DA and BDA Visioning Conference
We will host nine workshops over two months, all focused on visioning in DA and BDA:
Sometimes one of the hardest questions to answer in life is “What do I really want?” We keep ourselves so busy doing what we have to do that we don’t get around to asking ourselves what we want to do. And sometimes we don’t know how to differentiate between what we really want and what we think we should want.
— from DA's Visions pamphlet
Because we will be welcoming DA and BDA members to share real-world details of their businesses and lives, we must ask that all workshop participants meet the only requirement for DA and BDA membership:
an ongoing desire to stop incurring new unsecured debt, one day at a time
Here is our summary description of how we will focus our time, attention, actions, and spirits for this two-month DA and BDA recovery event (all dates are Sundays):
Every Sunday in July and August
12-2pm pacific, 3-5pm eastern, etc. PLUS one-hour After Party
July 4, 2021 — Orientation (some sharing about visions, lots of Q&A) — only this session will be recorded and made available on the home page of this website
July 11 and 18, 2021 — Visioning in words (getting our vision onto paper and reading it aloud, as part of the process of asking Higher Power for what we want, while aligning our will and vision with the Higher Power's will and vision for us) — we will spend July 11th sharing our writings about personal visions and July 18th on business, income, earning, or employment vision writings
July 25 and August 1, 2021 — Visioning in numbers (creating vision spending plans for the lives we really, really want) — we will spend July 25th sharing our vision spending plans for our personal visions and August 1st on business, income, earning, or employment vision spending plans
August 8 and 15, 2021 — Visioning in pictures (really SEEING our visions and sharing them with others — maybe vision boards, maybe vision slide decks, maybe our own artwork — show and tell for us grownups in recovery from debting) — we will spend August 8th sharing imagery related to our personal visions and August 15th on business, income, earning, or employment visions and images
August 22 and 29, 2021 — Manifesting our visions through the DA and BDA program (ha! — did you think we were leaving out the DA and BDA principles and tools? — never!) — we will spend August 22nd sharing how we bring DA and BDA into our personal visions and August 29th on business, income, earning, or employment visions and manifestations
NOTE: Most participants will not be able to attend all workshops in the series. That's okay. However, registration includes all NINE interrelated events, and the more workshops you attend, the more you will get out of them.
How to register:
Please send a one-time contribution of $125 via https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/bdaintergroup2 with a note that says: Visions
Please keep in mind that your $125 contribution will give you access to NINE two-hour interrelated workshops, creating one recovery event, spanning two months.
All funds received will be split evenly between our Literature Fund and our Public Information Fund — new outreach projects are currently in the works.
NOTE: For newcomers to DA and BDA — we consider those in their first year of DA and BDA membership to be newcomers — who find the registration fees above beyond your resources, please feel welcome to send a one-time payment of $45. We want to support, encourage, and welcome you as you begin the process of claiming and maintaining your solvency and of leaping into your recovery from debting, both personally and in your business(es).
Here's the very broad, Steps-based overview we're pursuing in our event planning committee; more specific details for each weekend have been provided in the sections further below:
We are adopting a structure for the visioning mini-conference that follows the path of the 12 Steps:
In weeks two and three, the writing will be guided toward practice of the first three Steps: surrendering to the process and to our Higher Powers; coming to believe and overcoming the insanity of not asking for what we want; and making the decision to be solvent and in recovery, at least for the rest of the process, in this case the visioning process.
In weeks four and five, the vision spending plans will be guided toward practice of the next three Steps: being honest with ourselves about what we really want, not what we think we should want, but what we really want; sharing our plans with others and with Higher Power while receiving feedback and input; and becoming entirely ready to become the people who can achieve our visions.
In weeks six and seven, the visioning visuals will be guided toward practice of the next three Steps: practicing humility as we ask the Higher Power for what we want, "the difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone" (from the AA 12 and 12); letting go of ALL of our past, forgiving ourselves for missed opportunities in our lives so far, and letting go of any blame we feel toward others, focusing on today and the bright future ahead of us; and seeking alignment within ourselves and with our Higher Powers, changing our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and patterns so we can change as people and fulfill our own dreams.
In weeks eight and nine, the manifestation discussions and suggested actions will be guided toward practice of the next three Steps: digging deeper into who we are and who we need to become in order to bring our visions into reality, leaning into steady improvement and maintaining the growth we've already experienced; inviting our Higher Power into every nook and cranny of our lives, every element of our reality today and our visions for tomorrow; and staying to recover, maximizing our potential as solvent debtors and business owners through practicing some part of the DA and BDA program every day, to the best of our ability and availability.
The twist for this Visioning Conference is that we will have one brave DA and BDA member who has committed to preparing and sharing in all eight of the activity workshops, an exciting example of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness in action:
Our summary weekly agenda — expect changes and variety from week to week — July 11 through August 29, 2021:
5 minutes: Workshop leader opens with Serenity Prayer and welcomes everyone, may share a little of his experiences from the previous weekend to warm up the registrants for the new topic (need timekeeper from beginning forward)
10 minutes: Workshop leader will share on the visioning topic for the day
10 minutes: Committed participant will share his prepared vision on the day’s visioning topic
15 minutes: Encouragement and support of our committed participant (12 minutes of participation, 3 minutes of wrap-up)
15 minutes: Q&A with committed participant, workshop leader who will call on raised hands
5 minutes: Commercial break—ways to help and support our fellow debtors and business owners, especially through the BDA Intergroup
50 minutes: Workshop leader leads the engagement (“workshop”) period; each week six conference participants will have up to three minutes to briefly share the vision work they’ve prepared for the day’s workshop and on the day’s visioning topic; there will then be up to five minutes of encouragement and support as other participants share their experience, strength, and hope when they have pursued their own visions for themselves, their families, or their businesses
10 minutes: Workshop leader leads us through wrap-up, preparation for next session, and close with Serenity Prayer
60 minutes: Workshop leader will lead “After Party”
Keep an eye on this space. We will post samples and examples for the visioning topics above by mid-June.