Searching for a Conference Venue
I’ve been out of town this weekend. I went on the hunt for an exciting and interesting venue to use for P4².
You heard me right! P4²! We’re gonna go for it!
P4²!! P4²!! P4²!! P4²!!
For me, and for many others, the P4 DID Conference 2020 was a wonderful experience, and one that I will not forget. In fact, P4 2020 was such an exciting time that we’ve already actively begun the planning and preparation process for P4². There are a million different pieces to putting a conference together, and there is no such thing as starting too early. Selecting the location, the venue, and securing the dates is the place to start. We can build from there.
For months, we’ve been talking about WHERE to have the second P4 DID Conference. Everything builds from this very basic grounding place, and this year, we decided to go big. I want a place that will encourage the BEST from people. A place that will lift your spirits, just being there. A place that will inspire. A place that says you too, can overcome, even the hardest of troubles.
With that in mind, we started our search.
I learned from all the complications last year that international Conference planning, building, preparation, task execution, and follow up for both an in-person live experience, plus a zoom experience feels as complicated and layered as a few years of the DID healing process. As soon as you have one thing done, there are 10 (or 100) more issues that still need to be addressed, and in even greater detail. It’s overwhelming. Exciting. Heavy. Intense. Wonderful. Exhausting. Worth the work. I haven’t even finished putting together the after-care needed for P4 2020, and here we are, needing to start with P4².
Conference creation. What a great metaphor for creating empathy and compassion for dissociative survivors and their overwhelming task-list of healing as I sit here grappling with the complexity of P4² tasks that will need my time and attention, yet again, and again. But hey…. Time is of the essence here. The days pass quickly, and while there is much to be done, there is no time to waste. The foundations for P4² have to get started now, whether I’m ready for that or not!
Hence the hunt for the perfect venue began….
WHEN is P4²?
To give the world a little more time to address the pandemic effectively, we are scooting our date back a few months. From August to October.
We’re looking at 22-24 October. This hasn’t yet been fully secured, but plan on those dates for now. This weekend is the goal.
Why that weekend? Well…. P4² is all about 2’s and 4’s, so picking a date that is also about 2’s and 4’s seemed appropriate. And potentially, easier to remember.
Hopefully, by the second half of October 2021, more people will be able and ready to travel again. Hopefully, more people who want to be immunized and vaccinated from COVID-19 will have had ample time to do so. Hopefully, many of the travel restrictions and limitations will be lifted by October 2021. And hopefully, more and more safety and freedoms will be available to us all. That might sound like a lot of hope, but yes… I’m hoping with a lot of hope!
I’m writing this article while sitting on an airplane that is 100% full. Yep! Filled to the brim. Every single seat is taken. That tells me that we are starting to get back out there…..
So yes, one of the main reasons we chose a later October date was to give more people the opportunity beat the pandemic limitations and have the opportunity to join us LIVE in our venue of choice this year. Travel needs to be a safe, viable option.
I know, I know… pandemic or no pandemic…..October? Really, Kathy? October? Isn’t that a rough month for a lot of dissociative survivors? Yes, of course, it most certainly is. October is often a month full of triggers and hard days.
What better time to have a conference and a place of fun for your whole system, positive learning, helpful experiences, and great information than to have a DID conference in the middle of a rough time?! Need something to focus on besides your old memories and triggers? Come to P4². Need a different focus than your fears and anxieties? Come to P4². Need a corrective emotional experience for October? Come to P4²!
Maybe just maybe having a place to go where you know you’ll be able to smile, laugh, giggle, have fun, and enjoy good company is the prefect opportunity for October.
WHERE is P4²?
By the request of many of the 2020 attendees, we’ve chosen a location closer to the northwest USA. This city is still somewhat central USA, but not as far to the southwest corner as Phoenix Arizona.
This year, for P4² 2021, we’re headed to Chicago. Yep, we’re gonna be Chicago Bears. Hope the Hiddenton Bears don’t mind!
Have you ever been to Chicago? It’s so much prettier than I ever knew it was. The buildings, the architecture, the art, the flowers, the river, the lake, the lights…. I had an absolutely wonderful experience this weekend while doing the “work” of finding our venue. What an exciting city! There was so much more depth and interesting history to Chicago, and I really enjoyed every minute there.
We’ve been assisted by a professional Event Planner help us find a suitable venue, and with a city as big as Chicago, we had many choices of venues to look at. We’ve had a variety of offers, and my weekend in Chicago was all about checking these places out. Were they as good as they said they were? We went to go see! And the good news?
I think we found our spot! I certainly hope we found our spot! But before I announce our venue, we need to finalize a few contractual items via our broker. So watch this spot. You’ll hear more about THE VENUE NEWS another day.
Ever seen the Chicago flag? It flies high and proud all around the city.
Flowers, flowers, everywhere! So pretty to see the many colors of Spring. Oh, and notice the Chicago flag flying on both sides of that bridge? I’m telling you, they love their flag!
Chicago’s many treasures….
Did you know there are at least 24 beaches along the coast of Lake Michigan? What a great place to get out of the busy city center and get out to nature. The water was cool and cold, of course, but so blue and beautiful.
And… the lights at night. WOW. Everything sparkles and glistens.
WHAT is Happening Next?
Well. LOTS is happening, of course! We will start digging through our giant Conference Building / Conference Creation To Do List, and I hope you will start planning to come to Chicago in October. October 22, 23, 24, 2021. Schedule your time off work. Start budgeting for your expenses. Check out the flight prices to Chicago. Check with your therapist. Do work with your insiders to get everyone ready. Got a suitcase and some good walking shoes? It’s too early to pack yet, but you can be thinking ahead, that’s for sure.
I assume — HOPE — we will have the contract completed and finalized with the venue this week. Once that’s in place, we’ll release more details, etc, but in the meantime, you can know to plan ahead.
If you want to know how YOU can help in Conference Creation activities, please contact Awesome Email Alex.
WHO is Hosting P4² ?
Discussing Dissociation is once again partnering with Dr Amezcua-Patino / MetroNBI of Phoenix Arizona and The Serafin Project to bring this fantastic DID education event together. More details about Conference topics and the official agenda will be forthcoming, but you can be guaranteed to learn even more than before. We’ve learned more since last year, and you will too.
Hope to see you soon!
Of course, I wish you the very very best on your dissociative healing journey, and HOPEFULLY, that will take you right to the P4² DID Conference in Chicago!
Copyright © 2008-2021 Kathy Broady MSW and Discussing Dissociation