Our area meeting (group of 5 Quaker Meetings in North London) held another successful awayday on Saturday in the wonderful surroundings of Capel Manor College in Enfield. The sun shone and 40 Quakers of all ages (9 – 90+) enjoyed each other’s company as we explored a theme of “Appreciation and celebration”.
We did this using a process called Appreciative Inquiry, which is a model used by organisations to solve problems more positively by ” appreciating the best in who they are and what they can do, and how they can build on that”.
As well as stimulating workshops celebrating our time together through dance, poetry, music, photography and the psalms (I particularly enjoyed this and having a go at rewriting the 23rd Psalm – The Lord is my shepherd), we were privileged to hear one of our Friends (Joycelin Dawes) deliver a thought-provoking address on “Gratitude and blessing as a spiritual practice”.
I enjoyed the day immensely, just as I had done last year, but probably what I enjoyed (and needed) most was the hour on my own rediscovering the beautiful grounds of the college, in their early autumn splendour. Capel Manor is a real treasure on our doorsteps but the day reminded us that we also have a treasure within ourselves just waiting to be unlocked.