You are invited to attend the Third International Convocation of Unitarian*Universalist Women and People of Progressive Faith, February 16-19, 2017, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA, USA!
In 2017, it will have been eight years since the First International U*U Women’s Convocation, which also took place on American soil (Houston, TX, 2009). As we meet together in the beautiful, inspirational setting of Asilomar, we envision U*U women from around the world joining IWC as we continue the momentum from our first Convocation, building bridges to women worldwide.
The theme of the Convocation is Weaving Global Partnerships…Forging a Just Future Together. The Convocation will offer community and connection, information and inspiration, as well as motivation and momentum that lead to action and change. We are expecting approximately 400 UU women, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, but also from Western and Central Europe, Bolivia, Romania, India, and the Philippines as well.
Registration is $350. A discount of $50 is available for women ministers, groups of two or more, LREDA members, and volunteers. If you are a woman minister, please apply the coupon MINISTER when registering through General Registration. The other categories have their special registration link (see above). Convocation registration includes access to all presentations and refreshment breaks but does not include lodging, meals, or ticketed events. IWC encourages you to lodge at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, where all meals are included with your accommodations.
Accommodation and meals
Asilomar, “the refuge by the sea,” is located at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It occupies 105 acres of secluded forest and dunes that are preserved by the California State Park System as a nature center and historic site. The accommodations at Asilomar are charming and comfortable; rooms have wifi internet access but do not have televisions or telephones. Guest room rates at Asilomar include all meals (dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday).
Your lodging and dining are reserved and paid directly with the Asilomar Conference Center. Upon confirmation of your Convocation registration and payment of your fee, you will be directed to a special Asilomar reservation link created just for our event. There you will make your room reservations and submit your payment directly to them. Space is limited and room sharing is encouraged to maximize conference attendance and lower individual costs. Roommates can submit together, or upon request the Asilomar staff will assign roommates. Room and full board (double occupancy) is $575.88 per person.
All conference participants who opt to stay offsite and not reserve a guest room at Asilomar will pay a $300 offsite fee. This fee must be paid through online Convocation registration. The fee covers a daily usage fee assessed by the facility as well as breakfast tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday; dinner tickets for Thursday, Friday, Saturday; and lunch tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Pre and Post Tours
The conference will open on Thursday evening, February 16 and end mid-day on Sunday, February 19. P re and post Convocation tours are available. An all day tour , including Carmel Mission, Big Sur, lunch and a wine-tasting , is offered on Thursday, February 16, prior to the opening of the Convocation that evening. The post- Convocation tour is a n 8-hour, afternoon and evening program on Sunday , February 16 and includes the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, legendary Cannery Row, and a sunset dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf . If you decide to take the pre tour, you must make your room reservation starting on Wednesday. If you decide to take the post tour, you should make your room reservation through Sunday night unless departing on a late evening flight . You have the option of signing up for either or both tours when you register for the Convocation. Each tour is limited to 32 – sign up now to reserve your space!
Pre Tour, Thursday February 16: Carmel Mission, Big Sur, and Carmel winery with tasting
Post Tour, Sunday, February 19: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and sunset dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf
For more information on the pre or post tour, please contact Zsofia Sztranyiczki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting to Asilomar
Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Driving to Asilomar
From San Francisco or San Jose, take California Highway 1 southbound. After you pass the Monterey exits, take the second Pacific Grove exit (Route 68 West). Travel west on Route 68 for approximately 10 minutes (watch for where Route 68 West turns left). Near the bottom of the hill, turn right on Asilomar Blvd. The main entrance to Asilomar is at the intersection of Asilomar Blvd and Sinex.
Air Travel to Asilomar
Asilomar is approximately 120 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 65 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC). From these airports to Asilomar you may choose to rent a car or take the Monterey Airbus shuttle. From SFO to Asilomar the fee is $50 one-way and from SJC the fee is $40 one-way. Save $5 per trip if you book online at www.montereyairbus.com.
You may also fly into the Monterey Airport. Taxis are available at the Monterey Airport and fare is approximately $30 to Asilomar.
We look forward to welcoming you in breathtaking Asilomar for this exciting Convocation!
Please help us promote the Convocation by printing out and posting a flyer. Thank you!
Third International Women’s Convocation Flyer