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
CHILDCARE WITH 3 WEEKS NOTICE
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"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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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 by August 5: $280-$200/adults; $125 ages/13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter
After August 5: $260/$145/$90/$195
CHILDCARE WITH 3 WEEKS NOTICE
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The Powell House Subscription Series
The monthly meeting plan: A monthly meeting that pays $1440 can have one person at each Powell House program for one year.
“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.”
"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.”
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