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June 11-13, 2021

WFS Virtual Conference 2021

Speaker Highlights

CONNECT

Bonded Together in Overcoming Our Addictions

Maximizing your opportunities for building meaningful relationships is our number one goal. Our volunteer planning team is hard at work cultivating rich, multidimensional experiences to meet everyone's needs for increased social connection during these physically distant times.

  • Interactive sessions
  • Themed video lounges
  • Discussion boards
  • WFS Meetings

All expressions of female identity are celebrated here!

LEARN

New Life Knowledge

Deepen your understanding of the principles and philosophy of WFS through informative and inspiring plenary and breakout sessions.

Level 3: Creating and practicing a new self-image.

  • Statement 5: I am what I think. I am a capable, competent, caring, compassionate woman.
  • Statement 12: I am a competent woman, and I have much to give life. This is what I am, and I shall know it always.

Release the past - plan for tomorrow - live for today!

GROW

The Fundamental Object of Life

Nurture your emotional and spiritual development through carefully procured keynotes and workshops designed to enrich and deepen New Life knowledge.

  • 3 Keynote Addresses
  • 4 live workshop opportunities
  • 18 total breakout sessions

Don't miss a thing!

Facilitators have agreed to be recorded and available for viewing online for two weeks after the event.

Agenda Overview

Pre-Conference Icebreakers

Mad Hatter’s Tea & Pet Parade

The Mad Hatter has set his sights on bringing a taste of Wonderland to the WFS 2021 Conference! Begin your journey down the Conference rabbit hole by joining us for […]

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Enhancing Your Toolkit

You have received your I’m Possible Toolkit when you registered for Conference and explored its contents.  A Toolkit is an integral part of your recovery “wardrobe.” Come join us to […]

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Creativity, Play, and Your Inner Child

Come reconnect to YOUR inner child and join us for a session of visualization, free art and sharing. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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A Recovery Journey: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Join Cate (Icandohardthings), as she shares insights from her journey with us and gives us tips on how to prepare for a hiking trip, short or long. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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S.M.A.R.T Goals: Using WFS Statement Cards

Come join our dear sister TruPat as she shares in this interactive one-hour session on how to use these Cards to create “SMART Goals”.
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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Make a WFS Statement Bracelet

Come join Macc as she shares her talents with us and teaches us how to create this lovely bracelet on your own. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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Friday, June 11

Opening Ceremony: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Possibility

Help us kick off a weekend of connection, learning, and growth at Opening Ceremony! This session will include a ceremonial Acknowledging Our Connections led by Oglala Lakota Nation citizen Monica […]

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WFS Meeting

A traditional WFS Meeting, held in the Zoom format and lead by a Certified Facilitator. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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Saturday, June 12

WFS Meeting

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. The Social Lounge will be open for those who wish to meet informally. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Useful Magic

Let's weave together the magic of few nourishing practices (movement, stillness, creative exploration) that aim to offer ongoing support for the never-ending, non-linear healing of our human hearts.

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Living the Statements Everyday

Come join your WFS sisters for a lively discussion of the specific actions we take to apply the statements in our everyday lives!

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Values/Goals/Vision

Get clear on who you are, get clarity on where you want to go, then visualize your success.

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Sober & Free: Cultivating Your Inner Calm Without Abandoning Your Wild Heart

Practical strategies to grow your inner wellspring of calm & healthy assertion to step into your essential self.

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Building a Personal Recovery Plan

Mary Beth will discuss her personal journey from methamphetamine addict to federal administrative law judge and how she built a personal recovery plan by synthesizing ideas from Women for Sobriety […]

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Exploring the Temple of Revolutionary Self-Love

Exploring the Temple of Revolutionary Self-Love is a workshop for women wanting clear and practical tools and strategies for incorporating authentic self-love into their New Life journey.

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Healing Recovery Spaces – An Anti-Racism Training

A brave space to get comfortable with tacking the often uncomfortable topic of race. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.

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Seeds of Compassion – Guided Meditation

Lovingkindness meditation is a process that emphasizes compassion for ourselves and others as the best field for learning, self-development, and an ethical relationship to the world.

