2018 Gathering & Annual Sessions
March 28 – April 1, 2018
United Methodist Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, Florida
Join Friends from all over the SEYM region and beyond for 5 days of retreats, workshops, worship-sharing, the Walton Lecture, Intergenerational fun, a great Youth Program, and our Yearly Business Meeting Sessions.
the 54th Annual Walton Lecture • Saturday, March 31st • 7 pm
“Quaker Response in Turbulent Times”
Dr. Sa’ed Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He earned a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He received his BA from Swarthmore in 2006. He has been awarded multiple fellowships, including from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is also the recipient of a Soros Fellowship and a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. He has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. Atshan is Quaker, grew up in Palestine, and is also an LGBTQ rights activist.
Registration closed March 11. However, there may be a few spaces left. To check on availability of meals & rooms, you may go ahead & register online, or contact:
Andrea Hoskins, Registrar 305-609-9704 Andrea Hoskins.
- Walton Retreats
- What's Special in 2018?
- Youth Program
- Lodging, Camping & Day Use
- Location & Map
- Things to Bring
- SEYM & LEC Rules
- Display Space
- Evaluation Form 2017
the 2018 Walton Retreats
Retreat Session 1 Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Why We are Led to Care for the Earth
We will share our concerns and convictions on Earthcare, and explore other faith statements and resources on earthcare issues— with the goal of beginning our own SEYM Statement of Faith on care for the natural world. Led by Bonnie Zimmer & Bill Carlie.
Retreat Session 2 Saturday, March 31, 10 am – 12 noon
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change:
Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
Indigenous leaders are calling on people of faith to raise awareness of the past and ongoing injustices committed against Native peoples, and to seek ways of building right relationship with them in accord with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Jane Westberg and Kody Hersh, of Miami Meeting, will lead us—through ceremony and sharing—in remembering, understanding, and responding to the history and experience of Native Peoples. A member of the Boulder Friends Meeting created this workshop in conjunction with indigenous people living in Colorado. Read more>
More Gathering Highlights
AVP Mini Workshop The Alternatives to Violence Project mini-workshop is a hands-on experiential and practical workshop in conflict resolution and non-violence. It teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills, improved listening and communications skills, builds trust and fosters cooperation and creative conflict management—and is fun! Led by Elaine Martin and Willie Hager. Friday, 2:45-5:30 pm
Non-violent Bystander Training Participants will learn 1) when and how to step into a problematic situation 2) to be aware of what is happening around us in public and center ourselves despite fear 3) to reach out and support the targeted person and 4) to de-escalate the situation. Led by Beverly Ward & Cece Yocum. Saturday, 2:45-5:30 pm
Workshops & Interest Groups Thursday – Saturday
Over 20 to choose from, including: AVP Mini-workshop • The Benefits of Issue Campaign Organizing • Bible Study #3: Putting Yourself in the Story • Campaigns for Non-violent Social Change • CAPP (Child Abuse Prevention Program) Training • Centering Down into “That of God” Within • Chanting • Exploring the Root Causes of Crises Facing Humanity & Gifts Friends Have to Offer for Healing • FCNL – Friends Committee on National Legislation • First Meeting: George Fox and Margaret Fell • FWCC – Friends World Committee for Consultation • Happiness: Creating a Path to Spiritual Health • How Goes It With You & God? • Laughter Yoga • The Light Shines in Darkness • Meeting for Remembrance • Non-violent Bystander Training • Paddling & Birding • Peacebuilding En Las Americas (PLA) • Prisoner Visitation & Support • QUNO – Quaker United Nations Office • Sanctuary Everywhere • Sexuali-Tea • Spiritual Unification • The Light Shines in the Darkness • Water & Climate Justice: The SEYM Case Example • Why Are We Led to Care for the Earth? • Worship With Attention to Business: Inviting the Spirit to Lead Us
Early Worship by the lake 7:30 am every morning
Worship Sharing Thursday thru Saturday, 9:00 am
Annual Sessions Meeting for Worship for Business, Thursday afternoon – Sunday
- Intergenerational play: afternoons, Thursday – Saturday Capture the Flag, Savannah-grams, & other fun see Bulletin Board for day’s activities
- Swimming Thursday afternoon
- Canoeing & Birding Saturday afternoon
- Intergenerational Dance Friday night, with the ‘Faith & No Practice Band’
- Bonfire Friday night after the Dance
Youth Program: see Youth Program tab
Healing Center Breezeway 2, from 1-5pm on Friday & Saturday. Reiki, quiet, tea, & cookies.
