Workshop participants will explore how to prepare for worship, how to center down, how to listen to each other with our whole being – body, mind, and spirit – and how to better open to each other and the Divine during worship. We will create a sense of community from which to access our individual and collective wellsprings of the Source. Our work together will be experiential, immediate, and will draw us into a deeper experience of our rich practice as Friends.
4:30 pm-6:00 pm registration
6:00 pm-7:00 pm dinner
7:15 pm-9:15 pm opening session
9:15 am-noon (with a break mixed in)
noon-2:30 pm lunch and free time
2:30 pm-5:00 pm afternoon session
5:00 pm-7:00 pm break and dinner
7:00 pm-9:00 pm evening session
9:15 am-noon closing session (with a break mixed in)
Christopher Sammond loves facilitating the creation of a safe space that invites all Friends to open in heart and spirit, to re-member their wholeness, to share in a sense of rich community, and to touch the Divine Source. He has led scores of interactive workshops and retreats for Friends over many years, including ones at Powell House, Woolman Hill, Pendle Hill, Earlham School of Religion, the Friends United Meeting Triennial, the Friends World Committee for Consultation World Gathering, and the Friends General Conference Gathering. He brings years of experience working with meetings on their worship life from serving as General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting. Many of his workshops over the past 15 years have focused on deepening the experience of worship for monthly, quarterly, and regional meetings. Over the past two and a half years, Christopher has facilitated online retreats and workshops and is enjoying returning to in-person gatherings.