General Information: 4:00pm – 10:00pm: Registration (Ball Room Lobby) 4:00pm – 12:00pm: Hospitality Sanibel (4th fl.) 4:00pm – Close: Scared Space 24hrs (Room TBD)
Friday 2/17 Schedule: 5:00pm – 6:00pm: Beginners Meeting Steps 1, 2, 3 (Fred T.) Mallard (2nd fl.) Swan Ball Room Events: 6:15pm: Dinner Break Pizza and Salad Or On Your Own (Doors open at 7:30) 8:00pm: Speakers Meeting Guest Speakers: Stephanie C. – AA, Rockville, MD Logan O. – Al-anon, Washington, DC 9:30pm – 11:30: Drag Bingo 12:00pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show Saturday 2/18 – Workshop Schedule: 8:00am – 9:15am: Kundalini Yoga (Kate A.) Mallard (2nd fl.) Kundalini Yoga uses breath work, movement, mantra (sacred sound) and meditation to heal the mind, body and spirit. This class will be one hour in duration and consist of a Kriya which is a series of postures (or repetitive movements), taught in a sequence to produce a desired effect. It helps us deepen our awareness, connect with our creative energy, open our heart and guide us into a higher way of living, always in service to others. Participants Need: Yoga Mat Al-anon – Powerlessness, Sanity, and Turing it Over (Willie H.) Osprey (2nd fl.) Open discussion of Steps 1, 2, and 3 of Al-anon and different ways of exercising them to deal with our qualifiers and situations. “Defining Your Own Sex Ideal” (Christopher V.) Sandpiper (3th fl.) Understanding the Big Book’s sexual inventory, reviewing past conduct, and creating your own “sex ideal.”
“ME” to “WE” the 12 Traditions and AA Unity (Rick P.) Dolphin (4th fl.) History and purpose of the 12 Traditions when first established. Attendees will be asked to share their experience with a particular tradition and what it has contributed to their sobriety. Closing with a round table discussion of attendees’ insights and experience with the traditions as a unifier among meetings and groups.
Welcoming the CMA Newcomer in a Semi Post Pandemic (Jimmy G.) Crane (4th fl.) Recovery was never challenged more than a facing a global pandemic! Welcoming the newcomer was most important even in a lockdown situation! We will discuss how meetings switched to virtual and thrived to keep the addict and alcoholic, sober, not alone and welcomed! And how to welcome people back to in person fellowship and meetings. 9:30am – 10:45am: “The Transposers LIVE: Healing with Music” (The Transposers) Mallard (2nd fl.) “A band of 3 sober, trans, musicians shares their experience, strength, and hope and how they’ve learned to grow, connect, and express themselves through songwriting and performing.” Mindful Mediation (Valca V.) Osprey (3rd fl.) Mindfulness exercises empower us to intentionally discipline our brain and emotions that gift us greater control, awareness, and joy. Explore 5 core practices to invite and maintain “soundness of mind.” A Mindfulness Meditation Pause: An invitation to enhance the day with a brief pause of breath and centering awareness: “And let us remember that meditation is intensely practical. One of its first fruits is emotional balance.” 12&12 Step Eleven, pp. 101-102
Get It Done (Steps 4 & 5) (Cindy W.) Sandpiper (4th fl.) The Big Book says that resentment is our number one offender and from resentment stems spiritual disease. If you have some burning resentments or have been putting off steps 4 and 5, please join us for this workshop. In 90 minutes, we will set our resentments to paper and admit the exact nature of our wrongs to another human being. We will pocket our pride and get it done. Participants Need: pen and paper.
Dealing with Recovery in today’s Political Climate (Joe T.) Dolphin (4th fl.) Currently, there is a lot going on in the world, but recovery must continue. As the 12th step states, “we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Learn and share techniques of applying the principals of Alcoholics Anonymous in the current political climate.
The Gift of ACA in Recovery (Jan S.) Crane (4th fl.) Do you struggle with emotional sobriety? Have you always felt too young or too old for your age? Do you have lots of sobriety but have reached a plateau? Were one or both of your parents an alcoholics, addict, gambler, have a chronic illness or were abusive or absent? Did your family live by the “Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel” rules? Have you always felt, not quite normal or like others?
It takes a lot to just stay clean and sober. Why would I want to stir up all the fear, anger and pain from childhood that can be so upsetting? Perhaps it’s time to face those Adult Children issues. Does your gut turn at the thought? Yea, it might be time.
In this workshop, we’ll explore how working an ACA program can help break through deep patterns of behavior. ACA work will help you grow up and move on. It’s not always fun and it’ll take sometime, but it is so worth it!
11:00am-12:15am: Unclockable: Gender Diversity and embracing your Gender outside the Transition Escalator (Cai D.) Mallard (2nd fl.) Not all of us fit the typical box of what a trans person should look like! It can often make things uncomfortable in the rooms, having to explain ourselves in every situation instead of focusing on our recovery.
This panel is for those who are questioning pieces of the transition process; whether social, medical, emotional or other! It is also for allies who have an interest in making all folx along the trans spectrum feel more comfortable in the rooms.
You will hear from experienced members of the community who have not followed the beaten path of gender discovery and learn skills of how to navigate the rooms with your gender as an asset and not a burden.
Design A God Box (Margaret M.) Osprey (2nd fl.) Learn about the ideas and uses for a “God box.” Create with folx who like to make stuff. All art supplies provided! No art experience necessarily! Design a box that is especially meaningful to you and representational of your higher power.
Drop the Rock (Steps 6 & 7) (Cathy A.) Sandpiper (3rd fl.) Transformative interactive workshop. Get in touch with what blocks you From being Happy Joyous and Free.
