Welcome to the registration for YM2019, which is now open.
Friends in Tasmania are delighted to invite you to join us for Yearly Meeting from 6th - 13th July 2019 at The Friends’ School in Hobart Tasmania. Having hosted Yearly Meeting just three years ago, we have lots of fresh memories about what worked and what some of the challenges were and have been working to create a Gathering that will help people come together in a meaningful and accessible way.
Hobart is a beautiful part of the world and we are grateful that The Friends’ School has again offered to host Yearly Meeting. We will be meeting in The Farrall Centre and will also be serving lunch and dinner in The Farrall Centre, which will help minimise Friends' exposure to the elements and reduce some of the uphill climb. As YM is non-residential we will not be providing breakfast. We are able to cater for vegetarians, gluten-free and meat eaters. If you have any other dietary requirements, please register as soon as possible, so we can do our best to meet your needs. Our caterers are not able to guarantee a balanced vegan diet. While they can offer a gluten-free menu, all food will be prepared in a kitchen where food containing gluten is also prepared. There will be some capacity for self-catering (fridges, microwaves, hot water) and there are many shops and restaurants near the YM venue. Please contact Maddy Walker (mwalker[at]friends.tas.edu.au) to discuss any of this further.
Yearly Meeting in Hobart is non-residential, which means Friends will need to organise their own accommodation. It may seem hard to imagine, but July is a busy time in Hobart with the Festival of Voices and Dark MOFO. Accommodation books up fairly quickly, so we encourage you to book your accommodation sooner rather than later. Having a non-residential Yearly Meeting relieves some of the burden that is normally placed on a local planning committee, and makes it more possible for Friends in Hobart to organise Yearly Meeting again so soon. There may be some capacity to organise home stay type accommodation with Friends, although many people will have already organised this informally.
The Backhouse Lecture will be delivered by Jason McLeod on Monday 8th July. All are welcome to attend this event.
We will start Yearly Meeting with a Welcome Afternoon Tea which will include a Welcome to Country. This will be held after registration, from about 4.30pm on Saturday 6th July (the first day of Yearly Meeting). We hope all Friends will be able to organise their travel so they can join us for this important part of our gathering.
The theme for Winter School is RENEWAL
Winter School 2019 will be at The Friends School Hobart on Sunday 7th July. Friends who would be willing to facilitate a group for Winter School 2019 are invited to contact David Evans (SANTRM) and/or Ron Frey (Tasmania RM) for inclusion of your intended activity topic in the program. Please include a short description of your group activity (30-50 words). At this stage, you will not register for Winter School, but will be invited to do so closer to Yearly Meeting.
David Evans ddeevans1[at]gmail.com or 0419023775
Ron Frey r.frey[at]qut.edu.au or 0437656080