Sunday Assembly Presents:

Join us for the Sunday Assembly’s annual conference from May 18-21 2017

three days entirely dedicated to celebrating life,

building secular communities, and having bucketloads of fun.

San Diego will rock with inspiring speakers, deep thinkers, and great doers.

Gain tools to improve your life, grow your community, and change the world.

Come together for this super celebration of organisers, participants, community builders and anyone else who wants to make a difference
in this one life we know we have.

SPEAKERS

SAY HELLO TO SOME OF OUR AWESOME SPEAKERS!

Sanderson Jones

Sanderson Jones

Sanderson, the co-founder and CEO of Sunday Assembly, will be hosting the event with a sole mission of filling it with as much joy, laughter and celebration as 3 days can handle. He’ll probably also insist on talking about non-religious ‘spirituality’ at some point.

Pippa Evans

Pippa Evans

Pippa is Co-founder of Sunday Assembly and is a main organiser at Sunday Assembly London. A prolific comedy writer and performer, Pippa recently won an Olivier Award with her pals at Showstoppers: An Improvised Musical (that’s the top award you can get!). Through Sunday Assembly, Pippa has developed Improv Your Life – a training programme using improvisation as a life skill, to get more out of the day to day.

Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell is an educator, writer, and speaker on the topic of religion, irreligion, and humanism in America; in a previous life, he was a 19 year Seventh-day Adventist pastor. A documentary called A Year Without God chronicles his experiment with living as an atheist, a journey that has been covered by NPR and the Huffington Post. Bell is the founder of Life After God, home of the Life After God podcast, and his blog can be found on patheos.com

Pascal Gagneux

Pascal Gagneux

Pascal Gagneux is Associate Director for CARTA, the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny. His scientific journey has taken him from behavioral studies of wild chimpanzees in West Africa, to non-invasive genetic studies of wild chimpanzees, to the comparative study of cell surface sugars (glycobiology) in humans and other apes and the exploration of their roles in infectious disease and in reproductive compatibility.

Aaron Bruce

Aaron Bruce

Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University, focuses on campus-wide multicultural understanding, social justice, and strategies related to diversity and inclusion. An advocate for global education, Aaron lives by two mottos– “Awaken the sleep, protect the weak, and guide the strong” and “Keep it global, my friends.”

Indre Viskontas

Indre Viskontas

Indre Viskontas is a renowned neuroscientist and opera singer who hosts the podcast “Inquiring Minds.” Indre will share the surprising connection between music and our brains.

Jeffrey Zlotnik

Jeffrey Zlotnik

Jeffrey Zlotnik, founder and CEO of The Meditation Initiative, has brought mental health benefits to many– including homeless teens, veterans, and HIV patients. Jeffrey approaches meditation simply as a daily practice of mindfulness, laying the foundation for a happier and healthier life.

Scott Shigeoka

Scott Shigeoka

Scott Shigeoka, community builder at IDEO, is the kind of guy who wears Lego hats when teaching MBAs and insists on interactivity over talking points. Scott will engage your thinking about spaces that make people feel they belong.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan is a Director of Organisational Development for the UK’s National Health Service. Sarah’s mission is to create an organisation that allows everyone to bring their whole selves to work. She’ll be speaking on the importance of love in the workplace.

Kaimipono Wenger

Kaimipono Wenger

Kaimipono Wenger is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. His current work examines issues in critical race theory, reparations and apology for slavery and Jim Crow, theories of justice in mass restitution, LGBT rights, law and religion, and Native Hawaiian rights.

and more to come…

WORKSHOPS

Improv Your Team! – Laughter Circle – Unpacking White Savior And White Martyr – Giving Game – Consent, The Right To Say No – Got Values? The Power Of What You Do Believe – An Introduction To Storytelling

Welcoming Those With Disabilities Into Your Assembly – Working With Other Secular Groups – How To Build A Commuity Around A Monthly Event – Free Tools To Get Your Assembly Noticed – Your Assembly Finances

additional details and workshops coming soon…

SCHEDULE

Thursday

Meet and Greet starting at 7:30 PM.

