Our mission is to foster spiritual growth after the manner of Friends (Quaker) and to strengthen the application of Friends’ testimonies in the world.
We offer programs for all ages. We rent this quiet space for your family reunions, school retreats, church groups, and small conferences.
Nonviolent Communication: A Spiritual Practice and Act of Social Change June 21-23, 2019
Friends are called to see that of God in each person and be peacemakers. These two convictions are intimately connected: If God is in each of us, how could we possibly wish to harm or hurt God--who is pure love? And it is this spiritual belief--and experience (via meeting for worship) that is the basis of Quaker commitment to social change: As there is that of God in each of us, each person must be treated with dignity, care and respect. Yet it’s not always easy to put these convictions into practice. Those around us---at home, work, and even in our meeting, can do or say things that we don’t like, disagree with, find hurtful, infuriating, or even plain wrong. So how do we in these moments reconnect with that of God in others and ourselves---and speak truth to power? During this weekend intensive training in compassionate Nonviolent Communication, we will learn practical skills to put Quaker principles into action: self-managing our own reactions, empathizing with others, and finding solutions that restore harmony, are in integrity with our values, and hold everyone’s needs with care. Highly interactive and including exercises, games, pair work, role play and music, the workshop will explore core practices of Nonviolent Communication as well more advanced practices such as protective use of force and how the very way we communicate each day can be a radical act of social change.
About the facilitator: Dian Killian, PhD, has been a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication for 12 years and has offered NVC training around the world. She is co-author of two well loved NVC books, Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere (in English and German) and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York. Based in Brooklyn, she teaches regularly at Kriplau, the 92nd St Y, the NY Open Center, and the Omega Institute and has worked with diverse organizations including Americorp, the UN Development Program, the Peace Alliance/Department of Peace campaign, NYU, and Cornell University. She is known for sharing NVC in a clear, down-to-earth and engaging way with humor and stories.
Special Event for the weekend: Empathy Songs and Stories
On Saturday evening, Dian will share music and stories with us. A champion mountain dulcimer performer and singer-songwriter, she has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, People’s Voice Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall and many other venues. Come learn more about empathy via song!
Register by June 7, 2019: $295/adults; $200/ages 13-22; $220/commuter or camper
after June7, 2019: $310/$230/$250
NOTE: Powell House Subscribers pay an additional $50/person
CHILDCARE WITH 3 WEEKS NOTICE --for Children up to 12 years old, at $50/child
June 14-16, 2019
Life brings to each of us, experiences of anger, fear, hurt, and pain. What we do with these is up to each individual. Choosing to practice forgiveness can bring healing and inner peace. Forgiveness work helps us reconnect with ourselves and others in more loving ways. Research shows that it’s great for our physical health, too!
Come, join with others who are willing to take some steps along this spiritual path. Focus is on tools and techniques, not on therapy. Workshop will include presentations, quiet worship, guided meditation, practicing techniques, and group and individual time.
Sue Regen, a member of Rochester Friends Meeting (Quaker), has been working in the area of forgiveness since 2002. It is part of her personal journey. She has led forgiveness workshops at Attica Prison, Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, Friends General Conference Gatherings 2004 to 2018, Rochester Friends Meeting, and at retreat centers in Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, and Old Chatham, New York.
Register by June 1: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters
After June 1: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with 3 weeks notice.
Providing Pastoral Care in All Kinds of Weather
with Bruce Heckman
May 17-19, 2019
Prepare to better serve your meeting community as a pastoral caregiver.
We will consider how to care for Friends who are homebound, hospitalized, terminally ill, and newly bereaved or grieving. We’ll also explore approaches to helping troubled or disruptive members and attenders and those with mental health problems. Gain skill and confidence to serve your Meeting Community in the area of Pastoral Care.
Bruce E. Heckman, M.Div., PhD., is a retired Hospice Chaplain who continues providing counseling and psychotherapy in part-time private practice. Before attending seminary late in his career, he worked in college counseling centers at Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, and the University of Texas at Austin and served as the clinical director of an addictions treatment center. He is a long-time member of Pastoral Care and Ministry committees in the Yellow Springs (Ohio) Friends Meeting and has led workshops at FGC Gatherings and small conferences. He is a long-time member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling and currently serves on its steering committee.
Register by May 1: $280-200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/ infants-12; 175/commuters
After May 1: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with 3 weeks notice.