|Heartsong||6th - 9th grades||August 13 -15, 2010|
|Fur, Feathers and Scales||4th - 5th grades||June 11 -13, 2010|
|EarthSong XXXVI||8th - 12th grades||May 28–30, 2010|
|Bag the Flag||6th- 7th Grade||May 14-16, 2010|
|Sprouts||4th - 5th grade||April 16 - 18, 2010|
|Chaos or Community||8th - 9th grade||March 26 - 28, 2010|
|Electric 80s||6th - 7th grade||March 19 - 21, 2010|
|Leaderless and Loving It||10th - 12th grade||March 12 - 14, 2010|
|Snow Drifts||4th - 5th grade||February 26 - 28, 2010|
|On the Cusp With Cupid||8th -9th grade||February 5 - 7, 2010|
|Soul Funk||10th -12th grade||January 22-24, 2010|
|Sweet Relaxation||6th - 7th grades||January 15 - 17, 2010|
|Star Light, Star Bright||4th - 5th grade||Dec 4-6, '09|
|Castles in the Air||6th - 7th Grade||Nov 20-22, '09|
|Scary Quakers||10th –12th grade||Oct 30 – Nov 1, '09|
|Peanut Butter and Jelly||4th- 5th grades||Oct 2-4, '09|
|Tree and Me||6th & 7th Grade||Sept 25-27, '09|
|Planning 09||8th - 12 grade||Sept 11-13, '09|
|Walking in a Water Wonderland||4th - 5th grades||June 5 - 7, '09|
Friday afternoon started with a game of Banana Tag. After a supper of Chicken and Tofu Teriyaki by Martha (instead of jacki), the usual introductions followed and a game of the ever popular Elbow Tag. We then separated into small groups to pick songs we would like to sing over the weekend. A few more guidelines presented in musical fashion and the song Lean on Me followed. One of the highlights of Friday was the story time outside where we could lie on our backs and look at the stars. Then we went to rest our eyes and vocal chords.
Saturday morning everyone woke up tired but excited for what the day brings. Breakfast included bagels, eggs and cereal which were all enjoyed by our PoHo friends. After breakfast, we had session and discussed swimming guidelines and cabaret. Also we told each other what kind of song we would be. With a fun game of Streets and Alleys and singing songs we went to small groups and talked about different kinds of song and music. We learned a new song (The Marvelous Toy which became an instant favorite) and played the Hat Game. When session was over we jumped into the screaming animal sounds.
Lunch included soups and sandwiches. To start off work projects we sang “If I Had A Hammer” and began to work on things such as making apple sauce, watering flowers, weeding around the ACC, moving firewood and trimming the trails. When everyone finished we had session in the pond. Taking a line from the Yellow Submarine, we discussed what “All we need” is. Then we treaded water in silence as our circle expanded to the limit of the swimming area ropes. Then we had more free time swimming.
A calming 3-way massage and self-space happened next. After we were all relaxed we had supper of baked potatoes. Then we played a fun game of Wizards and Gelflings in which we all ran from the JCs and set Gelflings free. We were so tired we played the “Blanket Game” and had Cabaret. Cabaret acts included singing, playing instruments and improv acts.when Cabaret was over everyone went to the campfire and many of us ate marshmallows. We pranced around the fire singing and dancing. When everyone went inside we had snack. We had a huggle and we were all tired so had to go to bed, which ended the day.
An 8:30 wake up to the moans of others unwilling to leave their cozy beds. A delish breakfast of blueberry pancakes, eggs and cereal fired us up. Later, in session we had a guest speaker, Farid, who taught us dances of Universal Peace. Later still came Molly’s game then singing and worship. Next a tearful, but tasty, lunch of hotdogs, knowing we must leave many of our new found friends behind. At 1:15 we began our heartfelt good-byes with many hugs.
HeartSong was a weekend filled with many songs, good food and friends. We all had “all we need.”