Join the Sunday Assembly crew for a casual meet and greet at Spitz in Hillcrest. Make new buddies, or reacquaint yourself with old friends—a perfect start to a weekend full of joy!

Friday

9AM to 6PM

Good Morning! Light breakfast, coffee, and registration.

The State of the Nation with Sanderson.

Speakers

Morning workshops in beautiful Balboa Park.

Light boxed lunch. Easy to carry to the park to eat al fresco.

Recess: Play time at Balboa Park!

Speakers and discussions to stretch your mind.

Afternoon workshops and immersive experiences to connect with Sunday Assembly friends across the world.

Saturday

8:45AM to 5:30PM then from 7PM to 10:30PM

Light breakfast and coffee.

Welcome & Speakers.

Conference Group Photo

Morning workshops.

Lunch break.

Open Space—bring your ideas and invite people to join you in conversation.

Town Hall Meeting.

Sunday Assembly General Assembly.

Break.

Cabaret Evening with Sunday Assembly’s best performers.

Sunday

9:30AM Doors Open

10AM – Sunday Assembly Of All The Talents.

Coffee, cookies, and community!

12PM – Post-conference lunch, drinks, and farewell at The Boathouse Restaurant by the beautiful San Diego Bay.

Monday

Free optional community service project. 

San Diego can be a beautiful place, but for many children living on the street it can also be a scary and lonely place. Our conference community service project will be partnering with StandUp For Kids – San Diego, a program that helps homeless youth. We’ll meet at 531 16th St, between Island and Market, next Monday (22nd) at 11 AM to help with cleaning, painting, and organizing. All abilities welcome. Let’s make a lasting difference!

VENUES

Thursday

SPITZ

Join the Sunday Assembly crew for a casual meet and greet at the Spitz patio area. Make new buddies, or reacquaint yourself with old friends—a perfect start to a weekend full of joy!

The creators of Spitz serve up Mediterranean street food, but with California freshness, color, and flavor. Spitz has a variety of dishes that can be made with your choice of freshly minced meat OR can be made vegan or vegetarian upon request. Also, look for their craft beer and sangria selection!

Friday - Sunday

SAN DIEGO WOMAN’S CLUB

The conference will be at the San Diego Woman’s Club, three blocks from beautiful and historic Balboa Park, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, and which hosted the Panama-California Exposition in 1916. Balboa Park is the home of the world famous San Diego Zoo, and more museums than you can shake a stick at.

The San Diego Woman’s Club, founded in 1892, has a rich and prominent history, and located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood, which overlooks San Diego Harbor, 2 miles away. Downtown San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team (sort of like cricket), Comic-Con International (itself home to hundreds of Stormtroopers), and many varied eateries and bars, is 1 mile away.

Sunday Afternoon

BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT

Our post-conference assembly send off lunch and happy hour will be at The Boathouse Restaurant. The Boathouse offers panoramic views of Point Loma, San Diego Bay, Harbor Island West Marina and Mission Hills. The dinning areas boast floor to ceiling windows offering a fabulous scenic backdrop to our event.

From the Boathouse website: Our menu, inspired by traditional waterfront dining, features American seafood cuisine infused with a contemporary island twist. Whenever possible, we source the freshest fish, meats and produce from local farmers and vendors with an emphasis on sustainability.

Monday

San Diego can be a beautiful place, but for many children living on the street it can also be a scary and lonely place. Our conference community service project will be partnering with StandUp For Kids – San Diego, a program that helps homeless youth. We’ll meet at 531 16th St, between Island and Market, next Monday (22nd) at 11 AM to help with cleaning, painting, and organizing. All abilities welcome. Let’s make a lasting difference!

 

Spitz - Hillcrest

3515 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA

San Diego Woman's Club

2557 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Balboa Park

2599 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Boathouse Restaurant

2040 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Holiday Inn Express Downtown

1430 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Four Points Sheraton

1617 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

ACCOMMODATIONS

As part of its commitment to conference sustainability, Sunday Assembly San Diego encourages attendees to book hotel rooms through Travel Light for guaranteed best prices on hotels and rental cars. With Sunday Assembly San Diego’s referral link, attendees get access to up to 15% discounts and full carbon offsets on hotels and rental cars. Save money and help us make A Conference Called Wonder as sustainable as possible!

