WFS Annual Weekend Conference 2020
June 12-14, 2020
St. Paul, MN
Pre-Conference Activities begin June 11, 2020
You Are Invited!
We cordially invite all sisters in recovery to join us for a joyful weekend exploring the WFS New Life Program as we celebrate this year's theme: Envision it! You won't want to miss it as 4C women from around the globe gather for this unforgettable weekend of learning, bonding, and creating happiness at the beautiful Hamline University campus in St. Paul, MN.
New Life Knowledge
Deepen your understanding of the Women for Sobriety philosophy, New Life Program, and other related recovery topics through general sessions, breakout periods, and traditional WFS meetings throughout.
Registration fees cover all meals and activities from Friday dinner at 5:30 pm to Sunday lunch at noon. Stay with us in a residence hall or campus apartment, then take a short stroll across campus to enjoy meals and conference activities.
Who Should Attend
All women taking responsibility for their recovery from a life-threatening problem with alcohol and/or other drugs are encouraged to attend. WFS is committed to honoring all expressions of female identity and we warmly welcome our sisters from the LGBTQ+ spectrum. While we understand that not all attendees will have yet accomplished stable sobriety, all WFS activities and events are sober spaces, so please make the commitment to yourself and your sisters to refrain from use immediately before and during the conference.
Full agenda for 2020 is not yet available. Please check back often for updates!
Visit our 2019 conference page to see what we have offered in the past.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Thursday is a casual day of icebreakers, informal activities, and WFS meetings for our early arrivals.
Friday, June 12th, 2020
Friday daytime is also a casual day with optional add-on workshops for an additional fee. The official conference kicks off on Friday night with Opening Ceremony.
Saturday, June 13th, 2020
Saturdays are the busiest days at WFS conferences - enjoy keynote addresses with the full group, select your preference for workshops during multiple breakout periods, attend WFS meetings, and share social activities with 4C sisters.
Sunday, June 14th, 2020
After breakfast and a morning workshop, plan to stay for the Closing Ceremony for a final opportunity to bond and bid a fond farewell to your new friends.
Registration and Rates
|Early Bird Discount – Save $20||To Be Determined|
|Regular Registration||To Be Determined|
|Late Registration* – Additional 10%||To Be Determined|
*Special dietary and other accommodation requests not guaranteed for women registering during the Late Registration Period. Late registrants may not receive certain supplies/benefits depending on availability.
End dates conclude at midnight U.S. Eastern Time
Registration fees for 2020 have not yet been finalized. Basic Registration Fee (double room, two nights, at residence hall) is anticipated to be similar to 2019 rates - around $300. Single-occupancy rooms, Thursday night lodging, and apartments will carry additional fees. We will again be offering a Day Pass starting at $200 for locals and women who prefer to stay at a hotel.
A limited number of work scholarships are available for women who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference. Scholarships are primarily funded by women who choose to donate at the time of registration; we thank them for their generosity. Please review additional information about work scholarships by visiting the 2019 Conference Scholarship Application.
- Scholarship applications will be available on or around March 1, 2020.
- Scholarship applications must be received by March 31, 2020.
- Scholarship offers will be made on or around April 15, 2020.
- Applicants must accept/decline scholarships by April 30, 2020.
- Scholarship recipients must register no later than May 15, 2020.
Personal Responsibility Statement:
You will be asked to agree to the following Personal Responsibility Statement when you register:
I fully understand Women for Sobriety, Inc. is an abstinence-based, self-responsibility program and agree to abide by that philosophy throughout the conference event. As a conference requirement, I understand that I need to be sober for the entire conference event. If I attend under the influence or cause a disruption, I may be asked to leave the premises at my own expense. By entering my name below, I also give my permission to WFS to contact my Emergency Contact(s) in the case of an emergency. I understand this information will be kept confidential and used only in an emergency.
Please ensure that you will be able to attend for the days selected before submitting your registration and payment. Cancellations made by contacting the WFS office in writing up to 30 days in advance may be eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests received after [2020 date to be determined] are not eligible for a refund except in extraordinary circumstances such as documented emergency medical illness. All refunds are subject to a minimum 10% processing fee and must be approved by the WFS President. No refunds will be issued for women who are asked to leave due to violations of the Personal Responsibility Statement or unsafe behavior. WFS is not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, campus conditions, cancelled flights, acts of God, etc. In such a circumstance, no refunds will be issued but WFS will attempt to identify a solution amicable to all affected parties. The final decision on refunds rests with the WFS Board of Directors.
