Conservative Friend

    An Outreach of Stillwater Monthly Meeting of Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends

Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting

 A Retreat and Conference Center for the Exploration of Christian

 Unprogrammed Quakerism and its Meaning Today

Adjacent to Stillwater Meetinghouse near Barnesville, Ohio, USA

For information, email Katherine Jacobsen at

or write:

Friends Center Coordinator, 61388 Olney Lane, Barnesville, Ohio 43713

Or contact Fran Taber at (740) 425-1248


Registration information


The Friends Center is a retreat and conference center for outreach for the Christian unprogrammed Quakerism of Ohio Yearly Meeting. The Friends Center expresses OYM's grounding in Christian faith and its tradition of hospitality for spiritual seekers. Here we can explore, articulate and share an understanding of Quaker faith and practice which is both unprogrammed and Christian. While that faith is rooted in the experience and writings of earlier Friends, we seek to express it in ways appropriate to the language and conditions of our own time. The witness of Ohio Yearly Meeting was shaped by its original rural location in the hills of eastern Ohio. Thus the Friends Center is an appropriate place in which to explore issues affecting rural life and community as they grow out of faith.


The Friends Center is located in a house adjacent to Stillwater Friends Meetinghouse and bordering the campus of Olney Friends School. The Friends Center provides meeting and dining space, as well as a library and three bedrooms. Additional rooms for lodging are available in the Mary Davis Guest House of Olney Friends School. Stillwater Meetinghouse can also be available. The facilities of Barnesville, a pleasant town of under 5,000, are available within a few minutes' walk or drive. Attractive, quiet grounds and nearby country roads are available for walking.

Group Rentals

The Friends Center will rent space to compatible groups needing meeting space or facilities for small conferences. Use of the Friends Center for half a day is $20; for a full day, up to 12 hours costs $35. Lunch or supper from the Olney Friends School kitchen, by arrangement, costs $7.50 per person.

Personal Retreats

Take time out from the busyness of your life to accept Jesus's invitation to come aside and rest awhile. Friends have known since our beginning that times of retirement from outward activity nourish the soul and allow us to sink deeper into an awareness of God's work in our lives. In solitude one can experience with William Penn that "True silence is . . . to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."

A weekend, a day or several days in the solitude of a personal retreat offers time for refreshment of both body and spirit. It provides opportunity to take our lives into the silence before God, to listen more deeply to the Inward Teacher; it opens the way for God's transforming work in us.

The Friends Center, when not otherwise scheduled, may be rented for personal retreats. Persons wishing for consultation during their time of retreat may arrange to talk with a Friend experienced in spiritual guidance. Frances Taber, a graduate of Shalem Institute's Spiritual Guidance Program, who also developed a personal retreat program at Pendle Hill, is available as her schedule permits.

One may enjoy the use of the house alone, or possibly with one other retreatant in residence. Each person will have a private bedroom with a comfortable chair and a writing table. The bath is shared; an additional half-bath is also available. A living room and a library of Quaker and other spiritual books are at the disposal of the retreatant. A patio and swing give opportunity for sitting outdoors.

The retreatant may bring food to prepare in the Friends Center's fully-equipped kitchen. Two grocery stores are within walking distance.

Cost is $35 per day or $200 for a full week.

For more information:

To inquire about or schedule a personal retreat or a group rental, contact Frances Taber at US 740-425-1248, or

Friend's Center at Stillwater: Registration Information


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Vegetarian Option: I eat no meats_____ Fish only _____ Fish and fowl____

I prefer a single room and will pay an additional $20 for the weekend _____

Other information you want us to know about you for your health or comfort__________________________________________

I am enclosing $________________deposit with this reservation (refundable up to one week before event starts)

Please make checks payable to Friends Center, and mail to Katherine Jacobsen, 3000 North Shore Drive, Delavan, WI 53115