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Spiritual Formation Program

Spiritual Formation 2020

We invite you to a journey of personal spiritual deepening in the fellowship of your local Meeting and with Friends from across Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Our Spiritual Formation Program is designed to gather us in spiritual friendship for the deep listening that opens our hearts and helps us to discern how God is at work in our lives. Friends are invited to two annual retreats, to monthly gatherings of your local Meeting group, and to smaller friendship groups. We support and encourage one another in finding spiritual practices that nourish us. We share and reflect on readings that provide wisdom along the way. We welcome you to join us.

To find out more about the Spiritual Formation Program, read our booklet entitled Sacred Intersections: Spiritual Formation Program. You are also welcome to contact the clerks of the Spiritual Formation Working Group, Amy Schmaljohn ( or Alan Evans ( You can get a taste of the program by registering for our next retreat or by inviting Amy and Alan to visit your Meeting. We have developed a short-format (2-3 hour) retreat that we offer on-site at local Meetings, often at the rise of Meeting on a Sunday.

Our retreats for 2020 will be held at the beautiful Claggett Retreat Center in Adamstown, Maryland. We will enjoy comfortable accommodations (with a range of options), delicious meals, time out of doors for walking the countryside or taking in the beautiful view of the mountains. The retreats are gently paced with time for rest and quiet. The retreats begin on Friday with dinner at 6:30. We conclude with lunch on Sunday.

As of June, 2020, we continue to hope to be able to hold the Fall 2020 Retreat. Please check back on this page regularly or the Yearly Meeting Announcements for updates as things develop.

Spring 2020 Retreat: May 15 - 17 Cancelled due to pandemic

Fall 2020 Retreat: September 25 - 27
Claggett Retreat Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD.

Retreat Costs: We offer a range of accommodation options to meet your needs. Rates include all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

Single Room (one person, one Queen bed: $315
Double Room (two people, one Queen bed): $250 per person
Double Room (two people, two Queen beds): $260 per person

Dietary Accommodations: We offer food for omnivores and for vegetarians. Gluten and dairy-free options are also available. If you have other dietary restrictions or concerns, please speak with our registrar, Marilyn Rothstein (see contact information below).

Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid is available through Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Please contact our registrar, Marilyn Rothstein if you are seeking financial aid (804-892-0351 or We endeavor to share financial aid funds with as wide a group of Friends as is possible; we cannot, therefore, promise regular or repeated financial support for any individual. Many Local Meetings also have spiritual nurture funds available for Friends, so we encourage you to ask your Local Meeting for support.

Payment Due Dates: All retreat fees must be paid in full two weeks prior to the retreat.

Cancellation Policy: Friends who cancel their registration earlier than two weeks prior to the retreat will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after that point.

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