29 June 2014
And a happy July 1 or a happy July 4, whichever you celebrate. Here in SOTAland the fireworks started on June 27, and will probably continue until July 2nd if last year was any indicator. Because I am blessed with a view of both the Harbour and the Mountain I don’t even have to leave my house to see a good display. Which is wonderful because I truly enjoy them.
OK, so what’s new with SOTA? Not a lot this week. We’re close to finalizing Open Forum and close to finalizing Sweet Messages; I’m hoping to bring you more news about those next week. Meanwhile, a few updates:
As you probably already know, SOTA registration rates increased as of June 26. You can check the attached flyer and /or http://donnavantoen.com for further details on that. I’ve heard from a couple of people who missed the deadline and wanted to know if they could get in at the earlier rate anyway. The answer to that one is “no”. I mean that wouldn’t be very fair to those people who got their fees in on time, now would it?
For those who prefer to pay by cheque ( or email transfer on this side of the border), yes, you can still do that, but if you’re paying in Canadian funds, there is a 10% surcharge to cover the exchange rate. In other words, the $110 single day rate of $110 US is $122 Canadian..
For those of you who have asked about Pre-Conference workshops, yes we still have space available in both workshops and we will continue to sell tickets until they are sold out or until the workshop starts. There are two things you need to know about paying at the door, though. First of all, rates will again increase as of September 26. Right now you can sign up for one Pre-Conference for $75 or both for $110. After September 25 the rate goes up to $80 for one Pre-Conference or $120 for both. Also note that if you register at the door it’s cash only in US funds.
For those of you who ARE planning to come to one or both Pre-Conferences, you need to know that our hotel room block for Wednesday night is very close to full, so I would advise you to reserve your room NOW by calling 1-866-961-3780 and telling them you’re with SOTA.
And if you ARE going to be there Wednesday night, don’t forget our wonderful early bird meet and greet in the AFAN hospitality room. Your host will once again be Eric Pride, possibly with assistance from the one and only Terry Johnson, whom of you may remember from previous years. We’re happy to have both Eric and Terry back.
As a bit of incentive, let’s talk about our morning Pre-Conference workshop with none other than Lynn Koiner. Lynn has lectured at SOTA in the past, and some of you have been asking to have her back ever since. Additionally, many of you have asked for more on medical astrology, which happens to be Lynn’s specialty.
Her Pre-Conference will cover psychological patterns of disease as they relate to the four lobes of the brain, and she will be discussing a whole boatload of different diseases from Alzheimer’s to diabetes and many, many more. Then, as a follow-up, on Friday morning she’ll be offering a 1-hour lecture on transits and progressions in medical astrology. This should give you an excellent overview of various factors in medical astrology.
Lynn has lectured at UAC, at NCGR conferences, and also throughout Europe. She is also a teacher for the International Academy of Astrology, where she teaches medical astrology of course. She has been a professional astrologer since 1969.
And if that’s not enough, she is also an excellent bargain-hunter and an absolutely delightful dining companion. I’m sure you’ll not only enjoy her workshop and lecture but will also enjoy her as well. She is accessible and knowledgeable in addition to being an experienced presenter.
OK, that’s it for this week. As always, please feel free to share this with your friends and to let me know if you have any questions.
Enjoy those fireworks. And try to stay cool.