Monday, April 23, 2018

Annual Weekend Conference
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT
***Early Arrivals/Pre-Conference Activities start Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 11:00 AM***

DeSales University

Dear Joseph,

All women in recovery from Substance Use Disorders are invited to join us for the WFS Annual Weekend Conference, June 7th - 10th, 2018. Explore this year's theme, Let It Go, through large and small group activities. Download the Schedule and Eventspdf for full details of the weekend's offerings, which include:
  • Large group sessions with Keynote Speaker Karlee Fain and WFS President Karen Hamm.
  • Choose from 13 unique workshops during 4 breakout periods.
  • Stay on the beautiful DeSales University campus.
  • Free e-book and book signing with Keynote Speaker Karlee Fain.
  • New Opening Ceremony format.
  • Six included meals - dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday, plus a fully-hosted Pizza Party on Thursday night in the dorm for early arrivals.
  • Donate and bid at the Annual Conference Auction.
Focus on your physical healing with these workshops and opportunities:     
Professional Massages
Cindy Greenwood and Joan Heim will be returning to provide professional massages, reflexology, and energy work in Donahue Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sign up early in the dorm lobby as spaces fill quickly! $50 cash only fee paid directly to your provider; not included in Registration Fee.
The Grocery Store Adventure Guide
Shatter the myth that you need to eat perfectly, give up your favorite foods, or spend a lot of money to feel great. Discover ways to boost energy, break free of diet confusion, and spend less time shopping. Learn seven simple steps that will show you how to eat mindfully while also being mindful of your budget. This is an interactive workshop; each attendee will have the opportunity to ask questions, get to the root of their own relationship with food, and walk away with an entirely new mindset around self-care. You'll leave knowing how to make good food choices easily while saving time and money in the grocery store!
Yoga Basics for Beginners and Beyond
Yoga's philosophy is to live in the now - the present day and moment - making it an ideal tool to help 4C women release the past. This slow and easy yoga class will include centering, breathing, gentle posture or "asana" exercises, cool down, and meditative time. Although this class is offering a gentle practice, modifications will be shown to take the entire class seated in a chair. In fact, you can come to this class and sit in a chair without moving a bone or an inch and still benefit! Yoga is for everyone; come and make this Your Yoga practice! Bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothing.
Science of Addiction and Recovery
Ever wonder about the numbers behind rates of addiction and recovery? How about the physical, mental, and biochemical changes our bodies undergo during active addiction and the stages of recovery? New Life Program founder Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick wrote about the physical breakdown of our bodies in addiction and the gradual recovery of our health and minds in sobriety, and this conversation is still ongoing for women in WFS today. This workshop will introduce participants to the science behind all those numbers and ominous-sounding "changes," engaging women in hands-on activities and demonstrations to help bring the science to life.
Exercise for Every Body: Belly Dancing and Beyond!
Exercise as a form of self-care can be a powerful and effective tool in our recovery toolboxes. For many women who are in recovery from substance use disorders, negative feelings about their bodies have contributed to low self-esteem, stress, and using chemicals to cope with those feelings. Letting go of body shame and building up a healthy body image in its place can help us "create a new self that will provide us with a happy sobriety" (Jean Kirkpatrick, PhD). In this workshop, we will discuss the psychological as well as physical benefits of exercise and develop strategies to help us accept and love the bodies we live in every day. We will put these ideas into practice by learning some basic, gentle belly dancing steps and experiencing the joy of dancing together. No previous dancing experience is required and all bodies and all physical abilities are welcome! If you like,feel free to bring a colorful scarf to tie around your waist, a belly dancing hip scarf, a flowing skirt, or fun jingly jewelry.
Sound Immersion: Release Tension with the Gong (Let Gong and Let Go)
Sit in a chair or lie down and listen. Participate (or not) in preparatory pre-gong warmups and breathing practices. Gongs rejuvenate the parasympathetic nervous system and positively affect overall body harmonics. "Sound is a uniquely useful medium for holistic approaches to health and wellness as it naturally unifies our entire being...our consciousness and our biology." ("The Unifying Principle of Sound," Thomas Anderson, in Being and Biology: Is Consciousness the Life Force? Edited by Brenda Dunne and Robert Jahn, ICRL Press, Dec. 2017.) Bring mat or blanket to lie upon. Whatever makes you comfortable. PJ's fine. All welcome to listen and let go.

Breath Dance
Experience therapeutic breathwork through the use of dance in conjunction with the breath. The use of movement and breath can help integrate core trauma and enhance our new lives. During our time together, we will use dance and visualization to move through the Chakras and Levels of Recovery. The dance will be followed by quiet time for slow, connected breathing and integration. We will end the evening sharing our personal experience with the breath dance and connected breathing.
Dress comfortably. Bring a yoga mat or blanket if you want to lay on the floor for integration. Chairs will be setup for those who choose to integrate while sitting up.
Come as You Are Yoga
It's Sunday morning, whether you wake up bubbly or brooding we'll keep it simple, solid, and soulful! Guided movement linked with breath for first timers and returnees designed to unite, uplift, and ground your energies for departure day. Flexibility and coordination optional!
Don't forget to continue checking in on the forum ( under Conference News for all the latest developments, carpools, and participant-organized additional activities.
Register Now!
Please contact Becky in the office (215-536-8026 or if you have any questions about the event or how to register. We hope to see you there!

Women for Sobriety, Inc., P.O. Box 618, Quakertown, PA 18951-0618

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