4th - 5th grade conferences

March 13 – 15: Pi Day 4th – 5th Grade

We will make pies, eat pies, play with numbers, play with friends and talk about what makes each of us feel well rounded. We will look at how our group is like a pie – we are different ingredients and have different roles in the pie (crust, filling, etc?) but all come together in a community.

( AND at the same time next door is “Pie for Parents” - A parents’ retreat in Pitt Hall,  Details will be up soon!! )

4th - 6th grade

May 8 -10: Flower Power 4th – 6th Grade

Spring flowers to enjoy & summer flowers to be planted. How many different flowers can you find at Powell House?

The sun and the earth nurture the flowering plants. What nurtures and feeds you? What is blooming inside you?

Bees and other insects see the colors in flowers differently than we do. How can we expand the way we see the world? How do we see the different beauty blooming in other people?

6th -8th grade conferences

January 31 – Feb 2: Freeze!….…6th – 8th Grade

January is like this in Old Chatham: Freeze. Thaw. Freeze.

So that is what we will do – play Freeze! Through improv games and other creative activities we’ll try on different ways of being and connecting in the world. Then we’ll thaw with relaxation activities and warm nourishing treats. And we’re hoping weather cooperates and freezing wins out over thawing for sledding and skating.

March 20 - 22: Hello! How Are You? …. 6th - 8th Grade

Inviting others to share with us is a powerful way of being in the world. Learning how others are doing helps us know how we are doing ourselves. We will practice a variety of ways we might ask “How are you?” and then listen to the experience of others. Sometimes with words sometimes without – always with a hope of understanding, accepting and including each other in the joy of being here.

May 29 -31: EarthSong…………..7th – 12th Grade

Join us for the year-end celebration of our community and of our going-out-into-the-world seniors. There will be workshops, festive foods, large group games, a dress-up dinner plus a full and fabulous cabaret. This is a popular, two house conference. Priority will be given to those who support the program year round by attending smaller conferences and/or JCing younger groups.

 

High School conferences

January 17 -19 In A New Place…young adults, 11th grade and up

Being a young adult today often means finding ourselves in new places. Making connections, finding friends and having meaningful work can be challenging. Finding your tribe in whomever you meet. Welcoming new arrivals to the place you are in. Feeding your spirit wherever you are. All these help to ground you as you move from place to place. Come learn from one another how to do it.

February 21 - 23: Stars & Space.……9th - 12th Grade

Light comes from a time already gone”

It is a new moon this weekend, so the stars will shine brighter. A cold night; some warm friends. The far-away stars will spark our close-to-the-heart discussions around energy and light and feeding our souls. We’ll consider what shines through from the distant past and what of our own light might reach into the future.

March 27-31: FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend

We will again be taking a small group of high school teens who regularly attend the Powell House Youth Program to Washington, D.C. for an intense four days of workshops, learning, and making our voices known to our congress people on the issue of climate change and the environment. More information including costs, the application process and the epistle from the group that went last year will be posted soon.

April 24-26: Of Dice And Friends …. 9th -12th grade

Think Dungeons and Dragons mixed with Theater of the Oppressed. Role playing games are not just for fun and escapism. They can allow us to discover different aspects of ourselves and try out other ways to resolve conflict, transform problems and practice social skills. For folks who like role playing and those who don’t, we will explore our roles in life, how we can change them, and what to do with a seemingly bad toss of the dice that the universe gives you.

 

May 29 -31: EarthSong…………..7th – 12th Grade

Join us for the year-end celebration of our community and of our going-out-into-the-world seniors. There will be workshops, festive foods, large group games, a dress-up dinner plus a full and fabulous cabaret. This is a popular, two house conference. Priority will be given to those who support the program year round by attending smaller conferences and/or JCing younger groups.

July 9 to 12: Unwinding…..….9th - 12th Grade

A long weekend for unwinding ending with a movie festival plus munchies. Beginning Thursday, we’ll come together to construct and destruct, work, reflect, play, swim and converse. If you’ve seen or heard of movies that handle thought provoking issues with humor and tenderness, send in the titles with your registration and we’ll preview them to carefully and enthusiastically consider your suggestions. Fee for this conference: $210

Young Adult Events

January 17 -19 In A New Place…young adults, 11th grade and up

Being a young adult today often means finding ourselves in new places. Making connections, finding friends and having meaningful work can be challenging. Finding your tribe in whomever you meet. Welcoming new arrivals to the place you are in. Feeding your spirit wherever you are. All these help to ground you as you move from place to place. Come learn from one another how to do it.

June 12 - 14: Youth Program Reunion - Grad years 2019 and older

Join us to celebrate the connections we have with one another and the Powell House Youth Program. We also plan to create new connections with The Friends Center for Racial Justice and its work on anti-racism.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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
12136
phone 518-794-8811
fax 518-794-8815
Adult Program
sharon@powellhouse.org
regina@powellhouse.org
Youth Program
chrisandmike@powellhouse.org