On a rather snowy and bitterly cold Saturday in February, NYQ took refuge in the warm and welcoming Friends Meeting House in Derby for the ‘Exploring Simplicity’ Workshop. Alongside Friends from various Quaker meetings within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Area Meeting, event organiser Anne de Gruchy ran multiple activities about Simplicity. Discussions were wide-ranging, including group discussions on specific approaches of simplicity through history to online community networks encouraging community collaborations.
A particular inspiring brainstorming session led NYQ to reflect on activities and practices we already offer that reflect our testimony to simplicity. We also looked at what we could implement in the future; ideas included decluttering by donating our unwanted items to charity, going into nature as the weather improves, and continuing skills sharing with each other & the wider community.
Quote of the day: “Simplicity ain’t so simple!” -Anon. All in all, we had a great day out!
Zak and Abi