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Please note this draft agenda is subject to change. Links to additional information will be added as they become available. All events are at the Omega Institude unless otherwise noted.

IMPORTANT: ILA's conference registration fee gives attendees access to all non-ticketed activites except for MEALS, YOGA, MEDITATION, TAI CHI, and REFLECTION or MOVEMENT classes. Attendees who lodge at the Omega Institute will automatically gain access to all meals and supplemental activities as listed above. Attendees who choose not to lodge at the Omega Institute, should purchase a conference commuter plan ($120) from Omega in order to access conference meals and supplemental activities.

Sunday June 11
12:00 - 19:00 Conference Registration Check-in & Help Desk
14:15 - 15:45 Tour of Omega Institute
17:45 - 18:45

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

18:00 - 19:15 Dinner: Cultivating Our Whole Selves
19:30 - 21:00 Fireside Chats
Monday June 12
7:00 - Conference Registration
7:00 - 8:00 Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Writing
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast (optional silence)
8:45 - 10:15 Opening Session
10:30 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 1
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch: Personal Is Political
13:00 - 14:00 Reflection OR Movement Class
14:15 - 15:45 Concurrent Session 2
16:00 - 17:30 Concurrent Session 3
17:45 - 18:45 Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi
18:00 - 19:15 Dinner: "It Is Better to Light a Candle Than to Curse the Darkness"
19:30 - 21:00 Eleanor Roosevelt Docudrama - Live Performance Starring Debbie Dimitre
Tuesday June 13
7:00 - Conference Registration
7:00 - 8:00 Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Writing
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast (optional silence)
8:45 - 10:15 Concurrent Session 4
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary: Power & Influence Panel
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch: Do Power Differently
13:00 - 14:00 Reflection OR Movement Class
14:15 - 15:45 Concurrent Session 5
16:00 - 17:30 Concurrent Session 6
17:45 - 18:45 Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi
18:00 - 19:15 Dinner
19:30 - 21:00 Fireside Chat
Wednesday June 14
7:00 - 8:00 Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Writing
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast (optional silence)
8:45 - 10:15 Concurrent Session 7
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary: Grandma Moses Docudrama - Live Performance Starring Debbie Dimitre & Closing
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch: "Life Is What We Make It"
13:00 - 1400 Departures
14:00 - 17:00 Post-Conference VIP Guided Tour of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Parthership at Hyde Park

Bus Departs Omega at 14:00 (2PM) and returns at 17:00 (5PM). Ticketed Event. Please note: This activity carries an additional registration fee of $85. Please register in advance via the conference registration form. The event will be capped at 35 participants.

Debbie Dimitre

About the Storyteller

For the past 30 years this Northwest Storyteller/Actress has been entertaining audiences of all ages with her historical docudramas, bringing to life such women as Nellie Bly, Eleanor Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Harriet Beecher-Stowe, and Rachel Carson just to name a few. Debbie has performed for schools, libraries, bookstores, churches, senior/retirement communities, museums, as well as numerous social and philanthropic organizations. She has performed for Folklife Festival, has served on the board of the Seattle Storytellers Guild, has been a member of the Biblical Storytellers Network and has facilitated storytelling workshops as well as women's retreats.

As noted by Debbie: "My interest in women's stories was born out of an awareness that our children's school books are practically void of information about women in American history, their contributions, courage and bravery. Thus was created Patch-Work Tales, a series of one woman presentations in which I bring to life, in costume and in character, various women from America's past."

As a theatre major at both the University of Oregon and Portland State University over 40 years ago, Debbie never imagined she would one day have her own one- woman production that would take her all over the Northwest. As the mother of three grown children and a grandmother, Debbie says she feels blessed to be living her dream.

Sherry LeVine Grindeland of the Bellevue Journal American wrote: "Once you have heard Debbie Dimitre assume the character of a woman out of America's past, you will never again think of history as dull or uninteresting." ×