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:

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 28th 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. 

Dr Nicholas Campion, Dr Dennis Harness, Dr Armand Diaz, Aleksander Imsiragic, Julia Simas, Lynn Bell, Christopher Restroom, Roy Gillett, Maurice Fernandez, Michael Lutin, Rick Levine, Roy Gillett, Dr Glenn Perry and most of the OPA board, ISAR board, 14 active C*I*A agents, and most of Cape Town (OK maybe that’s a slight exaggeration!) as well as many other speakers from around the world, are just some of the lecturers at the conference in India hosted by the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology (founded by Sri Gopal Bhattacharjee who is the mastermind of the conference!!). Altogether there will be over 100 speakers from over 20 countries (and 6 continents!) in the first true East Meets West astrology conference in historical yet modern Kolkata India.

Winter finds Queer Astrology (QA) presenting its fourth conference in Portland OR USA. That’s February 16-19, 2018. Find registration details and more here.

The Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) comes earlier this year, yet is still in Greater Seattle March 22–26, 2018. It is the longest-running annual astrologers conference in the USA, it sports a familial, fun and down to earth vibe. It’s one of the world’s largest annual events.

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.

Great Lakes Astrology Conference (GLAC) runs July 12-16, 2018 in Ann Arbor Michigan USA. Their 2018 theme is “Empowering The Joyful Path”.

State of the Art (SOTA) Astrology Conference returns with a handful of international speakers, emerging voices, plus a great embrace of esoteric practices. This annual event happens October 18–22, 2018 in Buffalo NY USA. It’s super close to Buffalo International Airport with their full conference schedule online now.

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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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    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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    catherine poncet says:

    In Lyons France, the RAO (Rassemblement des Astrologues Occidentaux) conference will be held, in French, Saturday, October 7, 2017. 6 conferences all day on Twins and on Power. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


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