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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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       


"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



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.

Register at:   www.powellhouse.org              518-794-8811                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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



The Powell House Subscription Series


As we begin to launch the second year of offering a subscription series for individuals and monthly meetings at Powell House, let’s review the specifics of the program.
The individual plan: Any individual who pays $720 is eligible to come to as many Powell House programs as they’d like for one year.

The monthly meeting plan: A monthly meeting that pays $1440 can have one person at each Powell House program for one year.
Powell house subscriptions do not include yearly meeting events or other rental group events. Examples of events that are not included are: Coordinating Committee Weekend and Monthly Meeting retreats. Events jointly sponsored by PoHo and another organization ARE included: Like QREC, or the “Creating Generous Congregations” retreat. Sometimes there is an additional charge to defray an added cost. The added cost will be charged to a subscription holder (like $20 per person for the Contemplative retreat in January, or $50 for the Dian Killian Non-Violent Communication retreat in June.)
Powell House wants to receive the name of the person who will be attending each program from the monthly meeting clerk. The monthly meeting may have to develop an internal discernment process for determining which attender will get to use the subscription at each program. This may deepen relationships and decision-making capacity within the meeting!
Subscriptions will run for one year from the date Powell House receives the fee for each monthly meeting or individual.
Please feel free to inquire about other questions or concerns you might have with Co-Executive Director Regina Baird Haag at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 518-794-8811.
Here are some testimonials from a few current subscription holders:
“The Powell House subscription plan lets me support a place that means a lot to my family, while also allowing me to attend conferences on a regular basis without second guessing. The more one attends PoHo, the better for heart and soul, and the subscription definitely encourages more frequent attendance. It also greatly simplifies the registration process. Found time! What a gift.”
Joanna Oltman Smith, Brooklyn Meeting, individual subscription holder

“New Paltz Meeting has used our subscription to send F/friends to PoHo who have never been there and to support our First Day School work by enabling those involved to attend  a weekend for  FDS teachers.  We have given preference in the subscription's  use to those who have never been to PoHo and we have not had any problems with making that qualification.  Having the subscription enables us the enrich our own worship and commitment to Quakerism and to offer a material and spiritual benefit to those who worship with us.”     
—Elise Bacon, New Paltz Meeting, monthly meeting subscription holder

"My family and I have been attending conferences at Powell House for over ten years, but until this year I only occasionally came on my own. I’m not the greatest at getting out of the house and away from family responsibilities, or spending money on myself-it feels so frivolous! This year I have learned something important about myself; having paid for conferences in advance makes it much easier for me to get out of my house and go on retreat from my daily life. When I read about a conference and find myself thinking “that sounds interesting,” or “that feels a bit out of my comfort zone, but I bet I’d get something out of it,” instead of making a mental note about it which I will soon forget, I sign myself up. I figure I might as well go since it is already paid for. Then I place it on the family calendar, carving out that space for myself. Thanks to my subscription, without intending to, I have improved my capacity for self-care by creating a new habit of giving myself permission to take a break from my responsibilities to others to be responsible for and to myself in order to learn and grow as a person and a Friend.  The conferences I have attended have helped me to gain new skills and perspectives, as well as to connect with a larger group of people from all over who are interested in doing the same. Each conference I have participated in has truly been a gift to myself.” 
                                           --Heidi Kelly, Old Chatham Monthly Meeting, PoHoCo clerk, individual subscription holder.

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