Monogamy versus Promiscuity, & Everything in Between (Brian G.) Dolphin (4th fl.) The LGTBQA+ community is more mainstream than ever. We no longer are confined to a “gay neighborhood”, we get married, we raise children. In recovery, we make sexual behavior a part of our inventory to list the “exact nature of our wrongs”.
What happens to the spectrum of sexual activity the LGBTQA+ community is known for? What happens to polyamory? Cruising? Kink? Recreational sex? What about hookup apps? What makes for a healthy relationship? One that will last. Can we successfully combine the erotic with the romantic for long-lasting love? Or can it only be a few months of hot sex followed by years of platonic monogamy and “don’t ask, don’t tell” hookups?
Through exercises and discussion, we will explore our values around sex and sexuality within the LGBTQA+ communities. Bring an open mind and a playful spirit.
“Role-Playing and Recovery” (Drew C.) Crane (4th fl.) Gain information on the value of role-playing games (like, but not limited to, dungeons and dragons). This workshop will introduced beginner role-players to RPGs, the basics of role-playing games, research on the social and emotional learning and therapeutic value of playing these games, and end with participants creating characters.
2:15pm – 3:30pm: Laughter in Recovery (Melinda D. and Kelly D.) Mallard (2nd fl.) “Let’s have a good laugh – we are not a glum lot. Learn the healing power of laughter and injecting humor into your own story or shares.”
Steps 8, 9 and 10 (Sarah L.) Osprey (2nd fl.) This workshop will be an opportunity to write an eighth step list of people we have harmed, learn and share our experiences with making ninth step amends as well as share approaches for doing the tenth step. There will be a panel on each step. Participants will pair up or work individually on step 8 then share their experience and questions about amends in small groups. We will conclude with a large group discussion to share with one another our approaches to step 10.
Powerless and Unmanageability around Eating (Johnny G.) Sandpiper (3rd fl.) Many of us found that when we put down our drug of choice, we picked up food. Despite recovery from drugs and alcohol, foods and food behaviors can quickly reach alcoholic levels that lead to small lives, isolation, and death. Presenter Johnny G came to AA in 2008 and to Overeaters Anonymous in 2014 after his life imploded from compulsive eating despite years of sobriety. This workshop discusses how to recognize powerlessness and unmanageability around food, the OA definitions of recovery and abstinence, and how to identify and address your alcoholic foods and food behaviors. Time will also be allotted for participant Q&A. Maintaining a Healthy Relationship in Recovery (June C., Cindy W., Tony F., and Glynn) Dolphin (4th fl.) An interactive workshop that utilizes inventories to help participants: 1. Identify and understand what you want from relationships. 2. Conduct regular check ups through individual and partnership inventories to maintain a healthy relationship. Two couples will share their experience, strength, hope, and lead group inventory discussions.
Health & Welfare (Is Our Code) (Ginna G.) Crane (4th fl.) Come and join in a workshop focused on your health and well-being. We will discuss the value of self-care including exercise, meditation, and forms of outside help that benefit the quality of our lives and our sobriety. Ginna G., a certified personal trainer, martial arts instructor and professional coach who lives and breathes passion for wellness and emotional sobriety.
3:45pm – 5:00pm: “As We Understand Him” – Steps 10, 11, 12 (Osama A.) Mallard (2nd fl.) Some people in recovery find the second step’s “a power greater than ourselves” relatively palatable, only to bristle when the language shifts to “God as we understood Him” in the third step. What does that mean to you? Conventional conceptions of God can be challenging for LGBTQ+ people. Panelists and participants in this workshop will share their beliefs about spirituality, long-term sobriety, and how being LGBTQ+ has helped to shape their practices.
“Welcoming our Bodies back in Sobriety” (Andrea O.) Osprey (2nd fl.) Learn basic somatic tools to feel more comfortable in your skin. Tools include, grounding, building capacity for tough emotions, and finding support in community.”
Trust (Russ C.) Sandpiper (3rd f.) “The Trust workshop consists of an Icebreaker exercise, two progressive exercises and a processing session to explore the meaning and working of Trust between ourselves and those who help us.”
Sexual Health and Joy in Recovery (Jeremy A.) Dolphin (4th fl.) This workshop is a chance to explore the role sex plays in your recovery and the role recovery plays in your sex life. In recovery, you have more time and energy to discover (or rediscover) what makes you happy and gives you peace, including your body and your relationships. In this session, I’ll share a few tools to help you pursue the sex life you desire, while keeping an eye out for addictive or problematic patterns to avoid.
Avoiding Relapse through Selfcare (Hebe B.) Crane (4th fl.) Self-care in Recovery: A common thought coming into recovery is old ideas of what self-care is, and how it is practiced. This is a discussion learning ways to practice self-care in recovery by looking at the six types of self-care and discovering alternative techniques, the basics of self-care, and the importance of continuing self-care throughout recovery.
Swan Ball Room Events: Dinner Break: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Taco Bar or Dinner On Your Own (Doors open at 7:30) 8:00pm: Speakers Meeting (Doors open at 7:30) Sobriety Count Down Guest Speakers: Kate G. – AA, Fairfax, VA Michael M. – ACA, Washington, DC 10:00pm: Cabaret
Sunday 2/19 Schedule: 7:00am-8:30: Kundalini Yoga & Meditation (Kate A.) Mallard (2nd fl.) Swan Ball Room Events: 9am – 10am: Buffet Breakfast (serving stops 9:45) 10:00am: Speaker Meeting Guest Speaker: Brayden B. – AA, West Linn, OR 2024 Rehoboth Roundup Committee Elections