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Yearly Meeting is coming!

Saturday 2-9 July, 2016 – The Friends School, Hobart, Tasmania

For the first time Yearly Meeting is being held in winter – outcome of rising summer temperatures. This will bring some changes but we hope that the spirit of community which characterises Quaker gatherings will inspire creativity and new opportunities. Friends School has generously offered us the Argyle campus with the magnificent Farrall Centre as our main meeting place. This means all activities will be close although there is no accommodation on site.
Some people are fearful of Hobart winters. Locals know that many days are sunny and clear. Being an island in the Roaring Forties brings quick changes within a day! Temperatures range from 4°-12° but at this time last year they were 1°-15°. Winds can be strong so clothe yourself in several layers and warm legwear - padded jackets for outdoors together with beanies and gloves. Indoors, the school temperatures are maintained around 20°. In case you are under-dressed we are collecting woollies!
Registration(weekly) $75/$50 concession, YF $50/unwaged $25, JYFs & children free.Meals (daily) $16 midday dinner and $12 supper for adults & JYFs (camp food free). accommodation is to be arranged by each Friend. You may wish to stay with someone with whom you are F/friendly in the Hobart area.
The closest accommodation to the campus is the Hobart Tower Motel, with whom we have a special discount arrangement if you mention you are with the Quakers. This is about 3 minutes’ walk from campus. Hobart Tower Motel, 300 Park St., New Town (03) 6228 0166 or Hobart Tower Motel They offer a cold breakfast in their dining room for an additional $6 pp pd. if arranged when booking. Rooms include refrigerators and kettles and there is a food store nearby, so self-catering is an option. A few rooms remain.
The Argyle Motor Lodge is also only a couple of minutes from campus. It is more pricey, and we have no special discounts arranged. They are at 2 Lewis St., Hobart, and can be reached at (03) 6234 2488 or . Argyle Motor Lodge They have some fully self-contained units as well as minimal self-catering conditions for breakfast.
We are now taking bookings for Springvale Hostel, where there will be considerable additional space and many single rooms, as well as the possibility of putting a mattress on the floor for a child at a small additional cost. Rooms are $40 per night for bed and breakfast including towels and linens. As well, there will be dormitory style accommodation for JYFs at $25 bed and breakfast – camp Wednesday & Thursday nights are free. Springvale is at 20-30 minutes’ walk from campus, in New Town. A bus will run morning and evening to help with commuting. Please do NOT be in touch with Springvale as Yearly Meeting will be doing a group booking. Please contact Pamela Leach or (03)6228 3854 to book. Also contact Pamela if cost of accommodation is a major obstacle to you attending Yearly Meeting.
Cheap flights need to be booked early.The Airporter bus goes to motels on request at the time of boarding. For transfers to the airport, bookings should be made 2 hrs prior to pick-up time. Adults $18/14, return $32/25. Airporter
Ferry - Melbourne to Devonport and return - Spirit of Tasmania. There are night-only sailings during winter and no Sundays. It is a four hour drive from Devonport to Hobart.
Programs for children during sessions will be mainly on site and will be varied, well-supervised and fun. JYFs will prepare for Tuesday’s Urban Plunge and have adventurous days on Bruny Island Wednesday to Friday. Accommodation, transport and mealsduring camp are free and JYFs should bring sleeping bags.
Winter School, on Sunday, will be based on the Open Space process, with ‘How can our faith and action inspire’ as the over-arching focus question. With careful facilitation of the whole group, spontaneous clusters then gather around particular topics. The principles will be introduced at the first session. Offers to facilitate groups are made on the spot and participants then select which groups to join, in contrast to our common practice of arranging this in advance. Open Space is a powerful way of enabling people to self-organise to consider things that are important to every individual around the central question. Its processes are very much in accord with Quaker practice.
We encourage you to come and experience Open Space; no preparation is necessary even for potential small group facilitators. However, if you wish to read more, the Wikipedia entry under ‘Open Space is a good start, while Open Space gives more detail. If possible bring your laptop or mobile device for messages about topics as they evolve during the day.
Meals – Since The Friends School isn’t a conference centre, catering is calling for creative solutions. Breakfast will be at your accommodation. The simple menu will offer ample and healthy fare, including special dietary needs. We are asking Friends to bring and wash their own mugs.
Pop-Up Art Exhibition – Each artist brings a finished mini-canvas inspired by the theme ‘Everyday Light’ to make a mosaic art wall. Friends and Attenders of any age are encouraged to participate. Each canvas is brought to YM to hang in the Farrall Centre foyer. We plan to offer these works for sale from $10.00 each to include a $5.00 donation to QSA. If you do not want your work sold (NFS), please say so on the name label. All monies and canvases need to be claimed on the last day of AYM.
You will need: A THICK mini canvas 177 x 127 x 38mm (7 x 5 x 1.5 inches). These are available from some art outlets or on-line. Please maintain the white depth edge of the canvas and stick to this specification to create the unity of the exhibition and for easy hanging. Any creative medium is welcome on the canvas: photography, oil, watercolour, poetry, prose, tapestry, acrylic, tatting, printmaking, drawing, ceramic, weaving and more. It must be named, dry, robust, and legal – plants, fruit and seeds are not allowed into Tasmania. Enjoy your making, and we look forward to your art.
Free time for visits is being planned from lunch on Wednesday for the rest of the day and evening. There will be some organised visits; to the Quaker archives at UTas; MONA, both the gallery and Quaker artist, James Turrell’s Skyspace. This is an outdoor installation where participants sit to experience added light effects to the sun rising and setting. Many other opportunities are available, including attendingthe Festival of Voices. Watch for the program. So we hope you will find something in the city to excite you. Frequent buses run into the city and various destinations will be suggested. This means the cooks have a break as you explore the historic town and waterfront and taste some of Tasmania’s famed cuisine.
Hobart is a hilly city and the School is on many levels. Access is possible for wheel chairs and walkers. We need to have a realistic assessment of your needs, when you register, so that we can recruit support when needed.
Register now and look at the options
Katherine Purnell
– convener of YM16 Planning committee – - 03 6228 3854

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