Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


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 from 9:00 to 11:45AM, Monday-Friday during Gathering. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing.

Workshop registrations are temporarily closed. You can read information on the website, and then choose a workshop when you check in at the Gathering.

Frequently Asked Questions about workshops

2019 Workshop Descriptions

Click on the workshop title to read a detailed description. Use the filter tools to display workshop by audience type (age group), or by keyword. Workshops marked with * are for different levels of experience - learn more about anti-racism workshop levels. Workshops leaders will be adding more details to their workshop pages over the winter. You can sign up on the Gathering email list to be notified when the expanded descriptions are available.

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.


High School Program participants join experienced Junior Gathering leaders to create a fun, safe, and Spirit-filled Junior Gathering environment for our youngest Gathering participants. Learn to lead, and use your talents to give back to our community! Early arrival by 11:00 am Sunday morning is mandatory (12 noon if online Child Safety training certificate is submitted by June 29.) Application with references required.

Workshop Number 41 | Laura Pickering Ford | Galen Fick

When was the last time you were free of worry, really laughed, and your entire body relaxed? This workshop is for seekers and the weary to rest. We’ll learn simple forms of energy work, clothes-on massage, or meditation each morning, working in pairs. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.

Workshop Number 42 | John Calvi

Turbulent times call for witness consciousness and open hearts, wherever we might be. Kundalini Yoga meets us where and as we are, asking only that we open to its rich support of spirit meeting Spirit. More complex than Hatha Yoga, this practice includes movement, breath work, specific meditations and silence.

Workshop Number 43 | Ann Ritter

We will use physical movement, gentle breathing, and meditative practices to listen and release with our whole being, to consider the quality of our attention, and find stillness in motion. We will explore an easy-to-learn Qi Gong form and practice clearing that muddy water of our spirit-minds. All bodies welcome.

Workshop Number 44 | Mary Jahntz

Discover how digital photography can help you see the world around you more clearly and experience it more deeply.  Explore a variety of practices that will open new ways of seeing and being present, grow your Quaker faith, and connect you more closely with yourself, your environment, and your community.

Workshop Number 45 | Peter West Nutting

We’ll all die someday. Not talking about it won’t keep it from happening, and talking about it now won’t make it happen any sooner. We can apply Quaker testimonies to the concerns that attend life’s inevitable conclusion. Participants will complete essential and simple documents everyone 18 or older must have.

Workshop Number 46 | Callie Janoff

Friends’ Couple Enrichment skills enable couples in committed relationships to deepen their intimacy, spiritual connection, communication, love, and humor.  Exploring vulnerability and connection within a supportive community enables couples to develop the courage to enter into a deeper level of intimacy.  Advanced communication skills build on Friends' testimonies and practices.

Workshop Number 47 | Sharon Baring | Tom Baring

Each day will have a different presenter and focus, on the peace in one's heart, that promotes justice in the world.

Monday: Mentoring Quaker Leadership  Joan Broadfield
Tuesday: Quakers, Wars & Taxes; past, present & future  Vickie Aldrich
Wednesday: A Just and Sustainable World? Consider the Money System  John Howell
Thursday: Dynamic Governance  Pamela Boyce Simms
Friday: Dead Quaker Monopoly: A fun, new twist on a classic game  Selden Smith

Workshop Number 48 | Vickie Aldrich, Pamela Boyce Simms, Joan Broadfield John Howell, Selden Smith