Our annual tribute to female energy will be set up in a private hotel room. Our Red Tent Room will be an active, yet relaxing, place to come and recharge. This welcoming space is for sisters of all ages – maidens, mothers, and crones. The Red Tent Room will include massage therapy, henna tattoos, coloring meditation, calming music, and other essentials to aid in comfort, calm, and creativity. Feel free to bring blankets, shawls, tarot cards, playing cards, games, and treats.
Find a hand-crafted treasure at the conference Bazaar, where skilled artisans will offer a selection of unique items for sale. Everyone can enjoy shopping on Friday and Saturday between conference sessions. Each conference vendor has generously donated an item for the Raffle; by buying tickets for the prizes you want, you’ll help support the conference Scholarship Fund.
To help our village stay in touch, we will distribute all participants’ contact information to all others via email unless otherwise requested. You may opt out from this listing on your registration form.
Optional Weekend Events
If you have a flexible schedule, please consider joining us for one or both of the following events. You can register for these events when you complete you general conference registration. Please note that the Capitol Tour is limited to the first 24 people.
Tour of the Texas State Capitol - Friday Evening
Karen Neeley will lead a group on a tour of the historic Texas State Capitol. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 4pm and carpool to the Capitol. This tour is limited to the first 24 people to register for it - look out for a question on the online registration form.
CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday Afternoon
Looking to make a difference in our local community and in communities worldwide, the Austin CROP Hunger Walk hopes to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. A portion of the funds raised here in will go to local hunger-alleviating agencies.
This year Austin and some 1,000 other communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time." Many of the Walkers will be wearing t-shirts proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites here in the U.S. These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.
From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks are fighting hunger. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin will be participating on February 25th after church. The route is 2.4 miles long. Go here for more information: http://austincrophungerwalk.org/
If people sign up ahead of time, you are invited to have lunch after the church service. People will carpool from the church to the CropWalk and back - to be arranged during lunch. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the church.
2:00 pm: Registration 2:30 pm: Step Off Camp Mabry 2200 West 35th Street
If you are interested in attending, please check the appropriate box when registering so we can get a group estimate.
SWUUWCon Schedule 2018
FRIDAY Feb. 23
Please note Friday dinner is on your own! The hotel has a restaurant and there are several others close by.
Hotel check-in begins
Conference registration desk opens
Raffle Ticket sales begin (to support the scholarship fund; items are donated by vendors and local artists)
Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 160,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. This year we’re asking our attendees to either bring books (see what is needed below), or plan to make a monetary donation (cash or check) that will be used for postage to mail the books to the prisoners. We will have a donation area during registration and the Saturday morning Session.
If you are the mother, grandmother or guardian of a teenage daughter, ages 13-17, who would like to attend our conference, please bring her!
Maidens can be part of all the conference sessions and activities, and will have a special Maiden Ceremony with gifts and words of wisdom from our female community.
The maiden program during our conference will provide supportive space for the young women of our religiously liberal faith. Maidens may want to come to workshops including “Making Your Voice Heard-Effective Advocacy at the Capitol," “Let's Talk About Sanctuary When it Comes to Immigrants,” and "Drumming as Spiritual Expression." Of course, they are welcome to attend any workshop they choose. There will be a Maidens Meet and Greet gathering Friday night after our Opening Ceremonies.
The SWUUW Maiden Program is designed to adhere to the principle of the UU Safe Congregations program: sponsors (mother, grandmother or guardian) are expected to attend the conference sessions with the Maiden. Please plan to bring the young women of your community to our conference and continue to build the next generation of strong and powerful UU women.
Fees and Deadlines
Registration fees are $190 for early registration before January 19now extended through Monday, Jan. 22, and $225 after that.
Pre-registration closes on February 16. Registering later and on-site will only be possible if space is available.
The registration fee includes:
All conference sessions and materials, from Friday evening through Sunday morning
Friday Movie Night:
Saturday night entertainment with Kiya Heartwood
Saturday plated lunch
Saturday plated dinner
SWUUW annual $25 membership dues
Dinner with friends on Friday is on your own, in the hotel, or at one of the area’s many restaurants.
Scholarships may be available for those who need assitance. Please apply using the Scholarship Registration form below. The deadline for scholarships has been extended through Friday, Jan. 19Monday, Jan. 22! Recipients will be notified late January. Please see the scholarship page for more info.
SWUUW understands that not all may be able to attend the conference due to financial constraints. We are offering scholarships, simply apply as you register. The deadline to apply for a partial scholarship has been extended through Jan. 19Jan. 22. Each scholarship applicant is asked to pay $75 as a down payment after they're accepted. Scholarship applicants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.
Set up is Friday after 1pm. Vendor hours are Friday 4pm - 9pm and Saturday 10am - 9pm. Special needs requests will be processed and honored where possible. Two artists may share a table, but only one application is required. SWUUW reserves the right to decline applications. Do not send money until you are accepted. One Vendor Space includes one 6-foot skirted table and two chairs Price: $75.00
Additionally all Vendors are asked to donate a high-quality item to SWUUW for our Annual Raffle benefiting our scholarships fund. Thank you for your generosity!
Please be prepared to upload a couple of images of sample items for sale, as well as your donated raffle item. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Acknowledgement e-mail will be sent when your application arrives. No funds are required until your application is accepted. If you are accepted we will send an email with a link to pay via PayPal. This email will also include a link to reserve a room at the hotel at our conference rate. Hotel lodging is not included in the vendor fee.