407-739-4150  office@seym.org

Half Yearly Meeting 2021

 

A Family Friendly Event

November 25 – 28, 2021

Wekiwa Springs State Park

1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida

 

Half Yearly Meeting is a family friendly serendipitous 4 days over Thanksgiving weekend when Friends come together for good food and good company in Wekiwa Springs State Park. We have exclusive use of the Youth Camp, a natural setting with rustic cabins, ADA lodging, dining hall, kitchen, and conference hall.

 

There’s lots to do! Enjoy swimming in the springs, canoeing and kayaking, and biking or hiking the nature trails. (You may bring your own bikes, canoes, and kayaks, or rent them from the Park’s concession.) Volunteers lead workshops, worship sharing, crafts, and games. And on Saturday night, we have a talent show — Friends bring music, skits, poems, stories, and jokes to share. Come for an afternoon, an overnight, or the whole weekend!

 

GOOD NEWS! Registration Fees are Pay-as-Led! This year, Half Yearly Meeting registrants are invited to choose the amount they will pay to attend. Some registrants may be able to pay more to help cover the costs, others less or nothing. We want you to attend, whatever amount you can pay!

We will observe the following Covid-19 protocols:

  • Full vaccinations required for everyone eligible (age and medical exemptions accepted)
  • Masks are required for all indoor spaces at all times
  • Masks are encouraged outdoors when social distancing is not an option.
  • Outdoor dining will be available
  • Windows will be kept open in the dining hall weather permitting
  • Hand sanitizer and KN95 masks for adults and children will be provided.

Learn more

Youth and Families: HYM is a great opportunity for youth and families to connect, play, and relax! Youth are welcome to attend HYM with either their parent/guardian, or an adult sponsor who will be present and is willing to be responsible for them the whole time they are there.

Meals: We prepare all the meals ourselves – help out, get to know Friends from all over SEYM, and have FUN! We will accommodate allergies and other dietary restrictions as much as possible; indicate restrictions on your registration form, or contact HYM Food Coordinator Caroline Kaufmann as early as possible.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Half-Yearly Meeting kicks off with Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Volunteer on the registration form if you’d like to bring a side dish to share.

Lodging: The Wekiwa Youth Camp has group cabins. Unfortunately, we cannot use tents in this area. Families and friends are housed together as requested. Attenders 18-35 years old can opt to stay together in a “Young Adult” cabin. Gender-neutral housing and ADA compliant cabins are available. The infirmary building has burned down, so there is limited availability of heated cabins with bathrooms.

Volunteer: HYM Works Because Everyone Pitches In!!!

  • Meal Preparation and Cleanup
  • Sunday Cleanup: everyone, please! Sign-up in the dining hall when you arrive.
  • Discussion Sessions: lead a discussion about the environment, Quakerism, spirituality.
  • Imagination Stations: bring anything that sparks creativity: crafts, games, outdoor games, science projects, etc.
  • Talent Show: musical instruments, skits, or stories to share.
  • Worship Sharing: set a time, bring some queries.
  • Photographer: capture our memories then send your photos to the SEYM office, office@seym.org.

Registration

Registration is open, now and through the event.

 

GOOD NEWS!

Registration Fees are Pay-as-Led! 

 

This year, HYM registrants are invited to choose the amount they will pay to attend. Some registrants may be able to pay more to help cover the costs, others less or nothing. We want you to attend, whatever amount you are able to pay!

Call for events

Half Yearly Meeting has always had two days (Friday and Saturday mornings, afternoons, and late evenings) of unprogrammed gatherings where anyone could propose a workshop, worship sharing, dream group, hike, canoeing, etc. as led. We will continue this almost unique tradition in Quakerdom.

Please send proposals for these activities to Brian Olson. Please list your name, day, proposed time slot of your online activity, and a brief description.

The Loving Earth Project at HYM

Field Secretary for Earthcare Beverly Ward will be leading us in creating fabric panels for the Loving Earth Project, which celebrates people, places, creatures, and other things that we love but which are threatened by growing environmental breakdown. It offers a way to help people engage creatively and constructively with the issues, without being overwhelmed. Read more>

Contacts

HYM Clerk: Brian Olson 

Brian Olson

305-582-3027

 

Registrar: Beeg Camarota

Beeg Camarota

386 736-4697

 

Food Coordinator: Caroline Kaufmann

Caroline Kaufmann

412-496-2539