock, a gathering for young adult F/friends, and cookie making. Think about it and be in touch.

Right after our evening meals on the 31st, it's Cabaret! Bring your instruments, a song, story, poem and/or skit to share with everyone on New Year's Eve. Our cooks will have a Quaker midnight feast ready for us. We'll conclude the celebration with a brunch on January 1st. Come and be part of this wonderful intergenerational celebration.

This is the Hazel and Louis Meszaros Event. Hazel and Louis are remembered as a couple whose gentle loving ways embraced their family and friends and all of nature. Scholarship funds are available for this family-centered and creation-friendly event.

Register by December 15th: $400/families; $200/adults; $100/ages 13-22; $50/infants-12; Commuters: one-half price.

After December 15th: $440/$220/$110/$55


 December 21, 2017  2:00pm to 8:00pm

As we head into winter and the coldest months of the year, we welcome and celebrate the imminent return of light. What is the interplay of dark and light in your life, and in the life of the world? What are the spiritual gifts of the dark? Of the light? What is the full spectrum of spiritual light? Join us for a time of spiritual seeking and renewal that includes some activity outdoors (bring weather appropriate clothing), supper, snacks, and a place for you to take a breath during this busy season.

Facilitated by Mary Kay Glazer, a long-time member of NYYM, now lives in Madison WI with her husband Mark Moss. She is a member of Madison Friends Meeting, Northern Yearly Meeting. She has a passion for spiritual formation - the many ways we are shaped by God, and how we respond. Find out more at

Register by December 10, 2017: $80/person for the day.

After December 10: $100

 SPECIAL OFFER: Want to spend the night after this day-long retreat? Stay on through the night at Powell House for an extra $20. Includes a continental breakfast.


April 20-22, 2018

This powerful way of being with children can transform your First Day School or Friends school classroom, and nurture your own spiritual life. Learn and Practice skills to help children explore the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and core stories from the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. These stories are scripted and tested to work well with multi-age groups of children, as well as in multi-generational settings. A certified trainer will model stories, and you will have an opportunity to practice them with your peers. Discussions and teaching modules include: exploring the spirituality of children; considering the "unspoken" lessons of the teaching space and classroom structure; supporting the circle of children and working with multiage groups and diverse needs; and weaving Godly Play/Faith & Play stories into a First Day School program with other religious education and spiritual nurture resources available to Friends.

Workshop facilitator Melinda Wenner Bradley is an accredited Godly Play trainer who works with Quaker meetings and Friends schools around the country. A founding member and the convener of the Faith & Play Group, she is a co-author of the Faith & Play stories. Melinda serves New York Yearly Meeting as the Children and Youth Field Secretary.

Register by April 5th: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters

After April 5th: $250/$125/$63/$185

February 9-11, 2017

Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice have been increasingly used in schools and elsewhere as a tool for building community and for bringing community back into balance when harm has been done. While PR/RJ offers a set of processes, for this work to be effective it need to be grounded in the recognition of the strengths and the light that reside in each person. At this weekend-long retreat, participants will engage in hands-on experiences with RP/RJ circles. Additionally, this weekend will allow participants to consider how our intersectional identities, our beliefs and values (spiritual and otherwise) provide us with the lens through which we engage in this work.


Rebecca Del Toro is the Associate Director at Teachers Unite, an independent membership organization of public school educators in New York City collaborating with youth and parents to transform the city's public schools and resist the school-to-prison pipeline.

David Flectcher, PhD. (Morningside Meeting) is currently a faculty member in the School of Education, Department of Middle and High School Education at Lehman College, Bronx, NY.

Megan Moskop is currently a student in the MALS (Masters in Liberal Studies) program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has been a NYC public school special education teacher for the past 8 years, and has also served as a High School Admissions Coordinator and UFT Delegate.

Register by January 29th: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants; $165/commuters.

After January 29th: $250/125/63/185

Childcare available with 3 weeks notice.


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
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