Who Should Attend This Conference?
Women of all ages, and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who wish to gather, learn, grow and become inspired to personally and collectively bring powerful, positive and much needed change to their own lives and to the world. And who also want to be reminded of how amazing they are!
What are the main areas of focus?
Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, Political Activism, Holistic Health and Self Care. and the Power of Positive Intention.
How much will it cost to attend and what will that include?
Registration, which includes Friday welcoming reception, opening ceremony at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with the mayor of Asheville, poets, invocation, drumming, organic breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, general session on Saturday and Sunday with Jane Fonda, Starhawk, Julia Butterfly Hill and others, Saturday night live entertainment, exhibits with live musicians, Saturday evening wine reception, and a total of 18 breakout sessions to choose from, is $295.00. A limited number of volunteer opportunities, partial scholarships and student discounts are also available.
Can men attend?
Absolutely All open-minded, sensitive men are invited and encouraged to attend. We are even offering a workshop for men on how to live with an empowered woman. Dont want to miss this one guys!
Will this be an environmentally conscious conference?
We are planning on serving organic food, fair trade and organic coffee and teas. Al utensils and containers for food will be biodegradable. We are encouraging our participants to bring their own stainless steel coffee and water containers and use a canvas bag for purchases and materials. Trash will be recycled and finally, any food left at the end will be donated to a local food bank.
Will there be breakout options?
We want to our attendees to see what an amazing city Asheville is and so our 18 breakout sessions are in 4 different (but easy to find and walk to) locations around the city. The workshops range from "Holistic and Natural Approaches for PMS, Depression, Breast Cancer and Menopause" and "Calling All Women: How to be Juicy and Sexy at Any Age" to "Earth Spirit, Earth Action" and "Gutsy Women." See conference program for map and directions to all breakouts.
Who are the Saturday night performers?
We have an array of talented local female performers including the sassy cowgirls of the band The Buckerettes, the all-female sketch comedy troupe Lylas, singer songwriter Mary Davis, multi-instrumentalists Sue Ford, plus African drumming (and optional dancing) to wrap it all up.
Will there be exhibits?
Yes, there will be dozens of wonderful exhibits in the Haywood Park Hotels ballroom and atrium. In the midst of strolling musicians, our attendees can visit exhibits ranging from local artisans, jewelers, holistic health practitioners, women-based companies, spas etc.
Honestly? Theres no place like it! Not only was Asheville rated one of the happiest places in the world to live (in the book Geography of Bliss), but youll be hard pressed to find people that are more creative, open-minded, progressive, friendly and welcoming!
Will the conference take place in one location?
No, registration, meals, exhibit viewing and the Red Tent will all be at the Haywood Hotel. The main sessions of the conference will be at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and the breakouts will be at those locations as well as Jubilee on Wall Street. Dont worry, the maps will be clear and there will be many volunteers posted along the route to guide you to your destination. Just dont get lost in the wonderful stores, restaurants and shops en route.
Will there be book signings by speakers who are also authors?
Malaprops, Ashevilles own independently owned bookstore, will coordinate the book signing times with all of our speakers who are authors. There will also be CDs for sale from some of our amazingly talented musicians and performers.
Where can I stay if I am from out of town?
Lots of options from Grand Hotels like the Biltmore or the Grove Park, to several local downtown hotels and motels to some of the most comfortable B and Bs (most within walking distance). Make this a real vacation. Stay a few extra days and explore one of the most creative, fun (and yes, happy) cities in the world!