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.
"The Library Book," by Susan Orlean, a discussion. Saturday June 29, 2019
Susan Orlean says: “I grew up in libraries, or so it seems. My mother and I would take regular trips to the branch library near my house at least twice a week, and those trips were enchanted. The very air in the library seemed charged with possibility and imagination; books seem to have their own almost human vitality. But over time, I had become more of a book buyer than a book borrower, and I had begun to forget how magical libraries are. I never stopped loving libraries, but they receded in my mind, and seemed like a piece of my past. And then I started taking my own son to the library, and I was reminded instantly and vividly of how much libraries had meant to me, how formative they were to my love of reading and writing, and how much they mean to us as a culture. The next thing I knew, I was investigating the largest library fire in the history of the United States. The life and times and near-death experience of the Los Angeles Public Library was a story that felt urgent to tell, and gave me a chance to pay tribute to these marvelous places that have been such an essential part of my life.”
SO; let’s talk libraries!!
Discussion facilitated by Regina Baird Haag—Powell House Co-Executive Director and bibliophile!
Cost per person—including snacks and dinner; $50
add overnight accommodations on Saturday night for $30
Register by June 15, 2019
Register online at www.powellhouse.org or call 518-794-8811
Nonviolent Communication: A Spiritual Practice and Act of Social Change June 21-23, 2019
**Please call the office before trying to register. We are short on space as of June 5.**
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.