Friends House Open House Invite

Friends House Open House Invite (PDF version)

The Residents of Friends House

Invite You. . .

While you’re in the neighborhood

Come spend some time with us at our Quaker-designed retirement community.

Open House at Friends House starting Saturday afternoon, August 18.

See what we are about, stay awhile if you can.

We’ll feed you Saturday supper under our big oak tree

and Sunday breakfast in our apartments.

Join us for our family friendly Saturday night movie.

Sunday morning hymn singing, followed by

Meeting for worship at 10 a.m.

We have a limited number of beds to offer you, and space for tents

on the Green.


RSVP to Ann Harwood (707) 576-6659

Travel Instructions and Carpool Details

Walker Creek Ranch
1700 Marshall Petaluma Road,  Marshall, CA 94940 (Map Link)

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Ride a Bike to PYM

PYM attenders are invited to bicycle to our annual gathering along scenic back-roads to Walker Creek Ranch. It is a sub-forty mile ride in rolling hills, through the kind of country California is famous for.  From the Bay Area, riders will take the ferry across the majestic San Francisco Bay to Tiburon, and then ride at a Quakerly pace to Walker Creek Ranch.  From Santa Rosa, riders will keep pace with Susan Gore ( 707-431-2304) along the scenic byways of the wine country, for a 36 mile ride starting at a Friend’s house, in downtown Santa Rosa just a few blocks from the bus station. Contact Susan for exact address. If you need lodging the night before, or would like to ride but have your gear hauled by someone traveling by motorcar, and for final details/coordination, please get in touch with Carl Magruder (  510-967-2378).  We will have route maps with rest breaks indicated.  It should be a wonderful community building event, accessible to even fairly casual cyclists.  Be sure that your bike is in good working order, as limited mechanical assistance will be available.

Help Form Carpools

Make your travel plans known and help form carpools by joining the PYM Connections  group on Yahoo.  Send an e-mail to with the word “subscribe” in the subject line.

If you plan to take Amtrak or fly, consider making a connection with a carpool near your Airport or Train Station, as bus service to San Rafael and Petaluma can be limiting.   We will have a ride-board at PYM to assist people making connections for the trip home.

Travel Directions to Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County
Please Carpool if you can!

Directions coming Northbound on Highway 101

  • U. S. 101 to San Marin/Atherton exit in Novato.
  • LEFT on San Marin, over freeway. Follow about 3 miles.
  • RIGHT on Novato Boulevard. Drive about 6.3 miles until you reach Point Reyes/ Petaluma Road.
  • RIGHT on Point Reyes/Petaluma Road. Follow about ¼ mile to Hicks Valley Road.
  • LEFT on Hicks Valley Road. Follow about 3.3 miles to Marshall/Petaluma Road.
  • LEFT on Marshall/Petaluma Road. Proceed 5 miles to 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road, 94940.
  • Ranch entrance is on the right.

Directions coming Southbound on Highway 101

  • U.S. 101 to East Washington exit in Petaluma.
  • RIGHT on Washington. Follow to Petaluma Blvd.
  • LEFT onto Petaluma Blvd. Follow one block.
  • RIGHT onto Western Ave. Continue approximately 2 miles until you see a sign for Walker Creek Ranch.
  • LEFT onto Chileno Valley Road. This becomes Wilson Hill Road, and eventually becomes Marshall/Petaluma Road.
  • Drive approximately 14 miles to 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road, 94940.
  • Ranch entrance is on the right.

Bus Service To San Rafael And Petaluma

In case you decide to use a carpool meeting point in Petaluma or Marin, below are websites for available public transportation.  Join the Yahoo e-mail group to find a carpool connection by sending an e-mail to with the word “subscribe” in the subject line.

 Alternatives To Carpooling

  • Marin Airport Transportation can take up to 8 persons to Walker Creek Ranch from SFO or OAK airports at prices ranging from $145-$205 one-way:
  • Taxi companies serving Petaluma are: Green Taxi (707) 769-8294, and Petaluma Taxi (707)776-4888.  Both operators estimate the fare to be $45-50; Green Taxi can take up to 4 persons in a cab, and Petaluma Taxi has two vans capable of carrying up to six.

