Friends General Conference

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Workshops

We expect the 2022 Gathering to be held at Radford University in Radford, VA, from July 3-July 9, 2022. There will also be some virtual programming for the 2022 Gathering, including online workshop. 


Workshops offer Gathering adults and high school participants the opportunity to be immersed in a topic with other interested Friends. Friends stay in the same workshop throughout the week, forming a small community within the Gathering. Each workshop meets in person from 9:00 to 11:45AM, Monday-Friday during Gathering. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing. 

We will offer several online-only workshop options at the 2022 Gathering. Online-only workshops will take place Monday, July 4 - Friday, July 8 for two hours each day: 2-4pm Eastern / 1-3pm Central / 12-2pm Mountain / 11am-1pm Pacific / 10am-12pm Alaskan / 8-10am Hawaiian.

In-person Workshops are numbered 1-39.

Online-only Workshops are numbered 100-110 


Frequently Asked Questions about workshops

  • How do I submit a workshop proposal for 2022? Workshop proposals closed October 31. We expect workshop proposals for the 2023 Gathering to go live in mid-August.
  • If I register early, will I be guaranteed my first workshop choice? (Short answer, No.)
  • Which workshops include half-Gathering and part time participants? This is listed when you click (a link to list of workshops available to half-Gathering and part time attenders will be posted in winter 2022)

Click on the workshop title to learn more about it. Use the filter tools to display workshop by audience type (age group), or by keyword. Workshop leaders will be adding more details to their workshop pages over the winter - you can sign up for the Gathering email list to be notified when the expanded descriptions are available.

Workshops marked with * indicate workshops for different anti-racism experience levels - learn more about anti-racism workshop levels.

NOTE : Workshops are listed ten per page. Please scroll to the bottom and click on a page number or "next" to view more workshops, or to view all the workshops at once, select "all" under "Items per page" in the filter box.

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A rising China will help define the 21st century. Yet despite Quaker commitments to peace, there are linguistic, cultural, and political barriers that prevent Friends from engaging with China. This workshop seeks to overcome these barriers using Quakers' long history in the country as a roadmap for future engagement.

Workshop Number 1 | Patrick Lozada | Daniel Jasper

The old paradigm of domination, colonialism and patriarchy has brought us a severe climate crisis. One cannot read the news without grieving.   How does one spiritually respond to this?  We need a new paradigm of reciprocity and reconnection with Earth.  We will do spiritual work in preparation of practical action. 

Workshop Number 2 | Lynn FitzHugh

The Basic AVP workshop is experiential and is conducted in small groups and one-to-one interactions which build a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on affirmation, communication, cooperation, creative conflict resolution, and learning to access our inner “Transforming Power” to resolve conflict.

Workshop Number 3 | Kathy Adams | Beverly Council

Fossil fuels and consumerist culture keep us isolated from the land, deep history, natural beauty, water, and other sources of life where we live and travel. There's a simple way to connect with the place where we are more mindfully and deeply: Biking.

Workshop Number 4 | Avery J

An advanced workshop for Friends actively engaged in racial justice work. We will share successful approaches to addressing White Supremacy and colonialism that will enhance our techniques for challenging racial and ethnic divisions. Participants must write a statement about their work.

Workshop Number 5 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik

This workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience sharing. Most work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a suggested $10 materials charge.

Workshop Number 6 | Steve Mohlke

Writing memoir helps you find your voice and reach out to others. By recording your memories, you create a legacy. In this workshop we will learn how to tell our life stories, humorous and serious, with a goal toward creating lasting pieces that entertain, inspire, and transform.

Workshop Number 7 | Liz Yeats

The experience of worshipful communion with Spirit is beyond words to describe. We meet in silence to open ourselves to the experience of God's presence in us and among us, giving ourselves over to God's loving care and power. 

Workshop Number 8 | Jorge Arauz

Using reflection, journaling, exercises and small & large group discussion we will work together to discover our individual "purpose".  For anyone feeling stuck, anticipating or going through a period of transition, or just wanting to encourage way to open to a new leg of your journey

Workshop Number 9 | Chiyo Moriuchi

Anger, fear, grief, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with the Spirit and our own healing energies. Transformation occurs when we practice forgiveness, opening to a more peaceful way of being with  self and others. This workshop focuses on tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy.

Workshop Number 10 | Sue Regen | Lu and Kenn Harper

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