Reflections on the Spring 2017 Pendle Hill Retreat
Each semester, on the first Sunday and Monday of finals week, the Quaker Affairs Office sponsors an overnight retreat, open to all interested students, at the Pendle Hill Quaker adult study center in Wallingford, PA.
This spring, 14 students participated in the overnight portion of the retreat and they were joined by 7 more of their peers just for the day on Monday.
The retreat is designed as an opportunity to get away and clear the mind in preparation for finals week. Some students use it as a time to study quietly without distraction, some as an opportunity to fully disconnect, walk on the beautiful property, make art in the well supplied studio. Everyone enjoys the delicious home-made food.
Students offered these comments on their experience:
“Pendle Hill is a lovely escape from the stress of Haverford during finals. It’s a quiet place to get work done or to take a break. The campus is beautiful and the food is excellent!”
“I was very productive in my time at Pendle Hill. The Pendle Hill library study room was awesome. I wish Magill library has a similar bright and comfortable study space.”
“I enjoy going to Pendle Hill every semester at finals. It's a true retreat from the intensity of school during one of the most stressful times of the year.”
“Pendle Hill is such a wonderful place to spend a night during finals week. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to center myself, but it provides an important moment of reflection at the end of each semester to deepen and track my personal growth.”
“It was very nice to get off campus and be able to work and relax in such a beautiful environment. The food was delicious and I loved being able to walk around campus.”
Students who are interested in joining us in the future should contact the Quaker Affairs Office or Walter Hjelt Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.