2012 Annual Session Schedule: An Experiment

The Experimentation and Implementation Subcommittee of M&O has made some recommendations that you will see reflected in this year’s schedule.  These are based on the 2011 evaluations plus the input from both Quarterly Meetings.  You will have a chance to experience the 2012 experiment and give feedback during this year’s evaluation cycle.  PLUS you are invited to come to an interest group during the Annual Session to participate in visioning future changes or experiments.  Here are some of the principles behind this year’s experiment:

Nurturing ‘Gathered’ or ‘Covered’ Meetings

The reorganization of plenary sessions is an effort to nurture our way of doing business so there are more opportunities for ‘gathered’ or ‘covered’ meetings. Finding Unity is a fragile process that requires adequate time for discernment.  By limiting the number of items on any one agenda, provided printed and on-line information in advance, asking Friends to be prepared when they come to plenary sessions, and providing time outside of the plenary sessions for seasoning, it is hoped that the Annual Session will be able to move more easily as the Spirit guides us.

Coordinating age related group activities

  • Adult activities fall within the Children’s Program hours so that parents don’t have to choose between participating and parenting. As a result, Transformative Quakers and Bible Study sessions are moved into the Children’s Program hours.
  • Activities the whole family can participate in are placed outside the Children’s Program hours.
  • SYM (Senior Yearly Meeting) activities are grouped in the morning when JYM and YFs tend to be asleep.
  • Some JYM and YF activities may therefore be grouped at night when SYM tends to be asleep.
  • Inter-generational activities are planned for late morning, afternoon and early evening when everyone is awake and can participate.
  • Activities are scheduled so that the Children’s Program can continue their practice of picking up and delivering children to parents at meal times.

Note: some in JYM are over 18 and legal adults. Most YFs are legal adults. To honor those adults still in JYM and YF, we have created a new designation, Senior Yearly Meeting (SYM) in lieu of ‘PYM’ or ‘the adults’. This also honors our most senior members.

 Inter-generational Activities

  • All age groups have expressed an interest in increasing intergenerational activities, so we invite you to spend all meals as community time, and ask that you do not conduct business during meals.  Use them as a time to get to know people of different ages.
  • There is an inter-generational slot after lunch each day, each slot to be led by a different group.
  • There will be inter-generational worship-sharing, including those from JYM who wish to join SYM.

What is Transformative Quakers?

The Transformative Quakers discussion describes a Friend who has had an impact both inside the Society of Friends and had an impact on their community.  Each day their work is outlined with time for input and questions from those in attendance.

The schedule for this Annual Session is:

  • Tuesday: Robert Barclay
  • Wednesday: Brief history of the separations within American Quakerism with some emphasis on Joseph John Gurney and John Wilbur.
  • Thursday: Alice Paul, Suffragette
  • Friday: African American Friends as covered by the book “Black Fire”.

PYM AS 2012 Sample Calculations

Subtract Early Discount of 5%

Weekly Rates: (less linens) | Weekly Rates: (plus $25 for linens)

$730.00 – 5%($36.50) = $693.50 | $755.00 – 5%($37.75) = $717.25
$565.00 – 5%($28.25) = $536.75 | $590.00 – 5%($29.50) = $560.50
$465.00 – 5%($23.25) = $441.75 | $490.00 – 5%($24.50) = $465.50
$384.00 – 5%($19.20) = $364.80 | $409.00 – 5%($20.45) = $388.55
$300.00 – 5%($15.00) = $285.00 | $325.00 – 5%($16.25) = $308.75
$282.00 – 5%($14.10) = $267.90 | $307.00 – 5%($15.35) = $291.65
$180.00 – 5%($9.00) = $171.00 | $205.00 – 5%($10.25) = $215.25
$130.00 – 5%($6.50) = $123.50 | $155.00 – 5%($7.75) = $162.75

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Daily Rates (X # of Days): (less extra meals)

