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

with Arthur M. Larrabee and Steve Mohlke

January 31 - February 2, 2020

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 no 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 Mohlke - 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, 2020: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter

After January 15, 2020: $260/$145/$90/$195


Dwelling Deep, a Contemplative Retreat 2020

with Linda Chidsey and Carolyn Moon

January 17-20, 2020  (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 minister 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 total

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



The Winter Solstice: "Light on the Longest Night," Saturday, December 21, 2019 

  What—or who-- brings you light in this darkness? Can we find Light?

                                What does the stillness offer? How will you spend this winter season?

 “The winter solstice marks the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. It occurs because the earth orbits the sun at a slight tilt, which is what gives us seasons. On the winter solstice, a hemisphere is tilted as far away as possible from the sun, meaning that hemisphere experiences its least amount of sunlight that day. The sun’s arc is at its lowest, casting the year’s longest shadows at noontime, and the sun appears to rise and set in the same place – “solstice” derives from the Latin solstitium, which means “sun stands still.” **

Join us at Powell House for music, art, worship, community; capped with a luminary walk to our bonfire!

Activities will be indoors and outdoors.

**from: The Longest Night of the Year by Daniel Hautzinger

Facilitated by Regina Baird Haag, Executive Director at Elsie K. Powell House, Inc. Regina has facilitated several PoHo book discussions or retreats, portrayed Professor Sprout at “A Year at Hogwarts”, and totally enjoys hosting PoHo events. She is recorded in the ministry among Friends and a member of Old Chatham Quaker Meeting. The winter solstice is an important spiritual time for her. Regina loves her family, camping, hiking, biking, singing and The Ohio State University Buckeyes!

$50/per person for the retreat includes snacks and dinner.

Stay overnight for an additional $30/person.  

Register by December 10, 2019 / 518.794.8811/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Year's Celebration, 2019-2020

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 you arrive.  Last year there was cookie making, energy work, enneagrams, musical collaborations, tai chi, Pilates, a clay workshop, and a walk to Dorson’s Rock, among others.

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 Dec. 15th: Families $420; adults $210; youth13-22 $100; Infants-12 $50; Commuters one half After December 15th: $440/$220/$110/$55

To register - call, email or write POWELL HOUSE.

518-794-8811, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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      









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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