Colorado Regional Fall Gathering 2020

Hope for Healing the World –
Our Experiences During the Pandemic


Friday, November 6, 2020

6:30 – 7:30 pm


  Getting-to-know-you activities (Andrew Banks)

8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Movie: Sweet Home Monteverde, followed by a Q & A with the director 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

8:30 – 9:30 am

  Worship sharing groups

9:30 – 10:00  am


10:00 am -noon

John Calvi Keynote:
Healing Life’s Wounds, the Dance between Hope and Fear
with follow-up Q & A

Noon– 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30-3:30 pm

Breakout groups:

1. Additional Time with John Calvi
2. Write What’s Now, Write What’s Next. Healing through Writing our Pandemic Journeys – Martha Larson

3. Hope for Healing the World: Friends Social Action in this Time of Crises – Panel 
4. Lift Up our Bodies, Minds and Spirits in this Unprecedented Time (Wellness through Music & Meditation) – Carolyn Kuban <

3:30-4:30 pm

  Social time on Zoom (drop-in)

Dinner break

6:30-7:45 pm

  Creativity Night (for all ages!) with Kevin Slick

8:00-9:00 pm

  Sing-along- Eric Wright

Sunday, November 8, 2020

8:30 – 9:30 am

  Worship sharing groups

9:30–9:45  am


9:45-10:15 am

  Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business 

10:15-10:30 am


10:30 – 11:30 am

Closing Meeting for Worship


‘Getting to Know You’ Time Together (Friday night)

Andrew Banks will lead us in several fun-for-all-ages virtual activities to help break the ice as we gather from many States along with Colorado. This will be a wonderful opportunity for participants to get to know each other informally as Colorado Regional 2020 Virtual Fall Gathering begins. You may find yourself moving around during this hour long session, so find some space in your home to ‘boogie’ (you can also tune-in as a non-participant viewer).

About Andrew: Andrew has been active in Quaker fellowship leadership roles for many years including co-clerk of FGC in 2013, national facilitator for the Quaker Quest program of FGC , Nurturing Committee for Youth member and member of Central Committee both of FGC. He has been MC for many Colorado Regional Meeting fellowship events. A member of Mountain View Friends Meeting, he is currently on the Religious Education Committee at Boulder Friends Meeting where he and is wife and two children, ages 3 and 6, are attenders.

Healing Life’s Wounds, the Dance between Hope and Fear

John Calvi will share his experiences during these challenging times both personally and from being with others. He will bring a transformative perspective of the past and for the future in the face the pandemic, the election, protests, and recent climate trauma from his wide experience with healing.

John Calvi describes himself as a Quaker healer with a gift for releasing physical and emotional pain. John began his healing work during the AIDS epidemic in 1983. He was the founder of ‘The Quaker Initiative to End Torture.’ Recognized by his Quaker meeting as having a genuine ministry in the Quaker tradition, he was a Released Friend for fifteen years.  He has worked with tortured refugees, people with AIDS, sexual abuse survivors, inmates, war veterans, ritual abuse survivors, among others.

His expertise is far-reaching, including handling burnout, developing compassion for others, energy work for trauma and deep relaxation, healing of trauma and other life wounds through spiritual experiences but also with humor. Throughout North and Central America he  taught his singular approach to healing at prisons and hospitals, and for religious conferences and non-profit organizations that provide crisis services.

John has two books published by Quaker Books: ‘The Dance Between Hope & Fear‘ which speaks to healing from trauma, our current dilemma from fallout of the pandemic and the political turmoil, and  ‘How Far Have You Traveled?’ which speaks to our inherent goodness amidst the witnessing of pain and confusion in the world.

You can learn more about John at his website.


Write What’s Now, Write What’s Next. Healing through Writing our Pandemic Journeys

Martha Larson will lead a virtual session full of ideas about how to unpack our experiences during this unprecedented time through journaling and writing. We will use exercises borrowed from a variety of books including The Artist’s Way. We will explore how writing can help us now, as well as how it can help us envision – and create – our futures. There will be time to share our experiences with the exercises; as well as our thoughts on what we want from writing, what we experience writing , and how we see ourselves as writers.  No experience with writing, or sense of oneself as a writer necessary.  Experienced writers are of course also welcome!  

About Martha: Martha has been writing poetry and journaling since she was a young girl.  She has no formal training in writing, but loves to learn from books and the (very) occasional workshop.  Martha believes in the power of writing as means to question, explore, and understand ourselves, others around us, and our world. Martha took a “Healing through Writing” workshop a year ago in June, which is the inspiration and springboard for this session. 

Lift Up our Bodies, Minds and Spirits in this Unprecedented Time

Carolyn Kuban will lead a music and movement experience in your home. Everyone will be muted except to process our experiences together. Carolyn’s approaches may include guided relaxation supported by recorded music, imagery-guided movement to recorded music (think of moving like rustling leaves in autumn), and group songwriting within simple structures to express the inner spirit. Everything will be geared to all levels, including those with no experience.

This session will run 1.5 –2 hours.