Rain was the common theme of the weekend, but unlike the animals on Noah’s Ark we entered in ones, threes and carpool clumps. At session we played a frustrating game of “Duck and Chicken” followed by “a game of “Head Honcho” which is supposed to be frustrating but wasn’t.
We gathered in small groups to talk about animals we live with and ones we would like to see. We told each other interesting things during News of Me. We had some free time with a game of Sardines and then shared massages during quiet time while listening to a story.
We awoke on Saturday morning tired but excited for what was to come. We circled to sing and hear what was for breakfast. In session we played a few games including the Hat game and the Blanket game, then we broke into small groups and went out to take a closer look at what animals were around us. Of course, it started to rain. We kept exploring just like the animals themselves. When we all wandered back inside we were very wet but happy.
We had lunch and then went on a beautiful walk to Dorson’s Rock followed by swimming, free time, snack, check-in and a three-way massage which led us into self space. Supper was followed by an early cabaret filled with music and laughter. Rain started again in the evening, so the outdoor session looking for animals became an indoor session playing Rattler & Miner. We had a snack and heard an animal story for quiet time. Then we climbed into bed to drift off to sleep.
Sunday morning, we cleaned up the building and outside. Primate Bellows was the game that got us all back together. We had an affirmation circle before singing and did worship in silence. We had lunch and said reluctant good-byes.Top
Friday we gathered
Spaghetti was eaten well
Smiles laughter joy
Sessions brought ideas
Of clusters to be discussed
About how they form
That we all share together
Expressed in fun ways
News of Me happened
Stories were read joyfully
Then we all split for sleep
Sun came we ate well
But sleep did not leave us yet
A game showed us this
Work projects started
Dance, cookies, working outside,
While seniors prepared
Lunch brought swimming fun
Down by the pond we gathered
Sharing songs and sun
And energy work as well
Workshops, snack, freetime
We went to self space
Transforming into prepping
For the formal dinner
Classy disc was played
Cabaret was a tad late
But still just as great
Dance party started
Popcorn devoured as well
We walked throught the dark
More stories of planes
Ended with a lullaby
And many hugs too
Sun rose beds were made
Down to a breakfast, yum, yum, yum
It was quite hearty
Clean up was needed
We all had to do our part
To get things ready
Bittersweet feelings we had
Of seniors’ adieu
We had warm welcomes and smiles as we gathered for this weekend’s theme of Capture the Flag. Dinner was followed by a session with several games to get us familiar with each other and to start thinking about how we play together well and take care of each other. Later that night, an awesome game of sardines was followed by a haunting ghost story.
Saturday morning we played dragons and trolls with different numbers of dragons to experience what made games lopsided or too hard to win. Small groups discussed their good and bad experiences with Capture the Flag and then made suggestions for our group this weekend. The morning session of Capture the Flag in the maze lasted until lunch with no winner but lots of wandering trails through the woods and running like crazy.
After lunch, we discussed the ups and downs of the morning’s game. The whole group went to the pond to pick up the floating dock and move it into the water. Then we returned to the woods and switched territories for an invigorating reprise of Capture the Flag. Free time, check-in, three-way massage and a nice Self Space time rounded out the afternoon.
The long twilight after supper gave us plenty of time to play 3-team capture the Flag in the field. We improvised as situations developed and decided that losing the flag did mean you lost because you could still capture either flag from the other teams and use it. It was a very different experience than the earlier games and kept everyone engaged to the level they wanted to be. Because everyone could see all the others and get back to their territories quickly, we did not need as many rules or planning.
Some liked the woods better for the sneaking around and using complicated strategies, while others liked the three-way for its non-stop action and variety. Two things we learned from our weekend was this:
1. It is not a good idea to sing while you are guarding the flag.
2. We don’t accomplish that much unless we work in teams.
4th & 5th grades
April 16-18, 2010
We arrived Friday afternoon, hungry and excited. After everybody had trickled through the door and unpacked, we gathered and sang and ate a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. We enjoyed free time during the meal clean up and gathered for session.
