November 17-19, 2017

Are you 65 or older? Care for someone who is 65 or older? Care about someone who is 65 or older in your meeting? This is an opportunity for ARCH Vistors, other members of the extended ARCH network, members (or emeritus members) of the Committee on Aging Concerns, and ARCH staff to get together for a weekend or renewal, re-invigoration, and resources. We will deepen connections with each other and our shared ministry of care and compassion, vulnerability and trust, stewardship and healthy boundaries.

We are all again - it is what we do! But we don't have to do it alone.

Substantial scholarship funds are available, please request them.

This retreat is facilitated by Callie Janoff. Callie serves as the Director of the ARCH (Aging Resources Consultation and Help) program of New York Yearly Meeting. She regularly facilitates aging consultations, pastoral care visits, and managing the operations of the ARCH program. She is a member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting where she serves on the Ministry and Counsel Committee, and as clerk of the New York Quarterly Meeting Working Group with a Concern for Quaker Life. Callie lives in brownstone Brooklyn where she also helps to organize a neighborhood Community Supported Agriculture program, and her local block association.

Register by October 31st: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters

After October 31st: $250/$125/$63/$185

Childcare available with 3 weeks notice.

October 6-8, 2017

Enjoy learning new skills?  Or sharing your old skills with others?

Like to work among 57 acres of God's creation in Columbia County, NY?

Bring your favorite tools, old clothes, dancing shoes, and hearty appetites.

Our cooks will have lots of good, nutritious & yummy food for us. We have plenty of work projects, both inside and outside our buildings. The Powell House property person will coordinate our work projects.

Contra Dance Friday night beginning at 8:15 pm.

Storytelling Saturday night at 7:30 pm.

Register by September 15th: $75/adults; $10/children & youth.

After September 15th: $100/adults; $20/children & youth.

Childcare for ages 10 and younger with 3 weeks notice.


Work/Messiah Sing/Scavenger Hunt, March 30-April 1, 2018

This weekend has become a favorite of Many F/friends and families. Whether you come to work and sing, work and play, or work - this weekend is for you! We'll have childcare for the young ones while we work.

The work: Our executive directors and maintenance manager will be on hand to direct the tasks. There are always lots of things to do inside and out to get Powell House ready for spring and summer. Let us know you are coming, and we will let you know if you can bring specific tools with you.

The music:  We will rehearse selected parts of the Messiah on Friday after supper. If you sing or play an instrument, come prepared to participate. The computer recording will support our best efforts. Of course, we will be singing the Hallelujah Chorus through at least once on Sunday morning!

The scavenger hunt: This event will occupy us on Saturday evening as we roam throughout the Powell House grounds to gather all the items on the list! Families can participate together or split up into different groups. A special prize will await all those who participate in the challenge of the hunt.

Register by March 15th: $75/adults; $10/children & youth.

After March 15th: $100/adults; $50/children & youth.

Childcare will be provided for children 9 and under.

The Power of Enough, March 23-25, 2018

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Are you seeking to simplify your life and take personal steps to create right order in our world? Together, we will consider some of the following questions and reflect on the implications of our personal choices and their ripple effects.

Do you:

  • have faith that God has given us an abundance of all we need (time, energy, skills) to do the work we are called to do?
  • struggle to keep balanced and centered because you take on more than you are called to do?
  • faithfully make space for God to act in the work you've been given?
  • have too many things cluttering your life?

Using queries, we will reflect and listen in small and large groups to how we approach these aspects of our lives. There will be very little lecture. We will experience new perspectives through storytelling, games and singing. We'll seek to experience God's abundant love in worship and worhship-sharing.

Participants are asked to bring a journal and writing instrument and maybe a song to share. We will leave with a deeper sense of self, connection and how our personal choices ripple forward to everyone.

Jacqueline Stillwell is a lifelong Friend and a graduate of Friends World College. She served as Head of The Meeting School (an experiment in education and simple living in Quaker community), and recently clerked New England Yearly Meeting. Jackie currently serves as General Secretary of Right Sharing of World Resources. Living with integrity and empowering others through affirmation and education are constants in Jackie's life. She has traveled widely among Friends with FWCC, FGC, and FUM, serving as an elder and workshop facilitator (Friends decision-making, clerking, Friends organizational governance) at monthly, quarterly, yearly meetings and Friends schools.She strives to understand how our social, cultural and class experiences influence our perspectives on need and want.

Register by March 8th: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $68/infants-12; $165/commuters.

After March 8th: $250/125/63/185

Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

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

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524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
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