There are several hotels within 1.5 miles of the San Diego Woman’s Center that can be booked for under $200 per night on TravelLight, including:

West Park Inn (.6 miles away)

Quality Inn San Diego Downtown North (0.6 miles away)

Motel 6 San Diego Downtown (0.8 miles away)

Days Inn San Diego Downtown/Convention Center (1.2 miles away)

Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego (1.2 miles away)

San Diego Downtown Lodge (1.5 miles away).

These hotels are recommended for their proximity only and we recommend you compare online reviews before selecting where you will stay. Guests who book a hotel or rental car on Travel Light will be recognized at A Conference Called Wonder for contributing to conference sustainability.

In case guests are unable to find suitable accommodations on Travel Light, we have also made the following arrangements:

We have reserved a block of 25 rooms (18 with two queen beds and 7 with one king bed) at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego.  The hotel is located at 1430 7th Ave., 1.2 miles from the Woman’s Club.  The room rate is $209/night, plus $16/day for self-serve hotel parking. The rate includes free wi-fi and a complimentary breakfast buffet daily. Reservations must be made and secured with your credit card by 4/17/17.  Call (800) 884-5788 to make a reservation, and ask for the Sunday Assembly block. Photos available on their website at: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanrx/hoteldetail

We have also reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Four Points Sheraton. The hotel is located at 1617 1st. Ave., 0.8 miles from the Woman’s Club.  The room rate is $169/night, plus $32/day for valet only hotel parking.  The rate includes free wi-fi. Reservations must be made and secured with your credit card by 4/17/17.  Please mention Sunday Assembly when making your reservation.  Call (619) 239-9600 to make a reservation. Photos available on their website at: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3755

Other options:

Hotel Vyvant, which is located at 505 W. Grape St., 0.7 miles from the Woman’s Club.  They offer a range of accommodations, from $99/night with a shared bathroom, to $199/night for a private room.  There is no hotel parking, but they will assist you with finding overnight street parking.  They do not block rooms, but if 15 rooms are booked, they will give each room a 15% discount.  Please mention Sunday Assembly when making your reservation. Photos available on their website at: http://www.hotelvyvant.com/

The Britt Scripps Inn – no longer a recommendation as pricing was ONLY for single occupancy.

For those willing to consider a hostel, HI San Diego Downtown is a good option.  Dorm style accommodations range from $33-$39/night (these are 2016 prices and may increase slightly for 2017), and private rooms are available from $156/night. Free wi-fi and breakfast are included.  Parking is street parking only. Photos available on their website at: http://sandiegohostels.org/downtown/

In addition, there are several airbnb properties located within a three mile radius of the Woman’s Club.  This may be a more affordable option if you are looking to share accommodations in groups of three or more.

Can I stay with a San Diego Assembler?

Sure thing! Please email Ami Leary at ami.leary@gmail.com and she’ll help coordinate accomodations based on your needs and local availibility.

TICKETS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

THE EVENT

What is A Conference Called Wonder all about?

The Conference Called Wonder is three days entirely dedicated to celebrating life, building secular communities, and having bucketloads of fun. San Diego will rock with inspiring speakers, deep thinkers, and great doers.
Gain tools to improve your life, grow your community, and change the world. Come together for this super celebration of organisers, participants, community builders and anyone else who wants to make a difference in this one life we know we have.

What are the dates of the conference?
The Conference Called Wonder will take place in San Diego from 18-21 May 2017.
With a free and optional community service project on Monday, May 22nd.

What is Sunday Assembly?
The Sunday Assembly is a radically inclusive community that celebrates life, and has the mission of Helping Everyone Live Life As Fully As Possible. Our monthly events provide people with a space to sing together, listen to inspirational speakers, meet new people and celebrate life. This event is the springboard for a radically inclusive, caring community that goes on to volunteer locally and create peer-to-peer support groups. Since Sunday Assembly London began in January 2013, volunteers have started their own Assemblies in 70 other towns and cities across the world. Find out more at www.sundayassembly.com

How do I get tickets for the conference?
Tickets can be bought via www.aconferencecalledwonder.com

What types of tickets are available?
Weekend tickets are available at a cost of US$149.99. A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale at US$129.99. Group tickets: 4+ attendees buying their tickets together get a 15% discount!