We started with the name whip ‘If you were a plant, what plant would you be?” We played an exciting game of elbow tag followed by a wagon wheel discussion. We split into small groups in which we split open bean seeds to find the tiny plant inside. We asked ourselves questions about the seeds such as “How does a seed know when to sprout?” We played Snake in the Grass and talked about the PoHo rules like the three nurture questions. The group lay down and listened to other’s News of Me. Afterwards we played Sardines, listened to a story and trooped off to bed.
The next morning we woke up from a long, restful sleep to a lovely breakfast of oatmeal and cereal. We sat in a circle for session and had a name whip, “How are you sprouting or changing. We played Honey of you Love Me before brainstorming the good and bad things about growing up. In small groups again, we planted seeds into containers so the cold wouldn’t hurt them outside. We asked each other questions such as “What do seeds need to grow?” The groups then tromped outside to look for sprouts. During free time, we played Capture The Flag in the woods.
After eating a delicious lunch, worked on work projects such as planting lettuce and carrying sticks in the campground. We then did check in, three-way massage and were released into self space. We ate ham and macs and cheese for supper. The blanket game started evening session followed by small groups where we wrote a story. Then we had cabaret, filled with music, improve and skits. We had a wild PJ party with snacks and music. Chris read us a story from The Education of Little Tree and we went to bed.
The next day we ate a yummy breakfast, cleaned up the whole building and had session where we played Primate Bellows. We talked about upcoming conferences and did an affirmation circle. We had some soulful singing and silent worship. Then lunch crew took over and we had lunch. After some sorrowful good-byes we all headed home.
8th & 9th Grade
This Friday everyone came to Powell House excited to kick off the great weekend of anarchy. The theme of Anarchy filled the weekend making things less organized, JCs with less power and mixed up meals such as lunch for breakfast. We started the weekend with an amazing couch pile. Afterwards, we ate a dinner of bagels and eggs. Our session consisted of brain storming ideas about anarchy and then small groups picking a “favorite flavor” from a collection of quotes about anarchy. In spite of the theme, we reviewed the safety rules and behavior guidelines. We had a fantastic story time and then were sent straight to bed.
Saturday morning came far too fast as we dragged our feet down to an amazing breakfast of oatmeal. We then broke into small groups, unorganized by the JCs, to talk about the Walt Whitman quote:
Love the earth and sun and animals.
Stand up for the stupid and crazy.
Take your hat off to no man.
Everyone participated in an intense game of Wink’em that demonstrated our sense that everyone was equal and anyone could be the leader. In other words, we all needed bandages for rug burn and the loser of each round became the controlling “Lonely Person.”
After a scrumptious lunch of sandwiches on homemade bread, we held an epic game of Ultimate Frisbee (or watched the epic game). Work projects were explained and folks just went where they wanted: making snack, planting seeds, tearing down and old wooden fence to feed the bonfire, or creating art, poetry and music.
Dinner came with delicious breaded fish. A post-feast session gave time for those who wanted to share about what they did in the growth and enrichment period before supper. A heated game of Four on a Couch led into Cabaret. Many pillows were puffed and many people were set. Many amazing things went down including original performances and new twists on old ones. A moonlit walk took us to a beautiful bonfire. Then we listened to more bed time stories (The Te of Piglet), went to bed and rested our heads.
So Sunday we got off to a slow start in spite of the late wake up. We made our beds so we were ready to go. Once again in the name of anarchy, we had a taco lunch for breakfast. So then we got down to cleaning. No sign ups, just the group knowing what the goal was and individuals taking responsibility. We settled into a calm session with Snakes in the grass and Molly’s game. After a great lunch of pizza, we all hugged good bye with a new sense of friendship, bonds and anarchism.