$153.00 – 5%($7.65) = $145.35
$120.00 – 5%($6.00) = $114.00
$100.00 – 5%($5.00) = $95.00
$77.00 – 5%($3.85) = $73.15
$60.00 – 5%($3.00) = $57.00
$55.00 – 5%($2.75) = $52.25
$46.00 – 5%($2.30) = $43.70
$36.00 – 5%($1.80) = $34.20

Add Late Fees of 5%

Weekly Rates: (less linens) | Weekly Rates: (plus $25 for linens)

$730.00 + 5%($36.50) = $766.50 | $755.00 + 5%($37.75) = $792.75
$565.00 + 5%($28.25) = $593.25 | $590.00 + 5%($29.50) = $619.50
$465.00 + 5%($23.25) = $488.25 | $490.00 + 5%($24.50) = $514.50
$384.00 + 5%($19.20) = $403.20 | $490.00 + 5%($20.45) = $429.45
$300.00 + 5%($15.00) = $315.00 | $325.00 + 5%($16.25) = $341.25
$282.00 + 5%($14.10) = $296.10 | $307.00 + 5%($15.35) = $322.35
$180.00 + 5%($9.00) = $189.00 | $205.00 + 5%($10.25) = $215.25
$130.00 + 5%($6.50) = $136.50 | $155.00 + 5%($7.75) = $162.75

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Daily Rates (X # of Days): (less extra meals)

$153.00 + 5%($7.65) = $160.65
$120.00 + 5%($6.00) = $126.00
$100.00 + 5%($5.00) = $105.00
$77.00 + 5%($3.85) = $80.85
$60.00 + 5%($3.00) = $63.00
$55.00 + 5%($2.75) = $57.75
$46.00 + 5%($2.30) = $48.30
$36.00 + 5%($1.80) = $37.80

Clerk’s Call to 66th Annual Session

1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
August 13-18, 2012

Come, ye thankful people come.  Come to the 66th Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting for a week of Spirit led worship and activities.  We will meet at Walker Creek Ranch,, from Monday, August 13 to Saturday, August 18, 2012.  The site has miles of hiking trails, a creek, a lake, pastures and trees.  Many of our small meetings will be outside.

 John Calvi will speak to us on the topic of ‘The Dance Between Hope and Fear Amidst Friends’.   While his healing current work is primarily in the context of trauma from torture, he has years of experience of helping people release physical and emotional pain in everyday living.  In addition to speaking to us in a plenary session, he will lead an interest group and have time with Young Friends and Junior Yearly Meeting.

We will also hear from people who attended the FWCC World Gathering of Friends in Kenya, from AFSC, FCNL and others.

At the beginning of the week, business for which we need to make decisions will be presented, seasoned and acted upon near the end of the week.  All reports will be here on the website,, by July 30th for us to read in preparation for the week.  Look to the website for Registration materials or check with your meeting’s representative.  Please register even if you’re not certain that you’ll be able to attend.  It is easier to plan for the greatest possible number of attendees than to scramble to find accommodations for latecomers.

Come with open hearts and minds that in the Spirit, we may share our deepest selves with one another.

Yours in the Light,

Marilee Eusebio,

Presiding Clerk,

Pacific Yearly Meeting



PYM 2012 Guest Speaker – John Calvi


It is with delight that I tell you that John Calvi has accepted our invitation to address us at the 66th Annual Session at Walker Creek Ranch, August 13-18, 2012.  He is a healer, has done extensive work on stopping torture, founding Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT), and works from a position of humility, that is, he accepts whatever remuneration a group can provide.

 His writings include a pamphlet, The Dance Between Hope and Fear, an address that he gave to Southeastern Yearly Meeting in 1992.  It is also called the Annual Walton Lecture and was reprinted in 2001.

 He is a member of Putney Monthly Meeting in Vermont and lives with his partner of many years, Marshall Brewer.

For more information about Calvi’s ministry, see his website:

Yours in the Light,

Marilee Eusebio,

Presiding Clerk, PYM