Astrology Conferences and retreats around the Globe

Agent 81 – Demetrius Bagley


Whether you are a student of astrology, hobbyist or any kind of professional, I strongly recommend meeting up with fellow tribe members. That might be at a meetup, class, group setting, or one of my favorites, a conference.

Conferences happen every so many months in various spots around the world. At each, a number of name and other astrologers present work that is old or new, basic or complex, and so on. It is definitely a way to fill yourself up at a metaphorical buffet of astrology knowledge, and to see what you really know.

It’s also a fantastic way to connect with people who speak and adore what some call ‘astrologese’ – the language of astrology that most others are unfamiliar with. I find astrologer conferences to be a definite mix of professional gathering meets family reunion swirled with an overnight camp sensibility. So yes there are conversations late into the nights for some. And occasionally trips to late night eateries for fries, donuts, cheezy doodles or any such. Conferences really can rejuvenate one in a few different ways. With emails, tweets, Facebooking, etc. etc. allowing the connections to take further hold and ripple across our global community.

Astro conferences and retreats on our radar over these next two years:

C*I*A Star Camp – Exploring the Galaxies Within and Without takes place April 20–24, 2017 in the Australian Outback (30 km from Alice Springs, Northern Territory). This unique retreat includes swag camping, using a telescope to see the night skies, an optional Indigenous Sacred Sites tour, seeing Aboriginal Dot Painting, enjoying campfires, and exploring the MacDonnell Ranges.

Queer Astrology (QA) returns with its third conference April 22-23, 2017 in New York City. QA has been a champion of original and groundbreaking talks and writings. It also continues to explore inclusivity for ALL who engage with astrology at their events.

Great Lakes Astrology Conference (GLAC) returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA May 4–8, 2017. Its theme is ‘Inspired Astrology for the Future’. GLAC might be the smallest here, yet certainly sports a certain strength and warmth.  

C*I*A Agents will be taking part in Astrology Rising: Co-Creating the Future in Guancaste, Costa Rica May 6–13, 2017. This week-long retreat includes astrology presentations for various levels of study, group gatherings, yoga, experiential workshops, beach activities, ceremonies, music, and plenty more.

The Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) is in Greater Seattle May 26–29, 2017. The longest running annual astrologers conference in the USA, it sports a familial, fun and down to earth vibe. While often the USA’s largest event in recent years, this might also be the world’s largest annual.

August 12-13, 2017, Portland has its 4th Renaissance Medicine Conference: Herbs, Medical Astrology, Alchemy. This small, mostly under the radar conference is quite unique in its focus.

26th – 29th October  The C*I*A’s next event in Melbourne, Australia. Jupiter in Scorpio – Living the Magic of Astrology- C*I*A Members receive 10° Discounts.

Astrological Association (AA) returns with its 49th (!!) annual conference September 8–10 2017. Held outside of Cambridge UK, this conference continues to share a terrific caliber of work with plenty good cheer for all its attendees.

Canadian Astrology Conference hosts a dozen Canadian speakers September 15-17, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This intimate conference setting is increasingly on the people’s radar in what is said to be one of the most gorgeous parts of North America.

The annual bi-national State of the Art Astrology Conference (SOTA) happens October 19-23, 2017 in Buffalo, New York, USA. This conference champions new voices and talks that embraces astrology along with other esoteric practices. Some say SOTA is the edgiest of all the world’s astrologer conferences. Their hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport, a short 5-10 minute ride away.

Look for The Kepler Conference to return as an annual offering January 25-28, 2018 in Florida with a focus on astrological research. The newest USA conference offers over a dozen presentations and speakers with some of the latest and greatest research projects & techniques out there.

The 28 th International Astrological Seminar 2018 goes January 31–February 4, 2018 in Held Kolkata, India with hundreds of astrologers from near and far. Reports note astrologers  feel incredibly welcome as part of this event and moreso being an astrologer – a revered profession here!
C*I*A Members Receive 10% discount to attend

Off in the distance is United Astrology Conference (UAC). UAC is the largest astrologers conference in the Northern Hemisphere in recent decades. Hugely recommend it, provided you are OK being with hundreds and hundreds of astrologers of all levels! This mothership conference happens May 24–29, 2018 in downtown Chicago. Schedules to be announced into 2017 with some 200-300 talks to choose from. There will be awards, dancing, excursions and plenty else.

To keep up with any/all of these, subscribe to their e-newsletter, which comes with buying a membership where offered.

And to save money on attending these events, here’s what I’ve learned over the years:

    • Save up and purchase registration as soon as it goes on sale as that will be THE lowest price offered. Alternately, please consider volunteering at the event itself or for the hosting organization in general to earn a registration.
    • Consider sharing a hotel room (and its costs) with one or more. Fellow attendees generally hang out in the hotel lobby, its bar or the designated party suite. This makes sharing easier since hotel rooms aren’t hugely used beyond sleeping, showering and storing your stuff, since most of us are hanging out all day and night! Alternately, know that Association for Young Astrologers (AYA) frequently hosts a housing suite that a gaggle of astrologers share in a sort of camping out style bringing hotel costs down immensely. Over the years, these housing suites have fosters some rather strong bonds.
    • Make it more affordable by saving $20–50 weekly, preferably for one full year pre-event. This total amount will then cover most or even all expenses – registration, airfare, hotel, food and local transit – without breaking your bank. It can also prepare one to take advantage of airfare sales (aka better pricing) using cash vs. credit.
    • Apply for one of the annual scholarships from Association For Astrological Networking (AFAN) especially if you are a first time attendee and need some financial support. Of course, one must be an active AFAN member to apply for those. Independently run NORWAC offered special scholarships in 2015 and 2016 also.

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2 replies
  1. Judith Hill
    Judith Hill says:

    I am the producer of the “Medical Astrology & Herbs Conference” aka “The Renaissance Medicine Conference” in Portland, OR this August 12-13. How can I get this event posted? I cannot find a contact link. We have the most experienced medical astrology teachers this year and would love to get the word out!


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