This button will take you to the top, but only if you are willing to submit to the imposed structure
March 19-21, 2010
Have you ever wanted to experience the 80’s? This conference for 6th & 7th graders brought back the 80’s with a modern Powell House twist.
Friday started with the greetings of old friends and new. As always, Ping Pong and hanging out in the game room were some of the first activities. Shortly after the weekend began some of us went out to the field for an exciting game of Frisbee. We came back in for some more catching up with our pals.
With the assistance of supper crew and our butler Lissa, Jacki made a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Followed by session starting with a name whip and a game of islands. After session free time was a making of new friendships and strengthening of others. After some poems and a huggle we were all off to bed. But before we could enter dreamland we were startled by the fire alarm going off. We emptied the building and gathered in our roommate groups in the parking lot in record time. Scary at first, it was fun to think and talk about later.
We woke up to a breakfast of pasta cabañara and cereal courtesy of Jacki, Lissa and the breakfast crew. Following breakfast was session in which we went into small groups and made posters representing a decade in the future. A favorite of Saturday was Capture the Flag, even though we had to trek through mud to get to a dry enough spot. After running around for a while the game came to one of the best endings, a tie.
Our free time included couch piles and a game of “in my pants” where you added that quote to the end of a song title. Other friends did chalk graffiti on the patio and tried with some success to get the group out for a big game of Banana Tag. Another delightful lunch followed.
After lunch we all worked together on our work projects. Many of the work projects were cleaning up outdoors for the official start of spring. Everyone did their part and did it without complaint. After free time, which included a game of live Pac Man in the dining room and a snack of fresh pineapple on the patio, we enjoyed another session that included 3-way massage. After a short meditation we went into self-space and got much needed showers, naps and even skate boarding.
Supper crew and supper was amazing and led us into another session where we played a rhythmic game of Swami and our decade presentations occurred. Everyone had a great poster that the whole group did together as a team.
A short free time led us into an amazing cabaret where many great acts were performed. Everyone really enjoyed cabaret either performing or cheering on the performers. We had homemade butterscotch pudding following cabaret. Then it was an 80’s dance party with disco ball and “The Eye of the Tiger”. Bedtime came too quickly but this time without the fire alarm.
Sunday was cooler and grayer than the days before but clean up kept us warm. We gathered for a rousing game of Primate Bellows and a powerful affirmation circle in which we spoke of the neat things we noticed about all of us gathered here this weekend. We played Molly’s Game then went outside for Banana Tag before singing and settling into worship. A pizza lunch filled us for the road. Then it was good-byes and until next times.
break dance back to the top
10th – 12th Conference
We said we would write this later but never got around to it. These are the comments people made on Sunday morning to include in the epistle:
We had bagels for supper on Friday. There was a good flow to the weekend. It was most excellent. The small group discussions with the quotes taught us about anarchy. The title of the conference fit the weekend perfectly. There was less structure, but it still worked and flowed evenly.
Anarchy is not all about destruction. Seeds are planted. The spectrum game gave us a handle on the personal ideas we have about society’s structures.
It worked well without sign-ups for anything and without assigned leaders because of the mutual respect. It gave us confidence to get the jobs done without being told. We appreciated the silence that spread through the dining room after meals with out a whistle.
We have renewed respect for what youth can do. This was a failed experiment if the test was to prove that we need leaders. We have more respect for respect itself.
4th & 5th Grade
Many newcomers came to PoHo this weekend. When they came here they found new friends. Some of the people who had already been to PoHo found new friends too and made it fun for the newcomers. We had a wonderful dinner made by Jacki and as a butler we had Mary Beth. After dinner we had free time, then session. During session we talked about something that would be fun to pile up and jump in. After we did that we played islands and got everyone on TWO cushions! Then we went through what Mike and Chris expect of us and what we wanted to do this weekend. Finally we went into small groups to try and build a pyramid with cups. The disadvantage was you couldn’t use your hands. Your small group was given 4 pieces of string and a rubber band.
