Quaker 12 Step Weekend, November 22-24, 2019 

"It works if I work it"

Please join us for this Quaker 12-step weekend led by facilitator Juliet Wright. The weekend will include many 12 step activities including 12-stepping a problem, the patterns of codependency and characteristics of recovery, meeting in a bucket, gratitude boxes, individual sharing, writing and sharing on program literature from literature from your 12-step program, singing and more! Join us for a meaningful weekend of recovery! Open to folks from all 12-step programs.

Juliet is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, author, and teacher who was born and raised in Central Vermont. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Miami, Juliet has spent her life pursing her love of music. She is the author of two books, Everything Is My Fault: One Woman’s Journey through Codependency, and Everything Is for My Recovery: A Recovering Codependent Shares Her Experience, Strength and Hope, both published by Hidden Angel Publishing. She has also written, produced and recorded two albums of her music, Beloved and Fearless Moral Inventory, both of which are companion CDs to the book Everything Is My Fault, recorded by Hidden Angel Records. She is a devout Quaker and active in her Quaker Meeting. Codependency recovery is very important to Juliet, and she donates much of her time giving back to CoDA.

Register by November 12: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter

After November 12: $260/$145/$90/$195      









Fall Work, Contra Dance & Storytelling, October 25-27, 2019

Enjoy learning new skills?  Like to work among 57 acres of God’s creation in Columbia County, NY?  Bring your favorite tools, old clothes and hearty appetites. Our cooks will have lots of good, nutritious & yummy food for us.  We have plenty of work projects, both inside and outside our buildings.  The Powell House executive directors and maintenance contractor will coordinate our work projects. The contra dance band and storyteller are experienced and talented!

Contra Dance Friday night beginning at 8:15 pm

Storytelling Saturday night beginning at 7:30 pm  


Register by October 16: $85 adults; $15 children & youth  

After October 16: $100 adults, $20 children

Childcare for 10 & younger with 3 weeks’ notice

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Self Care in the Craft of Teaching: Tools for Expanding Your Practice

August 16-18, 2019 at Powell House


The Children’s Arts Guild partners with educators to bring authenticity-based social-emotional learning to school communities across the country. In our Authenticity in the Classroom program, we bring self-care workshops to educators that focus on helping teachers tap into the passion for their craft to address stress in their professional lives. This workshop is designed to help teachers deepen their self-care practice and continue to build a community of support.  Our workshops have recently been featured at SXSW EDU, The National School Board Association Conference, and the New York State Art Educators Conference. Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Alexander Kopelman  Alex is a writer and advocate who has devoted twenty-five years to advancing social justice and personal empowerment. He has a special passion for supporting young people in overcoming the limiting effects of outmoded societal stereotypes on individual development.

Mark LaRiviere  Mark has been training teachers in the art of authenticity for over twenty years. In 1997 he developed the Creative Classrooms program to train and place working artists in inner-city parochial schools around New York City. Mark co-founded the Children’s Arts Guild in 2010 to help children develop their authentic selves through creativity education.

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Register by August 5: $280-$200/adults; $125 ages/13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter

After August 5: $260/$145/$90/$195      



Peace Witness: Turning Quaker Testimony into Action, November 15-17, 2019

Many Americans want to bring about a harmonious world but may not have internalized those leadings into actions. There are many ways to foster the world we seek, and this conference will explore ways that we, as Quakers and non-Quakers, can be for peace and bring about peace through both upstream work and direct action. This conference is for anyone who is ready to develop, deepen and share their peace witness with the world.

Facilitator: Joseph Olejak is a member of the Old Chatham Quaker Meeting and serves on the Outreach, Peace and Justice Committee as recorder. Author of “26 Weekends in the Columbia County Jail” and numerous Quaker blogs, Joseph has had firsthand experience with exploring Quaker queries and direct action. As a lifelong anti-war activist, I discovered that being anti-war is a just another form of war.   What I now know is that there is a profound difference being “for something” vs being “against something.”  

Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.        ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Register by November 1: $280-$200/adults; $125 ages/13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter

After November 1: $260/$145/$90/$195       


Cancelled - stay tuned for future book discussion dates.

"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



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