Hosting a Testing the Waters Retreat 

We ask Quaker meetings to take into discernment the possibility of hosting a one-day
Testing the Waters Retreat where interested Friends can learn about the
On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program and The School of the Spirit Ministry.

 

What: Testing the Waters Retreats for the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program

  • ♦ An opportunity to worship and break bread together in a six-hour, one-day retreat.
  • ♦ Everyone is welcome to enjoy an experience of the contemplative nature of the program.
  • ♦ It is a particular opportunity for prospective applicants (and prospective Care Committee members) to meet the core teaching team and learn about the program, and the School of the Spirit Ministry.
  • ♦ Provides a brief taste of a k-group during a period of small group attentive listening.
  • ♦ A time for Q & A.

When:

  • ♦ Four to five retreats at different locations during February, March, and April 2018.
  • ♦ Saturdays, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

Where:

  • ♦ At a meeting where there are Friends with an interest in applying for the program.
  • ♦ At a centrally located meeting where Friends from other meetings in the region could travel without great difficulty. 

What does a host meeting do, and receive?

  • ♦ Takes into discernment the possibility of hosting a one-day retreat where interested Friends can learn about the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program and The School of the Spirit Ministry.
  • ♦ Provides overnight hospitality to the three core teachers on Friday and Saturday evenings, which might include transportation to/from a local airport or train station.
  • ♦ Provides hospitality to those who attend the retreat, which includes a warm welcome, offering a light lunch (soup, salad, and bread usually) and offering beverages and snacks. (The School of the Spirit Ministry gladly reimburses costs as needed.)
  • ♦ Would help seeking overnight hospitality, if needed, for participants coming from a distance.
  • ♦ The core teaching team would worship with the host meeting on First Day, and if requested could offer an adult education or forum session for an hour before or after worship—topic to be arranged between the teachers and the meeting, several possibilities available.

Cost:

  • ♦ A $25 contribution is requested, but not required, from each participant to go toward the costs of transportation for the teachers and lunch/snacks.

Not able to host a Testing the Waters Retreat, but want to help get the word out?
Here are some other possibilities:

* Host a short interest group led by board members and former participants (more information to come out soon)
* Join a Testing the Waters Retreat or interest group to share about your experience with the program
* Share about SN11 and Testing the Waters on Social Media
* Write an article in Quaker publications, perhaps in your yearly meeting or quarterly meeting newsletter.
* Reach out to people who you think might be good fits for the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program.