Monday, October 27, 2008

Registration is closed!

It is with mixed emotions that we announce registration is closed for Constellations of Hope. We are thrilled that so many wonderful women and organizations will be coming together in less than two weeks ... and we are sorry that we cannot accomodate more of you.

We will use this blog to post reports on the themes and outcomes of the event, as well as opportunities for on-going involvement.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Meet our Facilitators

During the past few months, a team of three skilled facilitators has been working together designing the agenda and dialogue process for Constellations of Hope. Each is a respected consultant with extensive experience in organizational development and circle process -- and all have been donating their professional services to create an innovative and engaging collaborative process for our event.

Anne Fitzgerald - Boston
Mary Martin - Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Ronita Johnson - California

We are deeply grateful for their valuable contribution of time and talent.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Room for a Few More

As we come to our registration deadline, we have more than 50 registrants representing at least 40 diverse organizations. We are a diverse community of women representing a broad range of ages, cultures and passions.

We have space for 10-15 additional women providing they can register within the next two weeks. We must submit our final numbers by November 1 and no registrations can be added after that date.

Ground Transportation from Airport

IONS has notified us of a change in their recommended ground transportation from San Francisco or Oakland airports:

Western Eagle Shuttle (recommended)

Shuttle service from either Oakland or San Francisco airport
$60 one way per person from San Francisco
$65 one way per person from Oakland
$10 for each additional person
Plan at least one hour travel to/from IONS depending on traffic
Reservations required
(415) 533 - 4466

Friday, October 3, 2008

Constellations of Hope: Agenda Overview

Guiding Principles

  • Our conversation will be wholistic--engaging heart, mind, body, and spirit.
  • We will use circle dialogue, a collaborative container, as the primary process for our coming together.
  • Every voice will be heard and every perspective equally valued.
  • Facilitators will guide the process; a graphic artist will illustrate our learnings.

    Friday Evening: Opening Session
    6 - 9 pm

    --Gathering and welcome - Convening Team
    --Our purpose in coming together
    --Introductions: Who am I who has come? How are we interconnected?

    Saturday: Me-You-We-All of us
    8 am - 9:30 pm

    --Principles for collaborating
    --What are we yearning for?
    --What makes collaborating a challenge?
    --Unexplored assumptions about collaboration
    --Enhancing collaborative outcomes through through cross-cultural understanding
    --Special Evening Celebration: Singer - Songwriter Melanie DeMore

    Sunday: Our Organizations- Extended Realites - Creating a Third Space Together
    8 am- 9pm

    --Identifying synergies
    --What might we accomplish together
    --Grounding our learnings
    --Next steps

    Monday AM: Closing Session

    --Reflections and learnings

Organizations gathering in November

The Planning Circle for Constellations of Hope is delighted to welcome the following organizations who have already registered to participate:

African Refugee Women Rebuilders
AWE - Accelerating Women's Entrepeneurship
Berkana Institute
Birthing Support and Advocacy
Darfur Women's Peace and Development
Daughters of the Earth Alliance
Defense Depot -Memphis
Dreamweather Foundation
Evolutionary Women
Gather the Women
Gather the Women - Canada
Girls Speak Out
Global Women's Leadership Network
Harvest Associates
Kalliopeai Foundation
Millionth Circle
Military Toxice Project
National Center for First Nations Governanace (Canada)
National Indian Women's Health Resource Center
Pathways to Peace
Red Web
Sankofa Wholistic Health Care
Sister Space
Sisterhood Agenda
Soroptomist International
Spirit at Work Global
Suswhap Nation
Tewa Women United
Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth
Two Rock Institute
Vessels of Peace
Women of Color United
Women of Intention
Women's Corp
Women's Global Connection
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
23rd Century (El Salvador)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Registration deadline extended to October 11

It is not too late to register for Constellations of Hope!

To accomodate many last minute inquiries, we have been able to extend our registration deadline to October 11, 2008. You can register online at

More than 30 diverse organizations have already registered to participate in this unique dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of collaboration. Come and join us!

P.S. There are only a few single rooms remaining at the IONS Retreat Center -- and room for more in shared rooms at our lower double occupancy rate.