Michigan Friends Center (MFC) in Chelsea, Michigan

Programs at Michigan Friends Center

Michigan Friends Center hosts a number of programs every year designed to engage the community in meaningful and enriching experiences. Programs are generally extensions of the Center’s mission, and are designed to offer something for everyone. If you would like to host a public workshop or event at the center, please contact us.

Current Programs

Previous Seasons

Do you have an idea for a program that you would like to see hosted at MFC? Are you interested in teaching something and think that MFC would be the perfect site for your event? Please email us with your ideas. We would love to hear them.

Current Program Schedule

To register for any of our events, go to our Registration Page

LISTINGS BY DATE- (Click on program names for more details)

DATE

PROGRAM

Saturday, September 22 Autumnal Equinox Celebration

Fridays: 9/28, 10/2, 10/9, and 10/16

Web of Health Film Series: Connections with Environment and Well-Being
Saturday, September 29 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Wednesday, October 17 Getting Municipalities to Pass Bee Ordinances with Lynn Fox
Sunday, December 9 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Friday, December 21 2018 Winter Solstice Sing

 


Web of Health: Connections with Environment and Well-Being : Friday night film series
7:00 pm Friday evenings Sept 28, Oct 2, Oct 9, and Oct 16
Donations welcome.
Sustainability

Through the film showings and group discussions, we explore the ways in which human health factors are intertwined with our environment and may be supported by nature-centered living conditions. We will seek to bring out representative issues that add new dimensions and pose provocative questions in addition to more familiar topics at the environment/health nexus. Co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea.

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Getting Municipalities to Pass Bee Ordinances with Lynn Fox
7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 17
Donations welcome.
Sustainability

Pollinators are vital to our food system - 85% of flowering plants depend on pollinators for reproduction. There are many factors that contribute to bee population decline – the varroa mite, pesticides, stress due to transporting bees across the country for pollination. Learn how to approach local governments to encourage passage of an ordinance that allows beekeeping.

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A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter
Saturday , March 24; Sunday, June 17; Saturday, September 29; and Sunday, December 9.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942.
Spirituality – Meditation – Fundraiser

Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.

Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.

Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in the Quaker and Buddhist traditions. She has been teaching since 1999 and has led more than 40 retreats across the United States and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She is a teacher for The Forest Way which is an organization dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to spiritual growth that is both balanced and integrated.

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Seasonal Celebrations
Donations appreciated, please register in advance if possible

Autumnal Equinox Celebration — a multi-generational celebration of balance and letting go
Saturday, September 22, potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire 7-9 — at the Friends Lake beach; 
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7)
Donations welcome
Community – Ceremonies, Celebrations & Festivals—Body, Mind, & Spirit—Outdoors/Wilderness

We will celebrate the balance of day and night with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge. All ages welcome.

Bring food to share and your own place settings. We will provide water and herbal iced tea. Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a verse, story or song you like, seasonal lore, a readiness to partake in what others have brought. What does this season mean to you?

Bring flashlights, and long sleeves, and dress for the weather.

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2018 Winter Solstice Sing — a reflection of the season in sound and silence
Friday, December 21, 7-9 pm
Donations welcome
Community – Ceremonies, Celebrations & Festivals— Body, Mind, & Spirit—Live Music, Sound, & Voice

We sit quietly in a circle and teach each other rounds, songs, and chants of the season as they occur to us. The woods around us, our sheltered circle focused on inner light, and our voices are the only elements of this simple celebration of the longest night.

Anyone who enjoys singing and sitting quietly is welcome. You don’t need to be a singer--some just enjoy humming or listening. However most young children do not enjoy this event, since it does not involve any activity other than sitting and singing.

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Vernal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and rebirth
Tuesday, March 20; potluck 5:30-7 pm, bonfire/circle 7-9 at the Friends Lake beach fire ring or in MFC, depending on the weather (look for a sign on the MFC door)
Donations welcome
Community – Ceremonies, Celebrations & Festivals—Body, Mind, & Spirit—Outdoors/Wilderness

We will celebrate the balance of light and dark and the birth of spring with a pot luck dinner and a circle in which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge. All ages welcome.

Bring something to share -- a verse, a story, a song you like, seasonal lore, or a readiness to partake in what others have brought. What is this season saying to you?

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

Summer Solstice — a multi-generational celebration of the light and growth
Thursday, June 21, potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire 7-9 — at the Friends Lake beach; 
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7)
Donations welcome
Community – Ceremonies, Celebrations & Festivals—Body, Mind, & Spirit—Outdoors/Wilderness

We will celebrate the longest day with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, stories, and songs. All ages welcome. Bring food to share and your own place settings. We will provide water and herbal iced tea.

Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a story, poem, song, some Solstice lore, or just your readiness to partake in what others have brought. This will be a time to explore various ways of celebrating the light. We welcome your spark.

Bring long sleeves in case there are mosquitoes.

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