Music Making Singing after meals • The Faith & No Practice Band • “Jammin’ on the Bench”
Bookstore Books from the FGC Quakerbooks & SEYM Publications • Book Swap table • bring cash or checks
Join us in Creating Community, Enjoying Nature, Making Friends, Having Fun and Deepening our Quaker Values.
Registration & meals for youth attending with their families are free of charge, thanks to generous donors.
Young & Junior Friends: our theme is “Encouraging Courage”
Join us in finding Courage to be Ourselves, Courage to Face our Fears, & Courageous Work for Justice.
Archery on Saturday morning • All Ages Bystander Training • Ropes course Friday for youth 12+ yrs.
Teens: our theme is “Florida Water Quality”
In addition to their own program activities, Teens join adults for Worship Sharing, Retreats, and workshops, including ‘Water & Climate Justice,’ ‘Bystander Intervention,’ and more. • Ropes course on Friday morning
Wee Friends: Indoor & Outdoor Play & Story time • Toddlers to kindergarten • Every day
- Children must be picked up PROMPTLY from their program by their Parent/Guardian/Sponsor.
- The camp has NO play equipment: please bring toys, pillows & blankets!
Intergenerational Activities every day • games, art, yoga, & play • canoeing on Saturday • swimming on Thursday • Intergenerational Dance Friday night • “Capture the Flag” & other games • see bulletin board for each day’s activities & locations.
At the Gathering, Youth Program leaders, volunteer staff, and parents work together to create a community where all young Friends feel included. All youth are expected to participate in the youth program during their stay.
- Youth must attend with a parent, guardian, or a designated adult sponsor.
- Families sending their child/children with a Sponsor will pay both the registration and lodging fees for their youth.
- Youth need a parent/guardian signed Parental Consent, Medical Release, Media Release & Rules forms in order to register and be on campus. Bring completed forms with you. Download the Parental Consent forms here>
- The Gathering is our religious holiday! Parents wanting to have their youth excused from school can download the ‘Excuse Letter’ here>.
Lodging, Camping, & Day Use
LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER: Rooms have twin beds and private bath; bedding & towels are provided.
- Family sharing room: $84/night (Double twin beds) Children may sleep on the floor for free or reserve cots for $10/night.
- Singles, sharing a room: $42/night/person. Sharing a room? You must list a roommate’s name when registering.
- Private (1-person) room: $62/night.
RV CAMPING: in the open area west of the Pavilion. Full Hookups are $25/night, Partial Hook-ups are$21/night.
TENT CAMPING: in the woods beyond the Pavilion. The area to the right of the Pavilion is reserved for SEYM. Sites are $16 /night.
DAY USE: Friends can lodge in town, pay the registration fee and $10/person/day for site use.
Life Enrichment Center Dining
- Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 am $8.50/adult
- Lunch: 12:00 – 12:45 pm $10/adult
- Dinner: 5:30 – 6:15 pm $13/adult
Meals for Youth (under 19) are provided at no charge to families, paid for by the Trustees Youth Gathering Fund, with thanks to our generous donors!
Coffee & tea are available in the lobby 24/7.
Special Diets: Vegan/vegetarian, diabetic, gluten-free, and other choices are available. To request a special diet, you must fill out the LEC Special Diet request form found at http://www.lecretreats.org/lec-dietary-page.
Campsite Pavilion: Campers may prepare meals in this covered, screened room provided with picnic tables, stove, refrigerator and ample electrical outlets. Bring your own cooking and eating utensils. You may also choose to pre-register for any or all of your meals in the Dining Hall.
Food Off Campus: There are abundant restaurants 3-5 miles from the camp.