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WFS Meeting

A traditional WFS Meeting, held in the Zoom format and lead by a Certified Facilitator. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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Auction Bid-A-Long

Grab a snack and get ready to have some bidding fun! This event will not be recorded.

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Celebrate the Possibilities!

Over the course of many months, the WFS Board of Directors developed the organization's first ever formal Strategic Plan. Join us as we share more about the strategic planning process […]

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WFS Pajama Party

THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.
Put on your PJ's, grab a snack and join MacC and jean for a WFS Pajama Party!

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Sunday, June 13

WFS Meeting

A traditional WFS Meeting, held in the Zoom format and lead by a Certified Facilitator. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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I Am: Statement #5

Call on your inner Wise Women to bring Statement 5 to life in your heart.

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Recognizing and Embracing Resilience in Recovery

Recognizing and embracing your resilience in recovery is life changing, affirming and defining.

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Recognizing the Competent Women Within

Supporting you to identify, acknowledge, and affirm your existing competencies and those competencies you wish to develop, so you can fully internalize Statement 12. ***THIS SESSION IS LIMITED TO 60 PARTICIPANTS***

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Get Fit and Have Fun!

Get Fit and Have Fun! A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Experience!

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Small Books – Stories, Connection and Art

Using Small Book form of art journaling will lead you to discovery of all your possibilities in a more intimate, exploration mode of creativity

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Soul Recovery – The Roadmap Home

Ester will share how universal spiritual practices can help create a connection to an authentic, healthy, and whole identity.

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I Am Possible: Statement #8

Together we will explore how the invisible (Spirit & Emotions) creates the visible.

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Peace With Food

Learn your Food Attachment Style™ and how to finally have peace with food!

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Creating a Meaningful Morning (or Evening!) Routine (and other healthy habits)

Learn about the benefits of healthy habits and routines while exploring tips and tools for setting them in motion, to help maintain sobriety, fuel growth, and create a vibrant, healthy sober lifestyle.

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Mothering In Recovery

Mothering in Recovery provides practical information and tips to enhance mom skills while focusing on your personal recovery!

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Self-Compassion – Trauma Informed Yoga Practice

This trauma informed yoga practice explores tools for building self-compassion, welcoming balance and joyful meaning into your everyday experience!

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Closing Ceremony: Rising Together

Our final general session of the weekend, we will welcome back Monica Terkildsen for a Recognizing Connections, Moving Forward ceremony. Reflect on your most notable learning from the conference and set […]

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WFS Meeting

A traditional WFS Meeting, held in the Zoom format and lead by Cathy S. (KatieLady), Certified Facilitator. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REPLAY PERIOD.

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Ready to connect and be inspired?

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TOOLKITS

TOOLKITS

First 400 registrants receive a free I'm Possible Toolkit.
(Int'l Shipping Fee $20)
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Select Your Fee

Self-select the sliding scale rate that best suits your current economic situation.

Benefactress Rate

$75

Estimated to be 150% of WFS's actual cost per person

1/3 of this rate is tax-deductible*

Sustaining Rate

$50

Estimated to be 100% of WFS's actual cost per person

Compassion Rate

$25

Estimated to be 50% of WFS's actual cost per person

Work Scholarship

$0

Join a team of 4C volunteers and gain full access to all conference activities

*WFS is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are deductible as allowed by US federal law. Please consult your tax professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I register?

Simply click on Register Now and fill out our short registration form.

What’s the difference between the 3 different ticket prices?

This year’s self-selected sliding scale is designed to let women choose the admission price that works best for their individual situation. There is no difference in access to programming or support for the three rates. The only tangible difference is that those selecting the Benefactress Rate will be able to deduct $25 of the fee on their 2021 taxes (US only, consult your tax professional). There are also scholarships available, so nobody has to miss out due to economic challenges.

Usually for the WFS conference I have to pick out my workshops ahead of time. Will I need to do that this year?

Since we don’t have to worry about room set-up, there is no need to register for specific workshops. Simply show up for the sessions that you want to attend live.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, and eCheck.

