|Inside Outside||3rd- 4th with parent||Aug 26 - 27, 2017|
|Revolution||9th -12th||Sept 22-24, 2017|
|Fitting In, Standing Out||6th - 8th||Sept 29 -Oct 1, 2017|
|Space Aliens, Magic and Us||4th - 5th||Oct 13 - 15, 2017|
|JCT||Oct 27 - 29, 2017|
|Give Thanks and Pass the Frisbee||young adults, including 11th -12th||Nov 3 - 5, 2017|
|From Aargh or Ugh to Ahhh||6th - 8th||Nov 17 - 19, 2017|
|Move It, Move It||4th - 5th||Dec 1-3, 2017|
|WinterSong||7th - 12th||Dec 8 -10, 2017|
We came with our worries about being included and the other people liking us. We weren't sure what would happen, but we had heard there would be games and meeting new people. As soon as we got inside the ACC (Anna Curtis Center), those worries we had while still outside began to go away – quickly.
Smiles, cushions in piles, and morning snacks made us feel welcome. We started our conference with a name whip. We started getting familiar with each other and the Powell House youth program and property. We thought about what is good to have inside us – both physical and emotional stuff. It did not matter that we were many different ages. The kids gave deep, insightful answers to the group questions; the parents jumped into active games with abandon and joy.
We played, walked, talked and shared our experiences as we explored the building, woods and ponds. We made our own ice cream by the pond as we swam and canoed. We did Tai Chi and deep relaxation exercise before a self-space period of individual, quiet activities or rest. We shared laughter during the evening cabaret and then shared creating stories around the camp fire.
On Sunday morning, we ate omelets made-to-order and waffles before walking up the hill to Dorson's Rock. We went slowly, noticing many intriguing rocks, plants and animals on the way. Our chatter drifted away and we sat quietly looking out over the Hudson Valley towards the Catskills. After awhile, we shared what we had thought about and observed before heading back down.
We closed with sharing these things that people had appreciated during the conference:
- others helping me to have fun.
- folks were spontaneous, funny, including people.
- the parents engaged with other kids, kids interacting with adults in positive ways.
- thinking about things I don't usually think about.
- It was good to meet everyone here.
- I thank every kid for being my friend.
- This was a nice intro to Powell House. All the activities helped us let go, be goofy lower the barriers of everyday life.
- All the kids played together, shared, and were kind.
- I thank the whole community for making Powell House.
- A deep appreciation for this particular group of people and their energy.
- A great break from 'everyday' for parents.