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
We hope that all who would like to attend the SEYM Gathering will have that opportunity. SEYM has funds to enable you to attend! We encourage any Friends who may require financial assistance to apply for scholarships and submit a registration form, following these instructions:
- Request a scholarship from your Meeting or Worship Group. Discuss your needs with your Meeting Clerk &/or appropriate committee. One suggested formula is: the attendee pays 1/3, the Meeting 1/3, and SEYM 1/3. However, other arrangements may be made as agreed upon by Registrar, Meeting Clerk, and attendees in advance of the Registration deadline, March 11th. Call Andrea Hoskins at 305-609-9704.
- Scholarship Form: Work with your Meeting Clerk, or appropriate committee, to complete the Scholarship Form, and e-mail it to Andrea Hoskins, Registrar, by March 11th.
- Please go ahead and submit your Registration Form online, following the form instructions in the Scholarship section. Registration deadline is March 11th.
- To confirm your registration, by March 11th the Registrar will need your Scholarship Form and a check for your portion of the total amount due.
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Hoskins, Registrar: 305-609-9704, Andrea
Florida United Methodist Life Enrichment Center
4991 Picciola Road,
Fruitland Park, FL 34751
Fruitland Park is located on US Hwy. 441 between Leesburg and Lady Lake, Florida. From Hwy.27/US 441, turn east on County Road 466A, Picciola Road. Go 3 miles. The Life Enrichment Center is on the right; look for the sign. Enter the drive and proceed to the designated parking area.
When You Arrive
Check-in at the SEYM Registration Desk in the auditorium lobby to get room key & name badges.
Check-in times: Phone number is posted if Registrar has stepped out.
- Wed: 1-5:30 pm, 6:15-7:00 pm, 8:30-9pm
- Thurs: 9am-12noon, 12:30-4:15 pm, 7:30-9pm
- Fri: 9:00-10:00am, 12:30-5:30pm, 6:15-9 pm
- Sat: 9 -10:00am, 2:30-5:30 pm, 6:15-7 pm
Late arrivals: PLEASE have a friend get your room key and wait up for you.
Things to Bring
- Toys for toddlers, children’s supplies (throw pillows, toys to share, soccer balls, etc.), puzzles and games for all ages.
- Rise Up Singing, hymnals & voices for singing after dinner.
- Instruments and musicians needed for the Faith and No Practice Band & Jammin’ Under the Trees.
- Books for Book Swap table in auditorium lobby.
- Your books-to-buy list for The FGC Bookstore.
- Walking shoes for nature walks: check out the Path of Silence.
- A friend/Friend new to your Meeting. Let them see how wonderful it is attend Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions and Gathering!
- Documents-In-Advance (DIAs) for Annual Sessions. See Business Page>
SEYM & LEC Rules
- Complete Youth rules are specified in the Youth Program flyer>
- Except during scheduled youth program times, all youth must be supervised by their parents, sponsors, or parent/sponsor-arranged f/Friends (25 yrs. & older). 1 adult may supervise up to 8 youth.
- No video or electronic games are allowed in youth program sessions. Cell phones must be turned off during program sessions.
- Limited display/table space is available for Quaker organizations and for Committees. Space must be reserved with Vicki Carlie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Park in designated areas only.
- Quiet time from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.
- No skateboards, in-line skates, or scooters permitted. Youth on bikes must wear helmets.
- The Gold Room kitchen is reserved for youth and evening snacks only.
- The outdoor chapel and labyrinth are sacred memorial places—children must be quiet and respectful at all times and may visit only with an adult.
- Alligators are in the lake. No swimming in lake.
- No alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs allowed.
- Pets on a leash are allowed in the camping area. Service dogs are allowed.
- Cleanup—we are responsible for our own cleanup
Table displays are another great way for Friends to connect at the Gathering. Display space is available for Quaker organizations, SEYM committees, and non-profit organizations SEYM Friends work with.
Display spaces must be reserved with the SEYM Secretary, Vicki Carlie: email@example.com, 407-739-4150.
2017 Gathering Evaluation Form
The Gathering Committee welcomes your feedback about this year’s Gathering and suggestions for next year!