WFCRP Interest Groups 2021


Reflective Writing

Martha Witebsky


With the calming effect of Baroque music in the background, this writing practice provides us with an opportunity to express our thoughts in writing. We can review our life and reflect on the innermost part of ourselves and past experiences that have stirred us and shaped our identities. We will write what we “hear” and, if we choose, share our “writes” with the group, The practice is based on the book Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon.


Martha has facilitated interest groups on the Proprioceptive Writing technique at many Friends conferences.  She is retired from her work as technical translator of German and French at the US Patent and Trademark Office.




Parsing the Plenary

Walter Brown


Discussion and worship sharing centered on the Plenary talks and the concept of the racial complex.

Recommended but not required reading: The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race, by Fanny Brewster.


Walter is a lifelong Quaker and attends Langley Hill Friends Meeting in McLean, Virginia, with his wife Carole Brown.  An LCSW, he practiced psychotherapy in the Washington DC area for 38 years before retiring in 2016.  He has led interest groups and workshops on Quakerism and Jung as well as related topics at FCRP, WFCRP, and Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and he has also led groups in professional settings.  He serves on the planning committees for WFCRP and FCRP.




If It Were My Dream

Gary Soulsman


This easy-to-grasp way of exploring dreams creates a safe space by inviting each of us to imagine how we might think and feel if the dream of another were our own. The nonjudgmental process—pioneered by Jeremy Taylor and Montague Ullman—evokes serious, touching, lighthearted emotion. Bring your empathy and your dreams.


Gary is a writer who worked as a Delaware journalist for close to 40 years. He has been involved in dream work for three decades and is a teacher of “The Mysteries of Death & Dying” in the University of Delaware’s Osher Institute. He is also co-clerk of the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology.




Shame, Grief, and White Supremacy

Windy Cooler


We will seek to understand better how shame might operate in our participation in White supremacy culture. Moving from shame to a place of grief may be vital to our creating a more equitable society. This group is organized on the principle that we each have wisdom to offer. The group will include the Quaker tradition of worship sharing, discussion in small groups, and presentation. Both play and careful reflection are incorporated.


Windy Cooler is a member of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting and an embraced public minister of Quaker family life. She is in her final year of seminary at Earlham School of Religion and is serving this year as the convener of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Pastoral Care Working Group. Her work in seminary has focused on family issues as well as conflict and abuse in Quaker community. This is her first time at WFCRP. She lives in Maryland with her husband Erik and son Ob, and she also has an adult daughter, Maggie.

5. Restorative Yoga

Mary Kearns, PhD


Join us for a relaxing, meditative, calming, and healing practice. In this session, we will hold a few postures for several minutes, using as little physical effort as possible. The slow pace allows the mind to focus on the breath in order to cultivate mindfulness and release tension from the body. This type of yoga is accessible to most people – no experience required. You will need a quiet space where you can stretch out on the floor, along with pillows and blankets to provide you with maximum comfort.

Mary is a Registered Yoga Teacher, who has been offering wellness workshops and talks on various mind-body-spirit topics since 2003.She is the founder of Your Stellar Self, a mind-body-spirit wellness practice offering workshops, yoga classes, and energy healing.