Presentations & Workshops
The presentation and workshop schedule is still being developed. Please visit our 2019 conference page to get a general idea of the types of workshops we have offered in the past.
If you are interested in being a presenter, please visit the Annual Weekend Conference tab on our Community page.
2020 Featured Presenters
Dawn Nickel, PhD
Dawn Nickel, PhD, is an accomplished and versatile leader and the creator of She Recovers, currently the largest online platform dedicated to supporting women in recovery from addiction and related life challenges. Dawn started her journey of recovery from drug addiction in 1987. She is a strong advocate for the view that every woman in or seeking recovery must be supported to find the tools and pathways that will work best for her as an individual. In the summer of 2011, while recovering from a serious case of workaholism, Dawn decided to apply what she knew about recovery to that area of her life. On an extended leave from work, Dawn began to blog and created the She Recovers Facebook page to share her journey and to reach out to other women wanting to recover their lives and their potential. Since 2012, she has dedicated herself to creating and holding space (both online and off) for women in recovery to connect with themselves, and with other like-hearted women.
Lynn Matti, MA, LPCC-MN, LPC-GA
Lynn is a Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Licensed Counselor, recovery leader, author and speaker. Lynn is a woman in sustained recovery since July 2010. She mentors, counsels and coaches online and in-person at the intersection of resilience, courage, and hope. With her expertise, authenticity, and commitment to life-long learning, she helps others find their truest self and learn the skills needed to build and sustain meaningful mental wellness. She brings tested, interesting and fun practices and perspectives to her individual clients and group endeavors. In addition to a thriving Peachtree City, GA private counseling/coaching practice, Lynn is the creator and host of The SoberSoul Recovery Podcast a top-rated mental health, addiction, recovery and self-improvement podcast and SoberSoul Recovery, an online coaching practice and platform. Lynn tackles the many issues of life and recovery, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relocation, divorce, empty nest, loneliness, substance overuse and abuse and much more. Lynn's first book "5 Weeks to Self-Confidence: A Guide For Confronting Your Inner Critic & Controlling Your Relationship With Your Thoughts" will available for purchase on November 12, 2019!
.O was certified in 1979 as a massage therapist and has made health and well-being her personal commitment and life’s purpose. She is a group facilitator with many years of experience in body wisdom, stress modification, and the healing powers of love. Her new passion is participating in theater, promoting social change, and addressing issues involving domestic violence, alcohol and drug use disorders, economic justice, and environmental justice. .O has provided presentations and workshops for various organizations and has appeared on radio and TV talk shows.
We are still working on scheduling fun activities for our 2020 event. Check out the 2019 conference page for an sample of what might be offered.
Want to lead an icebreaker, WFS Meeting, or other informal activity at the 2020 conference? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea!
There will be regular WFS Meetings led by Certified Moderators offered throughout the conference weekend.
Learn more about the Hamline University St. Paul Campus here.
Hamline University is about 10 miles from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Women often coordinate ride shares to and from the airport on our online peer-support forum, wfsonline.org. Visit the Hamline University Transportation page for more information about local transportation options, and check back later for more travel tips from local women!
There will be two on-campus lodging opportunities for the 2020 conference. The most economical option will be to stay in one of the residence halls in a double room. Residence hall accommodations have shared bathroom facilities for each floor. Single-occupancy rooms are available in the residence halls for an additional fee. The specific hall for our event has not yet been determined. For those who prefer a more intimate setting (i.e. share the bathroom with fewer people!), we will also have a limited number of apartments available for an additional fee. Exact availability is to be determined.
Friday dinner through Sunday lunch are all included in registration fees. Additional meal options for Thursday and Friday daytime are being determined.
Please indicate at the time of registration if you have any individual considerations that should be taken into account, such as needing an ADA room, food allergies, special medication storage needs, etc. We will do our very best to accommodate all of our guests' needs. Sorry, we cannot guarantee special accommodations during the late registration period.