NOV 28 -  New York Gives Day is a 24-hour online challenge to celebrate nonprofits across the state of New York. 

The challenge will be held on #GivingTuesday, Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. Click here !


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.


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.

Re-imagining Faith-Based Service, Activism & Relationships, March 15-17, 2017

join us for a three-day workshop to examine how to construct ethical and mindful faith-based service. Come explore how to build service opportunities that focus on care, reciprocal relationships and justice. Margaret Webb and Greg Woods will lead group sessions on forming and maintaining relationships rooted in buildings partnerships and practicing solidarity. The workshop will also provide space for group projects, informal conversations, relaxation and renewal. This workshop is for pastors, youth pastors, lay leaders, parents, youth, and service coordinators who want to imagine a new way to do service.

Margaret Webb is a recorded Quaker minister. She is the pastoral minister at New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC, but her roots are in new York Yearly Meeting. Margaret is a graduate of Earlham College and Princeton Theological Seminary. Margaret has led a variety of retreats and classes for adults and youth and has served on a multitude of Quaker committees on the Monthly Meeting, Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference level. When she isn't working, she is spending time with her husband, Christopher, and their two children, Teddy (who is 5) and Claire (who is 3). As a family, they love to have picnics outside, finger paint, and bake muffins.

Greg Woods is a lifelong Quaker and still holds his membership at Columbia (MO) Friends Meeting of Illinois Yearly Meeting. Over the past dozen years, his faith has been strengthened by his interactions across branches of Quakerism. Greg has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and served in ministry with Friends Center at Guildford College in Greensboro, NC. He now attends First Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC where he lives with his wife Jenn Bonsall, their infant daughter Margaret Rae Bonsall, and their cat, Tuesday. Greg is dedicated to and passionate about Quaker service and the role that Young Adult Friensd (YAFs) have in its formation and actualization, which led him to be a founding board member of Quaker Voluntary Service.

Register by March 1: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infant-12; $165/commuters.

After March 1: $250/125/63/185

Childcare with 3 weeks notice.

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

Creativity & Spirituality, February 23-25, 2018

If art leads you to a deeper spiritual journey or your spiritual journey leads you to be more creative, or if you just want to explore the relationship between creativity and spirituality, this retreat is for you. Through all forms of creativity we find opportunities for deepening our spiritual journey. In a creative community we will delve into the interrelationship between creativity and spirituality through a variety of art forms: quilting, weaving, sculpting with clay, painting with watercolors, knitting, crochet, cooking/baking, and origami. Each area will be led by a specialist, and the time will be rich with worship and creating. The weekend culminates with a whole group sharing of our creative process and our creations. 

This multigenerational weekend has become one of our most popular, so we will use both houses. Register early if you have a favorite room or building.

Register by February 4th: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters.

After February 4th: $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).

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