Quaker Spring 2013

If you yearn for a more vibrant spiritual community,

If you hunger for more time for worship, reflection, and deepening the connections among Friends,
Come to Quaker Spring!


Quaker Spring:
Experiencing the Inward Christ Together
Deerfield, Massachusetts
June 21-26, 2013

We invite all Friends hungry for spiritual community, of all ages, to spend time in worship, reflection, conversation, and play. We hope to bring together Friends from all branches of Quakerism, to share what Spirit-led Quakerism is about at its core--and to experience it together.

Friends are welcome to attend part of the gathering.  Please come for whatever portion of the week you are able and feel led to attend.

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The "un-preprogrammed" daily program includes:
--Bible reading and study
--Waiting worship
--Afternoons free for rest, play, workshops, opportunities for clearness & support for ministries.
--Evening time to reflect/search together for God's voice around issues of concern to Friends arising out of the group.


For more on the  "shape of our days" at Quaker Spring, go to Daily Schedule

Families are welcome. We have children's programs each morning and childcare available in the evenings.  Children are also welcome to take part in ANY of our regular sessions.

Quaker Spring will be held in 2013 at Woolman Hill in Deerfield MA.  There will be a variety of housing options, including staying in dorm rooms, camping, and hospitality with local Friends.  Info on site and Western Mass. Getting there via car, bus, train or plane.

We met in New England in 2011 and had a large and spirited participation by Friends from New England and New York Yearly Meetings, so we are very glad to be returning to this area again next summer.

Costs for attending this gathering are very low compared to most Quaker gatherings. Gathering participants contribute what they feel led to provide to cover gathering expenses on a "free will offering basis.  A guideline is provided but no one should stay away because of limited means.

Here is a partial list of Friends who have said they are expecting to attend this year.

Welcome Letter for participants (what to bring, directions, etc.)

People hear about this gathering almost entirely by word of mouth. Please help us spread the word to other Friends who may be interested!  Here are some downloadable flyers:
QSposter_2013.doc  (large file with color photos)
QSposter_2013.pdf  (same as an Acrobat file)
QSflyer_2013.doc  (smaller file with plain text)

If you have any questions about registration or this gathering in general, please email us at quakerspring@gmail.com

QuakerSpring Home

Next summer's gathering will be held on:

Fri. 6/26 - Wed. 7/1, 2015

Poughkeepsie, NY

General info on the 2015 gathering

What is Quaker Spring like? (3 views)

Article on original gathering (Pamela Haines)
History & description (Deborah Haines)
Blog on 2012 gathering (Micah Bales)

Daily schedule

2014 attendees

Register now

Please share these flyers with others who might be interested (the posters include photos):



If you have any questions about registration or this gathering in general, please email us at quakerspring@gmail.com

Link to Quaker Spring's
Facebook page

To contact our planning / discerning group or to be added to our mailing list, email us at:

Reports on the 2013 gathering:
70 Friends from 8 YMs attended the 2013 Quaker Spring gathering held in Deerfield MA.

Joanna Hoyt wrote a series of in-depth blogs describing what occurred at the 2013 gathering & her reflections on it.

Quaker Spring: My People?
"By their examples, their prayer, their inner wrestling, their shared presence in silence, my fellow Quaker Spring participants made it easier for me to open myself a little more fully to God."

Privilege: Living the Questions

This is the beginning of 5 blogs on several indepth explorations on the role class & race play in Quakerism & how we can respond more faithfully around these issues as a community - led by several Friends of color.

Mental Illness, Healing & The Life of the Spirit
Two very unusual sessions were held this year where Friends shared with great courage & vulnerability about their own & their families' experiences with mental illness.

2013 Attendees

Epistles, talks, reports & minutes of exercise
from previous gatherings

The QS planning committee held a retreat 2/28-3/2 in Philadelphia. We adopted a minute clarifying the mission of Quaker Spring & the role of the listening committee in our gatherings.
The Role of the Listening Committee