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Fall 2013 Finals Retreat to Pendle Hill

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On the first Monday of this finals week, a group of Haverford students escaped from the hectic, high-stress studying environment of Haverford’s campus for an afternoon and evening at Pendle Hill, the famous Quaker retreat center located near Swarthmore College. Led by Walter Sullivan in the Quaker Affairs Office, a group of 25 students from all class years and religious backgrounds enjoyed the peaceful space for whatever activities they wanted to do. Some students practiced meditation and silent worship, while others found respite from finals stress while napping in the calming spaces. Some students continued working on academic projects in the beautiful Pendle Hill library, relieved to avoid the negative, high-stress energy of Haverford’s campus. Several students took advantage of the extensive grounds by walking around the mile-long nature trail. Many students found a creative outlet for their stress in the well-stocked art studio, painting watercolors, sketching with charcoals, pasting collages, and creating wire mobiles, among other wonderful projects. Everyone joined back together as a group for a delicious dinner of West African peanut stew, roasted beets, brown rice, braised collard greens, and for dessert, coconut macaroons. After a rousing game of “visual telephone,” students reflected on their time at Pendle Hill before returning to Haverford.
’16, Quaker Affairs Office Intern.


Fall 2013 Finals Trip to Pendle Hill

 

On the first Monday of this finals week, a group of Haverford students escaped from the hectic, high-stress studying environment of Haverford’s campus for an afternoon and evening at Pendle Hill, the famous Quaker retreat center located near Swarthmore College. Led by Walter Sullivan in the Quaker Affairs Office, a group of 25 students from all class years and religious backgrounds enjoyed the peaceful space for whatever activities they wanted to do. Some students practiced meditation and silent worship, while others found respite from finals stress while napping in the calming spaces. Some students continued working on academic projects in the beautiful Pendle Hill library, relieved to avoid the negative, high-stress energy of Haverford’s campus. Several students took advantage of the extensive grounds by walking around the mile-long nature trail. Many students found a creative outlet for their stress in the well-stocked art studio, painting watercolors, sketching with charcoals, pasting collages, and creating wire mobiles, among other wonderful projects. Everyone joined back together as a group for a delicious dinner of West African peanut stew, roasted beets, brown rice, braised collard greens, and for dessert, coconut macaroons. After a rousing game of “visual telephone,” students reflected on their time at Pendle Hill before returning to Haverford.

-Rosemary Ventura, '16, Quaker Affairs Office Intern

 

“I found a beautiful little comfy spot for phone calls and thesis edits and read aloud from the Hobbit and talked about mystical gifts like being Finders and Carriers and Time Travelers. It was a great and much needed time for reflection.”

- Samantha, HC ‘13

“Food was excellent. Also the art room was beautiful and well-stocked. I went on a walk as well, which was very interesting as well.”

- Pia, HC ‘16

“I had a lovely time! Did less work that I was expecting, but had a grand time NOT doing my work. I took a walk on the nature path and was in the art room! Fantastic!

- Abby, HC ‘16

“I spent my time studying (and sleeping) in the library. It was very nice! The library is gorgeous. Also, I’m impressed by Pendle Hill’s tea selection.”

- Abby, HC ‘17

“This is my second time attending the finals retreat and my third time at Pendle Hill. Today I spent my time studying and working on finals –I really like being able to leave campus. Studying is so much more peaceful at Pendle Hill. It feels right at home. I love the art room, the library, the campus. My only wish is that we played less icebreakers when we arrive and more over dinner.”

- Kayla HC ‘15

“The library was a wonderful reflective space to get work done. The tea was delicious and helped me to focus while doing my finals. Dinner was great, especially the bread.”

- Julia, HC ‘14

“I spent my time in the art studio and in the barn, studying. I found Pendle Hill to be very calming during this stressful time.”

- Laura, HC ‘16

“So good! Art and library!”

- William, HC ‘15

“Worked on finals, observed art being made, ate delicious food. Had a wonderful time!”

- Leila, HC ‘16

“I studied at the library and drank tea, and also played some chess. It was very peaceful and I really enjoyed dinner. Everyone was really, really sweet.”

- Ana, HC ‘14

“Was in the library studying and writing. It’s a very nice space. Dinner was fantastic, and everyone was really nice.”

- Devin, HC ‘14

“I walked on a beautiful trail, spent some time in the art studio, and enjoyed the delicious food. I love this place.”

- Morgana, HC ‘16

“I had a lovely time at Pendle Hill this year! I spent my whole time in the art studio, which is so nice to be able to do. Thanks for being generous and letting the Haverford community in to your home for a day. Also, dinner was delicious. Thanks again!”

- Emily, HC ‘16

“I spent my time relaxing with friends, eating delicious food, and I outlined two essay in the beautiful library.”

- Jean, HC ‘17

“ Lots of personal silent meditation. I’d like to see some group exercises, for guided meditation/reflection.”

- Karl, HC ‘14

“I had a wonderful time at Pendle Hill with other Haverford students. I spent my time in the barn and in the art room. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this space. Thank you!”

- Hannah, HC ‘16

“I spent my time walking on the path through the property. I also did some watercolor work in the art studio. It was a peaceful and restorative break.”

- Elise, HC ‘16

“I spent my time writing and thinking and napping (it was very cozy!) and doing art with friends. Everything was so wonderful! A lovely finals retreat! Thank you!”

- Mia, HC ‘17

“I loved my time at Pendle Hill. I relaxed and just had a fantastic time hanging out with a lovely group of people. I spent all my time in the art studio. It was wonderful.”

-Ellie, HC ‘17

 

Students cross in front of Founders Hall.

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