Ways in Divine Expression

A Spiritual Renewal Retreat with Niyonu Spann


"I tell you, If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." (Luke 19:40)


Franciscan Spiritual Center
Aston, PA
May 28 - 31, 2015


How does Spirit express, in and through us, and all creation? What do we presuppose about our spiritual journey ~ personally? ~ communally? Let us open together in quiet listening, making a joyful noise, writing our pain, dancing our victories while singing freedom songs.

Niyonu Spann is a member of Chester Monthly Meeting in Chester, PA. She first became excited about Quakerism as she traveled (along with former husband, Dwight Wilson) amongst Friends throughout the country back in the late 70's. In 1979 Niyonu joined the staff of Friends Council on Education and later, as a new and young adult Quaker served for eight years at Oakwood Friends Boarding School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Niyonu finished her years of classroom teaching at Friends Select School, in Philadelphia.  Click here for more about Niyonu . . .

Rooms are located on three floors of the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA. All floors are accessible via an elevator. Rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors have private bathrooms. Those on the 5th floor share two bathrooms. Rooms have either a single, 2 singles, or a double bed. There is a kitchenette on the 2nd floor with a refrigerator available to guests.  Meetings will be held on the 1st floor. Please indicate any mobility issues on the Registration Form.

First day:
2 - 4 pm Arrival and settling in
4 pm Opening worship
5:30 pm Dinner

Last day:
11 am Closing worship
12 noon Lunch followed by departure

Times are approximate. A detailed schedule will be sent in advance.

Flexible Registration Fees

Flexible fees allow you to choose the fee based on what your budget allows. We indicate the full cost of the event to SotS and also an expected minimum payment. We are able to offer flexible fees through the generosity of granting agencies (The Tyson Memorial Fund and Legacy Granting Group) and individuals.

Discernment questions regarding what to pay:

> Is the ‘Full Cost’ of this event within your means?
> If yes, can you pay a little more to support another?
> If the ‘Full Cost’ is not within your means, what can you pay?
> Have you considered asking your meeting or church for financial assistance?
> If the ‘Minimum’ is still too much, please contact us at info@nullschoolofthespirit.org or call 919.929.2339.

 Flexible Fees** Full Cost Minimum
Single $390 $240
Double* $350 $200
Commuter (3 meals) $270 $120
Commuter (lunches/dinners) $250 $100


* 2 single beds or 1 double bed can be specified on the registration form
** add $40 after April 30, 2015

Registration is in TWO steps.

STEP 1: Click on the button below to register. The form will ask for your personal information, your room and dietary preferences, and what you can pay.

STEP 2: Instructions as to how to pay will appear on your Confirmation page. Paying online will take you to PayPal where you can pay via credit card. You do NOT need a PayPal account to do this. If you missed the link to PayPal on your Confirmation page, click here.

Alternatively you can send a check made out to PYM, with SotS written on the memo line, for the amount in the table. Mail your check to: The School of the Spirit Ministry, c/o 1010 Wells St., Durham, NC 27707.

Cancellation Policy
30 days or more prior to the event, full refund less $20 processing fee. 14-29 days prior to the event, 50% refund. Less than 14 days, no refund.