201 Interest Group Descriptions
- W1-Proprioceptive Writing (c), Martha Witebsky— With the calming effect of Baroque music in the background, this practice provides us with an opportunity to express our thoughts in writing. We can review our life and reflect on the innermost part of ourselves and past experiences that have stirred us and shaped our identities. We will write what we “hear” and share our “writes” with the group, if we choose. The practice is based on the book Writing the Mind Alive. The Proprioceptive Method for Finding your Authentic Voice, by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon.
- Martha Witebsky— Martha has practiced the proprioceptive writing technique for many years and has facilitated Interest Groups at a Friends Conferences at Wellspring, Bishop Claggett Center, and FCRP at Lebanon Valley College. She has participated in workshops led by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon. She is retired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she worked as a technical translator.
- W2-Pulling Together, Judith Duerk— In our small group, meeting just a few weeks after the Presidential Inauguration, let us steady ourselves and each other, be in silence together, and share from our deepest hopes as well as fears, and see where this will lead us: Into song? Prayer? Art? Please bring your journal and writing and draiwng materials for journaling as well as any quotations that have helped you.
- Judith Duerk — Judith has been a psychotherapist and music therapist for 50 years. Her books Circle of Stones and I Sit Listening to the Wind are beloved by women in the retreats she leads throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has taught ongoing tai chi classes locally since 1980 as well as remaining active in chamber music performing.
- W3-Tai Chi: The Wisdom of Letting Go, Beth Perry — Tai Chi primarily teaches you to relax, to avoid using unneeded effort. It allows you to channel that energy toward attention: first to your body, and later, to the forces that act on you from the outside. “Sole” work, paying attention to your weight pouring into your footprints, helps you discover it is one of the secrets for maintaining your balance. Listening to your body may open the door to your unexplored capacities. The work will include practical applications for daily life—from lifting a child or shoveling snow to getting in and out of a chair with the least amount of effort. Come in comfortable clothes and flat comfortable shoes. Beth welcomes all physical capabilities. A broad range of people can benefit from Tai Chi.
- Beth Perry — After spending several decades studying the Cheng Man Ching style of the Yang form of Tai Chi, starting with Maggie Newman, a senior student of Cheng Man Ching, Beth teaches in retirement centers, adult education schools, and senior centers in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of Harvard University, Beth spent several years working in Uganda and southern Sudan. She used that experience in working for the American Friends Service Committee and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on anti-apartheid issues and Ethiopian disaster relief. Beth is a member of the Radnor, PA, Meeting.
- W4- Plenary Impressions – Susan Brown — Using simple art tools, crayons, markers, pen and pencil, paper and cardboard, we will journal our impressions/reactions/responses to the Plenaries through art and/or writing and share what we find meaningful. No skills necessary.
- Susan Brown – Susan is an artist and writer who has taught and participated in numerous art and journaling workshops. People learn in different ways and for her the kinesthetic experience of doing art and writing enriches the Conference experience.
- W5- Parsing the Plenary – Dixon Bell-– Explore the plenary talks on a deeper level in a facilitated discussion group. Also discuss any other topics that arise. Join into a group identity that is safe and that develops organically.
- Dixon Bell – Dixon Bell has been associated with both FCRP and WFCRP for over a decade. He is a poet, a cyclist, and a teacher for the last 43 years. He lives in Glengary, WV.
- W6- Soulful Creativity – Dana Gayner – We shall be tapping into our well of creativity to decorate a time capsule into which we can put a precious story and keepsake mementos for future generations. Many recycled materials will be used. These sessions include brief meditations to find the artist within. No skills necessary.
- Dana Gayner– Dana studied art at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She was a teacher for over 25 years and learned to appreciate the many forms art can take. She has shown her watercolors, acrylics, ceramic masks, and fiber creations in many galleries and exhibitions. In addition, she has run many workshops featuring art in both two and three dimensional forms. Her Quaker background has led her to explore the spiritual nature of creativity.
- W7 – The On Your Own Group – no leader. We encourage Interest Group participation It is an important part of the Conference. However we understand that there are times when people need to opt out. This is the opt out group. You might meet together just to talk or you can go off on your own during the Interest Group time periods.