Creativity & Spirituality, March 22-24, 2019

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 - possibilities include: quilting, weaving, sculpting with clay, painting with watercolors, knitting, crochet, cooking/baking, 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're in two houses. Register early if you have a favorite room or a specific building.

Register by March 8: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters

After March 8: $260/$145/$90/$195

Annual Winter Wonderland, February 15-17, 2019

Come for an unprogrammed weekend! Bring yourself, your family, and your friends to an open weekend this winter. You'll be sojourning at Pitt Hall. We'll feed you at regular intervals and be here to answer questions . . . but otherwise your time is your own.

Who knows what the weather will be? Sometimes there's snow, other times spring flowers are popping! Here are some possible activities for you. Bring your own equipment though:

Cross Country Skiing,  Reading,  Sledding,  Sitting in Front of a Fire,  Walking to the Bird Sanctuary,  Puzzles and Games,  nearby Downhill Skiing - 

This retreat begins with hearty snacks set out from 8:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday evening.

Register by February 4: $360/family; $260/2 people; $160/individual

Dwelling Deep, a Contemplative Retreat   January 18-21, 2019 (through Monday lunch)

Co-sponsored by the School of the Spirit Ministry

During this extended weekend, Friends are invited to enter more fully into the silence and to experience the deeper rhythms in which we might live. This retreat will include the opportunity for solitude, individual and corporate worship, silent meals, and "active" silence. There will also be opportunities for individual and group spiritual reflection. Come and simply BE with God; listen and attend to the Divine stirrings of the soul.

Linda Chidsey,  a member of Housatonic Meeting, is a recorded ministry in New York Yearly Meeting. She carries a concern for spiritual nurture and pastoral care. Linda has served as clerk of NYYM and on the School of the Spirit board.

Carolyn Moon is a member of Gwynedd Friends Meeting in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She serves on the Pastoral Care as well as the Worship and Ministry Committees of her monthly meeting. Carolyn has retired from her service on the School of the Spirit board after many years.

Register by January 4th: Sliding scale: $300-$220 + $20 School of the Spirit = $320 - $240

After January 4th: $320 + $20 = $340

Friends Decision-making and Clerking: Participating in Meetings for Business with Joy and Confidence

with Arthur M. Larrabee and Steve Mohlke, February 1-3, 2019

This is a workshop for everyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Quaker decision-making: it's for clerks, but not just for clerks. For clerks, it will be an opportunity to learn and sharpen skills. For others, it will be an opportunity to get better grounded in what Quaker decision-making is all about. It is expected that each person will leave the weekend with new energy and enthusiasm for participating in meetings for business, well-grounded in both the theoretical and the practical. There will be handouts, exercises and opportunities for experience sharing.

Among other topics, we will consider:

  • The fundamentals of a Quaker meeting for business
  • What is a "sense of the meeting," and how is it different from consensus?
  • What is the meaning of "unity?"
  • Why "standing in the way" is not longer a useful concept
  • Techniques of "good" clerking
  • Dealing with difficult situations

Arthur M. Larrabee - Arthur is a lifelong Friend and a former clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Currently, he serves as clerk of the Pendle Hill Board. In addition to presiding at meetings of numerous committees and boards, he has led many workshops on clerking.

Steve Mohlk - Steve is a longtime Friend and former clerk of Ithaca Monthly Meeting. He served as co-clerk for the 2017 Friends General Conference Gathering. He currently serves as General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting.

Register by January 15: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters

After January 15: $260/$145/$90/$195

Childcare with 3 weeks notice.

PoHo's Annual New Year Celebration, December 30, 2018 -January 1, 2019

Hosted by PoHo Staff

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 - it's up to you. There are workshop slots for YOU to offer an activity, so give it some thought before your arrive. Last year there was luminary making, energy work, enneagrams, musical collaborations, tai chi, Pilates, photo judging, a walk to Dorson's Rock, frosting cookies, and more.

Right after our evening meal 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 a part of this 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: $420/family; $210/adult; $100/ages 13-22; $50/infant-12; Commuters half-price

After December 15th: $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
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