NEW:   Student discount tickets available now at US$110.00!

We hope to be able to offer some grant tickets closer to the date of the conference for those who cannot afford to pay the full price. Information tbc.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes full access to the Conference Called Wonder events from Thursday 18th May- Monday 21st May.

This includes a social event on Thursday evening, full programme of activities on Friday and Saturday- with inspiring speakers, workshops and a full band. A light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are provided on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening we will host a cabaret night, and Sunday we will be hosting a Global Sunday Assembly, and a departing social, plus an organised Community Service Project on Monday 22nd.

Who is this event aimed at?
Everyone interested in how connected communities can make the world a better place! Come together for this super celebration of organisers, participants, community builders and anyone else who wants to make a difference in this one life we know we have.

We’ll be dividing the content into different tracks- so whether want to know how to live your life more fully, about new models of secular community, or how to run a music programme for a local Assembly, there’s something for everyone. We will have lots of interactive sessions, and of course our full band for sing-alongs!

Can I buy a one day ticket?
We’re only offering full weekend tickets. We believe that meaningful connections take time to develop, and the Conference is a special collective experience. We don’t want anyone missing out on important parts of it!

Is the venue Accessible?
Most of the spaces we will be using at the San Diego Woman’s Club are accessible, including the Main Hall, outdoors patio area, meeting rooms and bathrooms. However, the raised stage, the Quiet Room, and the upstairs meeting room are only accessible via stairs (no ramps or elevator available).

Some activities will take place in Balboa Park, which has ADA-accessible bathrooms, paved pathways, and ADA parking.

After I arrive to San Diego, how do I check-in for the conference?

Join us for the Welcome Social on Thursday evening (location tbc), where we will be registering attendees, alternatively, registration at the San Diego Woman’s Club will be open from 9am on Friday 18th May.

I want to tweet during the conference. What’s the conference hashtag?

We’d love to hear from you on twitter! The Conference Called Wonder hashtag is #ACCW17, and you can reach the Sunday Assembly via @sundayassembly on Twitter and Instagram. Find us on Facebook via www.facebook.com/thesundayassembly.

Will there be WIFI at the Woman’s Club during the conference?
We are working on it, but please don’t count on it.

Will there be a Community Service Project as part of the ACCW17?

Yes, we will be organising a Community Service Project on Monday 22nd May. Details of this will be shared closer to the time.

Is there a dress code?

Our dress code is ‘Come As You Are’! We want all of our attendees to feel comfortable and relaxed- so if that’s sports gear, a dress, shirt and trousers or a onesie, wear whatever that means for you!

What is the Conference Code of Conduct?

The Sunday Assembly welcomes all who welcome all.

We expect attendees to be joining us with open arms, acceptance and with love. We also expect everyone follow the Sunday Assembly Charter.

The Sunday Assembly:
Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs—this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations, or services.
Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.
We won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can.
And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have.

Finally, have fun, be nice and join in.

Also, we expect all of our attendees to be abiding by local laws.

MERCH

When and where will I get the conference t-shirt and tote that I purchased with my ticket?

Pre-ordered t-shirts and totes will be available upon registration, so you can enjoy wearing them through the conference!

Can I buy more conference t-shirts later or at the event?

There will be a limited amount of conference t-shirts available for sale at the event- but we highly recommend pre-ordering your t-shirts and totes.

TRAVEL

What’s the best way of reaching San Diego from afar?
The best way is by flight. San Diego International Airport (SAN) being the main local airport. Other regional airports in San Diego County may work as well as the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). LAX is about a 2.5 hr drive from San Diego or you take a bus to the LA Union Station and then take a train down to the Santa Fe Depot Station in San Diego (about ⅔ of the trip is very scenic as the train tracks run very close to the Pacific Ocean).

What will the weather be like?

