Registrar’s Notes

Thank you for registering for our 2015 Symposium.  You received a welcoming email, and you will receive another one, with updates, closer to the event. This page is another place where you can find all that same information, in text and PDFs, in case you want to print them off.

I look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Lee Melchior

 

RECEIPT  The registration site provided you with a receipt.  Please print it off to bring with you to the symposium.  If you’ve lost it, contact me at (leemelch@gmail.com).
LOCATION

Red Lion Hotel on the River & Conference Center  Note: There are 2 Red Lion Hotels—this is NOT the one at the airport!

Jantzen Beach

909 N Hayden Island Drive

Portland, OR 97217

(503) 283-4466 For conference rates use our Reservation Link.

CONTACT LIST  Everyone who registers may be included in a contact list of emails for this event.  NOTE:  This list is not to be used to promote websites or add people to blogs!  The purpose is for you to be able to interact after the event.  Watch for an email about this list. If you do not want to be included you will have the chance to Opt Out.
OUR PROGRAM BEGINS THE DAY BEFORE THE SYMPOSIUM

A SPECIAL ASWM EVENT Friday, April 10 7:30 pm at Red Lion Hotel

“Can the Blessed Virgin hold the heart of goddess women?” A celebration and reading from Patricia Monaghan’s Mary:  A Life in Verse with Michael McDermott.  If anyone has tales of the hold of Mary, come prepared to share.  Sponsored by ASWM and Black Earth Institute.

Free and open to public.

SAME SPACE, RIGHT AFTER THE SYMPOSIUM IS OVER:  A Conversation with Z Budapest

Grab a sandwich and join our most recent Saga Award winner Z Budapest at one of our meeting rooms–She will be signing books and discussing her new memoir from 6:15 to 7:15.

STAY FOR SATURDAY EVENING & SHARE THE FUN

Main presentation room,  7:30-9:30 pm

“SACRED SHINDIG: A Sharing Circle”

with Goddess play, Goddess stories, songs, jokes and other shenanigans!

Including Performance by Bethroot Gwynn (“A Wisdom Goddess Mind Play”),  Durga story by Nancy Vedder-Shults, Spoken Word by Lea Bayles(“Wild Wisdom”), Inspirations by SisterSpirit Women’s Spirituality Circle, Anthem by Naomi Littlebear Morena and Izetta Smith

And–including You!  Some 5 and 10 minute slots are available for your offerings. Send your idea to sacredshindig@gmail.com by March 15. Interactive epiphanies for a Circle of Participatory Power are especially welcome.  Wear your Sacred Garb!

Priestess of Ceremony: Marna Hauk

Priestess of Song: Barbara Dickinson

Free and open to the public.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

This is a one-day symposium. Registration opens Saturday at 7:30 AM. The program runs from 8:30 AM to 6:15 PM.

2015 Program Schedule Feb9

And here are abstracts for the day’s presentations: Abstracts 2015 Symposium

 

LUNCHEON

Your registration fee includes our networking luncheon. If you did not indicate which lunch option you prefer (vegan, vegetarian, or meat), your meal will be the meat option.  If you have special dietary considerations, contact me (leemelch@gmail.com).

PORTLAND WEATHER
High temps will likely be in the 40s-50s and very possibly rainy in April.

LODGING

The Symposium is being held at the conference center of the Red Lion Hotel on the River (503-283-4466), where symposium attendees are eligible for a reduced rate of $119/night, single or double occupancy.  Here is our group’s Reservation Link. Just indicate that you are with the ASWM Symposium when you reserve your room.

 

Red Lion Hotel on the River is located on Hayden Island at Jantzen Beach in the north part of Portland, 7 miles north of the downtown area.

 

The hotel features a full service restaurant and bar, with a coffee shop and full breakfast served in the restaurant.  Breakfast is not included in your room rate, but can be added for $10 extra per day.  There is also a fitness facility for hotel guests, as well as an outdoor hot tub that is open year round, and some access to riverwalks along the river.

 

NOTE: If you plan to stay in the hotel for extra days around our symposium, please reserve your room soon. The Red Lion has large events before and after ours, and rooms will book quickly.

 NEARBY RESTAURANTS

Here is a list from the Red Lion Hotel, which will provide a free shuttle service to get you to these eateries: Area Restaurants

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 at 7 pm

“Speaking of Justice:  Sustainability and the Soul,” a lecture by Susan Griffin at First Unitarian Church of Portland.  Sliding scale, $1 to $20.

for more information contact Katie Radditz 503 228 6389 Ext 172 or kradditz@firstunitarianportalnd.org

GETTING AROUND PORTLAND

The Red Lion Hotel on the River is located on Hayden Island at Jantzen Beach in the north part of Portland, 7 miles north of the downtown area:

909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217 (503) 283-4466

 

  • TIMING

Please allow for 45 minutes to an hour for transportation each way (by car or public transit) if you are headed downtown or to the events at the Unitarian Church.

 

  • PUBLIC TRANSIT

There is a MAX Light Rail station 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel/conference center, or you can arrange with the hotel shuttle to transport you to the MAX station.  From there, you can take public transit (all of it wheelchair accessible). If you go to the Unitarian Church Thursday evening or Friday for the writing workshop, it is $2.50 each way, exact change needed, or $1.00 each way for Honored Citizens [those over 65 with proof of age].  TriMet is the public transportation company in Portland, and has a very good website to planning travel on their system; see trimet.org.

 

  • PARKING

There is complimentary overnight parking for hotel guests and day parking for all other ASWM attendees.    There is also a free conference center shuttle from the Max Light Rail Line, with Park N’ Ride, which is located 5 minutes from the conference center.

 

  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE

There is complimentary shuttle service by the hotel/conference center for symposium attendees, to and from the Portland airport or the nearest MAX Light Rail station.  The hotel/conference center asks that you collect your baggage at the airport prior to phoning them for a ride, at the main hotel number (503-283-4466).

 

  • RIDE SHARING

ASWM is not arranging transportation to and from the airport, but we provide a self-help email group (see below).

 

ASWM SELF HELP EMAIL GROUP

We offer this service so that you may be able to share rides or housing with someone.  You were added to this group when you registered. If you don’t want to be on it, contact me at leemelch@gmail.com

 

MORE ABOUT SUSAN GRIFFIN

Susan Griffin is an internationally celebrated writer whose books have been translated into 17 languages and widely anthologized. Among twenty books, Woman and Nature is considered a classic of the environmental movement and  A Chorus of Stones: the Private Life of War was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of an NEA Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy Award, and the Commonwealth Club’s Silver Medal for poetry, she has taught writing on college campuses and in community centers throughout the United States and internationally.

 

ASWM’s COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

It is the purpose of ASWM events to bring together people of diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in order to develop and strengthen scholarship concerning women in mythology and the female divine. Participation of all people from diverse cultural, spiritual, racial and ethnic backgrounds is encouraged. We do not advocate or exclude any view, nor do we permit proselytizing. Respect for each others’ views is essential for the success of our events and our organization.