Why do you want my mailing address for a virtual event?

Shhh! You’ll ruin the surprise! (Don't worry - WFS will never surprise you with a package with the full name of our organization on the outside. Everything is shipped in plain packaging with "WFS, Inc." in the return address.)

Is this conference closed to include only women in recovery?

As with all official WFS events, we ask that only women who are personally engaged in recovery from a substance use disorder participate. WFS celebrates all expressions of female identity and welcomes Sisters from the LGBT spectrum.

Is there a one-day pass available? I have to work on Saturday.

Because we are making all sessions available for the week after conference, there is no need to miss anything. All registrants will have the opportunity to watch as many sessions as they desire.

I really want to participate in the conference but I can’t afford it. Are there scholarships available?

Yes! We want all women in recovery to attend, regardless of their ability to pay. Simply fill out our Work Scholarship Application. We’ll ask you to help with a small task like assisting a presenter or writing some thank you notes after the event.

Programming

Connecting with other WFS sisters is what conference is all about for me. How will I be able to form connections in a virtual conference?

It is a bit different making connections in a virtual conference, but it is certainly possible! Presenters will be having breakout periods where you will be able to converse in small groups (never recorded), every conference page will have a discussion section, and there will be many drop-in video lounges available outside of formal sessions which won’t be recorded.

Who leads the workshops?

Workshop presenters and keynote speakers are a combination of New Life Program participants and recovery field professionals. Peer Presenters are often also recovery or related field professionals. All presenters are knowledgeable about the Women for Sobriety principles and philosophies, and make an effort to ensure that information shared is consistent with and complimentary to the New Life Program.

Will there be Q & A during the workshops and keynote addresses?

Yes, Q and A will be a part of most if not all sessions. Depending on the size of the group, questions may be taken by voice or by typing.

Are the live workshops limited to a certain number of people?
Will there be a fundraising event as part of the virtual conference like there is for the physical conference?
What about the silent auction?

Technical

What do I need to be able to attend the conference?

You can use just about any device – laptop, desktop computer, notebook, tablet, cell phone, or even a touchtone landline – to access the workshops and presentations. Live workshops will use Zoom, so you may want to download and test that during our pre-conference activities (or test it beforehand here). There will also be a conference website with information and connection opportunities, so an internet connection and browser is highly recommended. To get the best interactive experience during sessions, you will want to have a camera, microphone, and speakers.

Where do I find the conference website?

The url for the event website will be emailed to women who have registered one week before the event.

Can I join on my iPad?

Yes! Zoom is compatible with almost any device and everything else can be accessed through your regular internet browser window.

Do I have to purchase a Zoom account to participate?

No. On most devices, you can attend as a guest, without any Zoom account at all, although you may wish to create a free Zoom account to enable a more streamlined sign-on experience.

Can I tune in by phone instead of video or listen on my computer without showing up on the screen?

Zoom has mobile apps that you can use to access the sessions. You can also choose to phone in to sessions using a touch-tone phone. If you call in, only a few digits of your phone number will appear on the participant list – the rest will be replaced with asterisks (*).

I understand all sessions will be recorded to watch for up to two weeks after the conference weekend at my leisure. How do I access the content? Can I download the videos to watch later?

We will have a special conference website with embedded movie files. There will be a discussion section for each workshop, so you can continue to engage with other participants for an additional two weeks. To respect the privacy of our presenters, downloading will not be possible, and you will be asked to agree to not attempt to record or download sessions as part of your registration.

What will Women for Sobriety do with the recordings after the 2-week access has expired?

We’ll remove them from the internet and keep them on our private servers for historical purposes.

What if I have technical problems during the conference?

Privacy

When I watch the live programs, will my face show up on the screen?

If you choose to enable your video, your face may be visible to others. To prevent this, do not activate your camera.

Can I still interact during the sessions even if I don’t want to appear on any recordings?
When I click on the zoom link(s), what name will show up with my face? How can I change what name is displayed?
Will I be recorded at all?
I heard about something called zoombombing. Isn’t Zoom unsafe?
How will my privacy be protected?

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