At 9:00 Mike and Chris talked about the PoHo idea which was trying to build a community where everyone is respected and can be themselves. Then at 9:15 we did News of Me. Fifteen minutes later we had free time. Some played Sardines while others practiced the Art of Conversation in the dining room. Next we had quiet time. After quiet time we had huggle then went off to bed.
We all woke up Saturday to a new day, excited for what might happen. We went down to have breakfast then free time. We had session where we talked about what people liked about the snow. We played Elbow tag. When we were done we went into small groups and shared a snow story. We went out to play in the snow. We played Medicine Wheel Tag (a new game for Powell House) then built snow sculptures with our small groups. We had hot chocolate and free time with some deep snow sledding.
We had lunch, sandwiches and soup! We worked on art projects. An hour later we went into free time. We had snack then check-in. We went right into 3-way massage followed by guided meditation and self-space. When self-space was over we had a wonderful dinner. Then we had free time and session. We played wax museum (another new game) and shared our art projects from earlier in the day. Then we had an awesome cabaret. We saw dances, comedy, fashion shows, magic tricks and more.
We had snack and free time next. During snack we had a PJ party with popcorn, music and limbo. We also learned the Salty Dog Rag. After the PJ party we went off to bed.
On Sunday we woke up at 8:00. We had free time ‘til breakfast. After breakfast we had clean up with our awesome JCs (Daniel, Ian and Risa). With a break from tradition we had an extra hour of free time so that we could enjoy more snow play. At 10:30 we had session then we read the epistle to the whole group. We then did affirmations and singing and worship. At 12:30 we had lunch. Sadly we had to leave but we went home with good friends to look forward to seeing and good memories of this conference, Snow Drifts.
Plow straight back to the top
This Friday we were all on the cusp with Cupid. We gathered together to have a good weekend. The spaghetti supper was followed by a session with games like elbow tag and snake in the grass. On index cards, we wrote out our questions about relationships that we would like the group to discuss or someone to answer. We danced the Pata Pata, shared News of Me out of the silence and went into a fun free time. Excerpts from the book Star Girl were read out loud during quiet time and then it was off to bed to rest for what was in store the next day.
On Saturday, we went more into depth about the theme of the weekend. A game of “Would you rather…?” in which members of the group decided which of the given activities they would prefer – such as “having a pet gerbil, dog or fish?” – was loosely related to how people felt about relationships. In small groups, we discussed relationships more directly by answering such questions as “How does it feel to have a crush?” and “How does it feel when you think someone likes you?”
Once again in a large group, we conducted a fish bowl activity. First, the guys in the group sat in the center and discussed a few of the questions written down previously in the weekend. Then they switched places with the young women. Everyone was able to hear the input from both sexes on a few major questions about relationships.
There is a saying that a relationship is like making chocolate: turn up the heat too fast and it will scorch. Going along with this analogy, one work group helped make a snack of delicious chocolate cookies after lunch. Also in work groups, snow was cleared off the frozen pond and ice skates were sorted for the often painful, yet very fun, skating that would ensue in free time.
Following an excellent 3-way massage and a delicious dinner, we met in session to clear up the remaining questions written on cards. The panel – Mike, Chris, Victor and the JCs – discussed relationships further and gave their great insight. They then turned it around asking the group members how they felt about certain issues, giving the adults some of the teenagers’ perspectives.
Finally, the day ended as usual: cabaret and free time, including a brief dance party, preceded quiet time in which the story about Star Girl continued. Exhausted from the day, we went to sleep.
On Sunday morning, we made our beds and packed our bags even while hoping the weekend would not come to an end. We breakfasted on sweet potato pancakes and went into clean up crews. Once the ACC was clean, we had session, answered more questions, heard the epistle and did the evaluation. Molly’s game, singing and worship were followed by lunch and good-byes. We leave excited for future conferences.