upcoming prograM


an online retreat
October 25 – 29, 2021

God is calling us to be more than we know and to live and act from a place of deep connection with the Spirit. In this 5-day online retreat we’ll help each other pay attention to the divine presence within, explore what blocks our whole-hearted response, and offer support for following the leadings of the Spirit. We will reflect on some guidance from early Friends, and support one another with deep listening, evoking questions, and other practices in pairs and small breakout groups. Our intention is to listen one another into new discovery and fresh expressions of the truth that resides in our hearts. We’ll learn about Faithfulness Groups and each participant will have the opportunity to be the focus of a faithfulness group session. This program is suitable for adults of all ages who seek a deeper grounding in the life of the Spirit and are able to give loving attention to support others in doing the same.

Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, is a member of Swarthmore Meeting. She has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States. She was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill for four years
and is a core teacher for the 9-month program, “Nurturing Faithfulness.” On her blog, A Whole
Heart (awholeheart.com), she writes about spirituality, finding inspiration to help us be all we have been created to be. Her new book is A Guide to Faithfulness Groups. She lives in Chester, PA with her husband, Terry.







The amount of work done was impressive and took much pressure off of the staff. But, perhaps more importantly, a community of Friends, many of whom have been coming to FWC for years, was energized and renewed. Mealtimes were rich with conversation, laughter and the enjoyment of Chef Tod Nyesether’s nourishing and delicious vegan and vegetarian fare. A tour was organized where we were all shown the contributions made by the other groups. On Saturday night, there was a Community Night during which we all shared little known facts about ourselves and learned facts about others. There were performances of music, dance, improvisation and an environmentally correct synchronized swim demonstration without the use of water (you had to be there). On Sunday morning, after clean-up of the entire campus, we gathered in a circle by the Redwood Lodge and engaged in a kind of loose worship sharing about our experiences of the week. Songs were sung (including the most beautiful birthday song I’ve ever heard), stories were told, appreciations were shared. We ended with a ‘Namaste circle’ in which we each, in a very organized and efficient way, answered that of God in each other.




We are a self-service conference and retreat center in northern California offering simple, modestly priced, comfortable accommodations. We are located on 80 acres of redwood forest, an hour and a half south of San Francisco and 25 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. You are invited to come to this serene and beautiful place for:

Quaker Center is a nonprofit under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We welcome all people and groups, regardless of Quaker affiliation, who are in harmony with Friends’ values of integrity, unity,  equality, simplicity, peace and community. We also strive to live in harmony with all creation. All are invited to use our facility for gatherings and personal retreats, as well as participate in our programs and camps.

Quaker Center offers a daily online meeting for worship from 7:30 until 8:00 AM, Pacific Time. You can join us from anywhere in the world!

We welcome visitors. Please call 831-336-8333 to schedule a convenient time.


Annie Patterson | Rise Up and Sing

Peter Blood and Annie Patterson have graciously provided Quaker Center with publisher direct copies of their original songbooks for a greatly reduced price. Consider purchasing a Rise Up Singing or Rise Again songbook from us! These books are normally $20.00 when purchased on Amazon, but we are happy to make them available to you (or gift recipient of your choosing for $15.00 and we’ll pay for the postage.