24 June 2014
Last week I visited the hotel and it appears they are ready for us. Some updates:
- Front desk appears to have its act together this year. I will be back again to double-check on that.
- There is now an ice cream and fudge shop located just off the Starbucks. I am told the milkshakes are good. I can vouch for the fudge.
- Around the corner from the hotel there is now a Smokin’ Joes, which not only has the usual cigarettes and souvenirs, but also a great coffee shop with lattes, and cappucinos, and excellent truffles and more. They also have a rather interesting show each evening featuring native dancers, music, and myth. It’s something you might want to check out.
- Also around the corner there is a culinary center. This has a restaurant, a deli, a pastry shop, a wine boutique featuring Niagara Wines, and a Barnes and Noble. This looks like something we may use for events in future years; for this year, it’s merely something else to check out.
Meanwhile, JUNE 25 is the last day to save money on SOTA rates. As of the 26th, Deluxe and Full conference registrations increase by $50, while single-day admissions go up by $30. So if you haven’t already registered, now is the time to do it. By the weekend, the rates will have gone up…
In terms of banquets, it is now very clear that we are very likely to sell out before September, as the big room we used two years ago is no longer available for banquets. While I haven’t done a final count yet, I am guesstimating that there are about 15 spaces left. That means 15 Deluxe conference packages left. After that it will be Full Conferences only, with the option to add on the Opening Ceremonies. We will try very hard to accommodate everyone for the Opening Ceremonies, but at the moment there are no guarantees.
In terms of hotel, we still have a fair bit of space available for all nights but Wednesday. So if you’re planning to come in for the Pre-Conference workshops you need to reserve your room NOW by calling 866-961-3780 and telling them you’re with SOTA.
And speaking of Pre-Conferences, I’ve been asked about Georgia Stathis and about her workshop on Business Astrology. Georgia is an internationally-known business astrologer who has been lecturing since 1977. She has an MBA from Pepperdine College in California.
In addition to her extensive astrology and lecturing work, she is a licensed California realtor, with much expertise in forecasting real estate cycles. In fact, I initially tried to get her to lecture on real estate cycles, but she declined because a) she is not familiar with the Canadian real estate market and b), NOBODY seems to understand the Toronto real estate market. They’ve been predicting a bust for years and it still hasn’t happened. There have even been articles in the New York Times and elsewhere. So your guess is as good as anybody’s on that one.
Having said that, you can expect to get a good background in business astrology from Georgia’s workshop — not just basic stuff, but also some forecasting tips and techniques. I have heard Georgia lecture more that once. She is clear, she is accessible, and she delivers. This workshop isn’t called Basics and Beyond for nothing… And if that isn’t enough, she is also an expert on Synodic Cycles, which are crucial in forecasting.
Register before June 26th, and you can attend this lecture for a mere $70. Or you can register for both workshops for only $90. We will accept registrations right up until the workshop starts,but the longer you wait, the more you can expect to pay. So why not do yourself a favor and register now???
And don’t forget that Georgia will also be doing a 2-hour presentation on Synodics on Friday.
On other fronts, a reminder that we still have two vacant slots at Open Forum. If you want one, message me for guidelines. We COULD fill those slots with panels, but I’d just love to see some of you showing of your knowledge in them instead.
OK, I’ve been running late all week and I want to get this out to as many people as possible before the rates go up. I’d love it if you want to lend a hand and spread the word. Meanwhile, have a terrific week.