Exploring Membership in the Religious Society of Friends

June 17-18, 2017

The Alternate Membership Pathways Working Group invites you to a weekend of exploration around the concept and process of membership within New York Yearly Meeting and the Religious Society of Friends. Together we will learn about the history of membership, share our experiences, joys, and concerns therein, and work to envision additional, alternative pathways and approaches. Centered in the spirit of worship, this weekend will give participants the chance to discuss the real-life results of current processes and brainstorm together about where we might want to be and what our souls are hungry for. You are welcome no matter the length or depth of your experience, whether you are a young Friend, an older Friend, or a person who is still deciding whether you are a Friend at all. Your perspective and stories matter to us and will be used to inform the Working Group's efforts moving forward.

Our Facilitators: Jeffrey Aaron, Marissa Badgley, Jillian Smith, Jennifer H. Swann.

The cost of the weekend (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch) is $135 but we do not want finances to get in the way of anyone's participation. If you are led to be with us, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for information about scholarships. We want you with us! Please note that scholarships will only be available as long as funds last so we encourage you to make your requests early. Let us know how we can help! It is also possible to camp on the Powell House grounds or commute for $68/person. Children under 12 are $50/person. Childcare is available with 3 weeks notice. Add Friday night lodging for $40/person. Just let us know in the "What else we need to know" section of the registration so we can arrange room charts.


July 7-9, 2017

For a summer vacation the whole family will love, all you'll need to pack is a sense of adventure and fun! Inspired by Jules Verne's classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days, this weekend will feature food, music, crafts and games from the regions that Phileas Fogg and Passepartout visited. We'll have fun with disguises and dress-up, and enjoy a special reader's theater performance at Cabaret followed by a foreign film festival for teens. Book lovers and folks of all ages will enjoy gathering to unpack some of the novel's enduring themes. The perennial pleasures of an early summer weekend by the lake, on the trails or at the campground offer opportunities for spiritual renewal and relaxation. We hope you will join us for this inter-generational weekend which truly has something for everyone!


Shiri Dembovich is a mother and teacher who enjoys bringing literature to life as community building experiences.

Regina Baird Haag is co-executive director of Powell House, a life-long lover of great fiction, and is interested in having fun with folks at PoHo.

Register by June 21st: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters & campers


March 2-4, 2018


In the style of the Powell House youth program, we parents will gather to explore how we empower ourselves and our offspring. Two long winter nights with an almost-full moon … time to tell our stories to each other and spend some time together building and burning a story fire. Jobs, schools, relationships, family, travels, and travails – these are the things that we weave into our stories. Learn from each other as you share experiences in small groups and maybe jump into a Story Slam in the evening as part of cabaret. Let the joy of a Powell House conference light up these winter evenings.


There will be games, small group discussions, large group exercises, self space time and communal worship. We will move, be still, laugh, eat well, be creative, and bask in the moment. Join other parents who share your journey as we learn and gather strength from each other.

(A 6th - 8th grade youth conference will run separately in the other building at the same time.)


Julie Glynn returns to facilitate this gathering again. Julie is the parent of three and a once-upon-a-time youth attender who is now active in Brooklyn Meeting. She is an expert in finding delight. Mike Clark or Chris DeRoller, youth program directors, will facilitate with her. Their 17 years as youth directors and raising two adult children have shown them that finding the fun and the spirit in parenting is essential.


Cherish Family & Friends - PoHo's Annual New Year Celebration, hosted by PoHo Staff

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 (probably no beds left!): $440/$220/$110/$55


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 
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