The weather is very likely to be temperate and lovely. It is San Diego after all. The high temperature is likely to be 61 – 71 degrees fahrenheit (16 to 20 celsius).
Most years, San Diego gets less than 0.08 inches (2 mm) of rain in May. About once every four years, the city receives no rain at all this month.
The sun’s rays reach the ground in San Diego during 59 percent of daylight hours on average in May, for a total of 254 hours in the month. Typically on 8 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover. May has fewer clear days than other months.
The relative humidity in San Diego during May usually peaks at 77 percent just after midnight then drops to 61 percent by early afternoon.

What’s interesting to do in San Diego?
-The venue for the event is situated just two blocks away from one of the largest contiguous city parks in the United States, Balboa Park. Less than a mile uptown (and uphill) is the lovely and lively neighborhood of Hillcrest; and less than a mile downhill is San Diego City Center and the vibrant, historic Gaslamp District. Uptown and downtown are easily accessible by city transit.

Where to stay?

As part of its commitment to conference sustainability, Sunday Assembly San Diego encourages attendees to book hotel rooms through Travel Light for guaranteed best prices on hotels and rental cars. With Sunday Assembly San Diego’s referral link, attendees get access to up to 15% discounts and full carbon offsets on hotels and rental cars. Save money and help us make A Conference Called Wonder as sustainable as possible!

There are several hotels within 1.5 miles of the San Diego Woman’s Center that can be booked for under $200 per night on TravelLight, including:

West Park Inn (.6 miles away)

Quality Inn San Diego Downtown North (0.6 miles away)

Motel 6 San Diego Downtown (0.8 miles away)

Days Inn San Diego Downtown/Convention Center (1.2 miles away)

Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego (1.2 miles away)

San Diego Downtown Lodge (1.5 miles away).

These hotels are recommended for their proximity only and we recommend you compare online reviews before selecting where you will stay. Guests who book a hotel or rental car on Travel Light will be recognized at A Conference Called Wonder for contributing to conference sustainability.

In case guests are unable to find suitable accommodations on Travel Light, we have also made the following arrangements:

We have reserved a block of 25 rooms (18 with two queen beds and 7 with one king bed) at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego. The hotel is located at 1430 7th Ave., 1.2 miles from the Woman’s Club. The room rate is $209/night, plus $16/day for self-serve hotel parking. The rate includes free wi-fi and a complimentary breakfast buffet daily. Reservations must be made and secured with your credit card by 4/17/17. Call (800) 884-5788 to make a reservation, and ask for the Sunday Assembly block. Photos available on their website at: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanrx/hoteldetail

We have also reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Four Points Sheraton. The hotel is located at 1617 1st. Ave., 0.8 miles from the Woman’s Club. The room rate is $169/night, plus $32/day for valet only hotel parking. The rate includes free wi-fi. Reservations must be made and secured with your credit card by 4/17/17. Please mention Sunday Assembly when making your reservation. Call (619) 239-9600 to make a reservation. Photos available on their website at:http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3755

Other options:
Hotel Vyvant, which is located at 505 W. Grape St., 0.7 miles from the Woman’s Club. They offer a range of accommodations, from $99/night with a shared bathroom, to $199/night for a private room. There is no hotel parking, but they will assist you with finding overnight street parking. They do not block rooms, but if 15 rooms are booked, they will give each room a 15% discount. Please mention Sunday Assembly when making your reservation. Photos available on their website at: http://www.hotelvyvant.com/
The Britt Scripps Inn – no longer a recommendation as pricing was ONLY for single occupancy.
For those willing to consider a hostel, HI San Diego Downtown is a good option. Dorm style accommodations range from $33-$39/night (these are 2016 prices and may increase slightly for 2017), and private rooms are available from $156/night. Free wi-fi and breakfast are included. Parking is street parking only. Photos available on their website at: http://sandiegohostels.org/downtown/
In addition, there are several airbnb properties located within a three mile radius of the Woman’s Club. This may be a more affordable option if you are looking to share accommodations in groups of three or more.

Can I stay with a San Diego Assembler?

Sure thing! Please email Ami Leary at ami.leary@gmail.com and she’ll help coordinate accomodations based on your needs and local availibility.