About Carolyn: Carolyn Kuban has been a school music teacher, a certified music therapist, and a healing harp therapist for children and adults at all levels and diagnoses. Locally, regionally and nationally she has given presentations on music therapy, music for wellness and healing, and music in the schools. Carolyn was featured on ‘Colorado Matters’ on Colorado Public Radio speaking about the uses of music and healing.  You can find the interview in the archives at: Currently she is on the faculty of the Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, CO where she is a music therapist and harp teacher. One of her favorite activities is dancing and making music with her two young grandchildren.

Hope for Healing the World: Friends Sharing on Social Action

A panel of Friends from Meetings in Colorado will respond to the following queries, hoping to prompt a rich exchange about how we avoid despair and see ways to respond to the “convergence of pandemics” we have all been experiencing:

What disparities, injustices, personal or systemic failures have become clearer to you through these times of crisis?

Do you see opportunities for positive social change?How have you felt called to respond?

What sources of wisdom and energy have you discovered, inwardly or from those around you, to help you move forward?

Creativity Night for All Ages (Saturday night)

Kevin is excited to once again bring together the talents and interests of our Colorado Regional Meeting Creativity Night — online this time. We heard that the IMYM virtual Creativity Night was great fun in June, so couldn’t pass up a chance for this one. Please plan to share a song, an instrumental selection, a dance, a poem, a magic trick, a joke, a skit, a reading–or whatever is your ‘thing’. This is for all ages and we’ll love it just as it is….

Kevin Slick, Master of Ceremonies
Kevin is a member of Boulder Friends Meeting and is an active parent in the First Day School Program for which he has written and led songs and performed at  BFM events. He has been the MC for many Creativity Nights for Colorado Regional Meeting. Specializing in bluegrass and Americana music, he brings a wide performance background to our Gathering having performed with Pete Seeger, David Bromberg, Blues Traveler and the Hooters. He has performed in NYC  before he moved here 2004, and for many festivals and coffeehouses nationally. Besides songwriting, Kevin composes film scores for silent films and sometimes performs live on his guitar for silent films at a variety of venues.

2019 Colorado Quaker Women’s Retreat

April 26-28 at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center, Allenspark, CO

Please register by Monday March 25 (preferably earlier) so we can plan, and inform the Highlands of our headcount. (You may check with the registrar after that date to see if space is still available.)

ThemeHow can we empower ourselves and support other women?

Initial queries:

  • Are we aware of oppression we experience as females, and how it affects us? What is our spiritual response?
  • How do we as females experience joy and authenticity?
  • Do we see other women as competition or as comrades in our journey?
  • How do we empower other women while communicating across cultural lines or barriers? How do we stand up against sexism and other forms of oppression?
  • Do we experience lack of empowerment in our Quaker meetings? What can we do about that?

We welcome more ideas for queries to share during our worship sharing times. 

Proposed Schedule:

Friday evening – arrive anytime after 4pm (but don’t worry if you can’t get there until later!)

Bring a snack to share. We will gather as a circle to introduce ourselves and our theme.

Saturday morning
Yoga or Tai Chi
Workshop led by Arlene Bromwell, Ph.D.: Using Mindful Non-Adversarial Communication to Empower Ourselves and Support Other Women (see full description at bottom of this page)

Worship sharing/worship walking/worship discussion

Saturday afternoon
Workshop on the theme, led by Mary Golden
Worship sharing/worship walking/worship discussion
Nature Walk

Yoga/Tai Chi
Worship sharing/worship walking/worship discussion
Cabin cleaning
Meeting for Worship

Please share any ideas you have for other activities.

Accommodations: There are two options for lodging:

– Modern (heated!) cabins with dorm-style bunk beds, shared bathrooms, and lounge

– A retreat center room (hotel-style) that sleeps 3-4 people


On the registration form, you can select any or all meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Vegetarian options are available.


This year, we are asking that everyone who possibly can, to use the online registration form at this link. You will still need to mail a check, but it will save the registrar much time.

It is also possible if needed to download a registration form to print and fill out for yourself or a friend. 

For questions or more information please contact Polly Washburn (Mountain View Friends Meeting) at (720) 466-5268 or via email

If you would like to be involved in planning or have an activity you would like to lead or see happen, please email Lisa Knox.

More information on the Mindful Non-Adversarial Communication workshop:

This 2-hour workshop includes a variety of fun and experiential practice activities to introduce the skills of Mindful Non-Adversarial Communication (NAC). Mindful NAC is especially beneficial for reducing tension in stressful or charged interactions.

Mindful NAC helps us to:

  • Focus our attention so we can choose to respond consciously rather than react
  • Be clear about our Intention before we respond
  • Gain clarity about our own feelings and fundamental needs in order to respond from our Quaker values of truth, peace, integrity, and simplicity
  • Shift from disconnecting criticism, judgment and blame to speaking our truth with kindness
  • Listen deeply for what’s fundamentally important to someone else no matter what that person is saying or doing
  • Identify possible solutions that will meet at least some of the needs of everyone involved

We look forward to seeing you there!