February 14-16, 2015 (Presidents’ Day / Valentines Day Weekend)
17218 Avenue 296, Visalia, CA 93292
.. a Drug- & Alcohol-Free and Fun- & Spirit-Filled event …
… Rain or Shine! …
Calling all Quaker and Wukchumni young adults (approx age 18-35ish plus your children) for a weekend of fellowship and service at Quaker Oaks Farm. We are looking forward to a relaxed weekend to hang out as well as help build a wheelchair accessible composting toilet (how cool is that!). We hope to have some (entirely optional) opportunities for worship and worship-sharing as well as hiking and campfires, and possibly a sweat led by Wukchumni participants – the agenda will be a collaborative creation of the participants and will depend a lot on what people are keen to do.
There is no cost for the weekend. All participants, however, do need to bring their own food and cooking equipment as well as their own camping equipment. If you don’t have a camping stove please ask as we may be able to share amongst us.
The camping area has an outhouse (no shower), tent spaces, drinking water tap and picnic tables for cooking under a gazebo. We will have access to a barn with a stove and chairs if it rains.
While we will each be cooking for ourselves, we do hope some informal potlucking will take place. We also hope participants will feel welcome to join Visalia Friends at their regular potluck lunch after attending Meeting for Worship with them on Sunday.
Participants are welcome to arrive starting Saturday 2/14 at 11 am and stay through Monday lunch. We hope as many as possible will make it in time for a welcome from the Wukchumni Tribe early Saturday afternoon. (Friday night camping may be possible if arranged in advance.)
More about the service project:
Help build a custom-designed composting-privy (aka latrine) to improve the camping area at Quaker Oaks Farm! This will be greatly appreciated by the Wukchumni Tribe, who have many gatherings here, and for all other camping guests of the Farm. Made possible in part by a grant from the Youth Programs Fund (Bob Vogel Endowment) of Pacific Yearly Meeting and the expertise of Rex Caudle, local Friend and a lead builder of the Visalia Meetinghouse. Based on a design used on the Appalachian Trail.
Although there is no cost for the weekend, donations to Quaker Oaks Farm will be gratefully accepted.
This weekend is a collaborative effort of Quaker Oaks Farm, young adults (YAFs) of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and young adults of the Wukchumni Tribe, with support from the PYM Youth Programs Coordinator.
Quaker Oaks Farm is just east of Visalia, only 3.5 hours from Berkeley and about 3 hours from Los Angeles – we hope you can make it!
Please pass this invitation on to young adults who might like to know about this opportunity. For more information or to let us know to expect you, please contact Sally Kingsland (Strawberry Creek MM), email@example.com.
What to bring
● Rain gear (just in case!)
● Sleeping gear (tent, mat, sleeping bag etc)
● Cooking equipment (stove, pots, spoons etc)
● Food for the whole weekend (consider bringing something to share as a potluck for
Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch) grocery
stores and restaurants are in town a
few miles away.
● Water bottle
● Flashlight and extra batteries
● Warm clothes for the evenings
● Clothes (including work gloves and closed toed shoes) for working on the service
project and/or hiking
● Day pack for hiking and carrying stuff
● Protective gear (mosquito repellant, first aid kit, sunscreen, chapstick, hat etc)
● Personal items (toiletries, meds etc)
● Camping chair for around the campfire
● Camera, musical instruments, binoculars, journal etc
For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!